Find you favourite green shirt and get ready to spend some time toasting to the lucky Irish on St. Patrick’s Day 2016. There are several Irish pubs in Calgary that have got plenty going on from first thing in the morning to the late-night hours, including traditional dancers, live music, great drink specials, and lots of opportunities to celebrate this fun holiday.
Here are 10 Irish pubs in Calgary for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Get started celebrating the luck of the Irish early on the 17th with a visit to St. James Corner, where they are kicking off the holiday with a $6.99 Irish breakfast, $4 pints of Guinness, and live entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets must be secured in advance, and can be purchased any time up until Wednesday night. Of course, if you’re not lucky enough to get the whole day off, head to the pub after work and hoist a pint or two (responsibly!) in honour of the day. St. James Corner is the only YYC pub certified by Guinness for doing a perfect pour.
Address: 1219 1 Street SW
Have a rocking St. Patrick’s day at the Ship & Anchor, where the doors open at 11 a.m. and the live music gets going at 11:30 a.m. for some morning merrymaking. The lineup features Sealegs, Nova Scotiables, From Under the Stone, Shillelagh, Fire Next Time, and River Jacks. Look for Irish food specials, and no cover. If you want to try out some whiskey, sign up at the bar for two sessions of Jameson Comparative Tastings at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Address: 534 17 Avenue SW
Of course Calgary’s Best Pubs group will be having special events at their numerous venues. You’ll find bagpipers, Irish Dancers, half-off Irish whiskey prices 3 to 4 p.m., and no cover. Doors at each venue open at 10 a.m.; Kilkenny will take reservations until 2 p.m., Limericks to 3 p.m., and Dixon’s, Donegal, and The Seanachie until 4 p.m.
Address: 506 24th Avenue SW
Address: 1637 37th Street SW
Address: #24 15425 Bannister Road SE
Address: #500-3630 Brentwood Rd NW
Address: 7304 Macleod Trail South
Address: 5909 Signal Hill Centre
Both Jamesons Irish Pub locations in YYC will be hopping for St. Patrick’s Day. Doors open on 17th Avenue at 10 a.m., reservations are available before 11 a.m., and there’s no cover before 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a $6 Irish Breakfast from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Drink specials abound all day, and there’s live entertainment, too. Skull Duggary will play several live sets in the afternoon, then DJ Gordon Edwards takes over from 4 to 6 p.m. accompanied by the Irwin School of Irish Dancers at 5 p.m.. The Hot O’Mallys are the live band doing sets starting at 6 p.m., before DJ Gordon Edwards takes back the mic from 9:15p.m. to close.
At the Brentwood location it’s the Hot O’Mallys starting at 12:30 p.m. (they’ll swap with Skull Duggary in the evening). DJ Anthem is on at 4 p.m., and again late night to close.
Address: 1230 17 Avenue SW
Address: 3790 Brentwood Road NW