What's not to love about St. Patrick's Day? You get to a chance to don your favourite green threads, the weather's getting warmer, and it's probably the only day of the year where day drinking is socially acceptable. Even though St Paddy's falls on a Sunday this year, don't let that stop you from having tons of Irish-inspired fun all weekend long. Here are the 10 best ways to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day in Toronto!
Hitting the streets one week before the actual holiday, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is the perfect kickoff to all of Toronto's Irish-themed festivities! The parade starts on the corner of Bloor Street and St. George before finishing at Nathan Phillips Square. They'll be tons of live music, traditional Irish dancing, and all sorts of family-friendly fun!
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It's only right that Guinness hosts the largest St. Patrick's Day party in the city. Lasting all day on March 16 from 11:30 AM to 9 PM, you can expect live bands with Irish dancers, 2 side rooms hosting multiple DJs, 3 outdoor patios, a massive solarium, plus a free pancake breakfast and Lucky Charms cereal bar! Located on 11 Polson Street, tickets to this adults-only event are very affordable at just $15.
With its cobble-stone streets and amazing restaurants, the pedestrian-only Distillery District is a great area to walk around and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a fresh Mill Street beer at their brew pub located in the heart of the district where you can sit by the refinery tanks as the suds are crafted right in front of you!
This quaint watering hole located on 221 Carlton Street will be hosting two Irish-themed events this year. On Saturday, March 16, you can celebrate "St. Practice Day" with tons of local craft beers and live celtic music, and then continue the partying on Sunday for their "Main Event" featuring Irish dancers and, you guessed it, even more beer.
This Queen Street nightclub is throwing an insane all-day and all-night St. Patty's Day party on March 16. From noon until 2 AM, there's going to be live music, free BBQ, $5 Whisky shots, and $6 pints. Oh, and a free bottle of Heineken with every ticket! Tickets start at just $10 so this event is not to be missed!
Join thousands of green-clad party goers from across Canada at Fiction's Mega St. Patrick's Day Party. Make sure to buy your tickets early because they're only $15 for now but will soon go up to $25. This event actually takes place on St. Patrick's Day and goes until 3 AM, so chances are you'll be calling in sick for work on Monday.
Pretend to be Irish at Dublin Calling in the heart of the Entertainment District, a great part of the city to go party-hopping. While you sip some beer and munch on classic pub fare, they've also got 4 dart lanes, a pool table, and a ping pong table.
They say that moderation is key in life. At this event you'll get to participate in a 1 hour kickass bootcamp class and then enjoy a nice, cold pint of beer right after! Think of it as both rewarding yourself for all your hard work and celebrating Irish culture. You can expect a full body workout, partner drills, and some friendly competition all in the beautiful Junction Craft Brewery. Tickets start at $22.
Located in Liberty Village, Brazen Head is a cozy Irish pub where you can enjoy traditional Irish grub, friendly service and $7 pours of Guinness in an inviting atmosphere. They've also got a huge patio which is the perfect spot for people watching all the drunken shenanigans on St. Paddy’s day.
If you want to go a little bit fancier this St. Patrick's Day, then look no further than Liberty Grand. Originally constructed in 1926, this 100 000 square foot complex has three elegant grand ballrooms complete with crystal chandeliers, 27 foot ceilings, and arched windows. On March 16, you along with 3000+ other attendees will experience some Irish games, live music, and live art installations. Tickets for this adults-only event start at $10.
What bars and events will you be hitting up this St. Patrick's Day?