Tuesday March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and Torontonians love to celebrate by hitting up their local pub. Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday this year, we expect the festivities to begin over the weekend, leading up to the day where everyone can celebrate the Irish holiday by decking themselves out in whatever green apparel they have in their closet.
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration of Saint Patrick, who, according to legend, died on March 17th 461 AD. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the original minister of Christianity in the country. Believed to originally be British, Patrick’s life led him to Ireland where he encouraged the pagan population to accept Christianity over the old religion. In the 17th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day (the Feast of St. Patrick), which is currently observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.
While many provinces in Canada don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a public holiday, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate the late patron saint on the nearest Monday to March 17th.
Ontarians don’t have the luxury of a day off however, but with St. Patrick’s day falling on a Tuesday, there’s plenty of time to celebrate over the weekend! So if you’re looking for a local Danforth pub with a hint of an Irish flare to celebrate at, you’ll want to check out one of these five for sure!
The Auld Spot Pub
347 Danforth Ave
This pub is a longstanding watering hole on the Danforth with draft microbrews and dishes like fried chicken, ribs, steak, and other gluten free options. Known for its unique paintings and decorations, this pub offers a warm and casual atmosphere as well as a beautiful patio!
Morgans on the Danforth
1282 Danforth Ave
This is definitely a go-to Irish pub if you’re looking for a full St. Paddy’s Day experience that comes with an Irish born owner and an Irish bartender. Morgans on the Danforth is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event on Tuesday along with a special menu. Parents looking for a night out may also want to consider this an option as they’re known to welcome children!
141 Danforth Ave
Dora Keogh is great if you’re looking for some Irish flare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that comes with a great selection of local and Irish beers and Celtic music sessions. You heard it right! This pub offers live music at least once a week, though you’ll want to check out the pub’s calendar on their website if you’re looking for a specific band.
1382 Danforth Ave
While The Wren has a smaller menu, it is known for its fantastic wine and beer menu including local craft brews, and its Southern ranch-style aesthetic. If you’re looking for a good pub that’s not completely painted green with accents galore, this is one you’ll want to check out.
The Kilt & Harp
2046 Danforth Ave
This local Irish Pub is praised as being a pillar to the East Danforth community. It’s a smaller pub in size with a fun atmosphere, and pints to go around, as well as darts, and a pool table if you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game’s night!