6 Tips to Keep it Real Irish this St. Patrick's Day

Let's face it, St. Patrick's Day has become way out of hand. Orange wigs, green beer and leprechauns, oof!

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has partnered with Sean Muldoon + Jack McGarry – fellow Irish craftsmen and co-owners of World’s Best Bar, The Dead Rabbit in NYC – to offer some tips for a REAL IRISH St. Patrick’s Day.

In short, it’s good friends, good craic, good music, and if you are very lucky, good whiskey. Take a wee read below, and if you only follow one tip, you’re headed in the right direction…

If you call it St. Patty’s Day, just don’t.

Irish people hate it when people around the world say ‘St. Patty’s Day’. Say ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ or ‘Paddy’s Day’.

Ditch the Irish ballads for some Irish tracks with attitude.

While Ireland may be famous for its Irish whiskey, its music history is equally impressive. Of course, everyone knows U2, Sinead O’Connor, and Van Morrison, but Ireland has also produced popular musicians like Foy Vance, Glen Hansard, and Hozier. We suggest you turn down the folksy Irish trad and amp up some Damien Dempsey.

Stop saying “Top o’ the morning” and learn some new phrases.

We’re not sure any Irish person has actually ever said “Top ‘o the morning”, yet someone in your office will most likely greet you with it on St Patrick’s Day. Impress your friends with REAL IRISH phrases like “What’s the craic?” (“What’s going on?”) or “That’s grand” (“That’s fine”).

Do yourself a favor and stay away from the sea of people dressed in orange wigs guzzling green beer and shots.

We’re from the North Coast of Ireland, where St. Patrick’s Day is all about family, close friends, and craic. Find a proper pub and stay away from the strange and strangers this year. Grab your best group for some proper food + drinks, and wear what you want. Because no REAL IRISH person would be caught dead in a leprechaun costume on St. Patrick’s Day (or ever).

If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, try Ireland’s North Coast.

If you’re looking for an REAL IRISH adventure, head directly to the northern coast of Ireland. Known for its stunning coastline and charming pubs, you might also recognize some of your favorite scenes from Game of Thrones. The North Coast is also home to The Old Bushmills Distillery. What better way to spend St Patrick’s Day than touring Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery?

Try celebrating with a REAL IRISH whiskey.

The newest whiskey from Ireland’s oldest distillery, Red Bush is your gateway to a proper St. Patrick’s Day. Aged in bourbon barrels, you’ll find the signature smoothness that only comes from triple distillation, but with the bold character of bourbon. Slainte.

In short, the key ingredients to a REAL IRISH St. Patrick's Day are good friends, good craic, good music and if you are very lucky, good Irish whiskey.

And of course, don't forget the whiskey.

Toasting with a dram of Bushmills Irish Whiskey is a great way to celebrate Irish heritage – after all it’s the oldest working distillery in Ireland. We've been at it Since 1608.

we've been at it since 1608

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