Where to celebrate Robert Burns Day in Toronto 2017

Jan 3 2017, 10:23 pm

The annual celebration of the great Scottish poet takes place each year on (or around) The Bard’s birthday.

While the big day isn’t until January 25th, it’s not too early to buy tickets and reserve a table for a night of whisky, haggis, poetry and bagpipes in Toronto. Tickets are known to sell out fast.

Here’s where to celebrate Robbie Burns Day in Toronto.

The Caledonian

The League of Canadian poets hosts this tribute to Robbie Burns at the Scottish Public House on College Street. Tickets include a traditional three-course feast featuring cullen skink soup, haggis and tatties, bread & butter pudding, AND a flight of three whiskys paired with poetry readings, open mic, and music (tin whistles, Celtic harp, and Scottish bagpipes.

When: January 23, 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Caledonian, 856 College Street, Toronto
Price: $60

St. Andrew’s Society

The 2017 Burns’ Night Dinner Celebration from this organization dedicated to celebrating Scottish heritage, will follow the time-honoured format with the piping-in of and Address to the Haggis, Toasts to the Lassies and Laddies and The Immortal Memory.

The celebrations will shed light on the meaning of some of the more obscure language in Burns’s poetry. Meanwhile, the evening’s entertainment will be provided by various members of the Society reading a selection of Burns’s poems accompanied by “English translations”.

Tickets include dinner, wines and entertainment plus a donation to the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation to be designated to local charities.

When: January 20, 6:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: University Club of Toronto, 380 University Avenue, Toronto
Price: $130

Tommy’s Egg Kitchen

Dewar’s Whisky invites scotch lovers to experience the Scotch Egg Club, a pop-up speakeasy highlighting Scotch eggs and whisky.

First launched in Brooklyn last fall, Tommy’s Egg Kitchen makes its Canadian debut for this one-night-only scotch egg competition which will see six renowned chefs from across Canada compete for the title of Best Scotch Egg.

Attendees will have the chance to sample and judge the finalists. Tickets include admission, live band, chef competition, whisky cocktails, and scotch eggs.

When: January 25, 7 pm
Where: 667 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $25

Mill Street Brew Pub

The five-course Brewmaster’s dinner pays tribute to “the Greatest Scot” with an evening of haggis, beer pairings, live entertainment and Scottish poems.

When: January 25, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Mill Street Brew Pub, 21 Tankhouse Lane, Toronto
Price: $69.99

Dora Keogh Irish Pub

Burns Night at this Irish Pub on The Danforth promises an evening of entertainment provided by the Scarborough Pipes and Drums.

When: January 25, 5 pm
Where: Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

St. Andrew’s Church

The Guthrie School of Dance hosts A Toast to Robbie Burns: A Scottish Celebration offering an evening of Burns’ poems, songs, and food and drink. The evening kicks off with cocktails, followed by a traditional Burns Supper and entertainment by highland dancers and pipers.

When: January 27, 6:30 pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe Street
Price: From $50 per person


Look forward to a traditional menu featuring wee haggis and Scotch eggs, Cock-A-Leekie soup, haggis, neeps, and tatties, and sticky toffee pudding at this Scotish pub in the east end. Also included, three wee drams, a pint of Scotch ale, and the “Ode to the haggis” accompanied by bagpipes.

When: January 25, seatings at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: McGugan’s, 1058 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Price: $59

Brazen Head

The Liberty Village public house presents a Robbie Burns Dinner & Scotch Nosing featuring a menu that opens with a complimentary pour of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale followed by a wild boar Scotch egg, Cock-A-Leekie soup, haggis, bistro filet, and The Bards’ ice cream.

To drink nose, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Cardhu, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, and Talisker Storm. Ticket prices include five-course dinner and a Scotch nosing plus a traditional dinner poem book.

When: January 25, 7 pm
Where: Brazen Head, 165 East Liberty Street, Toronto
Price: $60

The Chefs’ House

Enjoy a wee dram at this George Brown College Restaurant on King and look forward to a feast in honour of Burns prepare by from resident Scots, chefs Kyle Deming and John Higgins.

Count on a feast including haggis (of course), country dancing, and poetry all in celebration of the birth of the Bard of Ayrshire.

When: January 25, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Chefs’ House, 215 King Street East, Toronto
Price: $95

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