Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver

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      For some, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day means drinking green beer and belting out soccer (ahem, football) chants, and for others it means indulging in the food and drink synonymous with Ireland—including slow-braised meats and peaty whiskeys. Whether you are a fan of Guinness-soaked beef, a whiskey connoisseur, or are just looking for a place to celebrate the Emerald Isle, these events will have you ringing in March 17 and the rest of the week in (delicious) style.

      La Fheile Padraig at Bacchus Restaurant

      Bacchus—the restaurant inside the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa—celebrates March 17 with an evening of Irish-inspired menu items by executive chef Stefan Hartmann. Guinness beef stew, braised bacon and cabbage, mussels and soda bread, and a St. Patrick’s Baileys tiramisu feature on this limited menu, along with live music and Irish drink specials. Book your reservations here.

      Address: 845 Hornby Street, Vancouver

      Fable Diner and Bar’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

      Here’s one for the green beer drinkers and sports fans. Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Fable Diner & Bar downtown will put on Fable’s famed prohibition brunch in tandem with Canucks and Whitecaps viewing parties. Guinness will be on tap, plus there will be green beer and an array of Irish whiskey selections. No reservations needed, but you can stake your claim on a table if you so choose here.

      Address: 755 Richards Street, Vancouver

      St. Patrick’s Day at Parq Vancouver

      Pints, Irish cocktails, and whiskey flights abound at Parq Vancouver on March 17. Inside this multi-establishment building, you’ll find lots on offer that will help celebrate the Emerald Isle. Get a true Irish pint—that’s 20 ounces—for $7, or the Irish Old Fashioned, at the casino’s Centre Bar; or savour a special Irish whiskey flight at the Lotus Lounge. Irish whiskeys in the flight include Glendalough Double Barrel, Glendalough 7, and Glendalough 13—all for $16. In addition, The Victor rooftop restaurant hosts a Disco Sunday Brunch on St. Patrick’s Day, offering up its regular lavish spread of caramelized bananas Foster French toast, waffles, sushi, and raw bar bites. No reservations are needed for the cocktail bars; reserve a table at The Victor here.

      Address: 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver

      H2 Kitchen + Bar x Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillers Dinner

      On March 21, The Westin Bayshore’s H2 Kitchen + Bar keeps the St. Patrick's Day festivities going with a select whiskey and dinner experience. The Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillers Dinner promises a six-course pairing menu crafted to complement Bushmills and The Sexton Irish Whiskies, with dishes like espresso-rubbed duck breast and beef short rib—heck, even a savoury Scotch egg. Tickets to the one-night-only dinner are $89; make reservations here.

      Address: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

      Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Festival at The Blarney Stone

      Can anyone celebrate St. Patrick’s Day better than Vancouver’s longest-standing Irish pub, The Blarney Stone? Likely not. Live bands, Celtic dancers, pipers, DJs, and more feature all day long at this inclusive St. Paddy’s Day fete. Get tickets for advance entry to brunch and other perks.

      Address: 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver

      St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in Gastown

      Explore four bars in Gastown, starting at The Portside Pub, in this St. Paddy’s Day pub crawl that takes you through games, karaoke, and DJs with other beer-drinkin’ celebrators. There are limited tickets available to the guided party, so we recommend getting them now.

      Address (meeting point): 7 Alexander Street, Vancouver

      The Irish Heather’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner takeout

      If you want to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland but a boisterous outing isn’t your thing, the Irish Heather will help make it happen: their St. Patrick’s Day dinner can be ordered for takeout and enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. The takeout menu includes Guinness cheddar on soda bread, corned beef on creamed cabbage, potato croquettes, wrapped green beans, glazed carrots, and apple crumble with vanilla custard for dessert. Prices start at $45 for two people, with add-on options available for charcuterie and beer. Order here.

      Address (for pickup): 248 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

      Jameson Distillery Popup at the Ballyhoo

      For those who want to feel like they’re in Ireland without purchasing a plane ticket, Jameson Whiskey takes over the Ballyhoo to recreate Jameson’s Bow Street distillery in Dublin. Find Irish-inspired food and drink features at the pop-up experience. Just a couple of their cocktail features include the strawberry lime sour—made with Jameson, strawberry and Earl gray syrup, lime juice, and egg whites—or the Bow St. Boulevardier, with Jameson Black Barrel, Campari, sweet vermouth, and Cointreau mist. Try your luck ‘o the Irish with instant-win scratch cards and a chance to score a trip for two to Dublin.

      Address: 100 - 888 Burrard Street, Vancouver

      St. Patrick’s Day Specials at Lamplighter

      The Lamplighter is also handing out instant-win scratch cards from March 1 to 17 in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, along with the trip for two to Dublin contest. In the meantime, take advantage of the drink specials: the Irish Boilermaker (a shot of Jameson in a pint of Guinness), and shots of Jameson for just $6.

      Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver