St Patrick’s Day was scuppered by Covid-19 last year and, sadly, St Paddy’s 2021 falls before lockdown measures are due to be lifted, so grab a Guinness and dial into a virtual event or order in an Irish feast for an at-home celebration
Lead image: The D.E.W. Drop Inn
Tourism Ireland, St Patrick’s Festival and Dublin City Council have unveiled a film titled Orchestra of Light featuring a swarm of 500 drones animating the skies of Dublin to wish the world a Happy St Patrick’s Day. It’s part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative.
London’s St Patrick’s Day Digital Festival
Now in its 19th year, the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival is usually largest celebration of Irish culture and community in London. But with the St Patrick’s Day Parade unable to go ahead, this year’s events will take place virtually. In partnership with the London Irish Centre, a three-hour virtual evening of culture, conversation, and community fun, featuring storytelling, film, music, dance, language and fun, will run from 4pm-7pm. From 7pm, the event goes live with presenter Angela Scanlon hosting conversations with Imelda May, Richard Corrigan, Emma Dabiri and Siobhan McSweeney. The theme for the event, London Le Chéile (Irish for #LondonTogether), captures the spirit of creativity and community shown by the Irish in London through Covid. The free event will be available on the London Irish Centre website and social media.
The World’s Smallest(ish) Irish Pub
The World’s Smallest(ish) Irish Pub, The D.E.W. Drop Inn, is inviting visitors in virtually to celebrate Irish culture and cocktails. The tiny garden shed pub, created by Tullamore D.E.W, is open for business from 11-21 March, with virtual visitors able to curate their own experience across tunes, comedy, toasts and cocktails. Guests will be greeted by Tullamore D.E.W. UK Brand Ambassador (and Irishman) Conor Friel, before embarking on their personalised St Patrick’s Day ‘night out’. Choose form events such as Carrie Baxter’s classic Irish singalong, knee-slapping musings from Irish comedian Alison Spittle, toasts from Kevin Pigott (Global Culture & Distillery Ambassador), and cocktail masterclasses with Friel, making a Tully & Tonic, Mickey Rivers or Emerald Sour. London bar Happiness Forgets is also offering a UK-wide cocktail delivery service so you can enjoy a Mickey Rivers without lifting a finger (available 8-31 March, order here).
Jamesons Connects with Jessie Reyez
As part of its Join In, Wherever You Are campaign, Jameson Irish Whiskey is hosting a St Patrick’s Day global live stream with Jessie Reyez and Friends. Canadian singer and songwriter Jessie Reyez has been lighting up the music industry for the past few years with her multi-genre sound influenced by R&B, hip hop, soul and rock. Supporting artists include Denise Chaila, Junia-t, Kojaque and Savannah Ré. 8pm. Free. Register online beforehand. Jamesons is also hooking up with some of the UK’s coolest restaurants for a series of live cook-alongs (Bleeker Burger, Mother Clucker and Pizza Pilgrims), but unfortunately they have all sold out!
The Queer Cabaret: Paddy’s Gay Springtime Spectacular
The Queer Cabaret: Paddy’s Gay Springtime Spectacular, hosted by queer performer Avoca Reaction, gathers a cast of Ireland’s top queer entertainers for a one-night-only performance. Streamed online, The Queer Cabaret pays tribute to St Patrick and all things Irish through the magical art of drag, featuring all of your Queer Cabaret favourites alongside special guests Osaro, The Dirtbird, Annie Queeries and Connie Whelan. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, although a donation of €10 or more would be more than welcome to pay the creatives. 8pm-11pm.
Tickets/sign-up via Eventbrite
Smith & Wollensky’s St. Patrick’s Day Box with Slane Irish Whiskey
Covent Garden steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has teamed up with Slane Irish Whiskey to create a St Paddy’s Day box for meat lovers. Enjoy cured Slane Irish Whisky salmon to start, followed by a 28-day dry-aged Irish tomahawk to share, with peppercorn sauce, colcannon potatoes and creamed spinach. For dessert it’s Baileys cheesecake, and two miniature bottles of Slane Irish Whiskey should help it all go down. £160 for two, £320 for four or £480 for six people. Delivery on Tuesday 16 March.
Darby’s Oyster Bar and Grill in Nine Elms is offering a St Patrick’s Day feast for two with a beef and Guinness pie and four cans of Guinness. The box also contains ham hock and gubbeen croquettes, chef Robin Gill’s amazing soda bread, potted Secret Smokehouse salmon with pickled cucumber, wild garlic soup, champ, hispi cabbage and lardo and a Guinness custard tart. Some dishes require finish-at-home cooking. £75 for two. Available 16-20 March. If you’re local, you can also swing by for fresh Carlingford oysters from Darby’s hatch from 17-21 March.
The Honest Guinness x Handsome Burger at Home Kit
Honest Burgers has teamed up with Guinness and Handsome Burger (‘home of Ireland’s best burgers’) to create The Paddy’s Day Honest at Home Kit. The kit includes a classic Honest Burger beef patty, toppings of Guinness candied bacon and two-year-aged Kylemore Farmhouse cheese, as well as shoestring fries, Handsome Sauce and Guinness bacon gravy. It also comes with two cans of Guinness and a special tote bag. £26 for two. Delivered nationwide from 13-18 March.
Hop House 13’s St Paddy’s Day Dublin Born & Brewed Boxes
Hop House 13 has teamed up with three acclaimed Irish chefs for an exciting St Paddy’s Day Dublin Born & Brewed meal box. Each chef has come up with an elevated and reimagined take on a classic Irish dish. Chef Anna Haugh of Myrtle has whipped up a Dublin scampi and chips box (featuring Hop House 13 battered monkfish), while Nick Fitzgerald of Tacos Padre has created a fried black pudding burger (served with crispy shallots, aioli and spicy pickles) and Patrick Powell of Allegra offers a crispy fried crubeen bun (crubeen, for the uninitiated, is pig’s trotter, which here has been turned into a patty). Each box comes with four cans of Hop House 13 lager and costs £65, with 20% of sales going to Hospitality Action. Available for nationwide delivery.
Order from bignight.app/hop-house-13
HonestBrew’s St Patrick’s Day Case
Whether you’re looking for sessionable juicy pale ales or a more traditional rich and indulgent stout, HonestBrew’s exclusive St Patrick’s day case offers a great mix of Irish beers. The case contains nine diverse and delicious beers from some of Ireland’s finest independent breweries and their beer. Contents may vary, but beers range in strength from 3.5% to 7% and come in a mix of glass bottles and craft cans. £29.90 plus £4.99. Delivered nationwide on or before 16 March.
The Sun Tavern x Clonakilty Irish Whiskey’s St Paddy’s Cocktail Kit
As purveyors of London’s largest selection of Irish Whiskey, The Sun Tavern knows a thing or two about Paddy’s Day. The Bethnal Green stalwarts has teamed up with Clonakilty Irish Whiskey this year to offer a St Paddy’s Day tasting cocktail kit for home celebrations. Each kit comes with an Irish Old Fashioned cocktail made with using Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Cask Finish Whiskey, four Clonakilty miniatures (Single Batch Double Oak Cask Finish, Port Cask Finish, Single Grain Bordeaux Cask, Minke Gin), a surprise Clonakilty libation and The Sun Tavern’s Paddy’s Day playlist. Those wishing to get involved in a virtual tasting on 17 March can join The Sun Tavern and Clonakilty at 6pm for their live tasting session on Facebook.
Order from theumbrellaproject.co.uk/st-patricks-day