The most magical day of the year is almost upon us.
No, not Christmas – St. Patrick’s Day! It’s the one day of the year where green beer is considered a delicacy and it’s socially acceptable to drink it all day long.
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But in order to have an extraordinary St. Patty’s day, you’ll need an extraordinary game plan. All of which starts with picking the right bar (or bars, we don’t judge).
So whether you’re looking for one bar to hunker down at or several to plan a crawl, here are the best pubs and bars in Calgary you’ll want to pay a visit to on Saturday, March 17.
In the mood to forego the green beer and Irish whiskey but still looking for something to quench your thirst? Knoxville’s YYC should do the trick with $4 twisted teas and tequila all night long.
Address: 840 9 Ave SW
To truly get into the Irish spirit, try none other than Jameson’s Irish Pub. Live music plays the entire day and the taps start pouring early with $4 Alexander Keith’s and Guinness from 10 am to 11 am. $5 cover at the door.
Address: 3790 Brentwood Road NW
Address: 1230 17th Ave SW
A karaoke party mixed with some well-priced festive beverages makes for a great night. Karaoke party starts at 9 pm, accompanied by $4.50 shots of Jameson’s, $4.50 Jagermeister, and $5.95 for all draft beer including Guinness.
Address: 113 – 5809 Macleod Trail SW
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right with seven different bands will be playing live the entire day starting at 11 am. Great selection of draught and bottles, and the best part of all, no cover.
Address: 534 17 Ave SW
The half-brewery, half-restaurant will be launching volume two of their ‘Skinny Minnie Irish Stout’ and have pints on special for $6, along with $6 Jameson Caskmates Whiskey. No cover needed but reservations are recommended. Live music starts at 8 pm.
Address: 728 17th Avenue SW
CRAFT Beer Market might just have the biggest selection of craft beers on tap in all of Calgary. Visitors on St. Patrick’s Day can enjoy live music, $6.50 O’Hara’s Irish Stout and $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Address: 345 10 Ave Sw, Calgary
An easy way to get the ball rolling early and keep the good vibes flowing from afternoon to evening, Hudsons is doing $3 green beer from 11 am to 3 pm.
Address: 1201 5 Street SW, Calgary
Address: 838 Crowfoot Crescent, Calgary
Address: 700-16061 MacLeod Trail
Limerick’s gets the party started early, with drink deals starting from Friday, March 16 (casually known as St. Practice day). The big day will see $9.99 Gas Lamp Schooners (34 oz pours)
Address: 7304 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary
Head to your favourite local German bar for some Irish shenanigans on St. Patrick’s Day. Expect beer and brunch specials, along with live music from 11 am ’til late.
Address: 2437 4 Street SW