St Patrick’s Day in Milan

From 15-17 March Carroponte in Sesto S. Giovanni is home to the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration in Milan. The Irish Fest Milano promises the atmosphere of a typical pub, with a variety of beers from the Emerald Isle. Live music, traditional dancing, typical foods and sports mean there is something for everyone. For the official programme visit www.facebook.com/irishfestmilano.

Why not toast the patron saint of Ireland with a traditional glass of whiskey? One legend claims St Patrick himself introduced the distillation process to the Irish. Two locally-loved bars that are sure to have a festive atmosphere are Mulligans Irish Pub and Murphy’s Law.

For a more Italian style St Patrick’s Day try the neighbourhood joint Samaritana Ripa’s Cafè. They will host a low-key event on Saturday and Sunday evenings that promises “rivers” of beer accompanied by a hearty Irish stew. 117 Ripa di Porta Ticinese.

Head out for a night of dancing! The Academy of Irish Dance, Gens D’Ys, will perform on Sunday 17 March at the Discoteca Fellini.

Take a stroll down Via Corsico in the Navigli district, the Milanese equivalent to Dublin’s historic Temple Bar, to enjoy a night of whiskey cocktails sponsored by Jameson. From 18.00 on Saturday 16 March, green lights will be projected on the buildings in the spirit of the Global Greening initiative.

A block party with live music from dj Diego Montinaro and Irish folk band Wooden Legs turns into a full-on event after 22.00. The hip neighbourhood becomes the Jameson Neighborhood, spilling over to Superstudio in via Tortona, with a programme of football games, ping-pong, street art and fish & chips. The event is free but you must register with eventbrite. Here is the link