St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam is a whole lot of fun. Irish and non-Irish alike get involved with the lively celebrations, wearing green, drinking Guinness and partying into the night. We’ve picked out the must-visit Irish pubs, bars and restaurants in Amsterdam to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – or just any day!

Do they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is an incredibly multicultural city, home to people of many different nationalities, including the Irish. Although traditionally an Irish celebration, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated throughout the world – and Amsterdam is no exception.

What is the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day falls on the 17th of March and marks the death of St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) a Christian missionary and Ireland’s primary patron saint. St. Patrick is widely regarded as bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th Century.

How do they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam?

Although there isn’t an official parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam  there is a St. Patrick’s Day Festival of arts and culture. Our favourite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the city has to be with a visit to one of Amsterdam’s Irish pubs or bars.

Here’s our pick of the must visit Irish pubs, bars and restaurants in Amsterdam:

Mulligan’s Irish Music Bar

Why go? For a warm and welcoming atmosphere and some of the best Irish music nights in Amsterdam 

If you’re looking to hear some traditional Irish music in Amsterdam this St. Patrick’s Day (or any day really) then look no further than Mulligan’s Irish Music Bar, a lively venue that has played host to many an accomplished musician over the years.

Mulligan’s has an authentically Irish feel and a lovely cosy vibe. From traditional Irish folk to more modern Irish tunes, there’s always something good to listen to here. Their Irish music sessions are particularly good. Taking place each Sunday, local musicians come together to play spontaneous renditions of classic, Gaelic tunes.

Drinks are reasonably priced for Amsterdam, the staff will make you feel really welcome and there’s usually a nice varied clientele in attendance. This is definitely one of our favourite Irish bars in Amsterdam.

Mulligan’s Irish Music Bar
100 Amstel
Amsterdam-Centrum

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Interested in Irish arts and culture events in Amsterdam this St. Patrick’s Day? Check out ‘St Patrick’s Festival Amsterdam’ which takes place from 15th – 17th March.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Why go? For a well poured pint of Guinness and generous portions of Irish grub

 Nestled on a small canal, Molly Malone’s is a cracking Irish Pub and Restaurant in Amsterdam’s city centre and a great place to have a few beers, sample an Irish whiskey and tuck into a hearty Irish meal. Sports screenings and live music nights also take place frequently at Molly Malone’s.

You’ll find old whiskey barrels and aged Irish antiques at this classic Irish pub and Restaurant, evoking the spirit of Ireland in the heart of old Amsterdam.

All kinds of characters frequent Molly Malone’s in Amsterdam. Expats often use the venue as a central base for meet ups, so there’s usually a real buzz about the place. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun as Molly Malone’s aim to ‘wrap a warm, traditional Irish welcome around your every visit.’

Molly Malone’s
Oudezijds Kolk 9
1012 AL
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 Did you know? According to legend, St. Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the Irish in his bid to convert the nation to Christianity.  Today, those celebrating St. Patrick Day often wear a shamrock as a nod to this Irish legend.

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Durty Nelly’s

Why go? For their lively parties and a great hangover breakfast the next day …

 The Irish love a party and if you’re looking to party like the best of them, Durty Nelly’s is the place to head. Irish and Dutch public holidays alike are cause for celebration at Durty Nelly’s – and rightly so. Any reason to raise a glass and party with friends is fine by us! Check out their facebook for details of their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day party and other events.

Durty Nelly’s also screens major sporting events and has a tasty food offering. So, if you’re looking for a lively place to grab some tasty grub, watch your favourite footie team and have a few drinks with friends then Durty Nelly’s have you covered.

Oh, and they do a great breakfast here so if you’ve indulged in a little bit too much Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam, head along the morning after and Durty Nelly’s will deliver the hangover goods.

Durty Nellys
Warmoesstraat 115
1012 JA

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Café Hole in the Wall

Why go? For hearty Irish food and a friendly and warm welcome  

If you’re looking for a great Irish pub and restaurant in central Amsterdam, Café Hole in the Wall is the place to go. It’s well known for its hearty and yummy pub food which focuses on Irish specialities including roast dinner, stews, pies and fried breakfasts. Of course, there’s a wide selection of alcoholic drinks too, so you can wash down your grub with a nice cold pint or whatever else takes your fancy.

You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and super friendly service at Café Hole in the Wall making it a great place to happily while away a few hours in the city centre.

Sitting on Leidseplein, one of Amsterdam’s large, bustling squares, you’ll find plenty of popular nightlife venues around the area too. So if one pint leads to another … and a night on the town is suddenly on the cards, you’ll have plenty of choice.

Café Hole in the Wall
Leidseplein 8
1017 PT

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O’Reilly’s

Why go? For its great central location and lively atmosphere – the perfect Irish pub to start your big night out in Amsterdam

 Whilst we tend to prefer independent venues, O’Reilly’s is a popular chain of Irish pubs that are definitely worth a mention.

Its Amsterdam branch is located just off Dam Square overlooking the Royal Palace. If you’re heading out to experience the city’s legendary nightlife this St. Patrick’s Day, this is a good Irish Pub in Amsterdam City Centre to start the night.

O’Reilly’s also screens many major sports matches and offers a great selection of tasty food. Grab a portion of their famous fish and chips before you head out to make sure all that St. Patrick’s Day Guiness doesn’t go to your head …

O’Reilly’s
Paleisstraat 103
1012 ZL

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So, there you have it, our tips to help you find the best Irish pubs in Amsterdam. Let’s hope you get to try them out soon …

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