Explore St. Patrick's Day in Dublin: your ultimate guide

- Posted on: 02/03/2024 - By: Sofia Carraro Rocha $itemValue.title

Last year we made this content about St. Patrick’s Myths and Legends, whether it's the intriguing tales of his life or the vibrant celebrations on March 17th, St. Patrick's legacy is woven into Ireland's rich history. If you're planning to visit Ireland in March, get ready to immerse yourself in the spirited festivities!

Discover the rich culture and history of Dublin. St. Patrick's Day is a vibrant celebration here. If you're a backpacker ready to join the fun, we've got your back with the ultimate guide for a safe and exciting adventure. Join us on this journey to find out everything you need to know about St. Patrick's Day in Dublin – including the best places to have a blast! 


Quick chat of St. Patrick's Day: celebrate with Irish charm

Before the party, let's learn some history! St. Patrick's Day is all about honouring St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It's a special day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. And here's a fun tradition: wearing green is believed to bring good luck! So, remember to pack your greenest outfit and join the festivities!


What makes it extra special is that, on this day, you can enjoy your pint while walking through the streets (as you know it’s prohibited to drink outdoors in Ireland). It's a unique thing that doesn't happen often. Imagine the streets turning into a big party, everyone with a drink in hand, celebrating together. Whether you're checking out famous places, watching the colourful parade, or just soaking in the lively vibes of neighbourhoods, sipping your favourite Irish drink while strolling around adds an extra dose of fun to the celebration. Slainte!


Early birds catch the Parade: plan your day

St. Patrick's Day parade is the heart of the celebration, and trust me, it's a must-see! The parade showcases the rich history and culture of the Irish people, with stunning floats, costumes, and lively music. To make the most of it, plan to leave your hostel early (I mean it – 10 AM is already late to leave and find a great spot to watch the parade!). The streets get crowded fast, and you wouldn't want to miss the vibrant floats, music, and the overall festive atmosphere. Set your alarm, grab a quick breakfast, and hit the streets to find that perfect spot for parade watching.


Decorate like a Pro: budget-friendly finds

Want to add a bit of Irish flair to your hostel space? Look no further than local discount stores like Deals, Eurogiant, or even thrift shops. Grab some green decorations, flags, and maybe even a cheeky leprechaun hat. It's an easy and affordable way to get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit.


Discovering the best pubs in Dublin

Dublin has an endless array of bars and pubs, with each having its unique personality and charm. To ensure you have the best experience, check out the traditional Irish pubs in Temple Bar area, surrounded by music and a sea of green hats and clothes. If you're looking for a vibrant nightlife scene, then other areas such as Harcourt Street and Camden Street provide an assortment of clubs and cocktail bars to suit your preferences.



Discover 10 best pubs to visit during the St. Patrick’s Day: 

1. The Temple Bar: Dublin's most famous pub in Temple Bar area, a must-visit for St. Patrick's Day revelry.

2. O'Donoghue's: Known for traditional Irish music, this pub offers an authentic atmosphere.

3. The Brazen Head: Ireland's oldest pub, with a charming, historic setting.

4. The Horseshoe Bar at The Shelbourne: A sophisticated choice for those seeking a classy St. Patrick's Day experience.

5. The Stag's Head: A Victorian-era pub known for its beautiful interior and lively atmosphere.

6. Toners: A traditional Irish pub with a cozy feel and cool beer garden, perfect for celebrating the holiday.

7. The Palace Bar: A literary gem with a rich history, ideal for those who appreciate a good pint and conversation.

8. The Long Hall: An iconic pub with Victorian decor, offering a memorable St. Patrick's Day experience.

9. Grogan's Castle Lounge: A local favourite, known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent pints.

10. The Auld Dubliner: Located in the heart of Temple Bar, this pub provides a lively St. Patrick's Day celebration in a vibrant setting.


Where to revel in the festivities


As the sun sets, Dublin transforms into a lively party hub. Temple Bar is a classic choice, with its pubs, live music, and cheerful crowd. If you want a more local experience, explore neighbourhoods like Smithfield or Rathmines. The pubs are packed, the music is lively, and the Guinness is flowing.


Be a nice fellow backpacker: embrace the Irish craic

The beauty of traveling is immersing yourself in new cultures while interacting with locals and fellow travellers. The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Dublin is no exception. As a backpacker, being respectful, friendly, and courteous to your hosts, fellow travellers, and locals should be a priority. It is also crucial to stay aware of your surroundings and not overindulge in alcohol. This way, you're guaranteed to have a memorable and safe adventure.


Organize your accommodation: book ahead a home away from home.

Canbe Hostel, with two big hostels situated in Dublin's city centre, is a great option for backpackers looking for cheap, clean, and convenient accommodation. Apart from Canbe Hostels, Dublin has a broad range of accommodation options, including hotels, hostels, bed, and breakfasts, amongst others. But remember, the city is always completely booked during the St. Patricks period, so you need to book ahead (we meant it, sometimes one year earlier!) to ensure you get the best place.



Security deposit for Hostels when booking with groups

If you plan to travel to Dublin as a group, some hostels might require a security deposit to book. This is to ensure the safety of their property in case of any damages caused by the group during their stay. So, make sure to contact your hostel of choice ahead of time to learn about their deposit policy.


What to pack in your luggage

Keeping up with Irish weather can be a bit tricky, but always make sure to pack your backpack with the essentials: Raincoat, sweaters, hats, comfy shoes, and electronics to capture moments. Also, bringing some traditional green outfits or accessories to blend in with the Irish crowds is advisable and recommended (just so you get the full experience!).


- Green Attire: It's a tradition to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, so pack some festive clothing to blend in with the locals.

- Rain Gear: Dublin's weather can be unpredictable, so a waterproof jacket and umbrella are a must.

- Comfortable Shoes: Be prepared for lots of walking, especially if you plan to explore the city and follow the parade.

- Cash: Many places prefer cash, so make sure to have some on hand.

- Portable Phone Charger: You'll want to capture all those Instagram-worthy moments – but also remember to enjoy them to the fullest!

- Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated while celebrating.


St. Patrick's Day in Dublin is one of the most significant cultural celebrations in the world, and you don't want to miss out on the fun. By following our ultimate guide, you're guaranteed a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience.


So, there you have it, fellow backpackers! Your guide to experiencing the magic of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. Cheers to green beer, lively parades, and the warm Irish spirit. Enjoy every moment of this vibrant celebration!



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