Whether you’re aching to drink an Irish car bomb, dance to Celtic tunes or catch a leprechaun, here’s how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Seoul this Saturday. Come join us at the annual St. Patrick’s Day festival, St. Patty’s themed parties or an Irish bar crawl.
1. The Festival
Experience Ireland’s rich culture and Celtic history with food, music and dance at a free festival to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Seoul. Irish Association of Korea is hosting its 18th St. Patrick’s Day festival this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at D-Cube City Plaza in Sindorim. The theme is an Irish welcome or failte in Gaelic.
St. Patrick’s Day festival in Seoul (Facebook): Saturday, March 17, 1 ~ 6 p.m. at D-Cube City Plaza, Sindorim stn. (662 Gyeongin-ro, Guro-gu), Free.
(1) The Hooley (Hongdae)
Head over to the Hooley in Hongdae after the festival in Shindorim to listen to a live mix of traditional and modern Celtic music. $10 admission will get you into both venues, Club FF and Gogo’s 1, and help the Irish Association of Korea fund their future events.
(2) Han River Cruise Party (Gangnam)
Good Times RoK (GTR) is hosting the St. Patty’s themed cruise party, and Global Seoul Mates (GSM) is hosting the afterparty in their Hongdae and Gangnam GSM Terrace locations. The $45 ticket to the cruise ship will get you what’s listed below in addition to access to food vendors and air brush tattoo from Tattoo Korea on the third deck.
- 4 hour cruise from 6 to 10 p.m.
- 2 free drinks
- Free round trip private party shuttle bus (Noksapyeong stn., Nowon stn., Hongdae and Gangnam)
- Fireworks show right off the ship
- 6 DJs spinning the beats: Fenner, T Grind, Shining, Little T, Jay Fresh and JooJoo
- $5000 in prizes for best costumes
- Free entry to the afterparties: TBA location in Itaewon, Metropolis Bar & Grill in Nowon and GSM Terrace in Hongdae and Gangnam
Han River Cruise Party: $45 and up, 010-4894-8035.
3. Bar Hopping
Scroll down for a list of Irish bars in Itaewon, Gangnam and Hongdae.
(1) Wolfhound (Itaewon)
Whenever you need a break from kimchi, Wolfhound will fix your cravings for food from home, according to Eat Your Kimchi. For the St. Patrick’s weekend, they’re offering a can of Murphy’s for $6.5 and four cans for $20.
Wolfhound (Facebook), Bogwang-ro 59-gil 10, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-749-7971. Other locations in Busan and Pyeongtaek.
(2) Maloney’s Pub & Grill (Itaewon)
From Saturday noon, Maloney’s is offering all Maloney’s beers for $5, green beers for $4, Guinness for $8, 2 for 1 Jameson shots and free green jello shots. They will have live music and raffle throughout the day with a lot of prizes, including a select bottle of Jameson for whoever wears the most green. Also be sure to check out their lamb stew dinner special.
Maloney’s Pub & Grill (Facebook), 225-67 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul; 02-3785-1675
(3) Dublin (Gangnam)
Conveniently located behind the CGV building in Gangnam station area, Dublin would be the perfect spot for casual day drinking this Saturday. Weather permitted, they will have the windows and patio seats open.
Dublin (Facebook), Yeoksam dong 814-5, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-561-3281
(4) Dublin Terrace (Gangnam)
Head northeast from Gangnam station and walk up the hill to find this cute Irish pub called Dublin Terrace. Dublin and Dublin Terrace are located in the same block and pretty close to the clubs in Gangnam if you’re planning to hit the dance floor after a couple of drinks.
Dublin Terrace (Facebook), Gangnam daero 94-gil 27-15, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-555-2553
(5) Shamrock & Roll (Hongdae)
Check out Shamrock & Roll, the only Irish bar we could find in Hongdae area, on your way home from the Hooley.
Shamrock & Roll (Facebook), 409-1 Seogyo-dong 2F, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-335-7772