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St. Patrick's Day Toronto 2012

Posted by Staff / March 13, 2012

St. Patricks Day TorontoSt. Patrick's Day 2012 in Toronto is almost here. Just in time, too, because when else is it acceptable to wear those, 'Kiss Me, I'm Irish' t-shirts even though your only relation to the old country is some distant cousin? Yes, St. Patrick's Day means different things for different people, but the common thread these days is some good-natured indulgence in the drink. So here's a guide to keep you busy not only on the big day itself, but throughout the week as well.


  • Dora Keogh's doesn't get all hokey on St. Patrick's Day, but you can bet the place will be packed with Guinness-slinging ex-pats. There will be live music all day on Saturday, so get in early if you hope to get in at all.
  • Next door at Allen's they'll be doing pretty much the same thing, but it's sure to be busy, too.
  • Ceili Cottage is making St. Patrick's Day into a whole week, with different events and specials happening every day, including dancers, karaoke, and live music.
  • Festivities at The Irish Embassy start at noon on Saturday with Rick Baura & Friends taking the stage until 4 p.m. followed up by Wheel House, who'll play from 6 till 11 p.m.
  • Sister pub P.J. O'Brien will be showing the Ireland versus England rugby game on Saturday at 1 p.m. ($20 cover). If rugby isn't your thing, the pub will have Irish dancers throughout the afternoon and live music courtesy of the Irish Guys play from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Their menu will include Beef and Guinness stew, Irish Sausage and Chips and Kilkenny Ale Fish and Chips.
  • Steamwhistle, Toronto's green (bottled) beer is hosting its very own St. Patrick's Day Party at The Roundhouse. The event, which begins at 2 p.m. and lasts well into the evening (probably longer than any patron will) will include food provided by the Irish Embassy and Irish-themed entertainment. Proceeds from the event will go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Society, those lovable folks who organize the annual Irish march down Yonge Street.
  • Day drinks, anyone? Here's hoping that the weather stays unseasonably warm for St. Party's Day at St. Lawrence Market. A large tent will be set-up between King and Front and bands will be playing in the North Building of the market. It starts bright and early at 11 a.m.!
  • Because hurling heavy balls around probably isn't a wise idea after a day of drinking, maybe hit The Ballroom's special St. Patrick's Day event before getting really deep into the stout. There will be drink specials, a special Irish-themed menu, and complimentary shoe rental until 6 p.m. Free shoes!
  • Cut your 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' shirt into a crop-top, for the St. Patrick's Day Club Crawl. Buy a "Club Crawl" pass and have no-cover entry into four nightclubs and party bus transportation between them. Tickets must be bought beforehand and are selling fast.
  • Get ready for a nasty hangover. The Pour House started its St. Patrick's Day celebrations earlier this week and they'll continue all the way to Sunday. Cheap eats (think 40 cent wings and a Pie and Pint deal for $15) will be available throughout the week and as of Friday, the Guinness is going for $6 — not a crazy deal, but it'll help if you have 10. The pub will also have a special menu for Saturday with Sunny Boy Mick providing live tunes.
  • Along with The Pour House, The Brazen Head , The Foggy Dew,Murphy's Law, and Pogue Mahone are all having a seven day celebrations with special menus, live music.
  • You could also, of course, just head to The Gallway Arms. They don't pull out all the bells and whistles for St. Patrick's Day, but you know they'll pour you a proper pint of Guinness.



From the upscale to the budget-friendly, Toronto is definitely not a city that's short on beer. For those who would just like to sit down and have a pint on this sacred day in a non-Irish bar, there's plenty of options too:


Writing by Mariam Matti and Roxanne Hathway-Baxter



drukqs / March 13, 2012 at 04:53 pm
I can't wait to get HAMMERED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Patty replying to a comment from drukqs / March 13, 2012 at 05:05 pm
jjbarea / March 13, 2012 at 05:08 pm
Drink time!
me / March 13, 2012 at 06:42 pm
I would love to hit one of these places, but in the early evening, not 11am! Any recommendations on a decent pub I can hit without being stuck in line all day?
The / March 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Ireland are playing England in the rugby on Saturday, not Wales!
Ola / March 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm
I've been living in Canada just for couple of years (originally from Europe), but I'm taken by surprise every year by how big of a deal National Drinking Day, I mean St. Patrick's Day, is...
PT / March 14, 2012 at 12:50 am
If you are interested in finding some semblance of a "real Irish experience" ...avoid places celebrating "St PaTTy's" day.

dave replying to a comment from PT / March 14, 2012 at 08:38 am
I dont think anybody wants "real Irish" sitting in a dark pub with old men all depressed?

They want to drink with friends and pretend to be Irish.
Sam I Am / March 14, 2012 at 10:23 am
Irish Centre in Brampton is the best time hands down ('s in Brampton)
tru replying to a comment from Sam I Am / March 14, 2012 at 10:36 am
The Irish Supporters Club in Mississauga.

Far superior and not in Brampton.
diane / March 14, 2012 at 11:58 am
i need a pint lol
diane / March 14, 2012 at 11:58 am
Rick / March 14, 2012 at 01:16 pm
I checked out the Club Crawl website. All it says is that it includes access to "4 of the hottest night clubs in Toronto." However, that the party starts at Crocodile Rock seems to make it clear this will not actually be the case.
Johnny replying to a comment from dave / March 14, 2012 at 04:08 pm
Beannachtaí na Féile Páraic oraibh!
cian / March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm
anyone know if many places will be showing the rugby match?? or is it just pj o briens at 20 dolla??
Johnny replying to a comment from cian / March 15, 2012 at 10:33 am
The Galway Arms will be showing it as well, but again, $20. Blame Setanta.
Jason / March 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm
St. Patrick's Day ~March 17th
Shamrocks & Shenanigans
The Gladstone Hotel ~1214 Queen St. W
Starts @ 4pm
SHAINE / March 17, 2012 at 02:04 am
can some one explain to me what to blog from Seattle Washington knows about toronto ?
Hung Like I Dunno Wat / March 19, 2012 at 08:23 am
I totally barfed on your hedge. Sorry.
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