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Given the extent of the Irish diaspora, you could throw a dart at a map of the world and be sure that wherever it lands, there'll be a boisterous St. Patrick's Day celebration come March 17. But short of being in the old country itself, few Paddy's Day bashes can match those of Sydney for boozy conviviality and brio. The Irish influence in Australia (from antimonarchist rebellions to Ned Kelly) runs deep, and its epicenter is the historic, green-hued Mercantile Hotel, tel: (61-2) 9247 3570. Located in the heart of the Rocks, Sydney's oldest quarter, the infamous drinking hole has...

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