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 Parade
There is an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to help the more than 500,000 Irish in Argentina celebrate.
This year, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations will start on place on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, the 7th of March with an event titled ‘Buenos Aires Celebra Irelanda.’
More than 50 food and beer stands will open along Avenida de Mayo starting at noon. The elves, fairies, bagpipers and Irish dancers will honor the homeland with the parade beginning at 3 p.m.
Afterward there are live music and dance performances featuring Irish-flavored rock and folk groups, which usually includes an U2 tribute band, a band from Ireland named Andi Pomato along with performances by the Irish dance troupes, Emerald Dance and Celtic Argentina.
The event is hosted by the Argentina-Ireland Association, the Buenos Aires city government and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires.
This year the celebration is on Avenida de Mayo and Peru streets, near the Plaza de Mayo
• 12:00 p.m. Activities begin
• 3:00 p.m. — Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade,
• 3:45 p.m.: Parade ends and celebrations continue
• 4:00-7:00 p.m. live music and dance
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Buenos Aires
Irish Pubs in Retiro
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 won’t find Guinness but they will find other dark beers and traditional Irish dishes such as Colcanno, made the Argentine way.
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. Indeed, it is probably due to the out of control party that the city decided to move the official celebrations to Plaza de Mayo to lesson the typical St. Paddy’s Day chaos.
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
• The Irish House — San Martín 979
• Saint Patrick’s Irish — Pres. José Evaristo Uriburu 1714
• Sullivan’s Irish Pub — Jorge Luis Borges 1702, Palermo
• Slainte Irish Pub Palermo — Fitz Roy 1747, Palermo
• Dubliners — Humboldt 2000, Palermo
• The Shamrock — Rodríguez Peña 1220 (Recoleta)
• The Clover Pub — Av. de Mayo 1357/ Piedras 78 (San Telmo)
• The Malin Head — Bolívar 583 (San Telmo)
• Temple Centro — Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear 945
• The Celtic Pub — Carlos Pellegrini 551 (Microcentro)
• Irish — Av. Pres. Julio A. Roca 691 (Monserrat)
• Molly Malones — Perú 253
Smaller St. Patty’s Day Events Around Buenos Aires
The town of Luján in Buenos Aires province will be celebrating the 118th anniversary of their St. Paddy’s Day pilgrimage and parade on the 15th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
That will be followed by a mass in the Basílica Nuestra. Sra. de Luján. The service will be followed by a lunch and social that will feature Celtic music and dance. See the link below for more details.
The event is organized by the Federation of Irish Argentines and the Irish-Argentine Association of Luján. The local Pub Notre Dame de Luján is the place for the after party.
On the 17th in Buenos Aires people have traditionally gather in Plaza Irlanda in Caballito, from 11 a.m. onward, but there has been no official announcement this year.
All events are open to the public.
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires also has a yearly 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.
The Hurling Club
Gdor. Vergara Avenue 5415
Tel: 4665-0903/ 4662-8358
9:00-11:00 p.m.— dinner
11 p.m.— performance and dance
→ You can also sign up for the Buenos Aires St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 14th!