Best hostels in Europe to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Staying in a hostel is one of the best ways to enjoy St Patrick’s Day and this year is looking bigger than ever before. With more European cities going green to mark the day, there’s nowhere better to get into the party spirit than a budget hostel.

If you’re travelling across Europe on vacation then check into a hostel, don a Guinness hat and let the Guinness flow until dawn. With iconic buildings turning green, you can’t fail to enjoy the spectacular floats of a St Patrick’s Day parade. It’s a day to lose your inhibitions and enjoy some ‘craic’ with friends.

What is St Patrick’s Day?

St Patrick's Day 2016 Dublin

St Patrick’s Day is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland. The festival traditionally involves wearing large green hats, drinking Guinness and taking part in the legendary ‘craic’ with pub dwellers. The biggest parade takes place in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, but the festival is celebrated in every city across the world. It’s the day the whole world goes green!

When is St Patrick’s Day?

Thursday, March 17 2016

What are best cities to celebrate St Paddy’s this year?

1) Dublin, Ireland 

St Patrick's Day Dublin

Dublin will be hosting the ultimate St Patrick’s Day parade this year. Here you will find some of Europe’s loudest street performers and pyrotechnics in a week long festival of frivolity and laughter.

Ireland’s capital will be having a five day festival (15 -20 March 2016) and visitors will discover a city packed full of parades, firework displays and all-night parties. Dublin’s pubs and bars will be crammed from dawn until dusk during the holiday season. There’s simply no better way to experience the city than on St Patrick’s Day.

All of the city’s hostels will be doing something special this year. For under €20 per night you can experience the famous Dublin atmosphere at The Four Courts Hostel, which is only a few minutes walk from the Temple Bar and the Latin Quarter. Likewise so is the Barnacles Temple Bar House, which caters for travellers wanting to have a good time on holiday.Generator Hostel Dublin

For more budget options check out the Abbey Court hostel and hipster friendly Generator Hostel Dublin, which are both available for under €26 per night.

2) London, United Kingdom

St Patrick's Day London

London’s enormous Irish community is also having a massive party in 2016. On the Sunday (March 13 2016) you can join the parade before heading to Trafalgar Square to celebrate. Every bar will be donning Guinness hats, green balloons and getting into the Irish spirit.

You can crash out at SoHostel and hang out with fellow travellers in London’s coolest nightclub district. If you’re running low on cash then check into the budget friendly Smart Hyde Park Inn for only €17 per night. Alternatively you can always stay at the London Eye Hostel. Book with us and wake up next to one of London’s coolest landmarks for only €24.33 per person.

3) Munich, Germany

St Patrick's Day Munich
Ireland is celebrated ©DIF Munich / Photo by Andy Kotowski

Munich is surprisingly home to one of Europe’s biggest St Patrick Day’s parades. What started in 1996 as a tiny party hosted by Irish expats has become a huge international party involving up to 15,000 people. This year it will be celebrated over the three-day weekend preceding the official holiday on March 17.

Every bar in Munich will be crammed full of people drinking Guinness, so why not check into a city centre hostel and save money on your accommodation? For under €25 per night you can stay at the Wombat’s CITY Hostel and Smart Stay Hostel Munich City and party with travellers until the early hours.

4) Paris, France

Image: O'Sullivans Irish Pub, Paris, France
Image: O’Sullivans Irish Pub, Paris, France

Pubs across Paris will be draped in tricolours and serving their best Guinness in honour of the saint who chased all the snakes out of Ireland.

With a huge ex-pat Irish community Paris there’s no better time or place to have a pint of Guinness than on St Patrick’s Day. Friends Hostel is the perfect place for all St Patrick’s day travellers arriving in Paris on a budget.

Likewise you can save a fortune staying at the Hostel Blue Planet, which is bang in the centre of Paris. Book with us and you’ll have a spectacular time and save a fortune over St Patrick’s Day.

5) Barcelona, Spain

Irish pub barcelona
Photo: Shenanigans Irish – the first Irish Pub in Barcelona.

Even if there’s no parade for St Patrick’s Day in Barcelona, the city has an abundance of Irish pubs decked in tricolours and four-leaf clovers. Grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy the Celtic camaraderie in the sunshine. Barcelona plays host to a traditional Irish Regatta competition every year, where rowing boats (Currachs) compete against each other in a series of waterfront races.

Always up for a party, you can stay in Barcelona’s city centre and enjoy some Guinness in the sunshine for only €10 per night!


Wherever you go in Europe, the St Patrick Day’s celebrations are always popular and like everything else in life, its best experienced on holiday. Book with us and enjoy some good craic without breaking the bank.

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**Header image from The Church/Facebook