With March comes one of the biggest celebrations of the year, St. Patrick’s Day! On March 17th Ireland and a large part of the world dyes everything green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron is one of the most celebrated saints around the world. It is one of the most celebrated days in the whole world after New Year’s, with parades, parties and beer, a lot of beer.
It is said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish and Spain will not be any less! Madrid is already prepared for this big day, so you can still enjoy it even though you are not in Ireland. It is a great opportunity to get to know the culture better, to drink beer and, of course, to go out to party. And remember, do what you do and don’t forget to wear something green!
In Ireland it is tradition to light up the most emblematic buildings in green to pay tribute to their patron. This tradition has spread throughout a large part of the world and nowadays there are a lot of countries that have added to this global greening.
Madrid joins this green wave and on March 17th three of the city’s most famous buildings are illuminated with green. La Cibeles, la Puerta de Alcalá, and el Palacio de Comunicaciones will be lit up from 7:30pm until dawn on Tuesday.
And what’s best about this day is that you can go out and party and enjoy some of the best Irish pubs in the Spanish capital. Just because you are in Madrid does not mean that you cannot enjoy this day like you would have if you were in Ireland. Madrid’s Irish pubs join in on this party with different offers and promotions, they are flooded with clovers, beer, leprechauns, and a lot of green color (even the beer).
From here we offer a route of five of the capital’s best Irish pubs.
- Molly Malone’s: Madrid’s first official Irish pub located in the neighborhood of Malasaña.
- Irish Rover: One of Madrid’s most dazzling pubs with a recreation of any real Irish pub.
- O’Neils: Europe’s biggest pub, in Huertas.
- O’Connels: known for their excellent staff and for their English from their maternal language.
- O’Connors: a pub that has everything, one floor to drink beers peacefully and another floor with a shots bar where you can dance all night.