6 of the best places in Glasgow to enjoy Paddy's Day

Glasgow loves St Patrick's Day and the city is set to see its fair share of craic with pints of Guinness, live music, street food and parties galore.

Published 16th Mar 2018
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Here are 6 of the best pubs, venues and parties in Glasgow in which to enjoy Paddy's Day.


(57-59 Sauchiehall Ln, Glasgow G2 4AB, entry fee: £5)

Picture: Malones

One of Glasgow's most popular Irish bars is set to host their annual St Patrick's Day lane party, which will include a dedicated Guinness bar, a barbecue,  live music, screens showing the rugby and of course, the debut of their roof garden.

It'll be a St Patrick's party to remember, kicking off at 11am, it's hugely popular and first come first serve so try and get their early if you're hoping to enjoy the festivities.

Poguesfest at O2 ABC

(300 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JA, ticket price: £17.45)

Picture: O2 ABC

Music fans would be well advised to head along to the ABC if they are looking to celebrate all things Ireland as Poguefest 2018 rolls into town.

Featuring the Pogue Traders (described as the 'world's best' Pogues Tribute Band) and with a guest DJ there will be plenty of great tunes to dance the night away.

Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival Family Fun Day

(Merchant Square, 71 Albion Street, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD, Ticket price: Free)

Described as a "brilliant celebration of all things Irish", the Family Fun Day returns to the Merchant Square to give Glasgow residents "another installment of great craic".

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Created in association with Tourism Ireland, the event offers plenty of fun with music, song and dance. Incredibly popular last year (with 6,000 people attending) this a great event for families - and perfectly safe no matter the weather.

Waxy O'Connor's St Patrick's Day Party

(44 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DH)

Picture: contributed

March 17th is the biggest day in Irish bar Waxy O'Connor's calendar and rightly so as they usually throw one of the best parties in town. With it's stunning wooden interior, multiple bars and Guinness taps galore, you're sure to have one of the best atmospheres in town.

St Patrick's Day at the Dockyard Social

(95 Haugh Rd, Glasgow G3)

Picture: The Dockyard Social

It's one of Glasgow's best street food venues and this Paddy's Day they'll be throwing a massive festival of food, drink and of course they'll screening the rugby to ensure people can join in the craic should the Irish once again win the Six Nations.

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 The Pot Still 

(154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH)

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Ireland's drinks don't just extend to Guinness or Murphy's, for those of you looking to try some of Ireland's magnificent whiskies then the Pot Still is definitely your place.

Don't worry, their pints of Guinness are some of the best to be found in the city centre (they also sell plenty of bottles - including the well worth checking out Nigerian version) and with publican Frank Murphy in charge you're almost certainly guaranteed a party atmosphere on Paddy's Day.


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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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