6 Awesome Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto
It’s almost that time of year again; an open invitation to guzzle green beer, take group shots with green-clad friends, and likely make bad decisions. And this year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday night.
Naturally, festivities of all kinds will take over the city, likely resulting in the amateurs to emerge from the woodwork for the night, long lineups, and an Uber surge charge. The good news when it comes to logistics is that you can ride the King and Queen streetcars on Saturday, March 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. for free, courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
On St Patrick’s Day, you have an excuse to drink all the beer (or whiskey) your heart desires free of judgement, with ample options to do so. Here are the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto.
The fourth annual Guinness SPD will attract 6,000 green-clad partygoers for the best excuse to get day drunk, with a free pancake breakfast, all the Lucky Charms you can eat, Irish fiddlers and dancers, and activities like life-sized Jenga, face painting, balloon artists, and foosball, all spread across the sprawling 45,000 square-foot party and heated patios at 11 Polson Street. The Guinness will flow all day and night (the event runs 11:30 am to 9 pm) as guests enjoy live music from In Living Cover and The Devil’s Drink, plus an assortment of Canada’s best DJs.
Dublin is calling on Torontonians to go green for the love of the Irish. The celebrations start at 11 am at Dublin Calling (250 Adelaide St. W), where the first 100 partygoers will receive a complimentary pancake breakfast. Throughout the all-day and all-night affair, guests can expect shareable snacks, Irish party favours, pool, ping pong, skeeball, darts, a giant Jenga game, a live band in the afternoon, and a DJ at night for those with the stamina to stay late.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
If you can’t quite commit to one place to tap into your inner leprechaun (and you’re under the age of 25) you have the option of a St. Patrick’s Day pub-crawl. The evening kicks off at Madison Avenue Pub at 6:30, where guests can grab a green beer or two before hopping on a party bus and hit four (surely rowdy) Irish bars and clubs, where your experience doesn’t include a cover charge or waiting in line. You can expect free party favours and shamrock beaded necklaces, drink specials, and a rowdy crowd of university-aged partiers.
Steam Whistle Brewing
Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd.) will once again open its doors for a high-energy St. Patrick’s Day party. Beginning at 2 pm, guests can expect no shortage of fresh-brewed Pilsner, an assortment of Irish-themed eats from the Irish Embassy, Irish dancers, music from Celtic bands Poor Angus and Fresh, and more. You can feel better about all the hard-partying knowing it’s for a good cause; the event will benefit Achilles Canada.
Join a sea of more than 3000 partygoers decked out in green at Liberty Grand (25 British Columbia Rd.) for their massive St. Patrick’s Day party. Throughout the sprawling venue, you’ll find live Irish music, dancing, some of the city’s best DJs, live art installations, food stations, photo booths, activations, and – naturally – many bars serving up cold beer and other adult beverages.
St. Patrick’s Day at Adelaide Hall
St Patrick's Day @ Adelaide Hall // Sat Mar 17Toronto's Biggest St Patrick's Day Party!Limited $10 Tickets Available @: www.Ticketfly.com/event/1650834250 Adelaide St W | 647 295 1843
For those still standing strong for a 9 am start time, The Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St. W.) will host a nighttime St. Patrick’s Day party complete with all of the Irish fixings; green beer, green-clad guests, green hats and beads, a green carpet, Irish food, DJs, and a professional photographer to document it all (which could come in handy when piecing the night together).
Other spots where you can get lucky overflowing green beer this year include festivities at CRAFT Beer Market, Stout Irish Pub, Brazen Head, and Night Owl.
Do you know any other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto? Let us know in the comment section.
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