St. Patrick's Day Toronto 2011
St. Patrick's Day in Toronto is at least a little strange. Despite our oft-touted diversity, claims of some form of Irish heritage skyrocket for this 24 hour period. And that, to be honest, is actually a little bit annoying. Let's face it, you don't need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The only requirement is a healthy appetite for drink (preferably stout) and a disregard for one's responsibilities the following day.
Choosing an appropriate pub for the festivities is a slightly more complicated matter. Does one want the utmost authenticity in their choice of establishment? How about just a properly poured Guinness? Maybe just cheap drinks given the likelihood of going overboard? Here's a brief guide to St. Patrick's Day festivities in Toronto to help with the selection process. Oh, and if you're looking for a pseudo dose of Ireland that doesn't involve alcohol, there's always Irish Potato Nachos. Seriously. They're good.
Judging the relative authenticity of Irish pubs not located in Ireland always spurs heated debate. Nevertheless, based on an informal poll of my expat friends, the following locals do the old country just right.
If authenticity isn't high on your list, and you just want to enjoy a pint in an Irish-inspired environment, each of the pubs below will work swimmingly.
And, if beer and food selection is more of a factor than decor, these are worthy candidates.
In addition to the entertainment offered at pubs throughout the city, there are also a few St. Patrick's Day events worthy of note.
Lead photo by Josh Belcher on Flickr.
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