On March 17th, Calgary will turn green in celebration of the famous Irish holiday, St. Patrick's Day! While this day has historic cultural and religious roots, it has become a day experienced not only by the Irish, but everyone across the country! It is a time to come together with friends, don green apparel, decorate yourself in shamrocks, and drink a green beer! Looking for the best pubs (or other establishments) to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Calgary? Take a look at these local hotspots that will be sure to help you "feel the luck of the Irish" and in and amongst the green, will keep you invisible from pinching leprechauns!
Ceili's Irish Pub and Restaurant (Green Beer)
It doesn't get more authenticly Irish than the most recognized Irish pub in Calgary — Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant! With three locations in Calgary serving downtown, Royal Oak, and Richmond, you can find a welcoming atmosphere, plenty of delicious eats, and of course green beers! As they say, "join us for some 'craic,' an Irish expression for good times with good friends!"
Limerick's Traditional Public House (Green Beer)
Featuring a wonderful combination of Canadian, Irish, and Scottish, Limerick's Traditional Public House is another stop worth visiting on March 17th! The pub has a Celtic-styled interior that will make you feel right at home. Grab your drink of preference, and order from their selection of pub teasers, signature ribs, nachos, platters, salads and soups, burgers, sandwiches, and of course your green beer for St. Paddy's Day!
Kilkenny Irish Pub (Green Beer)
Kilkenny Irish Pub was recognized as Calgary Herald People's Choice best pub in 2013 and 2014. Known for its "warm atmosphere, friendly service, rich hearty meals and plenty of pints," you will have everything you need to celebrate Saint Patrick! Come early to grab a spot by the rustic fireplace, or find a booth with a clear view of the HD TV screens to sip your green beer!
Scotsman's Well (Green Beer)
Although the pub may not be Irish, Scotsman's Well still knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style! On March 17th, head down to this northwest pub located in the Creekside area for an evening of dancing, drinks, and partying! In addition to green beer and celebration, you can order a variety of draught on tap from local breweries as well as gluten-free beverages, and pair them with dinner dishes, pizza, appetizers, and more!
Cowboy's Dance Hall (Green Beer)
Not only does Cowboy's Dance Hall have the drinks and music that you know and love, but this St. Patrick's Day you are also invited to their Fight of the Irish event! Beginning at 8pm, feast your eyes on something unique — Midget Fighting! Featuring the Midget Wrestling Warriors from New York, they are less than 5'2" in height and are setting out to prove themselves as passionate and athletic wrestlers! Doors open at 7pm — be sure to purchase your tickets in advance on Showpass so you can enjoy a green beer and some St. Paddy's Day fun!
Ship & Anchor Pub (No Green Beer)
Celebrating their 30th year, the Ship & Anchor Pub is one of Calgary's favourite local pubs. This St. Patrick's Day, "The Ship" will be hosting their own St. Paddy's Day event! Come down to the pub for live music from noon and well into the evening for feature bands like The Peelers, The River Jacks, Nova Scotiables, and others!
James Joyce Irish Pub (No Green Beer)
Ready to rock out to some amazing Celtic rock music from the East Coast? This St. Patrick's Day at the James Joyce Irish Pub, Calgary's original Guinness pub, celebrate the day as it has traditionally been celebrated — with the music, atmosphere, and traditional drinks of the Irish. It is important to note that Brews will NOT be green, as it is not something done traditionally in Ireland. Their St. Paddy's Day event will be starting at 9pm and carrying on until 1am with music from the Celtic band, "Fraid Knot." Do the Irish Jig all the way down to 8th Avenue and join the party!
Bonus St. Patrick's Day Events
Calgary Farmer's Market
From 10am until 2pm, grab the whole family and "click your heels" to scurry over to the Calgary Farmer's Market for a St. Patrick's Day celebration! This day of luck will host everything from live music to Irish dancers, games, and balloons for the kids. Take part in all the activities located at the main stage in the Food Hall, and don't miss the Ian Gott Irish Dance Academy performance at 10am, Luck O' The Irish Games and Balloons at 11am, and the Bow Valley Fiddlers at 1pm!
St. Patrick's Day Club Crawl 2020
Don't want to park yourself in one place for St. Patrick's Day in Calgary? Then catch the St. Patrick's Day Club Crawl 2020! The evening will begin at 7:00pm at Hudson's on 5th where you will check in, grab a drink, and wait for the tour to begin. From Hudson's you will be driven to four other Irish pubs and clubs in Calgary, including CRAFT Beer Market, a mystery stop, Knoxvilles, and the evening will end at Cowboy's! Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time and get ready for a club/pub crawl you will be sure to remember!
Visit a Must-See Event for St. Patrick's Day in Calgary Today
Find the pub, restaurant, or other Calgary locale to spend your St. Patrick's Day in style! Grab your green beers, cheers to the luck you hope to have, and enjoy a day of Irish-filled fun!
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