When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, Montreal has a whole lot to brag about. This city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, on March 20, is the oldest in Canada and has taken place every year since 1824, regardless of weather conditions, war and economic or other depressions. Of course, this year is no exception. The parade kicks off at noon on the corner of Fort and St. Catherine, so go and celebrate one of Montreal’s heroes, Saint Patrick, the patron saint of daytime drinking.
Sir Winston Churchill’s Pub Complex: Winston Churchill’s is located in downtown Montreal, the heart of the Irish pub district. Many pubs will be open at the crack of dawn (and packed an hour later) and Winnie’s is no exception. Sir Winston Churchill’s is the perfect place to start the day with an Irish coffee. And, if you’re hungry, you can enjoy their delicious St. Patrick’s Day buffet. This traditional Irish pub is the ideal location to strategize your next move, even if that next move is going to the bar, which would be a pretty good idea considering they have drinks specials all day on anything remotely Irish.
Irish Embassy Pub: If it’s a nice day, I recommend the patio at the always rollicking Irish Embassy Pub and Grill. While there, you can sample the dizzying variety of beers and whiskeys they have to offer and listen to some of the bands they’ve booked to play day and night. It’s no surprise this is a favourite post for many merrymakers.
Hurley’s Irish Pub: If you’re looking for a younger vibe, Hurley’s Irish Pub should certainly be a contender. This classic pub is a favourite watering hole for the students who attend nearby Concordia. You can look forward to the 19 delicious draft beers on tap, more than 50 single malts and 16 varieties of whiskey served by a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
McKibbins Irish Pub: McKibbins’ slogan is “come experience a little bit of Ireland in your own back yard” and well, that sounds just crazy enough to work on St. Patty’s Day. McKibbins has a great, authentic Irish atmosphere, two levels and a nice heated back terrace. They serve award-winning food and have dangerous drink specials.
Brutopia: The party at Brutopia is a great way to end your celebrations. If you’re still shakin’ it come sundown, you’re probably finding it difficult to communicate. Maybe you’d call it a day if you could, but you can’t. Luckily the kind people at Brutopia anticipated this inevitability and booked musical act Nikita U for you to dance a jig to while your words fail you.
St. Patrick’s Day is what these pubs (and Bono) have been waiting for all year round. But a word to the wise, these establishments will be sardined with revellers, so go early to secure a seat. St. Patrick’s Day in Montreal is a day not to be missed.
Guest Blogger: Sophie Naima Caird
Irish Embassy Pub, 1234 Bishop St Montreal, (514) 875-8777
Brutopia, 1215 Crescent, (514) 393-9277
McKibbins Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop (514) 288-1580
Sir Winston Churchill’s 1459 Crescent, (514) 288-3814
Hurley’s Irish Pub 1225 Crescent, (514) 861-4111