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February 27, 2007
According to an old adage, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day." From the emerald Isle to the farthest reaches of the planet, the Irish put on unforgettable "St. Paddy's" parties. Many of these events bleed green - that is, they are hosted at hostels with unique Irish twists to keep it real.
Hostelworld.com recommends visiting the following hostels for a real Irish experience. So paint your face green, lift your pint of the black stuff and toast being an honoury Irish person for the day!
Loki Backpackers, La Paz, Bolivia
Located in "the city that touches the clouds," Loki Hostel is preparing for its grand opening on St. Patrick's Day with a raucous celebration worthy of its majestic stature. A hearty helping of pork sausages and black and white pudding, an endless litany of Jameson and Guinness, and a healthy dose of Irish goodwill will commemorate the highest Irish-owned bar on the planet, opening its doors at a height of 12,000 feet. At that dizzying elevation, the drinking prowess of the finest strappin' lads will be tested by the thin air, distinguishing the true Irish revelers from their lightweight imitators. And you thought a hangover at sea level was bad?
Hostelworld.com: Rates start at €3/night
Durty Nellys, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nestled among the coffee shops, the wicked overindulgences of the red light district, the endless levees and distant windmills is Durty Nelly's Hostel, an Irish island in a Dutch sea. Famous for its authentic Irish pub, which boasts full Irish breakfasts and a lengthy beer menu, Nellys caters to the traveler wishing to kiss the blarney stone without leaving the bar stool. Offering pool tables, big screen TVs and a multitude of fellow partygoers, you don't need the luck o' the Irish to find satisfaction in this watering hole.
Hostelworld.com: Rates start at €16/night
Irish Murphy's, Brisbane, Australia
The ideal stop for backpackers thirsting for Irish hospitality down under, Irish Murphy's is one of Brisbane's largest and busiest venues, located in the Brisbane central business district. No stranger to bold claims, Irish Murphy's is the self-proclaimed "drinking consultant," offering its guests access to a thriving restaurant and bar, featuring an extensive menu of modern Australian and traditional Irish favorites. Living their motto, "Life is not about the breaths you take but the number of times your breath gets taken away," Murphy's offers live, loud music, providing enough entertainment for even the most rambunctious partiers.
Hostelworld.com: Rates start at €19/night
The InnCrowd Backpackers Hostel 2, Singapore, Singapore
Rooftop sundecks, barbeques and sunbathing are not activities normally associated with St. Paddy's Day, but when you're celebrating an Irish holiday in Singapore, things are destined to be different. Located in the heart of Little India, the InnCrowd Hostel is widely considered Singapore's best guesthouse, with unmatched cleanliness, air-conditioned rooms and celebrations to commemorate every holiday and event, including a St. Patrick's pub crawl that leaves its participants green in spirit and body.
Hostelworld.com: Rates start at ┬ú6/night
Paddy's Palace, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, Ireland
For those who aspire to celebrate St. Patrick's Day where it all began, Paddy's Palace offers "Cead Mile Failte," (100,000 welcomes) to all who wish to visit. Located in a genuine, Gaelic-speaking Irish village on the scenic Dingle peninsula, Paddy's treats its guests to mountain hikes, golden sandy surf beaches, pristine lakes and ancient Irish oak forests. Guests enjoy a majestic turf-burning fireplace, regular Irish dancing classes with local professional teachers, and Paddy's very own Irish pub, the "Randy Leprechaun." Packed to the rafters with live music and locals, the pub displays a unique blend of local characters and international travelers. To celebrate St. Paddy's Day, they offer a scenic trip around Ireland, ending atop the Guinness Brewery to "prepare" for the parade.
Hostelworld.com: Rates start at (┬ú11/night
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