How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world

Saturday, March 15th, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Entertainment Food & Dining Holidays Home & Garden
Want to celebrate St. Paddy's Day wherever you are? Cheapflights.com has a list of the top, oldest pubs outside Ireland. ©Pressmaster/Shutterstock.com

Want to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day wherever you are? Cheapflights.com has a list of the top, oldest pubs outside Ireland.
©Pressmaster/Shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – Be it a light show at a major landmark or a pint of Guinness, here’s how the Irish diaspora — and revelers looking for an excuse to don green hats — can fete St. Patrick’s Day this year.

In its annual ‘greening’ the world campaign, Tourism Ireland has pulled off an impressive coup by adding The Great Wall of China to its roster of iconic landmarks which will all be illuminated a shade of emerald green on March 17.

Likewise, the infamous Moulin Rouge in Paris will temporarily become Le Moulin Vert (green) at the setting of the sun on St. Patrick’s Day.

More than 100 landmarks around the world will go green this year as part of Tourism Ireland’s aggressive worldwide campaign including Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Empire State Building.

Meanwhile, Cheapflights compiled a list of the oldest Irish pubs outside Ireland last year, for tipplers living in Paris, Shanghai, Montreal, New York and Latvia.

Here are the top 10 oldest Irish pubs outside Ireland, according to Cheapflights.com:

The Tipperary, London
66 Fleet Street
The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London, with a history that dates back to 1605, and was the first outside Ireland to sell bottled and draught Guinness. It’s also ideally situated on Fleet Street.

McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York
15 East Seventh
In the 159 years it’s been operating, the ale house has served an illustrious clientele that includes Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and American poet and playwright e.e. cummings.

Patrick’s of Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
934 W.
Not only is this the oldest Irish pub in the US, having opened in 1863, it’s also been owned and operated by the same family since 1847. As scandalous as it was, however, the pub used to make it a tradition to close on St. Patrick’s Day, as they didn’t like to see the Irish “making fools of themselves on a Holy Day.” This year, the pub will open.

Le Vieux Dublin Pub & Restaurant, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
636 rue Cathcart
As one of the founding ethnic groups to help build the city of Montreal in the 19th century, the Irish left an indelible mark on the city, including a string of Irish watering holes like Le Vieux Dublin Pub, the oldest in the city. Since 1824, Montreal has also been hosting a yearly St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia
25 George St.
Located in an area of town known as “Little Ireland,” or The Rocks, The Mercantile Hotel was deemed Irish enough for the band U2 who used the venue for a press conference in 1989 in support of their “Rattle & Hum” tour.

Rounding out the top 10 oldest Irish pubs around the world are:

Rosie’s Irish Pub, New Plymouth, New Zealand
160-162 Devon St. E

O’Malley’s, Shanghai, China
42 Tao Jiang Rd.

Paddy Whelan’s, Riga, Latvia
Grecinieku Street 4, Old Riga

Fiddler’s Elbow, Rome, Italy
Via dell Olmata 43, 00184

Kitty O’Shea’s, Paris, France
10 Rue des Capucines

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