Where to celebrate Robert Burns Day in Toronto 2019

Jan 21 2019, 10:52 pm

These frigid, blustery January nights can only mean one thing.

It’s time to celebrate poetic Scottish icon Robert Burns, which encourages evenings of prose and plenty of drinks.

These are the city’s top spots to pour one out for the Bard.

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It’s Burns Week at this College Street bar, which means multi-course suppers, pipes and Highland dancing. Check out the list of events to see which one piques your interest.

Where: 856 College Street
When: Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, January 25

The Chef’s House

Come to this spot to celebrate the bard’s poetry, Highland dancing, and foods of Scotland. Seats are sold out but you can join the waitlist here! Which is worth doing because yes, the haggis will be very, very good.

Where: 215 King Street East
When: Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30

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Dominion Pub and Kitchen

Another spot to enjoy a five-course meal is this Queen East pub, offering a scotch nosing, complimentary toast, poem booklet and again… bagpipe musical renditions for everyone to enjoy.

Where: 500 Queen Street East
When: Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 pm

Pour House Pub & Kitchen

This Dupont Street hangout is an ideal spot to warm up with a scotch to celebrate the romantic words of this poet. You’ll get to enjoy a five-course dinner, scotch nosing, a complimentary toast and poem booklet, and bagpipes.

Where: 182 Dupont Street
When: Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 pm

Murphy’s Law


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This pub is an ideal spot to hang, especially when there’s a multi-course meal involved. By the same organizers behind the Dominion Pub and Pour House, you’ll find a scotch-nosing, toast, poem booklet and bagpipes at Murphy’s too.

Where: 1702 Queen Street East
When: Friday, January 25 from 6:30 pm

The Duke of Kent

Enjoy a night-cap, and all the other makings of a good evening, at this Yonge and Eglinton spot. The event includes a three-course meal (haggis, veggie or chicken curry), a shot of whisky, recitations of Burns’ work, performances and music. There will also be a cash bar. And the dress code? Smart casual. Kilts are encouraged.

Where: 2315 Yonge Street
When: Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 pm

Toronto East Rotary Club

Enjoy traditional Scottish fare including haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, steak pie and tipsy laird. There will be a cash bar featuring wine, ale and a variety of scotch whiskies. Dress in cocktail attire and do not hesitate to include tartan in your ensemble.

Where: 4 Credit Union Drive
When: Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 pm

Burns’ Statue Celebration

2019 Burns’ Statue Celebration via St. Andrews Society

This event will feature piping, haggis, whisky, neeps, tatties, singing, and good cheer! But while you’re outside paying homage to the statue of Burns himself, there won’t be much warmth. So layer up, and look forward to continuing the celebrations at a pub after you spend some time at the statue.

Where: Allan Gardens
When: Friday, January 25 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Brazen Head

More five-course dinner! More scotch! More poem booklets and complimentary toasts! And perhaps most importantly, more bagpipes! If this is your ‘hood, this is the spot to celebrate. Get the haggis in ‘ya.

Where: 165 East Liberty Street
When: Friday, January 25 from 7 pm

Poor Angus at Hugh’s Room

This Hamilton-grown Celtic group will be performing exciting and dynamic presentations of traditional and original Scottish, Irish and East Coast pieces. Enjoy the music while you snack on bar bites and you must, must, sip scotch.

Where: 2261 Dundas Street West
When: Friday, January 25 from 8:30 pm

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