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St. Patrick’s Day in Canada is always a great time, thanks to the large and welcoming Irish community across the country—over 4.5 million Canadians have Irish ancestry. We tend to really make every St. Paddy’s day a true celebration, and this year’s will be no exception. That means shenanigans might get a little bit crazier than usual.
Here are the best places in Canada to celebrate your inner Irish spirit:
Blarney Stone’s kicking off the festivities bright and early at one of the greatest Irish pubs in Vancouver. Festivities start on Thursday night, with live music by The Loaded Stones followed by a DJ and a balloon drop at midnight. On Friday, doors open at 9 a.m. for an all-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival with Irish dancers and a roster full of live music.
The Ship & Anchor in downtown Calgary is kicking off at noon and going all night long with 13 hours of live music, featuring Fire Next Time and The Bitterweed Draw among many others. The only thing we love more than a good St. Paddy’s day party? No cover.
This is going to be one major party. Starting off with a countdown, the party starts at Reggies Bar on Thursday and goes straight into the day-long party on Friday. This celebration includes a pot of gold giveaway and all-day DJs. And the cover charge is just $1, so you can go ahead and save that cash for more green beer.
Steamwhistle Brewery is a great venue for any kind of party, and they’ve already got the green colour scheme going on so it’s win/win for St. Partick’s Day. Beer isn’t the only thing on the menu—they’ve got more than enough Irish whiskey, Baileys, and vodka to keep the party going. Traditional Irish eats will be provided by the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill, and of course, the party wouldn’t be complete without live music and traditional Irish dancers.
If you want to party with St. Paddy but still squeeze in a few hours of beauty sleep, Guinness SPD Toronto is the event for you. Travel from stage to room to patio to experience live music, listen to some DJs, play games, and of course, eat to your heart’s content. Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
All-day Irish breakfast, live music for more 12 straight hours, AND no cover? We’re in. Durty Nelly’s is starting its St. Paddy’s Day festivities at 7 a.m. sharp and finishes off at 2 a.m. with a traditional Irish jig. Plus Durty Nelly’s menu was apparently put together by David Adjey, who once faced off with an Iron Chef, so you know it has to be good.
Yep, you read that right. Ottawa’s Lowertown Brewery has an actual heated beer garden, perfect for party-goers who want to stay warm on a chilly March day. Plus, Lowertown is located right in the middle of ByWard Market, meaning you’ll have tons of pretty shops and other buildings to admire even if you end up stumbling home at 3 a.m.
Maritimers know how to have a good time, especially when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. Maritime Kitchen Party is hosting a St. Paddy’s extravaganza at Twenty/20 Nightclub in Fredericton, complete with green beer, prizes and gifts. Judging by the quirky Maritime Kitchen Party website, the club will be transformed into a green, clover-covered wonderland that has to be seen to be believed.