These ten things definitely define an Irish night out on the town. Read on to find out if you have found yourself doing anything of these things.
If you have ever been on a night out in Ireland (who hasn’t?), then these ten cultural traits of an Irish night out will ring true to you and your friends.
Whether you remember all of these things from your night out is another story, but we can safely say that without these ten things that always happen on an Irish night out, our nightlife just wouldn’t be what it is – mighty good craic!
Let’s see if we can jog your memory.
10. Someone will lose something − the dreaded event
We’ve all been there. When one person in the group realises they’ve lost their jacket, shoes, keys, or, God forbid, their phone or wallet.
These sorts of happenings on a night out are just inevitable when you’re having a good time.
9. We always bump into an old friend − a blast from the past
An Irish night out wouldn’t be complete without bumping into someone you haven’t seen for ages, either from school or from an old job.
Let’s face it, Ireland is a small country! It’s only a matter of time before you bump into a school friend.
8. We drive the taxi driver mad − the saints among us
We are yet to meet a taxi driver who LOVES picking up drunk people on a night out, but who knows, maybe there are a few.
For the most part, we tend to drive the taxi drivers mad, by singing (loudly), requesting songs, and asking question after question. They have the patience of a saint.
7. The night ends with something greasy − we like to call it soakage
Be it a kebab, a curry, or a pizza, one of the things that always happens on an Irish night out is ending up in a takeaway, along with the rest of the party-goers. Yet another place to make new friends, right?
6. Someone will disappear − wandering off into the night
It’s always that point in the night when you’re having such a good time, dancing, sipping cocktails, and chatting to new mates that you think it is the best night ever.
That is until you realise someone in your group has gone AWOL. This can be from too many drinks, not enough drinks, or they’ve fallen asleep somewhere!
5. Pre-drinks − where it all begins
Is it even an Irish night out without pre-drinks? It is an unwritten rule that everyone gets ready early enough to meet at their ‘hosts’ gaff to have a few drinks before the party really gets started.
It’s really our way of having a cheap night out, though!
4. Someone will order some nasty shots − one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor
Yes, we all have that friend who, at some point during the night, thinks ordering a round of tequila is a good idea.
When was tequila EVER a good idea?
3. You make friends with strangers − how many best friends can one person have
Irish people are renowned for being open and friendly, so on a night out, with drink involved, it just grows.
One of the things that always happens on an Irish night out is making friends with strangers that we will probably never see again, but for that night, they are our ‘best mate’.
2. You end up in the smoking area − the absolute place to be
One of the things that always happen on an Irish night out is that you end up in the smoking area – the place to be, it seems.
Even if you don’t smoke, you’ll most likely end up here with your friends that do and let’s face it; it’s always a great place to make new friends.
1. Someone will dance on a table − the centre of attention
Going out in a group is always fun because each of us has a friend who fulfils at least one of these ten things, and this is certainly one of them.
Who doesn’t have a friend who ends up dancing on the table at 2 am – or maybe you are that friend?
If you recognised any one of these ten hilarious things that always happen on an Irish night out, then well done; you have experienced real Irish nightlife at its best.
The Irish certainly party like no other, and whether we remember it the next day or not, we most definitely had a brilliant night out.