6 new Toronto pubs to drink at on St. Patrick's Day
This St. Patrick's day, as always, revelers will get terribly and obnoxiously intoxicated from imbibing far too much green beer. Some of Toronto's most recent additions to the pub scene are celebrating this annual booze fest for the first time, embracing ye olde traditions of the drunkest holiday ever. Here's a roundup of six new Toronto pubs you might want to check out this St. Patrick's Day.
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Dog & Bear
If you plan to get your drink on near Queen and Dovercourt, Dog & Bear could be a good spot to go if you want to get festively raucous. There will be Guinness hats and beads aplenty, along with drink specials so that you can get in a headspace in which it is sensible to wear those things. Also, Irish music.
Drums N Flats
This north Toronto newcomer, situated at Avenue and Wilson, is pretty gung-ho about the annual slopfest. They partnered up with their neighbours, Safari Bar and Grill, to put on a pub crawl — between the two bars. Three rock and roll cover bands will traverse between the northern venues, with customers ferried back and forth by a rickshaw. Further, green beer and PBR specials. $3.
When I called Tilted Kilt, located on the Esplanade near Yonge St., the woman who picked up was absolutely stoked about St. Patrick's day. She told me they're planning to have a tented, heated patio set up for the occasion, as well as live music and "Irish dancers." I asked if they plan to serve green beer, to which she excitedly squealed, "Of course, yeah! And all kinds of hats and swag to give away!" Well, then. Girls in teensy kilts combined with tacky hats and cheap booze is always a winning combination. I don't see how this could go wrong.
An Sibin Pub
This spot opened in August at Queen and Broadview (replacing the Real Jerk) and they're going all out to celebrate. The pub, whose name means "speakeasy" in Gaelic, is hosting not a day, but a week of Irish revelry. From March 13 to 19, they're offering live music, drink specials, and even a Ginger Night. Check out their calendar of events here.
Sauce on the Danforth
If you're partying near Coxwell and Danforth, consider hitting up Sauce on the Danforth. The pub opened in August, and on Sunday, its doors will give way at noon to best facilitate optimum shenanigans. They'll have drink specials, Guinness Irish stew, live music and giveaways going on all day.
McQueen's opened last month at Queen and Carlaw. Once home to Toast Restaurant, they specialize in traditional pub fare and offer smoked meat sandwiches from Caplansky's. For St. Patrick's day, they'll open at 11 a.m. They'll also have live music and "lucky draws" for gift certificates.
What will you be doing this St. Patrick's Day? Let us know in the comments below.
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