Top 5: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Vancouver’s Top 5 Irish Pubs

Vancouverites celebrating at the The Blarney Stone in 2009; photo from the Blarney Stone

As a person of Irish heritage (there’s actually a Lynch Castle in Ireland; it’s now a bank), I have to admit to a special soft spot for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. How can anyone not love all the green and shamrocks and crazy leprechaun hats?

Which is one reason I was truly disappointed when the 2010 Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled because of the Paralympic Games. (CelticFest, the Parade’s organizers, feared a scarcity of resources.) The Parade will be back in 2011, but its absence this year doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of St. Patrick’s Day partying around town!

And where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at one of Vancouver’s best Irish pubs?

Top 5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver

1. The Blarney Stone – The Blarney Stone’s St. Paddy’s Day celebrations are so big they cover three days, March 14 – 17, culminating in an all-day-and-night “Finale Day” extravaganza of Irish food, green beer, live music, Irish dancers, and more.

2. Doolin’s Irish Pub –  Doolin’s has a whole week of events, from March 13 – 17, that includes live bands, Celtic folk singers, Irish food, dancers and more.

3. Irish Heather – Want a more intimate St. Patrick’s Day? This Gastown favourite is cosy and authentic, and has the largest whiskey selection in Vancouver (in the Shebeen Whiskey House room).

4. Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – The opposite of intimate, Ceili’s is Vancouver’s largest Irish pub and guaranteed to be packed with revelers on March 17.

5. Darby’s Pub – One of Vancouver’s oldest pubs, this Kitsilano favourite will celebrate St. Paddy with green beer, whiskey sours on special, Irish music, a dance floor, and no cover.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2010. Where will you be celebrating?

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