The 23rd Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 15, ahead of the actual day of celebration on Tuesday. The Tokyo incarnation was first held in 1992 and is the largest Irish event in Japan, which was designed to introduce Japanese people to Irish culture, will feature Irish music as its theme.
While applications are closed for participants and volunteers, everyone is welcome to come watch the parade in Omotesando, Harajuku. If you’re drinking age, after the parade you can head out to one of Tokyo’s many Irish pubs for discounted beer, live music and festive dishes. Wearing green is optional, but be forewarned: You might be pinched.
Following the parade on March 15, the pub will host an after party with live music at 5 p.m. Roppongi and Shibuya branches will be serving free Guinness starting at 3:30 p.m. Show up early because supplies are limited.
On March 17 ¥800 pints of Guinness and reduced-price pints of Jamesons will be sold throughout the night starting at 5:00 p.m. Specials on Irish dishes including beef and Guinness pie and lamb stew will be offered.
Akasaka: B1F Tamondo Building, 2-13-19 Akasaka, Minato-ku; 03-6229-2636; Nearest Station: Akasaka. Roppongi: 1F Aoba Roppongi Building, 3-16-33 Roppongi, Minato-ku; 03-3568-1280; Nearest Station: Roppongi Itchome. Shibuya: 3F Ichiban Building, 1-3-11, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; 03-6415-4244; Nearest Station: Shibuya. Kobe: 7F, Kondo Building, 4-3-2 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku; 078-325-0830; Nearest Station: Sannomiya.
In addition to green beer, the pub will serve pints of Guinness, Kilkenny, London Pride, Heineken and The Premium Malts for ¥700 during this three-day event, starting on March 15. Shots of Irish whiskey will be ¥500 and there will be live music performances on the 16th.
5F Shibuya Sede Bldg, 1-5-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; 03-3476-7776; Nearest Station: Shibuya.
Pints of Jameson’s go for ¥500 and happy hour prices will be offered on pints of Guinness and Kilkenny’s.
B1F Gatecity Osaki, 1-11-6 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; 03-5437-5779; Nearest Station: Osaki.
Customers wearing green will receive Guinness and Kilkenny at half price.
2F Wada Building, 3-18-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; 03-3486-8141; Nearest Station: Shibuya.
The pub is celebrating St. Patrick’s day early this year with live Celtic music and all draft beer ¥700 a pint on March 14th. All draft beer will be reduced to ¥500 a pint with a celtic folk/punk performance from The Mutiny on the 15th and an Irish music DJ on the 17th.
B1 Matsuda Building, 3-12-3 Meguro; 03-3760-6179; Nearest Station: Meguro.
Shinjuku’s Irish pub will offer ¥300 green shots on March 13-14. Following the St. Patrick’s Day parade on the 15th, all pints will be buy one get one 50 percent off. All pints will be buy two get one free on the 17th.
Grand Floor, Sensho Building, 2-13-16 Shinjuku; 03-6273-1755; Nearest Station: Shinjuku.
Customers who participate in the pub crawl and visit all five of the pub’s five locations receive a “Happy Card” for year-round happy hour prices and chance to win a keg. Visit before March 16 for a shot at winning.
Shinjuku: 2F Shinjuku Lion Hall, 3-28-9; 03-3352-6606; Nearest Station: Shinjuku. Shibuya: 2F Dogenzaka Center Building, 2-29-8 Dogenzaka; 03-5459-1736; Nearest Station: Shibuya. Ikebukuro: B1 Sun Gorou Buildin, 1-10-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro; 03-5951-3614; Nearest Station: Ikebukuro. Akasaka: B1 Sannou Park Tower, 2-11-1 Nagatacho; 03-3539-3615; Nearest Station: Akasaka. Shinagawa: B1F Grand Passage, Shinagawa Mitsubishi Building; 03-6718-2834; Nearest Station: Shinagawa.
The beer bar featuring over 15 types of draft beers has seasonal offerings March 11-17. The bar will serve green beer for ¥650 and Guinness for ¥800 a pint.
4F Ikeda Plaza Building, 3-34-16 Shinjuku; 03-5362-1668. Nearest Station: Shinjuku.
The pub will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a special menu and serving ¥100 off Irish whisky and cocktails. Those who wear green receive a free cocktail.
2F Ozaki Building, 2-15-21, Tachikawa-shi; 042-523-8307.