Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto

Looking for a suitable spot to down a pint this St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you're starting early, or need to quench your thirst after taking in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, there’s plenty of green beer to go around at these seven Irish pubs and bars in Toronto. Slainte!

Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

49 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1J1

This downtown bar and grill is ground zero for St. Patrick’s Day revelers in the financial district. Housed in an elegantly restored 18th century bank building, the 3,000-square-foot Irish pub aims for authenticity in its décor, ambiance and hospitality. Celtic stained glass adorns the walls and the menu features Irish delicacies like hearty stews and corned beef. St Patrick’s Day celebrations are the highlight of the year as the pub hosts live bands, Irish Dancers and a thematic food menu. Most importantly, your favourite Irish beers — Guinness, Kilkenny, Smithwick’s and Harp Lager — are all on tap.

Esplanade Bier Market

58 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6

St. Patrick’s Day might be all about the luck of the Irish, but you’ll find good fortune with beers from around the world at this lively beer hall. The globally inspired Bier Menu offers a diverse selection of more than 150 bottles, cans and draught beers from 30-plus countries. If you want to stay loyal to the Emerald Isle, try the Guinness Stout (brewed in Dublin since the early 19th century) or Magners Pear Cider, a refreshing sweet drink imported from County Tipperary.

Grace O'Malley's

14 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8

This Entertainment District hotspot attracts a young crowd throughout the year with its party-like atmosphere and cheap drink specials. This place is known for its east coast charm, which means cheap pitchers of beer and Maritime musical acts that have revelers foot-stomping on the dance floor and atop the bar. If you need to soak up that cheap booze, the menu features plenty of Irish (by-way-of-Halifax) specialties like the Halifax Donair, deep fried Nova Scotia Pepperoni and Boddingtons steak and mushroom pie

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