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

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