Get Your Irish On in Edinburgh

Things to Do — By Christina Maria Paschyn on March 17, 2011 at 3:42 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Not sure how to channel your inner Irishman (or woman) today? Check out these events happening around the city:

The Caves: Rock out to Celtic-Irish folk music in this bar-nightclub hidden beneath Edinburgh’s South Bridge. The Caves are part of a series of underground vaults built within the arches that make up the bridge, which, from ground level, resembles a regular street. 7 :00 p.m. £9. After the show, why not take a supernatural tour of the vaults?

Underground in The Caves

Vue Cinema at Ocean Terminal: Don’t bother splurging on expensive theatre tickets. Watch the popular Irish step dancing show Lord of the Dance with a bucket of popcorn instead. 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Storytelling Centre: Songwriter Sheila Stewart musically explores the history and traditions of the Travellers, a nomadic people of ethnic Irish origin that have ‘settled’ today mainly in Ireland and Great Britain. They continue to maintain a separate language and their own unique customs. 7:30 p.m. £9.

The Voodoo Rooms: Laugh along with some of Ireland’s best comedians, including Kevin Hayes, Niall Browne, Niall McCamley, Pearse James, Paulie Cronin and MC Keara Murphy. 7:30 p.m. £16.50 – the prices includes a traditional Irish meal!

Whistlebinkies: End the night dancing and drinking Guinness at this live music bar, where Celtic bands Macpolvo and The Pictoids will play from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free admittance.

If you are hoping to experience authentic Irish culture, check out Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland, which has many events running today. The festival ends March 20th.

[Image Credits: Irish cultural symbols  by Edible Antics; The Caves courtesy of The Caves]

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