Amsterdam may not be known for throwing the biggest Paddy’s Day parties in the world, but where there’s a bar on St Patrick’s Day, there’s a party and the 17th March is always the main event. Head to any of these Irish bars in the city centre for a pint of Guinness (or ten) this Tuesday 17th March to celebrate the big day in the most Irish way possible.
Amsterdam lends itself perfectly to one of the best St Patrick’s Day pub crawls in Europe as a few of the very best Irish bars in the city are within easy walking distance. Here’s where to start…
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Warmoesstraat 129, 1012 JA
If you’re looking for cheap booze, a good burger and a buzzing atmosphere, head to Belushi’s for a great night out on any day throughout the year. This backpacker bar is famous for its crazy parties, awesome crowd and for having the longest happy hour in Amsterdam. While Paddy’s Day isn’t a big thing at Belushi’s, the bar makes for a great pitstop on your St Patrick’s Day bar crawl as they do some seriously unmissable epic drinks deals every day of the week.
Oudezijds Kolk 9, 1012 AL
Just a short stroll from St Christopher’s at the Winston and on the corner of the Red Light District, you’ll find one of the city’s most authentically Irish bars, Molly Malone’s. The walls are lined with barrels of Guinness and the seats are always filled with visitors looking for an Irish tipple and a buzzing atmosphere (and with 50 whiskies on offer, they’re in the right place). This joint does attract a rather large crowd for its St Patrick’s Day bonanza, but just get there early, pull up a seat and enjoy the live music with a bunch of Amsterdam’s funnest and friendliest clientele.
MULLIGAN’S IRISH MUSIC BAR
Amstel 100, 1017 AC
Perched right on the river Amstel, Mulligan’s comes with great views, great music and a truly Irish vibe. The cosy, 2-floored pub is a local favourite playing incredible, live Irish music and serving up creamy pints of perfectly poured Guinness. Mulligan’s is a go-to place for a Paddy’s Day party so head here along with Amsterdam’s expat community and you’ll soon see what the craic is.
Paleisstraat 103, 1012 ZL
O’Reilly’s green exterior is a simple invite for those looking to join in an Irish party for St Patrick’s Day. Inside, the walls are plastered with old school posters and while the decor isn’t anything special, it serves up some of the best Irish brews and stews in Amsterdam. There’s ample space to base yourself for a day of drinking and being Irish for a day, with multiple rooms and floors throughout the venue bringing in the crowds and a brilliant atmosphere.
ST JAMES’ GATE
Rembrandtplein 10, 1017 CV
Named after the home of the famous Irish Guinness, St James’ Gate in the heart of Amsterdam is all about the land of leprechauns. It’s huge selection of beer and whisky are what makes its Irish visitors feel right at home, and during St Patrick’s Day they’ll be going all out. After a night of one too many drinks, cure your hangover with Amsterdam’s best Irish breakfasts the morning after.
Get your St Paddy’s Day groove on in Amsterdam at O’Donnell’s Irish pub. This one is huge, with plenty of space to try your best Irish jig in De Pijp with a whisky or three for a little Dutch courage (and with 30 different whiskies to choose from, you won’t be short of it). Get the Guinness in, don your best green outfit and celebrate St Patrick’s Day in true Irish style at O’Donnell’s pub in Amsterdam.
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