Birmingham’s Oldest Pub is bringing its St. Patrick’s Festivities back the fourth year for 2020 with a whole host of events, as part of #DigbethStPats. Situated on the heart of the St. Patrick’s parade route and on the bustling Digbeth high street, The Old Crown will celebrate its Irish heritage with five events throughout March, including a fundraiser to help save the celebrated parade.
Festivities kick off on Monday, March 9th with Highland Park Whisky Tasting, featuring a talk with a whisky expert and whisky samples. Next, on Wednesday, 11th March stars of Father Ted will be hosting the Big Fat Irish Quiz. Sponsored by Guinness, Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Pat McDonnell (Eoin McLove) will take over Birmingham’s oldest pub to test guests on their Irish and general knowledge for prizes. On Thursday, March 12th Irish sporting legend Paul McGrath will take part in a talk about his life and career, with chances for people to speak to the sports star. On Friday, March 13th the pub celebrates two musical greats with a Fleetwood Mac Vs Queen night – filling the vibrant outdoor space with DJs, dancers, VS battles and visuals until late.
Bringing the craic to #DigbethStPats will be the celebrated Irish group Goats Don’t Shave, performing their famous Trad Irish tunes during the Six Nations Rugby Super Saturday on Saturday, 14th March. Since forming in a pub in 1990, Goats don’t shave are one of the biggest bands Ireland have ever produced. With five top singles, including fan favourite ‘Las Vegas In The Hills of Donegal’, Goats Don’t Shave have put Ireland on the map with shows all over the world. All ticket money will go towards the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade fundraiser, raising money to fund one of the biggest St. Patrick’s parades in Europe.
Last but not least, The Old Crown has a full day of live music and craic planned for Sunday, 15th March during and after the St. Patrick’s Parade. Jack Banting, The Grandmaster, Cassie Philomena-Smith, Paddy Daddy ft Lee Mac and more secret guests fill the stage in The Old Crown’s garden marquee from 11am until late, with plenty of Guinness on tap. Partnering up with Guinness, again this year pub goers can get their own personalised Stoutie – a selfie in the foam of the famous Guinness stout, bringing a new meaning to the picture perfect pint.
Established in 1368, The Old Crown was recently renovated, bringing Birmingham’s oldest pub into the modern age. The dining area is now open plan, with modern furnishings, artwork and that all important lick of paint. Meanwhile in the bar a 400 year old fireplace has been restored and the original doors have been protected, to keep the traditional features of the grade II listed building standing strong.
Tickets for #DigbethStPats events can be found on DesignMyNight or purchased on the door. More information can be found on The Old Crown’s Facebook page.
Whisky Tasting http://bit.ly/highlandparkOC
Big Fat Irish Quiz: http://bit.ly/fathertedquizOC
Paul McGrath http://bit.ly/paulmcgrathoc
Fleetwood Mac Vs Queen http://bit.ly/fleetwoodvsqueen
Goats Don’t Shave http://bit.ly/stpatsfundraiser
Tickets to St. Patrick’s Parade Day available on the door.