Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending St.Patrick’s Day at the home of the black stuff. (Although, I was informed while being instructed on how to pull the perfect pint that ‘It’s not Black but very dark dark Ruby Red’ doesn’t have the same ring to it though…) Anyway the day was organised by Ogilvy/WHPr on behalf of their client Guinness. We were greeted with giftbags containing Guinness thermos flasks and tickets / schedules for the day. The suite we were in was a little away from the action but we were entertained with a pint pulling lesson, a caricature illustrator and some delicious Guinness based food…
Guinness Bread and Salmon
Guinness marinated Beef Skewers
Guinness and Beef stew
Guinness and Garlic Mussels
Guinness Mushroom Risotto
Now you may bawk at the mention of these combinations, as did I, but I must confess they were all delicious. I’m not a fish-person so didn’t go near the salmon but did get adventurous enough to try the mussels which were nyom. The Risotto was my favourite though. I’d have never thought to cook with Guinness but will definitely be trying some of the recipes on http://www.guinness.com/en-ie/food-main-courses.html
One nice touch was anyone called ‘Paddy, Patrick, Pat, Patrice, Patricia’ or any Patrick related variants were treated to a VIP (Very Important Patrick) lanyard and a Guinness ‘Who’s Your Paddy’ Tee to help them be instantly recognisable!
The Storehouse was buzzing with people from all over the world enjoying the craic. In the foyer were a marching band from Dearborn, MI giving it socks with their parade setlist. On the fifth floor there was a great Mumford & Sons-esque trad band in the Source Bar followed by a great Irish rock covers band. But the highlight of the evening for all concerned was ‘Spring Break’. Spring Break are a cheese-on-toast 80’s cover band with all the bells and whistles. They played a packed Arrol Suite, rocking out tunes like ‘Africa’ by Toto and Van Halen’s ‘Jump’. A lot of us had bruises on our knees this morning from sliding across the floor or dropping to the ground for air-guitar solos. It was the best part of the day and mighty craic!
We finished the evening with a trip to the Gravity bar and slurped down our last Guinness of the evening with gorgeous views over a streetlamp-lit Dublin. We’d been at the Storehouse since 2pm and it was coming up til 9pm but I’d have easily believed it was 2am. The DJ in the Gravity Bar belted out some Mo-town floor-fillers before the event simmered down.
As a Dubliner, I would have never considered the Storehouse as the venue for my St. Patrick’s Day and always thought ‘ah it’s just for the tourists’. But honestly after yesterday I can’t see myself spending future Paddy’s days anywhere else! The place had 700 people turn up in a mere 20mins and the mix of friendly tourists and locals who were there for the craic was a welcome departure from the usual scum-baggery that can so often taint St.Patrick’s Day in town.
A huge thanks has to go to out to Aoiffe at WHPR for organising the event, Jules Keeley for inviting us along and all at Guinness Storehouse for looking after us and a fantastic Paddy’s Day!