Paddy’s Day Parties

 |  March 16, 2015

Whether you are Irish, wish you were Irish, or just love an excuse drink and be merry with probably the best excuse except New Year, March 17th is the day for you, even here in Chiang Mai. St. Patrick’s Day has come just in time to distract us from the smoggy weather with live music, cold beer, and delicious food served across the city.

Saint Patrick was believed to be born in Roman Britain but at the age of 16 he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. Although he escaped, he came to reside permanently in the country. He may even be considered an expat himself – so what a perfect excuse to celebrate not only the Patron Saint of Ireland, but also the unofficial Saint of Expats!

And lucky for us, Chiang Mai’s expat population has made sure St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t go uncelebrated. Even the Thai bars are catching on! So, don your green apparel, adorn your cliché Guinness hat and put on your best (read: worst) Irish accent and check out these fun events going on this year in Chiang Mai!


O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, this is not a spot to pass up. Start the day with an Irish coffee or take advantage of their St. Patrick’s Day special on Guinness or Killkenny for only 200 baht a pint! Top it off with a typically American Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage or a steaming pot pie.

Anusarn Market at the south end of the Night Bazaar and Chang Klan Road.
053 271921

un irishU.N. Irish Pub

Everybody’s favourite and Chiang Mai’s most popular Irish destination, the U.N. Irish Pub is sure to be a lively setting for all things St. Paddy. While we’ll try not to fill up on too much Guinness (and fail of course), there will be an all you can eat buffet that starts at 6pm if you can manage, offering a wide range of traditional Irish food, all for 425 baht. Once you are satiated with that third helping of potato leek soup, soda bread and Irish stew, stay and enjoy the for the free live music which starts at 7:30pm. Also be sure to try their spiced up rendition of an Irish Car Bomb, the Irish Car Wreck will keep you going full steam with, in addition to the traditional Guinness and Jameson, Kahlua instead of Baileys. We all have Wednesday off work right?

Ratchawithi Road inside the moat
053 214554


The Edge

A place to be sure to sport plenty of green, but with a distinct Thai flavour to the proceedings. A free shot for all who arrive and specials on all things green such as the Thai green curry going for only 100 baht. The green beer will be flowing at The Edge starting from 6:30 pm and going until late.

Wangsingkham Road on the Ping River
093 3182310


The Pub

If you’re looking for somewhere really traditional, even with resident old boys sitting at the bar, the Pub is perfect for a pint of Guinness, a drunken chat and even a few Irish songs down the way. Inside or outside, enjoy their special on Draft Guinness for only 199 baht and boiled beef with cabbage for 180 baht.

Huay Kaew Road by the Maya Shopping Center
053 211550

sohoSoho Bar & Guest House

And for the more contemporary St. Paddys day entertainment, add a little Creole flavor to the mix with Soho Bar’s night with New Orleans style beef stew and two for one wine from 7pm!

Huay Kaew Road opposite the Kadsuankaew Shopping Center
053 404175