Go green or go home this St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Celebrations 2017

Is one of your distant relatives Irish?

Do you like wearing green clothing and relish having the opportunity to don a sassy t-shirt that playfully advertises your fondness of alcohol?

Do you hate those kinds of people but still find yourself drawn to live music and drinking?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, you’re in luck. Tomorrow, the 17th of March, is St. Patrick’s Day, the one magical day a year that everyone can get drunk and not be judged too harshly for poor singing skills and blatant imbibing.  Observed all over the world and, in a more pious way, by Catholics, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox Christians and Anglicans, St. Patrick’s Day is a greatly revelled day of celebration for students (those enamoured with frats and sororities especially), people who like to dress up in gaudy outfits, Irish whisky-enthusiasts, and police and paramedics alike. It’s rowdy, over-the-top, and easily one of the most rambunctious days of the year (New Year’s Eve and Halloween being the only other holidays that come anywhere close – according to this writer).

If you’re like me and have fairly liberal ideas about what constitutes a “party,” you may be perfectly fine staying home tomorrow and drinking Irish whisky alone. If you’re not like me however, and feel that parties have to involve some bare minimum of socializing, you may be wondering what to do tomorrow and where to celebrate. With so many bars, restaurants, and parties to choose from, it’s not always obvious where to go and how not to wind up at the wrong event with a major case of #FOMO. Either way–whether you’re planning to go out or to be anti-social at home—I encourage you to check out our recommendations on where to go, what to drink (besides green beer and Guinness), and what to watch out for, all neatly packaged and laid out for you below.




The Marquis

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Doors open at 9:00 pm
Tickets – $5
19+ Event — 1 Guest per Sheridan Student
Featuring a live performance from Canada’s best Celtic rock band, Mudmen

1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON

Thursday 9PM – 2AM
Friday 9PM – 2AM

Tel: 905 845 9430

Website: http://www.thessu.ca/union-square-trc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMarqueeSheridan/

O’Finn’s Irish Temper

“Stylish pub with old-world charm dishes up New American eats & hosts acoustic musicians on weekends.”

What’s on tomorrow:
Live music 4pm
Irish dance performances 3pm and 8pm
Special giveaways
Clover sale in support of local charity

136 Church St.
Oakville, ON L6J 1M9


905 845 2381

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OFinns-Irish-Temper-156269947735892/
Website: http://ofinns.com/

The King’s Arms

“Spacious British pub with many screens to watch the game, plus a pool table, patio & dartboards.”

323 Church Street
Oakville, ON L6J 1P2

Hours: 11:30AM – 2:00AM

Tel: 905 845 1010



P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub and Restaurant

“Classic pub with 3 distinct spaces, offering Irish fare & pub grub, TV sports & live bands.”

39 Colborne St.
Toronto, ON
M5E 1E3

Thursday 11AM – 2AM
Friday 11AM – 2AM

416 815 7562


McVeigh’s Irish Pub

“Classic Irish bar, founded in 1962, with many draft beers & whiskies, pub grub & live folk bands.”

What’s on tomorrow night:
The Wild Irish Rouges, Mike Darcy Band, The Devils Drink, and Johnny Wilson Bands start at 12:30 till 1am.

124 Church St.
Toronto, ON
M5C 2G8

Thursday 11AM – 2AM
Friday 11AM – 2AM

416 364 9698

Website: www.mcveighspub.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcveighsirishpub

Brazen Head Irish Pub and Restaurant

165 East Liberty St.
Toronto, ON
M6K 3K4

Thursday 11AM – 1AM
Friday 11AM – 2AM

416 535 8787

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrazenHeadTO/
Website: www.brazenhead.ca



Cork County Bubbles

The Bittersweet cocktail (photo cred: Timeout)

Ingredients:Cork County Bubbles (source: timeout)

1 oz Irish whiskey, preferably Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve
¼ oz Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp honey syrup
1 oz chilled champagne
1 lemon twist


Pour the whiskey, Chartreuse, lemon juice and honey syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a frosty champagne flute, top with champagne and add a lemon twist for garnish.

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The Emerald Old Fashioned cocktail (photo cred: Timeout)

The Bitter Sweet


1½ oz whiskey, preferably Jameson Caskmates
1 oz Campari
1 oz pink grapefruit juice
3 oz Belgian white beer


Pour all ingredients into a chilled highball glass over ice and stir slowly with a bar spoon to combine.

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Blarney Stone

The Copywriter cocktail (photo cred: Wes Rowe)


2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, from about two limes
Ginger beer, chilled
Garnish: lime twist


Add whiskey and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime twist.

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Water (as much as possible)


Get water. Drink it. Repeat.



Bad vibes at the bar:

St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to get together with your friends and family, to drink, and to merrily embarrass yourself in a very public and very memorable way. For obvious reasons, it can also bring out the worst in people. The fact is, if you leave your home tomorrow, you will almost certainly have to deal with some less-than-charming people. To mitigate the risk of those people ruining your night, we strongly urge you NOT to leave your drink unattended, NOT to leave your valuables unattended, and NOT to let strangers buy you a drink.

Hydration and food intake:

A lot of booze + not enough food + not enough water = a disaster waiting to happen. Make sure to eat well and drink a lot of water if you’re planning to spend a good part of tomorrow drinking.

Safe transportation:

Driving while intoxicated is dumb, careless, and extremely dangerous. For the sake of everyone on the road tomorrow, make safe and trustworthy travel arrangements beforehand. Halton police will be conducting RIDE checks tomorrow night and will be on the lookout for impaired drivers (for information on that, see here).

About Alysha Van Egmond 4 Articles
Alysha Van Egmond is grad student currently in the Journalism- New Media program at Sheridan College. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph in Guelph, ON. Living in a small town, she began creating her own experiences through volunteering for various entertainment companies such as CBC, Niagara Integrated Film Festival, and Rogers TV. Her interests lie in entertainment journalism, research and writing.

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