On Saint Paddy’s Day of course everyone claims to have Celtic blood and it’s no different in Buenos Aires.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
On March 17th in Buenos Aires visitors will find St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the city’s Irish Pubs, such as DownTown Matías, Druid Inn, John John and The Kilkenny around the Retiro area. Visitors probably won’t find Guinness but they will find other dark beers and traditional Irish dishes made the Argentine way.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
There is an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to help the more than 500,000 Irish in Argentina celebrate, which will take place this year on Saturday, the 18th of March.
Food and beer stands in Plaza St. Martin will open at 2 p.m. The elves, fairies, bagpipers and Irish dancers will honor the homeland beginning at 3 p.m., beginning at Suipacha and Arroyo streets, ending in the plaza.
Afterward there are live music and dance performances featuring Irish-flavored rock groups which may include The Stouts, Westmeath Comhlatas, and performances by the Irish dance troupes, Emeraldance and Celtic Argentina. The event is hosted by the Argentina-Ireland Association, the Buenos Aires city government and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Afterward, into the morning of 18th the party continues in local pubs named above nearby.
Activities also take place in Plaza Irlanda in Caballito and performance and celebration from 11 a.m. onward. All events are open to the public.
Plaza San Martin
This year the celebration in Plaza San Martín on March 18 starts at 2:00 and goes all day, with performances starting at 2:30 p.m.
• 3:00 p.m. — Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade, beginning at Arroyo and Suipacha streets
• 3:45 p.m.: Parade ends in the plaza and celebrations continue with live music and dance
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires also typically has a dinner and dance to honor St. Paddy’s Day in their very authentic-looking pub. Get in touch with the club to find out more details.
Gdor. Vergara Avenue 5415
Tel: 4665-0903/ 4662-8358
9:00-11:00 p.m.— dinner
11 p.m.— performance and dance
Irish Pubs in Retiro
The bars near Plaza San Martín, on Reconquista Street in the Retiro neighborhood are the traditional place to party the night away on St. Patrick’s Day — be forewarned that these rowdy bars are nothing like pubs in Ireland. Watch this video to see the usual scene that takes place every year.
Irish Pubs in Buenos Aires
• Down Town Matias — Reconquista Street 701
• Druid Inn — Reconquista Street 1040
• John John — Reconquista Street 924
• The Kilkenny — Marcelo T. de Alvear 399