Whirling and twirling, extravagant singalongs, a leafy looking parade and a pint (or ten) – the Irish have always known how to party, and celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Hong Kong should be no exception! Although Asia seems pretty far away from home, the Irish (and anyone who’s got a little bit of Irish heritage running through their veins #everyone) have a decent selection of events to choose from this March. Let us fill you in on the craic…
Got Balls is like nothing you’ve ever seen before in Hong Kong. This weird and wonderful night combines the classic game of bingo with a fully-fledged disco rave. With the upcoming event being tailored to honor the great St Patrick, you can expect a hatful of booze, Irish themed prizes, sham-rockin’ music and plenty of craic…
When: Saturday, 17 March, 7:30pm to 11pm
Where: Campfire Creative, 5/F Remex Center, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $370 (includes two-and-a-half-hours free-flow beer, wine and house cocktails) – get yours here!
Please note: Tickets can only be purchased pre-event. Got Balls will not be accepting walk-ins at the door.
If Guinness isn’t your thing and you fancy a gargle, why not head down to Blue Supreme to try out a naturally green beer, yes that’s right, no food colouring! The Brasserie Fantôme – Magic Ghost is a unique green tea ale with musky, lime and tropical notes balanced by a hint of green tea. Not only this, but with every purchase of this natural delight, you’ll receive a free shot of whiskey!
When: Saturday, 17 March, 4pm to 8pm
Where: Blue Supreme, 21 Tung St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry! Beers will cost $100 (plus a free shot!)
Wear something green this coming Sunday and head down to Tamar Park for some early celebrations. The St Patrick’s Day Parade will be hosting marching bands, bagpipes and kung fu demonstrations, as well as several local schools and performers. Take the family for an awesome day out and maybe you’ll even catch the lion and dragon dances, if they’re not camouflaged by the crowd.
When: Sunday, 11 March, 2pm
Where: Tamar Park; Parade will begin at the Observation Wheel and will march along the waterfront
How Much: Free!
The Irish Village is a great option for those wanting to experience the authentic sounds and tastes of Ireland. While it’ll have green popcorn, face painters and bouncy castles for the kids, adults can enjoy a carvery lunch and any of the 80 Irish whiskies or craft gins on offer. There’ll be performances from crowd-loving, Irish band, Dargle, as well as classes and performances in the art of Irish dancing. I don’t know about you… but I’m sold!
When: Saturday, 17 March, 12pm until late
Where: Ocean View Court and the adjoining terrace area in The Arcade at Cyberport
How Much: Free!
This all Irish lineup of Karl Spain, Fred Cooke and Kevin McGahern is set to have your belly aching this St Patrick’s Day. The All Irish show will be running for three nights and could potentially be that little pot of gold to brighten up the end of your week. We’re all well aware that the Irish are known for their quick wit and humor, so I’ll be surprised if you’re not Dublin’ over with laughter… See what I did there!?
When: Thursday, 15 March, 8pm; Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 March, 9pm
Where: Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How Much: $360 (including booking fee) – get your tickets here!
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