With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you can expect your fair share of Maltese people testing out their luck of the Irish in St Julian’s from around 11 am to the wee hours of the morning.
So here’s your guide to surviving your way through the day and coming out of there all in one piece, especially if you’re working the next day.
1. Get a cab
Let’s not kid ourselves! The likelihood that you’ll join in on the celebrations without drinking or getting a bit drunk is pretty low, so do the responsible thing and get a cab to and fro St Julian’s.
On a popular day such as this one, there are bound to be roadblocks all over the island, so take your pick: a €20 cab, or a €1200 fine plus suspended license?
2. Take some snacks with you
With all food joints choc-a-block full of people, might as well whip out a cereal bar for you and your friends in the middle of a club and start eating. Saves you money and less time wasted in queues.
Bonus: If you give some snacks out to random people for free, you might get some free drinks in return.
3. Keep your belongings safe
With all the hustle and bustle going around, it’s important to make sure that your phone, wallet and keys are safe at all times.
4. Wear green
Unless you want to be pinched, better put on your best green garment before making your way to St Julian’s.
No need to go over the top, just enough to get you into the Irish spirit.
Bonus: in order to find your friends easily, decide on wearing something that will help you find each other in a sea full of people.
5. Know your way to the closest bathroom
Just like you know your way to the nearest fire exit every time you go on a plane, so should you know the way to the nearest bathroom every time you enter a club on St Patrick’s Day.
With all that Guinness entering your system, you’re going to need them.
6. Smile! You might be on camera
With so many people snapping selfies left and right, the likelihood that you’ll be on someone Instagram photo is pretty high.
So make sure to look pretty at all times, to avoid ruining someone’s photo with your resting b*** face.
7. Set as many alarms as you possibly can
Not all of us are lucky enough to be blessed with a bridge holiday, so if you have to get up for work the next day, let’s make sure you actually do get up for work.
Set an alarm every 5 minutes starting from an hour before you have to wake up, that way you’re bound to hear at least one of them which should quickly jolt you back to life quite nicely.