Grab a Guinness and sport some shamrock as Liverpool gears up for St. Paddy’s day festivities.

Celebrated annually on 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day is the cultural celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, and is a majorly popular event to be a part of in Liverpool. With historical ties to the Emerald Isle, and many scousers having Irish ancestry, the city centre is expected to be packed with locals, students and tourists heading to multiple events.

If you’re interested in Liverpool’s celebrations, why not work your way down to the city centre, as the second annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is underway from 3pm. After a turnout of hundreds of people last year, the Irish community in Liverpool will begin their march from the Old Irish Centre on Mount Pleasant, the University’s own doorstep, and work their way down Hope Street into town, ending at the Queen Victoria Monument at Derby Square. In attendance will be the Liverpool Irish Flute Band, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Cambria Drum Band, Manchester Pipe Band, and many other members of the Liverpool Irish Community. This is the perfect warm-up to the St. Paddy’s day festivities, and an opportunity to embrace the Irish celebrations from a scouse perspective.

Everybody knows a student loves a bargain, so you’ll be pleased to know there are a variety of venues offering free samples of Irish whiskey. To have a taste of the Pogues Irish Whiskey, head to Casa Bar on Hope St from 2pm-4pm, Shenanigans Irish Bar on Tithebarn Street from 5pm-7pm or Wall of Fame on Mathew Streets from 7pm-9pm to get a sample of the Irish goods and avoid diving into your overdraft. Alternatively, you could head down to one of the many great Irish pubs in Liverpool, such as O’Neill’s on Hanover Street or McCooley’s in Concert Square, as there’s bound to be some craic.

The most popular option for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations is obviously a night out in Concert Square. With themed events hosted in Level, Medication and Revolution Bar – some ticketed, town is surely going to be packed, so it may be best heading there early or securing you place at a ticketed event.

Alternatively, if you don’t fancy venturing into town, The Guild are hosting their own Paddy’s Day event for free in The Sphinx Bar and Courtyard from 9am-10pm, so you can eat, drink and enjoy all things Irish right on campus. With the Sphinx serving full Irish breakfasts WITH a Guinness from 9am, for a bargain of just £7, and a performance from Irish band ‘Beer for Breakfast’ from 2pm in the Courtyard, staying on Campus for Paddy’s Day is a good alternative to the clubbing crowds of Concert Square.

Whether you unleash your inner Irish in crowd of green attire, or perform your terrible rendition of ‘C’est la vie’ to your housemates, St. Patrick’s Day in Liverpool is bound to be eventful.