The Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Parties in Toronto

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It’s time to dig up something green, put your drinking hat and do an Irish jig. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and conveniently falls on a Friday this year! Convenient or is it the luck of the Irish? It’s up for debate but regardless there are a ton of celebrations happening around the city where you can get your drink on care-free and happy that “tomorrow” happens to be a Saturday. Without further adieu, take a look at the ultimate guide to St. Patrick’s Day parties and events in Toronto below:

Bar/Lounge + Dancing

Brazen Head: We’re Going Full Irish
Brazen Head Pub
Friday, March 14 to 19, 2017
Thirsty? Brazen Head is going full Irish for a full five days! Drink deals start on March 14th, live music and even more libations start on March 17 and 18 (full lineup here), then followed by brunch all weekend long.  If some greasy food isn’t enough to cure your hangover, we suggest you indulge in the hair of dog; build your own caesar for only $4 on both Saturday and Sunday!

5th Annual Linsmore St. Paddy’s Day Party
Linsmore Tavern
Friday, March 17, 2017
While a lot of places make false claims when it comes to entertainment, the Linsmore Tavern is pretty certain that they have the “BEST BAND” in Toronto performing on St. Patrick’s Day. Back by popular demand, Wee Tin Can will be bringing down the house for the 5th year in row with an amazing lineup of Irish classics! Start practicing your best Irish jig and grab tickets now for $8 or for $10 at the door.

Dublin Calling St. Patrick’s Day Party
Dublin Calling
Friday, March 17, 2017
Dublin is calling! Starting at 11 am on Friday, March 17 Dublin Calling will be celebrating the luck of the Irish. The first 100 guests will receive free St. Paddy’s Day pancakes and the party will continue on into the wee hours of the night. Enjoy shareable snacks, party favours, live music and tastings from a whiskey stand.  Once you’ve had your fill, test your hands at a number of awesome activities like pool, ping pong, skee ball, darts, and giant jenga. Tickets cost $10 to $15.

F*** It! St. Patrick’s Day Party
Clinton Tavern
Friday, March 17, 2017
Clinton Tavern is saying f*** it, let’s party! Join them on Friday, March 17 for a guilty-pleasures dance party featuring all the tunes you want to hear when your wasted and wild. We’re talking Drake, Taylor Swift, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and many more 90’s and top 40 hits. And if you’re a student you’re in luck! Cover for the night is only $5 with a student ID ($10 without).

Green Carpet Shamrock Fest St. Patrick’s Day
Adelaide Hall
Friday, March 17, 2017
Green Carpet Shamrock Fest is back for its 10th year at Adelaide Hall and they’re celebrating all that’s green and good. The entire hall will be transformed into a green dream, stocked with green decor and green beers and shots. Along with awesome tunes all night long, enjoy Irish food, Irish dancers, live acts and a green confetti cannon showcase to cap off the night. Grab your ticket for $15 and get ready to bleed green.

St. Patio’s Day
Upper Deck by Fran’s
Friday, March 17, 2017
Have the day off this Friday? Then we suggest checking out St. Patio’s Day at Upper Deck by Fran’s, the all-day patio party that will have you feeling lucky from start to finish! Beginning at 11 am, kick off the festivities with some Irish fare and drinks starting at only $4, followed by live music at 6 pm and DJ spins from 10 pm onward. If it sounds like a long day just remind yourself to do the Irish proud because tomorrow is Saturday after all – no napping allowed!

St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock Shaker
Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon
Friday, March 17, 2017
Howdy, partners. Get ready to shake your shamrocks at Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon’s St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock Shaker! It’s no exaggeration… this year they’ll really be shakin’ things up with top country hits by DJ Moonshine, bull riding, green beers for $4.75, and $6 shamrock shooters. If that isn’t enough to entice you, advance tickets include free cover! Hurry and scoop one up otherwise it’s $14 at the door.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Citizen
The Citizen
Friday, March 17, 2017
Who’s calling in sick to work on Friday? The Citizen said it, not us! They promise to make it worth your while with live music + DJs, flip cup and beer pong, a special all day/night St. Patrick’s Day menu and of course, lots and lots of green beer. The party starts at 2 pm – hence calling in sick – but no worries, we think the luck of the Irish will be on your side. Pick up your ticket here and just an FYI, wearing green is obviously encouraged.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shenanigans
Posh Supperclub
Friday, March 17, 2017
If you’re looking to have a St. Patrick’s Day that’s a little less Irish and a little more posh, then join the Posh Supperclub for a little “St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shenanigans.” Toronto’s newest upscale venue will be blasting top 40, house, hip hop, and EDM cuz hey, Irish fiddles aren’t for everyone. Head here to make a reservation (bottle/booth packages available).

St. Patrick’s Day at Gabby’s
Friday, March 17 to 19, 2017
Dubbed the St. Patrick’s Day headquarters, come search for a pot o’ gold at Gabby’s on Friday, March 17. The odds are in your favour seeing that there are 12 Gabby’s locations in Toronto, all of which will be rolling out some mighty fine St. Patrick’s Day specials. Along with your Irish staples like Guinness and Jameson, they’ve also got some Instagram-worthy green beer. Snap a pic of your most Irish moment and share with #CheersYourJameson for a chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Ireland.

Brewery Parties

St. Patrick’s Day Brewmasters Dinner
Mill Street Brewery
Thursday, March 16, 2017
If your palette for Irish food and drink is more refined or you just love some elevated pub grub, then the St. Patrick’s Day Brewmasters Dinner at Mill Street Brewery is right up your alley! Happening on Thursday, March 16, it’s the best pregame to get you fueled up and in the spirit for the big day. Hosted by brewmaster Joel Manning, indulge in a 5-course, beer-paired Irish feast for $69.99. See the full menu here.

Against the Grain St. Patrick’s Day Party
Mill Street Brewery
Friday, March 17, 2017
Mill Street Brewery is keeping it simple and straight forward just like the Irish do… Beer, food and good music. Have a laid back, brew-sipping time at “Against the Grain” St. Patrick’s Day Party, while you listen to live tunes by Dan Kosub Duo, nibble on complimentary sampling and snacks, and test your Irish luck with some Mill Street giveaways.

Steam Whistle St. Patrick’s Day Party
Steam Whistle Brewing
Friday, March 17, 2017
“Find your pint o’ gold,” at Steam Whistle’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party starting at 4 pm at the Roundhouse. Like a true Irishman, enjoy brewery fresh Pilsner, paired with traditional eats from the Irish Embassy, live entertainment courtesy of the Woodgate-Shamrock Irish Dancers, and music by Brogue, Scantily Plaid, and Fresh Eire. All that for only $25?! It’s guaranteed to be a foot-stomping good time.

Nightclubs + Club Crawls

3rd Annual Irish 4 a Cure
108 Peter Street
Friday, March 17, 2017    
Dole out those dollars for cause! The 3rd annual Irish 4 a Cure is back and promises to be one stellar evening. Along with live entertainment, a DJ, Hors d’Oeuvres, and contest prizes, there will also be an open bar (but would you expect anything less from the Irish?!). And just a reminder that all proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidney Cancer Canada. Pick up tickets for $68 here.

St. Patrick’s Fest Toronto 2017
Fiction Nightclub
Friday, March 17, 2017
It’s that time of the year again! Dust off your green garb, get the face paint out, and gather up the crew for Fiction Nightclub’s Annual rager, St. Patrick’s Fest. With a 1000+ attendees, it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year. Down some $4 drinks, head out to the dance floor and get down to the best top 40, club anthems, hip hop, house, reggae, and mashups. Tickets are only going for $10 but hurry, this event sells out fast!

SPD St. Paddy’s Day with Guinness
11 Polson Street
Saturday, March 18, 2017
On Saturday, March 18, Guinness SPD Toronto will be transforming Polson Pier into the green-clad epicenter of St. Patrick’s Day parties. Gather round with 5,000 of the city’s Irish at heart and cheer on live bands, DJs, fiddlers, and Irish dancers! The party will span across two rooms and three outdoor patios with interactive games, lot’s of food and free flapjacks. Yes, you heard right! Fuel up on a free pancake breakfast before a full day of partying.

North Avenue Road St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Starting at Drums N Flats
Friday, March 17, 2017
Three bands, two bars, one rickshaw! Start your night off at Drums N Flats for the North Avenue Road St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl and feast your ears on a live 15-piece band. Once the drinks, and by drinks we mean green beer, have been flowing and Irish food has been tasted, hop on a rickshaw and head over to Safari Bar and Grill for even more music, drinks, and food, along with some good old billiards and pool.

St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl
Starting at CUBE Nightclub
Friday, March 17, 2017    
If you want this St. Patrick’s Day to be epic, then grab your ticket to the King Street St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl. It’s the perfect outing if you can’t decide what to do since you’ll be heading out to four premium nightclubs: CUBE, Uniun, Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, and Adelaide Hall Concert Venue. The best part? $25 tickets include cover and give you access to all the Irish drink specials necessary for a good night.

St. Patrick’s Day King Street Club Crawl
Starting at Tequila Jacks
Friday, March 17, 2017
Why do St. Paddy’s Day at one bar when you can do four at the St.Patrick’s Day King Street Club Crawl? Your $25 VIP wristband gets you access to four clubs: Tequila Jacks, Fiction, Bloke, and Uniun, as well as line bypass and free transportation in between venues. Almost sounds too good to be true… we’ll just go ahead and call it the luck of the Irish again. Purchase your wristband here.

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