St. Patrick's Day in Toronto is the best opportunity we have all year to highlight the rich traditions of the Irish and celebrate the country's vibrant culture, spirited music, and legendary history. It's also a perfect excuse for Torontonians to hit the town.
Whether you're surrounded by fiddlers and endless shades of green in one of the city's top microbreweries or cozying up with friends in a true Irish pub, St. Patrick's Day is a great opportunity to enjoy a day of warm, festive celebrations during one of the year's coldest months!
Jameson, the company behind everyone's favourite Irish whiskey, will be partnering with the TTC to offer free rides home. You know what that means: there's no excuse not to dress in your best green outfit and (safely!) hit up Toronto's most authentic Irish pubs.
The free-of-charge rides will run on the 504 King and 501 Queen streetcars on March 17 from 4:00 PM until 2:30 AM (so you can have a serious BLAST all night long!).
Whether you're after a good old pint of beer, lively Irish tunes, a melt-in-your-mouth pie, or a smooth and bubbly drink made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, and freshly squeezed lime juice, this curated list of awesome spots has you covered this St. Pat's!
Where: 14 Duncan St. (Entertainment District)
Begin your day at a legit Irish pub. Grace O'Malley's will be kicking off the celebrations in true Irish style at 10:00 AM on March 17. Surprise entertainment, cool prizes, a special food menu, and tons of live music will ensure that your Paddy's Day is off to a grand start!
Where: 145 John St. (Entertainment District)
Join the shenanigans at The Ballroom, where the music is pumping, there's green aplenty, and the cover is nonexistent. In honour of St. Patrick, The Ballroom will be transformed into an Irish pub on March 17, complete with live entertainment and heaps of beer and pub grub to help keep the merrymaking rolling. The best part? $5.00 Jameson, $6.00 Jameson, Ginger & Lime cocktails and $10.00 pints of beer with Jameson shots!
Where: 249 Ossington Ave. (Ossington)
Continue the party in trendy Ossington, where The Dakota is open all evening long and into the wee hours of the morning. This bar has a down-to-earth, rock n’ roll vibe you can’t find anywhere else in TO. Enjoy a refreshing Jameson, Ginger & Lime cocktail and experience St. Patrick's Day the right way!
Madison Avenue Pub
Where: 14 Madison Ave. (Annex)
Make the pilgrimage to The Madison on March 17 for St. Maddy's Day (get it?). Receive the blessings of Saint Maddy, who bestows the most devout with nine floors of partying, serious drink deals, authentic menu selections, live music, and a DJ dance floor.
Where: 548 King St. W (King West)
You can't do an Irish pub crawl and not visit Belfast Love. Celtic-remix band Shreem will play live on St. Pat's, along with DJs D Smooth, Death Cohen, and ESP rotating all day. Has all that pub-crawling and beer-drinking worked up a serious appetite? Partake in Belfast Love's $5.00 simple fry Irish breakfast from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
LOCAL Liberty Village
Where: 100-171 E Liberty St. (Liberty Village)
Swap the revelry for some shuffleboard and juicy burgers at LOCAL in Liberty Village. And since celebrations centre around drinking beer on Paddy's Day, don't forget to try one of LOCAL's several rotating beer taps for good measure and be sure to indulge in a vibrant Jameson, Ginger & Lime!
Walrus Pub & Beer Hall
Where: 187 Bay St. (Financial District)
Take a break from the madness and opt for a change of pace at The Walrus, a modern, two-room space that focuses on quality food and tasty beverages. Sip on a Jameson, Ginger & Lime Cocktail before continuing on to the rest of your pub crawl.
Death and Taxes Free House
Where: 1154 Queen St. W (West Queen West)
Green-clad partygoers are invited to carouse at Death and Taxes, the trendy West Queen West free house offering delicious pub eats and affordable drinks. The bar will be serving $6.00 Jameson all night!
Queen Street Warehouse
Where: 232 Queen St. W (Queen West)
Head to Toronto's premium dive bar for another dose of Jameson, a food menu that doesn't top $4.95, and a killer party vibe that'll get you in the mood for a long night of making crazy memories with your crew!
Where: 538 Queen St. W (Queen West)
Finish the night off where the party is the loudest. Turn the fun up to 10 with cheap eats and cheaper drinks! Just remember to get here before the inevitable line up forms.
St.Patrick’s Day is only a few days away, so start working on your perfect green ensemble and round up your friends. And remember: Jameson is the best pal to bring along on your party crawl. Get ready to join the fun!