By the luck of the Irish, this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday.
Whether you’re planning on day drinking pints of Guinness or aiming to chow down on some traditional snacks inspired by the Emerald Isle, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Vancouver on Saturday, March 17.
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Here are 14 rowdy pubs in Vancouver to turn up in on St. Patrick’s Day.
Anyone who’s ever been to the Blarney Stone before knows that it’s always a time full of debauchery. They’ve got a live band playing classic Irish tunes and multiple bars over two floors – all in the heart of Gastown. This year, they’re pulling out all the stops with an Irish Brunch Buffet starting at 9 am and more festivities continuing late into the night. Oh, and did we mention they’ll have DJs, hula-hoopers, stilt-walkers, and bagpipers?
Address: 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Doolin’s central location gives you access to a host of other bars on Granville, including Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug just across the street. This huge, authentic Irish bar will be offering breakfast from 10 am until noon and live DJs will be spinnin’ records all day long.
Address: 654 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Calling all rowdy students, UBC’s underground bar, Koerner’s is a hidden gem. Cheap drinks and a huge patio make a place designed for a long day of drinking with a big crew –what else do you need? This year they’re offering an outdoor DJ, giant mugs of green beer, and rows of communal bench seating – don’t forget to wear your best leprechaun outfit.
Address: 6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Patrons who stumble over to the Dubh Linn Gate on St Patrick’s Day can expect live music all day long and a group of Irish dancers providing the entertainment. Entry is $10 and is offered on a first come, first served basis, so don’t sleep!
Address: 1601 Main Street, Vancouver
5. Colony Bar
If you’re looking for some classic bar food, affordable drinks, and modern digs look no further. All those things and more make Colony’s two locations an awesome place to celebrate the Irish. If you’re feeling like turnin’ up, you can add a shot of Jameson to any draught beer for only $3.25 from now until March 17.
Address: 2904 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 3255 W Broadway, Vancouver
With locations at UBC, downtown, and Stamps Landing, Mahony and Sons is sure to be a popular spot on St Patrick’s Day. The pub has a great selection of drink specials and they’ll have a traditional Irish band playing which is sure to be a treat. Don’t forget to order an Irish Car Bomb when you arrive!
Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Address: 5990 University Blvd, Vancouver
Address: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Pl #36, Vancouver
For a slightly more upscale option, be sure to check out the one the fanciest Donnelly Group pubs, Blackbird Public House. They’ll be offering $6 Guinness and $5 Jameson shots all day. Oh, and just in case you’ve had one too many drinks and feel like making a bad decision, they have a barber right on site, so stop in and get a haircut.
Address: 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
8. The American
The American is one of the newer bars on the revitalized lower Main Street, and provides great access to a bunch of other great bars and clubs in the Chinatown area. With a huge main room featuring a pool table, two bars, skee ball, and arcade machines, it’s the perfect place to bring a big group of friends. If you’re there early enough, don’t forget to grab a boozy coffee!
Address: 926 Main Street, Vancouver
The Lamplighter is a homely Gastown pub which offers the type of warm atmosphere you crave on a day dedicated to the Irish. With a huge patio and an even bigger main room, it’s the perfect spot for meeting new people. Make sure to get there early as it’s known to fill up quite quickly.
Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
Ask anyone who lives in the Mount Pleasant area and they’ll tell you that The Biltmore is one of the best venues in the city for live music. On St Patrick’s Day, the underground bar will be hosting their weekly Night Moves event, where the DJ will be spinning everything from classic rock hits to pop bangers.
Address: 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
Good news, the most authentic Irish pub in Vancouver is actually right on Granville Street. Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug is more than just a cozy hole in the wall, they have acoustic bands playing classic Irish drinking tunes, plus the bar’s central location draws in all types of crowds, perfect for grabbing a pint of Guinness with some new friends.
Address: 1033 Granville Street, Vancouver
12. Shamrock Alley
The West End isn’t known for its wide selection of pubs, but Shamrock Alley, located right on the water at English Bay, is not to be overlooked. Their classic Irish dishes and selection of Irish whiskeys and ales (including their great house beer, Shamrock Lager) are sure to keep you partying till the wee’ hours.
Address: 1184 Denman Street, Vancouver
You can’t go wrong hitting this authentic Irish Pub on March 17. The Irish Heather even has a whiskey house (the Shebeen Whiskey House) in the back of the bar, talk about the perfect ambiance for drinking, right?
Address: 210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
14. The Wolf & Hound
Head to this West Broadway spot on the 17th to enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Enjoy beers, food, and live music from 1 pm to midnight.
Address: 3617 West Broadway, Vancouver