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St. Patrick’s Day, Oh the Choices!

The day of indulging in company, drinks and festivities is near – tomorrow in fact! The weather is warm, the skies are clear – we suggest spending some time with friends on a patio, with a nice cold beer.

A little history

In the early seventeenth century, Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day. Folks would gather and pay their respects to St. Patrick by attending church, wearing green as well as feasting and drinking in his honour! Over the decades it has grown to be the most celebrated Saint’s Day in the world!

In 1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland thanks to the actions of Irish Parliament Member James O’Mara. Shortly after, he introduced a law that required pubs and bars be closed on St. Patrick’s Day due to rampant and out of control drinking. This provision did not hold up long and was repealed in the 1970s.

Lately Ireland has celebrated this holy day with numerous festivities. Concerts, games, parades, and festivals draw crowds of thousands into the streets of cities both large and small, such as Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Waterford, Kilkenny and Galway! The day has turned more into a celebration of Irish culture, language and customs.

Where to go

What’s more perfect then an Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s day, after-all, we are all drinking in honor of Ireland’s patron Saint! We suggest the friendly Stout Irish Pub, located in Toronto’s Cabbagetown!

The Stout Irish Pub starts its patio festivities tonight and opens for more tomorrow at 11:00am! CAMERON’S Lager is the official “green” beer for this two day craziness. Join them for some drinks and celtic dancers!


Another great Irish Pub to visit on the greenest of days is Toronto’s Dora Keogh! One of our own, Julian Taylor, will be playing with his band! They will be there tonight from 9pm-12am, and tomorrow from 3pm-7pm. In their own words, Dora Keogh is the “best St. Patrick’s Day party BAR NONE. Get there early – it may help you beat the line.” For full lineup list visit their website.

For more ideas of where to go, visit our friends at Dine.TO and check out their “St. Patrick’s Day Guide.”