St Patrick's Festival in Berlin
St Patrick's Festival in Berlin
Coronavirus update: Due to restrictions limiting the size of events in Germany, it is possible this event will be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the official organiser (via link at the end).
St Patrick's Festival in Berlin is not to be missed for anyone who loves lively street entertainment, live music, bright green costumes and fun! St Patrick's Day, the global celebration of Irish culture, takes place in multiple German cities, including, of course, Berlin.
St Patrick’s day international festivities in Berlin
Originally a church celebration, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is Ireland’s national holiday and an occasion to honour and enjoy Irish culture globally, from New York to Beijing. The idea is very simple: go and mingle at an Irish bar wearing something green, whether it’s just a green t-shirt, a green clown wig or a full head-to-toe green costume. You’ll find crowds of people at any given Irish pub, plus some open-air locations!
The Irish Embassy in Berlin estimates that the Irish population of the German capital city is 1.700. The turnout each St. Patrick’s Day is considerably higher: it’s a merrymaking event of the people, inviting all walks of life to get together for some first-rate hullabaloo, whether you’re Irish or not, enjoying music, drinks and camaraderie together.
St Patrick's Day locations in Berlin
There's a lot of merriment in Berlin for the whole weekend, so you'll find that there's plenty to choose from. You can go for a usual German beer in your local pub, or you can go the extra mile for the weekend and immerse yourself in the energetic live music, Irish dancing and singing, with a pint of Guinness or a fine Irish whisky. Here's what's going on:
St Patrick's Festival in Kreuzberg
St. Patrick's Festival takes place at Kreuzberg for the second year in a row. While it's not as large as the now renowned St Patrick's Festival in Munich, this festival is action-packed and full of exciting goings-on. This German-Irish collaboration is in association with the Embassy of Ireland in Berlin.
Expect live music performances by Berlin-based Irish and international musicians and dancers, jam sessions for players of Irish traditional music, and a screening of the Six Nations Rugby League Final. Treat yourself to Irish street food and some famous Irish drinks such as Guinness and whiskey. You may even get to enjoy some traditional German food too!
Members of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) will be present to provide fun activities for the children, so this is an ideal day out for expat families with kids. Check out the St. Patrick's Festival Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
Other St Patrick's Day venues in Berlin
Besides the official festival in Kreuzberg, Irish pubs are where it's all at. With the likelihood of high-quality live music in many of the pubs, be prepared to pay a small fee (usually around 5 euros) to get in. Here are the main ones where you're likely to find live music and a sea of green:
|Kilkenny Irish Pub in Friedrichshain||General Post Office in Steglitz||The Double Inn Irish-Scottish Pub in Köpenick|
|The Castle in Mitte||Sponholz Bar Pub in Schöneberg||Victoria Celtic Pub in Spandau|
|The Lir in Tiergarten||MacLaren’s Pub in Friedrichshain||Murphys Irish Pub in Mitte|
|Oscar Wilde Irish Pub in Mitte||Offside - Pub & Whisky Bar in Wedding||The Happy Pig in Friedrichshain|
|Blarney Pub in Kreuzberg||Irish Harp Pub in Charlottenburg||Murphy's Irish Pub - Checkpoint Charlie in Kreuzberg|
|Shamrock Pub in Zehlendorf||Celtic Cottage in Steglitz||Irish Pub Im Europa-Center in Charlottenburg|
|Dunmore Cave in Neukölln||Tipperary Berlin in Wedding||Cliffs of Doneen in Prenzlauer Berg|
|Finnegan's Irish Pub in Steglitz||The Irish Times in Mitte|