What do you give a drunken Irishman? Another pint of Guinness! Arthur Guinness, the infamous founder of Guinness beer is a sacred name here in Dublin. No where else in the world will you find a smoother, better-tasting pint of Guinness than right here in Dublin. Because of his contributions, Arthur Guinness's birthday is celebrated every year as an annual excuse to get wasted (not that every day in Ireland doesn't have the same excuses). September 27 - or Arthur's Day - is basically the autumn version of St. Patrick's Day except instead of painting the town green, you're encouraged to "paint the town black." Hundreds of famous singers and bands come to play at various pubs all over Dublin and Ireland. The kick is that no one knows which bands will be where until the night of Arthur's Day. Tickets for entrance to pubs go on sale weeks in advance and everyone hopes their favorite bands will be making a surprise appearance at their favorite pubs. Unfortunately, no one told us about Arthur's Day before we came to Ireland so by the time we got here, all tickets had been sold out. But no fear - we could still get into the pubs we just couldn't get into the main stage area where the bands would be playing.
My first Arthur's Day was definitely one to behold. People started heading to the pubs around 4:30PM and everywhere in the heart of Dublin was PACKED. People were dressed up in black, white, and gold to honor the colors of Guinness. My friends went to our favorite pub here, Whelan's, because we had heard a rumor that Mumford and Sons would be playing there! While we knew we wouldn't be able to actually get in to see the band, we could still listen and it was cool that they were at the same place as us. (Spoiler alert: Mumford and Sons WAS at Whelan's!!!)
Needless to say, with a day devoted to drinking, everyone had a lot of fun...