With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, you know we’ve got to share the best places to party in YYC. If you’re looking to shake your shamrocks this March 17th, here are 18 ways for you to get into the spirit of the Irish.
1. The Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race
March 11th at 9am
Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St SW
Get into the spirit of the Irish with your best green athletic wear as you join over 1,000 runners for the first big race of the year. Runners can partake in a 5k or 10k route, that starts and finishes at Central Memorial High School and loops through the communities of North Glenmore and Lakeview. Post-run, stay for the awards, Irish stew, and your chance to win your weight in Village beer. The race is in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
2. St. Patrick’s Eve Party at Kilkenny
March 16th from 9pm-2am
Kilkenny Irish Pub, #500 3630 Brentwood Rd NW
Kilkenny is warming up for March 17th with a St. Patrick’s Eve Party. Join them for $5 Irish Car Bombs, tons of green beer and lots of prizes throughout the evening. Power hour specials are also happening from 9pm to close. But don’t be fooled – they’ll be open the next morning at 9am to continue the fun with liquor service starting at 10am, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and traditional fare. Don’t miss out on their St. Patrick’s Week specials where they’ll be featuring drink specials until Sunday, March 18th.
3. St. Patrick’s Day – Mini High Tea
March 17th from 10am-5pm
The Dove’s Nest, #106A 1600 90 Ave SW
Looking for something unique to do with bae for St. Patty’s Day? Come experience the luck of the Irish at The Doves Nest. They’ll be offering Irish teas, fancy sandwiches, and flakey scones with Devonshire cream. If it tickles your fancy, try some of their savoury house-made Mulligatawny soup served with fresh-made Irish soda bread. Whatever your mood, you’re sure to be in luck here.
4. St. Patrick’s Day at The Met
The Met, 150, 317 8 Ave SW
Get festive in outfits of green and come by The Met for $5 Guinness and $5 Jameson’s as well as their special Irish menu. All their Irish favourites will be on special and they’ll have a DJ spinning beats all day long to get you feelin’ lucky as a Leprechaun.
5. St. Patrick’s Day at CRAFT
March 17th from 10am-2am
CRAFT Beer Market, 345 10 Ave SW
Wanna win a trip for two to Ireland? Duh. Stop by CRAFT until March 16th and order an O’Hara’s Irish Stout to enter to win a trip to Ireland valued at $6,000. Snag an extra entry on social by posting a selfie of you enjoying your O’Hara’s at CRAFT with #CRAFTIreland. And stop by to join them for all the St. Patrick’s fun on March 17th including $6.50 O’Hara’s Irish Stout, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey and live entertainment. Act fast as they book up every year.
6. Saint Patrick’s Day Party at Jameson’s Brentwood
March 17th starting from 10am-2am
Jameson’s Pub, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW
It’s that time of year again, Calgary. Get dressed in green, round your homies, and come out to party (and drink green beer, of course) at Jameson’s St. Patrick’s Day party. They’ll be serving an $8 Irish Breakfast from 10am-1130am and drink specials of Alexander Keith’s and Guinness are on from 10am-noon. They’ll also keep the festivities going all day long with live music, Irish dancers and DJ’s. See you there!
7. St. Patrick’s Day at the Ship
March 17th from 10am – 2am
Ship & Anchor, 534 17 Ave SW
Make the Ship part of your St. Patrick’s Day plans this year. Their doors open at 10am and music begins at 11am with The Bitter Weed Draw, Fire Next Time, River Jacks, Shillelagh’s, Rotary Park, and more. There will also be Irish food specials an no cover.
8. St. Patrick’s Day at Vin Gogh Paint & Sip
Wine/Beer Glass Painting: March 17th from 11am – 1pm
Irish Sheep: March 17th from 7pm – 9pm
Vin Gogh,7004 Macleod Tr
Vin Gogh has got two unique ways for you to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. From 11am-1pm, join them to paint yourself a custom glass in time for the green beer. You can choose from their design samples or bring your own creatives ideas and let their artist guide you through the project. Not a beer drinker? They’ve got wine glasses available for you to paint too. Doors open at 1030 am and your ticket price includes a complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to get your morning started right. Later in the evening, join them from 7pm-9pm to paint a fun Irish landscape with your date. Doors open at 530pm if you’d like to eat beforehand and your first drink is included with your ticket.
9. St. Patrick’s Day
March 17th from 11am-2pm
Calgary Farmers Market, 510 77 Ave SE
The Calgary Farmers Market is hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On March 17th, head over for a toe-tapping good time as you browse local vendors and enjoy live entertainment on their stage. Performances include Celtic Folktale, Ian Gott Irish Dance Academy and the Bow Valley Fiddlers. There will also be a chance for you to guess how many coins fill the point of gold to win $100 in Market Bucks.
10. St. Patrick’s Day @ Hudson’s Downtown
March 17th at 11am – 2am
Hudsons Canada’s Pub, 1201 5th St SW
Join Hudson’s Downtown for St. Patrick’s Day this year. They’ve got $3 house pints on from 11am-3pm, plenty of green beer, a live DJ, and a dance floor for you to show off your moves all night.
11. St. Patrick’s Day at Ceili’s on 4th
March 17th from 11am-2am
Ceili’s on 4th, 351 4 Ave SW
Ceili’s is doing it big for St. Patrick’s Day. Join them on March 17th starting from 11am for live music, bagpipes, $5 Jameson’s Green beer and a DJ all night long. But hurry – tickets are limited and include no line and no cover before 3pm.
12. St. Patrick’s Day with the ICS
March 17th from 430pm – 12am
Irish Cultural Society, 6452 35 Ave NW
Celebrate the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Cultural Society. This will be a fun-filled day of Celtic music, Irish Dancers, and Canadian food. All are welcome and there will even be a cash bar on-site.
13. Calgary Roughnecks St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 17th starting at 5pm
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Calgary’s professional lacrosse team as they host the Rochester Knighthawks on March 17th. The festivities start at 5pm with music, The Calgary Fiddlers, and pub-style games on the concourse. Any Roughneck’s fans that arrive at the Dome between 5pm and 530pm will also enjoy a burger or slice of pizza and beverage included with their game ticket. $5 Happy Hour happens from 530 to 7pm with 14 oz domestic draught, 6oz wine, and 1oz highballs, as well as cheeseburgers and pizza by the slice on special.
14. Shamrocks & Shenanigans
March 17th from 6pm-11pm
Gasoline Alley Museum, 1900 Heritage Dr SW
Put on your best Leprechaun pants and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at Heritage Park. Bring your date to enjoy a culinary experience celebrating the best of the Emerald Isle. There will be a variety of Big Rock’s brews to sip on while you dance the night away to Calgary’s premiere Celtic band, Cabot’s Crossing. Slainté!
15. How to Drink Whiskey Like a Pro
March 17th from 7pm-9pm
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, 909 11 Ave SW
If you enjoy sipping on a fine whiskey then this is an event for you. Join ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen as they explore 4 hand-selected styles of whiskey all the way from the Highlands to Iowa’s most notorious rye whiskey. Take a break between sips to enjoy deliciously curated food pairings that will perfectly complement the individual flavour notes of each whiskey. * Additional beer and wine will be available for sale at this event.
16. St. Patrick’s Day at Raw Canvas
March 17th from 7pm-9pm
Raw Canvas, 100, 1130 Kensington Rd
Let your inner artist shine through with a special St. Patrick’s Day themed painting at Raw Canvas. Enjoy themed specials including green beer and Bailey’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. No prior painting experience is necessary.
17. All Things Irish Festival
March 17th from 7pm-9pm
Willow Park Wines & Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE
Spend St. Patrick’s Day evening celebrating the luck and spirit of the Irish with Willow Park Wines. This special evening will highlight a delicious assortment of beers, whiskies, and even a liqueur (or two) complemented with classic Irish dishes prepared by their incredible kitchen team.
18. DJD Black and White Ball
March 17th at 8pm
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 9 Ave SW
This March 17th, mark your calendars and come shake your tailfeathers at DJD’s annual fundraising party – The Black & White Ball. The evening will include a takeover of the dance floor and your chance to party the night away to the sound of Penguins on Broadway and tunes from a DJ.