Here’s Where To Eat, Drink, and Carouse Like the Irish On Saint Patrick’s Day
The Philippines may be halfway around the world from Ireland, but that shouldn’t stop us from partying on Saint Patrick’s Day. While March 17 commemorates Ireland’s patron saint and the arrival of Christianity to the island, the holiday has grown beyond its religious roots to become a celebration of everything Irish. So wear something shamrock green, and visit one of these neighborhood Irish pubs for a pint of beer and some Irish comfort food.
Finnians Irish Pub403 F. Calderon Street, Little Baguio, San Juan City, (02) 750 2654
This cozy pub celebrates Irish culture combined with Filipino hospitality. Aside from regular bar chow, the pub offers such classics as Guinness Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, plus a good beer selection, including Guinness Draught and Stout, Murphy’s Irish Stout, and a selection of Irish whiskies, too.
St. Patrick’s Pub
24-D East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, (0917) 426-6693, (0905) 316-0816
Where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at this pub named after Ireland’s patron saint himself. While there’s nothing distinctly Irish about the menu—think popcorn, gambas, spaghetti–you can still order Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Shepherd’s Pie if you’re really looking for something Irish. Aside from the Guinness, you can also indulge in the triple distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey, or try the intriguing Caramel Beer on tap.
Mulligans Irish Gastro PubBranches in 107 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City, (02) 478-9319; 57 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City, (02) 843-2533; 64 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City, (02) 807-3128; 8479 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, (02) 896-5667
This homey Irish sports bar has multiple locations in Parañaque and Makati. While the menu leans more towards regular bar chow—nachos, chicken wings, pizza—it does offer a variety of Irish drinks, whether Guinness or Murphy beer in cans, Magners Irish Cider in different flavors, and premium Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Marshall’s Irish Pub
Mango Square, Mango Avenue, Cebu City, (032) 412-6418, (0917) 631-2413
If you live in Cebu, visit this friendly pub any time of the day for Irish grub like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Cottage Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, or any of the Filipino, Italian, and Mexican dishes on its extensive menu. The pub also serves all-day breakfast fare, including an Irish Breakfast platter of eggs, ham, sausage, fried potatoes, and toast. Irish drinks are the usual Guinness and Murphy’s beers, Magners Irish Cider, and Jameson Irish Whiskey.