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The Hit List: St. Patrick's Day Events

Photo by Becca Lemire

It’s St. Patrick’s Day-paint yourself green and get rowdy.

5 pm St. Patrick’s Day at the Departure Lounge @ Global Village Backpackers, 460 King St. W. $5 cans of Guinness and Magners, and they’re promising no green beer, which bodes well for your hangover and your clothing.

5:30 pm 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Day Green Drinks @ Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St. W. An event partnered with Toronto Greenhouse, come out to get sloppy with other environmentally-minded folks.

6 pm SHAMROCK! @ The Annex Wreckroom, 769 Bathurst. Music and BEER OLYMPICS! Come with a team of 4, and participate in Beerfest-style events to test your boozin’ skills. $3 all day and night.

8 pm Press Pass @ Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W. This is where we’ll be celebrating St. Patty’s-in a crumpled green dress shirt, slinging back Patty Lynch’s St. Paddy’s Liver Damage Twister, and dancing to long-forgotten Irish punk.

8 pm The Mahones @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen St. W. It’s the Mahones 20th anniversary concert, and there will also be an awesome Irish funk/punk DJ, and surprise guest appearances!

8:30 pm The Neil Young’uns @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. Irish beer and Neil Young covers? What more could you ask for?

9 pm Life Size Dream @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. A pay-what-you-can show to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Pubs

A general listing. Chances are, if it sounds Irish you’re golden. Arrive by 2 p.m. to ensure getting in.

Brazen Head: They’ve got a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on their website and their St. Patty’s celebration is a six-nighter. When it comes to March 17, the Brazen does not mess around. They’ve got a feature menu and are offering a chance to win a trip to Ireland. Doors are at 11 a.m., expect Liberty Village clientele fleeing from their loft offices to get drunk on their lunch breaks. 165 East Liberty Street

McVeigh’s: Nestled away in a beautiful old building on Church Street, McVeigh’s offers live bands and a classic Irish pub atmosphere. Their façade states “Ten to one, it’s Guinness time,” and we’ll happily oblige.
124 Church Street

Mick E. Fynn’s: The unofficial Ryerson watering hole, come early to this one. Guaranteed are drunken frat boys and girls, a dance floor and the entire pub singing along to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing.
45 Carlton Street.

Dublin Lounge/Irish Embassy: If your mood calls for something a little classier, though we can hardly guarantee demure on St. Patrick’s Day.
51 Yonge Street

Auld Spot Pub: We’re big fans of their friendly staff and their seriously delicious food. On Wednesday they’ll be offering Ireland’s only craft brewed stout, O’Hara, the tagline for their event is Green is the Theme. I guess we recommend wearing green to this one.
633 College St.

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