4 February 2013
Whether you’re a firm believer in the luck o’ the Irish or you’re looking for an excuse to get out and about on March 17, there’s no better place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Australia than Sydney.
Whether you want to get back to Irish traditions with a stop at one of the two Paddy’s Markets locations or throw back a few drinks in an Irish pub, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style!
Celebrate Sydney’s Irish heritage at Paddy’s Markets
Paddy’s Markets have become a Sydney icon over the years, but the two modern facilities at Haymarket and Flemington have humble origins. From the 1870s, the open-air market – a tradition brought over from the thousands of Irish migrants and convicts who settled in the Haymarket area during the 19th century – was a focal point of life in the community.
Here, you could find everything from livestock and fresh fruit and vegetables to handcrafted items and baked goods – not to mention the sideshows, merry-go-rounds and other forms of entertainment on and nearby the site.
Today, you can experience elements of the proud Irish market traditions at both Paddy’s Market sites. The larger facility at Flemington operates more like a traditional farmers’ market – with fruit, vegetable, fresh meat and flowers for sale – while the Haymarket Paddy’s Market offers a mix of fresh produce, souvenirs, inexpensive clothing and electronics.
Both can be easily accessed via public transportation – check the CityRail timetable for the latest train schedule.
Irish food and drink in Sydney
There’s no better way to cap off your St Patrick’s Day celebrations than by enjoying the festivities at an Irish pub – and if you can’t get to Dublin for the real deal, there are plenty of places in the harbour city that are the next best thing!
The Irish-inspired Trinity Pub at the corner of Crown and Devonshire in Surry Hills is a good choice for friendly atmosphere and excellent pub grub, while Maloney’s Hotel in the Sydney CBD is an excellent opportunity to seek out some traditional Irish comfort food.
Located at the intersection of Pitt and Goulburn Streets, you’ll find beef and Guinness pie on the menu, as well as a hearty helping of Irish craic to help you celebrate St Patrick’s Day like the Irish!
Alternatively, Durty Nelly’s in Paddington is another venue well worth considering – you can enjoy a pint of Guinness here before heading upstairs to sample the Irish-inspired Aussie menu crafted by head chef Kirk Maguire. While you’re here, visit Paddington’s great range of shops – locals love hunting for their latest fashion fix here!