This year, St. Patrick's day falls on a Friday (this Friday to be exact), and it appears that most parties aren't just sticking to one location, but rather bandwagons of boozing. Lucky, lucky us. Here's the scoop on where you should head to load up on Guinness and paint the town green.
St. Patrick's Day Ball
The main event (or so we've been told), the St. Patrick Ball is back at the Pudong Shangri-La on Saturday, March 18. If you want a guaranteed good time to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick, this annual event is not one to miss!
The Hop Project, Caxton, Le Cafe des Stagiares, La Bota, Park 91, Shanghai Republik and Bar Gatsby have aligned on Dagu to get smashed. Hit all seven (how extra lucky is that?) to collect a VIP card, which will get our specials and deals at participating bars on the street. Rumor has it, there will also be a live band at The Caxton too.
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Slightly more to the west of Jing'an, Shaanxi Bei Lu is also taking it to the streets. Daliah, Sumerian, Dogtown, After Work Bar and The Rooster have teamed up with Jameson to do deals at all locations. With each sponsored drink purchased, receive a lucky coin for discounted beer backs and Jameson mixed drinks. Starts at 5pm and runs late.
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Best of the rest...
1. Big Bamboo
All three locations are offering happy hour prices on Jameson, Bailey's, Gunness and Kilkenny. For those wanting to add a meal into the works, Irish stew will be available for RMB85. Tack on a Guinness for RMB130 (also available on the 18th). Irish car bombs will be on offer for RMB45 too.
What better spot to celebrate the shamrock than at The Blarney Stone? They're doing an alcohol-fueled chllenge for those who 'take Irish yoga seriously' - a three day event from Friday, March 17 till March 19. On Friday it's RMB45 pints of Guinness till 8pm and RMB20 Jameson shots with every drink. Saturday gets you the same for their 'O'Hare of the Dog (clever!). And on Sunday, your recovery session is the same plus RMB35 Bloody Mary's. They'll also be doing Irish mules made with Jameson for just RMB35. Sounds like a good time to us!
3. The BREW
The Brew at The Kerry is doing it big all day, starting from 11.30am. Upon entry, receive an Shamrock Shot just for joining the party and then take advantage of Dugite Stout happy hour all day long. From 8pm there will be live music to ramp up the entertainment.
Come and green and get deals on drinks: baby Guinness shots for RMB20, Guinness for RMB25 a bottle and Jameson shots for RMB30.
Daimon Bistro will be doing free-flow beer from 6-11.30pm. Hurrah!
The Aussie restaurant is raising a glass to Ireland with specials on select Australian stouts and dark ales for RMB30 a bottle, as well as shots of Jameson for RMB30. They also have special food deals on order: Moo Stew for RMB60, E-Moo stew for RMB70 and Roo stew for RMB70 too. For details on those, check out the event listing.
7. Lucca 390
'The Lucky Clover, lovely guys, and free holiday props' - need we say more? Guest DJ Carter will also be turning it up. Free entry before 9pm. After that its RMB80, but gets you one standard drink.
8. Pop Bar
Classy-ing St Pats up, head to this bar on the Bund where you can take advantage of six bottles of Corona for just RMB220 or double that for RMB400, plus 10-percent service charge. Deal goes from 2pm till late.
Sasha's will be turning the patio green both Friday and Saturday with Boxty Rebellion Irish Folk Band - a live Irish band, which will be set up in Sasha's heated garden tent. Music starts at 7pm and there will also be deals on Jameson RMB35, Bailey's Double for RMB50 and Guinness for RMB55.
10. Shanghai Brewery
Shanghai Brewery's Donghu and Hongmei locations are doing deals from 5pm, which include RMB35 hand-crafted Irish Stout beer, green beer and RMB35 shots of Jameson, Irish Carbombs, Baileys - and if you buy five, you'll get one free. They'll also have a special RMB88 Irish lamb stew with mashed potatos and srping onions, as well as Irish coffee for RMB40 if you need an extra kick.
Ahh Windows. Nothing says hangover like this ole staple. But tis the occasion for one, yes? They'll be doing buy-one-get-one free Guinness for RMB35, Irish car bombs for RMB45 and green draft beer for RMB25. Deal at Windows Garage and Windows Too. At Windows Scoreboard get buy-one-get-one on green draft beer for just RMB25.
If you're looking for a crazy, wild time, that old staple Zapata's has you covered. Come in wearing green and receive a free shot before 11pm. Jameson shots will be RMB40 a glass, while Guinness will be RMB55 a glass. They'll also have a party in the garden on the 18th too.
13. Daga Brewpub
Daga Brewpub steps up their game with an all-weekend-deal for St. Patrick's day. Their Irish craft beer deal gives you 2 beers for RMB100, 4 for RMB180 and 8 for RMB317.
Party at home
New company Lemons Cocktail provides at-home (or office) crafted cocktail experiences, which includes professional bartenders and fresh ingredients. They're doing a special St Pat's themed cocktail menu, to include special shots of Jameson distrbuted throughout your event. Get 10-percent off using code 'shamrock' when you visit lemonscocktail.com to book.
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