When it comes to celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, we tend to think of iconic locations. Cities like Boston, Mass. are famous for celebrating this heritage holiday in style. But did you know that there are plenty of places around the world (other than Ireland) that like to honor St. Patrick every March 17th?
There are gem locations like Savannah, Ga., which literally dyes its riverfront bright green for its annual St. Pats on the River fest, which turns 189 years old this year. During the day there are cheap food vendors aplenty, but come nightfall, head over to Vic’s on the River for their classic oysters Rockefeller loaded with spinach, smoked bacon, Parmesan, and Sambuca. Follow that up with a cold Guinness and their famed wild Georgia shrimp and smoked cheddar stone ground grits.
In Egypt, the pyramids literally glow green in honor of St. Patricks Day while Irish pride runs high in Boston, where bar tabs at the local pubs may run even higher at daylong festivities. The Corrib Pub in Brighton has been a steady favorite of locals and visiting Irishmen since 1969. Starting first thing in the morning, you’ll find an enthusiastic crowd digging into authentic bites like Irish sausage, black and white puddings, and Irish beans (a cousin to the town’s Boston Baked Beans). Later, sneak into The Snug, otherwise known as the "Home of the Perfect Pint," in Hingham Square for boozy live fiddle and banjo sessions . Be sure to bust out that Celtics jersey.
In Moscow, the party parade stomps on — especially if you’re an Irish wolfhound breeder or owner, where you’ll find yourself at the center of festivities (just bring a green collar of honor on your pooch). Americans dress up as leprechauns and some Russians dress up as IRA fighters, go figure. You can enjoy Irish jiggers by day and drink like a Russian (or Irishman) by night at basement pubs like John Donne, which serves shepherd’s pie and 14 different beers, or Rosie O’Grady’s, which features fish and chips and Guinness. A trip to Churchill’s Pub will cost you more, but the selection of single-malt whiskeys and cigars should soothe the blow. You can even party on the streets of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, where you can dance to authentic Irish music and try to win best float in their annual parade.
To find out where to go in Seoul, Oslo, and Dubai, click on. There’s a pot of gold for the festive leprechaun in everyone. Here are The Daily Meal’s go-to St. Patrick’s Day hot spots around the globe. Cheers!
Editorial update by Lauren Gordon. Entertain Editor.