In celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, Irish pub doors will open between nine and 10 in the morning for a daylong celebration featuring hearty Irish food and flavourful beer and whisky. Here are a few places to get your jig on.
James Joyce Irish Pub on Stephen Avenue Walk is the epicentre of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Calgary. Musical guest Fraid Knot will perform Celtic rock while Guinness and whisky flow. For $30 VIP tickets, call 403-262-0708 or pay $10 cover at the door. 114 – 8 Ave SW
The Joyce on 4th Irish Pub is set to get St. Patrick’s Day festivities rolling early with its St. Patrick’s Day Eve party on March 16. Happy hour from 4 – 6 pm and Guinness specials 6 – 8 pm are followed with a performance by Celtic band, Glasgow Kiss at 8 pm. Call 403-541-9168 for reservations. 506 – 24th Ave SW
Ceili’s Irish Pub throws one of the city’s biggest St. Paddy’s Day party’s of the year. With its Irish flare, Ceili’s has ample seating and a variety of beers on tap. The two-day event, March 15 – 16, will feature live music, bag pipers, a DJ, Irish dancers and plenty of free-flowing green beer. Downtown: 803 – 8 Ave SW, Southland: 297 – 9737 Macleod Tr S
St. Patrick’s Day festivities at Jameson’s Pub’s two locations start with an early-morning Irish breakfast paired with Guinness specials starting at 10 am. This wild day of revelry will feature Irish dancers, a limerick competition, Irish fiddlers and a DJ to finish off the night. Cover $5. Brentwood: 3790 Brentwood Rd NW, Sunridge: 3575 – 20 Ave NE
The Morning After
Kensington Pub offers weekend brunch from 10:30 am – 1 pm. Menu includes classic bites such as omelettes, breakfast burritos and French toast starting at $9.50. All dishes come with your choice of beans or hash browns.
The brunch menu at The Bottlehouse runs from 10 am – 2 pm and includes the “Canadian Classic Breakfast,” with beef sausage or ham steak and eggs. Other hangover-friendly dishes include the “Tooth Fairy,” a seven-inch Belgian waffle with eggs, smoked bacon, beef sausage and a side of maple syrup. Dishes start at $9.50.