The Best Spots to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2015 in Calgary

St. Patrick’s Day might be on a Tuesday, but most Calgarians don’t need convincing when it comes to drinking on a weekday.

If you’re looking for the best watering holes to cheers with green beer tomorrow, then keep reading.

We can guarantee you’ll have a good Craic.

If you have the day off, or plan to kick off from work a little early, Jamesons will have all the entertainment you’ll need. With Irish dancing, bag pipes, face painting and live bands, like Skullduggery and Matt Beatty and The Hot Tamales, you’re bound to get in the spirit. Our only bit of advice: don’t go back to work once you‘ve had your face painted.


James Joyce
Conveniently located on Stephen Avenue in the Mission neighbourhood, the pub often referred to as ‘The Joyce’ is the place to go for live music, a full Irish menu, and of course, a nice pint of Guinness. Just remember, if the weather is nice, the patio fills up quickly – so don’t count on your lucky charms and just plan to show up in good time.

Molly Malone’s
One of the rowdier places to party in Kensington, Molly Malone’s has a great rooftop patio. And with the forecast calling for sun, it’s sure to be an appealing option. While you won’t find any gold at the end of the rainbow here, you be sure to find reasonably priced drinks just a quick LRT ride from downtown.   

St. James Corner
Definitely one of the “nicer” Irish pubs in town, St. James makes a good argument for day drinking with $5 pints of Guinness from 10 to 11am and no cover until 3pm. If you’re planning to call in sick, just make sure you’re not doing it from the bar; the fiddle music in the background will be a dead give away. 

The Ship and Anchor
Tomorrow the doors will open at 11am and throughout the day you’ll be able to take in a number of charming local Celtic bands like the Nova Scotiables, Glasgow Kiss, and The Shillelaghs with no cover.

The Ship and Anchor is the perfect place to put in a few solid hours of drinks, but if you suddenly feel the urge to kiss anything resembling a Blarney Stone, it may be time to call it quits.

Erin go bragh, Calgary.


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