Rachel Stern rounds up the best lo­cales to cel­e­brate your in­ner Ir­ish this Saint Pa­trick’s Day.

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Knock back a pint of Guin­ness and stamp your feet to Gaelic tunes at this year's St Paddy's fes­tiv­i­ties.

Ger­mans dub ev­ery even­ing af­ter work as a

Feier­abend (lit­er­ally ‘cel­e­bra­tion even­ing’). This is es­pe­cially true on St. Pa­trick’s Day, when Ir­ish-in­spired fes­tiv­i­ties break out at pubs, bars, and even a film fes­ti­val around Ber­lin. So on Fri­day, 17 March, dress up in your pinch-proof green at­tire and hit the town for live mu­sic, danc­ing, and of course a wee bit of Guin­ness.

Sit­u­ated in a cozy cor­ner of Char­lot­ten­burg, the charm­ing Ir­ish Harp (Giese­brecht­str. 15. has two full bars of­fer­ing a wide se­lec­tion of Ir­ish and Ger­man drinks, in­clud­ing of course beers and ales. On St. Paddy’s Day, pub­go­ers can lis­ten to melo­di­ous live mu­sic from its name­sake in­stru­ment and, if the weather warms up, sip a pint on its ter­race.

If you’re look­ing to down a bit of tra­di­tional Ir­ish food with your beer, The Lir (Flens­burger Str. 1, www.the­ near Tier­garten has an ex­ten­sive menu, in­clud­ing some unique items like the hearty Gal­way Seafood Stew. Its dimly lit but invit­ing at­mos­phere also makes for a fine lo­cale to cozy up to a drink.

If you fancy cel­e­brat­ing a bit fur­ther east, head to the Happy Pigs Pub (Len­bach­str. 1, www. the­hap­pyp­ in the heart of Friedrichshain. With fes­tive green walls and a wide se­lec­tion of beers and cock­tails, the al­ways hap­pen­ing hub is a lively lo­cale to catch bands play­ing their fa­vorite Ir­ish melodies or to round up friends for a dart com­pe­ti­tion. For a dif­fer­ent taste of Ir­ish cul­ture, visit the Sheeben Flick Ir­ish Film Fes­ti­val (www. she­been­, which will be tak­ing place from 16-19 March at Ber­lin’s Moviemento Kino. The five-year-old fes­ti­val fea­tures a cu­rated pro­gram of Ir­ish films that have not been dis­trib­uted in Ger­many, as well as some Ir­ish clas­sics. Each fea­ture film is paired up with a short and, as a spe­cial treat, the film­mak­ers and cast will an­swer au­di­ence ques­tions af­ter the film at the pop-up bar. You can wrap up the even­ing by stop­ping at the glow­ing green TV Tower at Alexan­der­platz (, fes­tively lit up – cour­tesy of Ber­lin’s Ir­ish em­bassy – through­out the whole week­end.

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