5 reasons to spend St. Patrick’s Day at the Singapore River*

[SPONSORED] Not only are there great deals on drinks, lots of beer (some of it green) and pub grub, there are also lots of visiting performers and even a street parade.

There are special dishes to try

A festival isn’t complete without hearty food. Wild West-style saloon, Hero’s, is ideal for a midday respite. There’ll be plenty of beer to fuel your day, but the St. Patty’s special is The Paddy’s burger with corned beef, onions, Irish cheddar and an optional fried egg. If you’re looking for something sweet, O Comptoir is the ideal place for a mid-afternoon perk-me-up, in the form of their wafer-thin French-style crepes. They will be serving a special shamrock-encrusted sweet crepe. Then there’s the unprentious and modern BQ Bar, located within eartshot of the live performance stages. They’ve whipped up traditional Guinness battered fish & chips and to wash it down, a shot of the Irish Trashcan made with vodka and Midori or the Irish Flag, with creme de menthe, Bailey’s and Grand Marnier.

And, of course, lots of drinks, too

Starts down the river at Brewerkz with one of their signature brews like a light pilsner to get your day started. Then work your way towards RedDot Brewhouse, a modern but laid back sports bar, where you can gulp down the signature Monster Green Lager, infused with green spirulina. If you’re feeling ambitious, head to Mogambo where we dare you to ring the bell and buy the house a round. After all, isn’t St. Patrick’s Day all about being generous with your beer? Don’t forget about Molly Malone’s, a classic Irish pub, that peddles out Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and The Shot Toddy, made with whisky, lemon and honey. 

The parade will involve bagpipes

Aside from the Irish ambassador’s presence, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a fiesta of bagpipes, flags, a marching band and even the Gaelic dragon boat team. They’ll be traipsing down Circular Road on Sunday, Mar 15 at 3:30pm. It’s free for all, just don your best shamrock green.

And free concerts

Running all weekend (Mar 13-15), the St. Patrick’s Day Festival will feature Irish rock bands and dances. There’s also a food trail involving restaurants and bars like Molly Malone’s and BQ Bar, featuring dishes like beer-battered fish and chips and lamb stew. Plus, it’s free and open to all. This year, Circular Road is home to two stages with lots of bands like The Craic Horse and The Cans on rotation through the night. Some of the bars along the stretch will also host its own guest bands playing Irish music and folk rock tunes.

When else are you allowed to eat candy floss?

There will also be booths throughout Circular Road, dishing out everything from free candy floss to Irish-themed face painting services. 

For more information, head over to the Singapore River website.

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