Sunday March 17th marks St. Paddy’s Day, an international celebration of Irish culture. If you happen to be in Iceland during this green-bannered drinking session, you’ll be happy to know their are plenty of bars and establishments in which to celebrate.
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Ireland has long been a treasure-trove of cultural gems, introducing the world to the likes of Guinness, skilled Rugby players, delicious breads and stews and, of course, musicians that have made a lasting impact on society; Phil Lynott, Sinead O’Connor and Rory Gallagher to name just a few (—no need to mention Bono, after all.)
Saint Patrick himself is famed for converting the Irish population to Christianity, influencing them to abandon their pagan beliefs. He is also thought to have driven out all of the snakes from Ireland—despite the fact there, most likely, wasn’t any.
Saint Patrick’s Day in Iceland
Iceland and Ireland share bonds that go beyond similar names. For one, Icelanders can trace their genetic roots to not only the original Norwegian settlers, but also the Irish slaves they picked up along the way. Irish monks also settled in Iceland around the 800 AD, particularly the island of Papey, off the Eastfjords. The two nations have had established diplomatic relations since 1948.
Naturally, a number of bars and pubs are putting on special evenings to celebrate.
The Danish Pub, Den Danske Kro, is putting on great offers from March 15th to 17th, offering Guinness for 750 ISK, Tuborg and Jameson for 850 ISK and Irish Coffee for 1000 ISK, as well as live music each night, and happy hours from 4-7 PM.
The English Pub will also be celebrating on March 16th with special drink offers, as well as showing three Six Nations rugby games.
Lebowski Bar, Reykjavik’s one and only movie-themed pub, will also be celebrating from the 15th to the 17th, offering discounts on Guinness and Jamesons. As written on their website, “Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!”
Of course, for the most authentic Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, one should visit an Irish pub. Reykjavik has three Irish pubs; The Dubliner, The Irishman and The Drunken Rabbit. Naturally, one can expect these establishments to be absolutely packed when the night itself rolls around, but here’s an idea on what’s on offer. Unfortunately, The Dubliner was not available to provide information on their night, but the following are surefire hits!
The Irishman Pub
The Irishman Pub is celebrating St Paddy’s from March 14th to 17th, offering pints of Guinness and Kilkenny for 750 ISK. As a newcomer to the scene, The Irishman Pub will have a lot to prove this St. Paddy’s Day, making it an exciting choice if you’re looking to celebrate!
The bar will also be putting on four nights of live music–expect to be singing along to Dirty Old Town by the night’s end.
The Drunken Rabbit
The Drunken Rabbit is dedicating a whole weekend to Saint Patrick’s Day, offering a variety of drink specials—including a free shot for every beer bought—as well as three nights of live music from Dublin based Derek Mullen (guitar/vocals), Ronan O’Flaherty (fiddle) and Johnny O’Halloran (accordion).
On Saturday, the bar will be playing three Six Nations games live, as well as the UFC clash between Icelander, Gunnar Nelson, and Jamaican born mixed martial artist, Leon Edwards.
Ready To Celebrate?
As ever, drink responsibly… or, at least, responsibly enough to get home in one piece. Here’s the Irish National Anthem—or, at least, what should be—to get you excited for this year’s Saint Paddy’s Day.
It’s destined to be an awesome one.
Have you celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day in Iceland before, or planning on doing this year? What’s your favourite way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? Make sure to leave your thoughts and queries in the Facebook comments box below.