While we’re pretty sure that many of you have partook in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration before, do you know why this religious holiday was celebrated on 17 March over 1,000 years ago? Well, on this day, the Irish observed it as the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death in the fifth century.
And with just days away from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a look at these five Irish pubs across Asia where you can head down to have a toast with your friends and family.
Hong Kong – The Shamrock Irish Pub
Located in the vibrant Ashley Road on Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Shamrock Irish Pub offers an extensive menu and variety of beers, wines as well as spirits for anyone looking for a fun time, including some of everyone’s favourite Irish dishes.
Let’s not forget that as with any Irish pubs, there’ll be flat screen TVs showing all the major sporting events, such as Rugby Union, Formula One, football and soccer.
Shamrock Irish Pub is approximately 10 minutes away from the Star Ferry, for that added convenience.
The Shamrock Irish Pub, Shop A, G/F Kowloon Centre, 29-39 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. +852 2375 3088, www.theshamrockirishpub.com
Singapore – MULLIGAN’S Irish Pub & Restaurant
Mulligan’s the Irish pub and restaurant, is the first Irish bar concept in Clarke Quay,Singapore. Operational since 1 September 2009, this homegrown concept is also the latest addition to the extensive and varied nightlife and entertainment outlets at The Cannery by LifeBrandz.
This year, MULLIGAN’S Irish Pub & Restaurant goes all out in a two-day celebration from 16 – 17 March, 2012, from 6pm till late. Besides food and drinks galore in Clarke Quay’s Central Fountain Square, patrons will be entertained with live music at the Square’s main stage by MULLIGAN’S sister outlet, AQUANOVA’s resident band and dancers. Another highlight is surely the lucky draw that will be held on both days. Simply spend a minimum of $50 on a single receipt from March 9-17 to receive a draw coupon.
MULLIGAN’S Irish Pub & Restaurant, Block C The Cannery, Clarke Quay, River Valley Road, #01-02A, Singapore 179022, +65 6305 6726, www.mulliganspubs.com/cannery
Hiroshima, Japan – Molly Malone’s
There’s no doubting the authenticity of this Irish pub, for Molly Malone’s has possibly one of the best draft beers in Hiroshima, with an Irish owner and some incredibly friendly staff.
Feel free to order a “half and half” for a taste of the combination of Guiness and Kilkenny from Smithwick’s. And so we heard, do check out the unforgettable view from the men’s rooms if you have the chance.
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan 〒730-0034, +81 8 2244 2554, www.mollymalones.jp
Bangkok – The Dubliner Irish Pub
The Dubliner Irish Pub is the first and still, the only Irish owned pub on the stretch of Sukhumvit, Bangkok, so it’s no doubt that you’ll expect some good Irish stout, as well as a few good Irish men within. A lot of the materials used to build this pub came from Ireland, as the owners value the authenticity of the place.
But that’s really not the reason why this place is packed to the brim every night; the locals are really the ones giving the pub its soul. Opened since 2000, Dubliner has been named best Bangkok pub for six years in a row by the city’s premier English magazine.
The Dubliner Irish Pub, 440 Sukhumvit Rd (b/w Sukhumvit Soi 22 & 24) Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2204 1841-2, www.thedublinerbangkok.com
South Korea – O’Briens Irish Bar & Restaurant
For a home away from home, O’Briens Irish Bar & Restaurant would be the place to be for some decent food that isn’t Korean. If you happen to be in the vicinity, do make an effort to visit earlier to avoid the late night crowd, for some traditional Irish and British fare.
Like most Irish pubs, the usual game of poker, darts and pool are some of the best ways to make new friends.
O’Briens Irish Bar & Restaurant, Jungang-dong, Seongsan-gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, +82 55 286 6547, obriens-bar.com/changwon