Things to do this weekend | 15th – 17th March

Are we tempting fate if, despite the rain, we say it’s looking a wee bit more spring-like out there? We’re going to risk it as the sun is shining as we type and it’s the weekend! It’s St Patrick’s Day this Sunday, so we’ve got plenty of Guinness-filled fun to get you started. And if you’re more of a wine-drinker, don’t forget to buy tickets to our natural wine fair on 6th April – they’re selling fast! It’s also the last weekend of the Oska Bright film festival and food-wise, we’d suggest Saturday lunch at Nanima and a Sunday roast at Embers. Read on for the rest of our recs…

Celebrate St Paddy’s Day

It’s the time of year when everyone and their mammy embraces their Irish side (genuine or that great-great-great granddad you saw in a picture in the loft). Brighton has risen to the occasion and there’s St Patrick’s Day fun a-plenty to be had all weekend long. Irish pub the Fiddler’s Elbow may have sold out a while back, but you can party at friendly local boozer the Harty all weekend (there’s karaoke on Saturday and live Irish music and roasts on Sunday), get stuck into the black stuff over some Irish Jazz at Easy Tiger (Sunday), or try your hand at the Guinness challenge to score a free pint at Bison Beach Bar’s St Patrick’s Day party (Saturday and Sunday), with added rugby. You need to ‘split the G’ or, simply put, sip the perfect amount of beer on your first drink to make the beer level settle in the middle of the G for Guinness on the glass. And yes, we did have to google that. Need some Irish-style food to mop up all that booze? Burger slingers Patty & Bun have launched the Patty O’ Bun for the occasion – Irish beef patties, Cashel blue cheese and Guinness onions (available until the end of March). Yum. And Shelter Hall have teamed up with Jameson’s Irish whisky on a whole weekend of free St Paddy’s Day shenanigans, including spin-the-wheel competitions, a ceilidh, Irish dancers, white pudding burgers, and more (Saturday and Sunday). Time to get craic-ing!
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March; various times; free
Various locations

Dine out like a dream

Four exciting Brighton chefs are teaming up again for Mantle 2. And this time around, it’s all about offal. Admittedly, internal animal bits may not be for everyone, but with these chefs – Sam Lambert (Slam Tacos), Alistair Munro (Alberta’s) and Luka Dmitryj (The Urchin, Five Star Kebabs), and Nick (Kab) – involved, you know the dishes are going to be pretty special. The four have collaborated on a tantalising menu that travels the world from Thailand to Italy and Ireland: think Thai spiced liver butter, cod cheek colcannon, lamb sisig tacos, and stroopwaffel and bone marrow fudge. There’s no set menu either, which means you can pick and choose your favourites. And, with prices starting at just £5, it would be offally rude not to.
Sunday 17th March; from 5pm
Windmill Brighton, 69 Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FL

Mantle Rabble

Head to the dress-up-and-dance party of your dreams

One of our favourite nights, Fever Club, is bringing the funk, dirty disco and soul back to a new location – the Charles Street Tap in Kemptown. Set up by Brighton artist Sarah Arnett and DJ Matt Lee, Fever is all about celebrating music, art, and community. Think magical festival vibes but packaged up into one brilliantly eclectic night out. Basically, if you like getting dressed up (and we don’t mean a nice top and jeans, but giving your creativity free rein) and love good music, good vibes, and interesting people, you’ll be in your element.
Saturday 16th March; 9pm – 3am; £11.25
Above Charles Street Tap, 8 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TA

Book tickets

See a blockbuster for free at the library

It may have lost out to Oppenheimer and Poor Things at the Oscars, but we reckon Greta Gerwig’s latest sharp comedy is still worth seeing, especially if you missed it first time around. Yes, we’re talking about Barbie. It’s a fun, zippy watch whether you think it’s a “feminist reclamation of the bimbo” or it “still bows to the patriarchy”. And while you’re at the library, we’d recommend some more film action courtesy of One Bum Cinema Club, which is in residence as part of the Oska Bright film festival. The world’s smallest (probably) movie theatre, you’ll have the intimate space to yourself as you watch animated shorts.
Sunday 17th March; 2pm; free (but donations welcomed), just drop in
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GW