St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, which means it’s time to sport your greenest outfits and blast Bono full volume. To help you celebrate (aka: get drunk), we’ve rounded up some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties and specials happening all weekend long. From green pints to Celtic folk tunes, you can celebrate with Shanghai lads and lasses in true Irish style.
Friday, March 16
Kick off this weekend of festivities with a St. Patrick's Day party at Hollywood, which will be decked out in crazy green decorations. There will also be beer specials and folk music to make you feel like you've been transported straight to the Emerald Isle! Later in the evening, there will be sets from resident DJ Jobo and special guest DJ Yan. Doors open at 11pm and there will be no cover charge before 1am (for men) and 3am (for ladies). After that, it's RMB100 per person, which includes one drink. VIP table registration also available - contact Hollywood for more details.
Bring your friends over to Lucca on Friday and get ready to paint the town green as you dance the night away with a DJ set from The Unicorn. Entry is free before 9pm, otherwise it's RMB80 per person (including one drink).
Count down to St. Patrick's Day this Friday at Zapata's. Free green frozen margaritas will be available for ladies dressed green between 9 and 11pm. No need to make reservations, just show up in your St. Patty's Day best!
Saturday, March 17
The Jameson Day Fest returns to Shanghai for another edition, this time at Central Studios in Xintiandi. Expect DJs, a live theater performance of Fight Club from Dreamweaver Productions, food stands and plenty of Jameson shots and Jing-A drafts all day long. For more details, click here.
For a classy St. Patrick's Day, head over to the Bund for drinks specials at Tops, Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, where they'll be offering deals on drinks and classic Irish dishes. Get 30 percent off Guinness, Jameson's, Baileys and green beer, or show up in green to get a complimentary small Guinness. Wash all that booze down by indulging in traditional cuisine, including Irish-style bangers & mash, white cheddar crispy fries, shepherd's pie, fish and chips and slow-simmered Guinness beef stew. For inquiries or reservations, call 2508 1188 (ext 7221).
On the day where everyone’s Irish, join the crowd and head to The Blarney Stone for a truly authentic St. Patrick's Day. Drink specials will be on tap, including RMB25 Carlsberg pints and RMB25 house pour drinks. You can also catch a live screening of the England vs. Ireland Six Nations Rugby match there later in the evening. It's a Craic!
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a twist at Boteco, which will be serving up green Caipirinhas. Along with that, they'll be putting Irish masterpiece beer Guinness on tap. Expect special prices all night long on their favorite green shot "Listerine," as well as Jameson and green beer. DJ Giulio will be playing Brazilian and Latin hits from 10pm till late. Slainte mo chara!
This Saturday, The CUT Rooftop is offering what may be one of the best Saint Patrick's Day deals in town. For just RMB198 per person, you'll get three hours of free flow, including green beer and Jameson whiskey mixed drinks. Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster's DJs will be there to keep the night popping, and a special guest bartender will make you swag swag swag! Put your party mood on and get your liver ready for this festive evening.
The festivities continue at Hollywood on Saturday. Same deal as Friday - doors open at 11pm and there's no cover charge before 1am (for men) and 3am (for ladies). After that, it's RMB100 per person (including one complimentary drink). VIP tables are also available. DJ Jobo and special guest Roma Hard will provide the soundtrack for the evening.
Saturday, March 17, 11pm-late. Hollywood, see event listing.
Café des Stagiaires on Julu Lu is celebrating the occasion with a special St. Patrick's Day party. Enjoy RMB30 Guinness bottles and RMB50 Jameson Mint Juleps as you jig along to a DJ set from Canine.
Get into the party mood this Saturday at Logan's Punch, which will have plenty of drinks specials on offer. Lucky you! Get six Jameson shots for just RMB150, or wear green to get a free shot of Jameson. And don't miss out on their countdown party Friday night.
Get lucky this St. Paddy's Day with Lucca 390, which will be holding a special party on Saturday. Hit the dance floor with hot beats from guest DJ Kuma. Entry is free before 9pm, otherwise it's RMB80 per person (including one drink). Free entry all night long if you bring an Irish passport.
Warm and sunny weather is in the forecast this St. Patrick's Day, so why not head over to Three on the Bund and grab a table with your friends at POP's rooftop terrace? Come join a carnival full of exhilarating performances, and sip cool beer while enjoying the nice weather. Drink specials on offer include six bottles of Heineken for RMB250 or 12 bottles for RMB480. Prices are subject to 10 percent service charge.
Have a festive St. Patrick's Day with drink specials at The Rooster. Grab a Guinness for RMB60, Jameson cocktails for RMB40 and Irish slammer shots for RMB60, or get a set of four Jameson shots for RMB100.
Sasha's and Zapata's will be holding events on Saturday to get you into the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Start the day off with a live performance at Sasha's by Irish folk band Boxty Rebellion (who will return for an encore performance on Sunday afternoon from 3-6pm). Drink specials will be available on Saturday, including shots of Jameson and Baileys for RMB35, and pints of Guinness for RMB55. The party continues at Zapata's, which will be serving up free frozen margaritas for ladies in green between 9-11pm. A cash prize of RMB1,000 will be given out to the person with the best costume. No need to book. Just turn up!
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish fashion with food and drink specials at The Blind Pig and Big Bamboo from March 12-18. Order two pints of Guinness and get a gift! Plus Irish stew is only RMB88.
The BREW will be offering buy-one-get-one specials on drinks (skinny green, Jameson whisky and Baileys) and Irish stew all weekend long. For reservation and enquiry please call 6169 8886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punchline Comedy Club returns to Shanghai later this month with its special All-Irish show. This year's featured comedians are Kevin McGahern, Karl Spain and Fred Cooke. Head over to Cages or the Kerry Hotel Pudong next weekend for an evening of fun and laughter.
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