The Chic Girls Guide To St. Patrick's Day

The Chic Girls Guide To St. Patrick's Day
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Because there's more to St. Patrick's Day than dodgy leprechaun hats...

Let's be honest, St. Patrick's Day globally has a bit of a reputation of Irish people and those with long-distance Irish roots getting absolutely p***ed and living up to every Irish stereotype going. However, it doesn't have to be like this. If like me, you still want to celebrate your heritage but not end up Facebooked shamed after one too many Baby Guinnesses then read on...

Eat your way around the city...

Corrigan's Mayfair are running an Irish whiskey masterclass in their Dickie's Bar. You'll learn how to make two cocktails while scoffing canapes. Fortnum & Mason have a pop-up Irish stout and fresh rock and native oyster bar, running from March 16 -18th. While the 40FT Brewery in Dalston have gathered together some of the best London based Irish food and drinks producers for a mini taste festival. Think Robin William Gill from The Dairy in Clapham, and Patrick Powell from Chiltern Fire House. Drinks wise, Dave Mulligan will be serving up Bán Poitín. The infamous white spirit will also be available at the Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green alongside complimentary oysters from Broadway Market’s Oyster Boy.

Try one of the rarest Irish whiskies...

The Bloomsbury Club Bar have teamed up with Ireland's first purpose-built distillery, The Dingle Whiskey Distillery for a night of cocktails, oysters and Irish dancing. You'll be able to try one of the original batches of Dingle Whiskey plus indulge in Baked West Coast Oysters and ice-cream from another Irish brand, Murphy's. Plus there will be live Irish music and Riverdance flash mobs. The Dingle Whiskey Distillery also create gin and vodka, so The Bloomsbury Club Bar mixologists will be creating cocktails with these spirits too.

The Dingle Whiskey Distillery

End with a feast...

Hackney's Round Chapel is hosting an interactive banquet exploring Ireland's pagan roots and the true story of St. Patrick. Masterchef finalist Ingrid Wakeling, will be serving up a three course menu including Irish classics such as Colcannon and Guinness and root vegetable Irish stew while performers bring the history to life. Elsewhere, Tullarmore born chef Colin Kelly focuses on an Irish only menu at his restaurant Picture in Marylebone - think slow-cooked lamb and Tullamore Dew-infused jellies and Irish whiskey fudge.

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