Photo by Joseph Lanzon
Arguably the most typically Maltese non-Maltese feast, St. Patrick’s has evolved into a long day of drunken revelry and waves of green.
The feast’s growing popularity over the last couple of years means that popular places like Paceville become inundated with people. If you’re looking into celebrating this Irish-turned-Maltese feast but don’t want to go anywhere close to St. Julian’s, here are seven of your best options:
1. Kick the night off with a karaoke marathon
Karaoke bars are always a heap of fun, so you can imagine how much more fun they can be with an extra pint or two. The new and improved Chalet is back with more tomorrow, promising some good old innocent fun with just enough distance between you and the rest of the country.
2. Catch a couple of live performances at an old classic in Bugibba
Alternatively, if you’d like to let the actual singers do the singing, you can head up to Buġibba. The classic rock venue Rookie’s is finally up and running again, with a few tweaks added in with its new management. Tomorrow will see a couple of live performances, including Ozzy Lino and Sandrina & Keith from Skarlet. There will also be a very long 2 for 1 happy hour that will actually last from 11am to 6pm.
3. And while you’re at it, pop by a legendary pub
Fat Harry’s Pub has St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations planned. With live entertainment, all-day celebrations over the next three days, constant giveaways, and enough Guinness and Jameson to satisfy any heart, Fat Harry’s is always a safe bet.
4. Release the Irish foodie in you with a St. Patrick’s Burger from New York Best
Guinness onion jam, Irish cheddar, and lamb’s lettuce. Triple yum.
5. Rekindle an old rock flame far away from it all
A lot of people are still not over the loss of Paceville’s rock venues like Coconut, but The Birdcage Lounge wants to do something about that. Bringing a live band and a guest DJ from the Alley era, this Rabat bar is a great place to be this St. Patrick’s if you want to get your dose of classic rock tunes.
6. Go for something completely different at a St. Patrick’s Regatta
The Royal Malta Yacht Club is organizing two coastal races, with the Sir Francis Beaufort Trophy, awarded to the best performing boat. While the event in honour of St. Patrick’s Day will take place over the weekend, tomorrow’s pre-race party promises to kick everything off with a bang.
7. Be as far from Paceville as physically possible with a St. Patrick’s Day Party in Gozo
Famous for its insane burgers, Għajnsielem’s ClubHouse is throwing a huge 12 hour party in aid of ALS Malta. With a host of bands and DJs, including Ryan Spiteri from the popular Rewind the 90s parties, this is as much St. Patrick’s fun as you can get on the other side of the country.