Unexpectedly Irish

St Patrick's Day

Sláinte! – Feast on delicious Irish treats and grab a pint of Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
14 Mar 2020
17 Mar 2020
Paint the town green and head down to The Rocks to celebrate St Patricks day! With live music entertainment, traditional Irish dancing, scrumptious Irish treats and Guinness on tap all-weekend, it really doesn’t get much better and more Irish than that! 

Weekend Celebrations at The Mercantile

Sydney’s oldest Irish pub, The Mercantile Hotel, will be kicking-off the festivities on Saturday 14 March, as they take over their end of George Street for the weekend-long celebrations. The annual Irish Dancing Competition, will return to The Rocks for its second year, running from 10.30am to 2.30pm, followed by much loved local Irish band, Blackwater belting out tunes from 3.30pm before pop-rock cover band, The Soniks, take the stage and wrap up the night.

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day will kicks off with a walking parade through the area, reminiscent of the first Irish community parade. The parade will commence at 11.00am at the corner of George Street and Hickson Road before finishing up in First Fleet Park. With over 1,500 participants expected to join in the march, and up to 10,000 spectators, this is the perfect place to spend your Sunday morning and witness the colourful roving performers, passionate Irish community groups and festival dancers doing the Irish jig.

Live Entertainment

Following the parade, visitors will be able to take a seat or roll out a picnic rug in First Fleet Park and enjoy an afternoon of live music, with acts including Medusa’s Wake, Susan O’Neill aka SON and The Bottlers. There will be a wide range of family-friendly activities to enjoy, including interactive Irish dancing lessons, face painting and an introduction to the Irish language. The celebrations will also include two bar and food stalls, so you can grab a cold pint of the ‘Black Stuff’, while enjoying the day with friends and family. 

St Patrick's Day Breakfast

The annual St Patrick’s Day breakfast will be returning to The Mercantile on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17 March, with over 350 guests sitting down for a traditional breakfast from 7.00am to 9.30am. Kick start your Tuesday morning with a mouth-watering full Irish breakfast, Irish coffee and a two-hour beverage package, from $90. From 9.30am till late, guests and visitors will be able to enjoy live music and Irish dance performances including a U2 Tribute Band and Shindig Irish Band.