One of Toronto’s busiest streets will be hosting all things Irish this Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day. Greektown and Little Ethiopia’s bars won’t be left out because Irish pubs are no longer necessary to throw a great St. Paddy’s day party.
March 17 marks the day Ireland’s Saint Patrick died and has become the most celebrated festival world wide.
For decades, each St. Patrick’s Day, Torontonians flock the streets in search of green beer and these crowds are as multicultural as the city. Danforth Avenue is the place to go for many of them.
East York resident Craig James has always enjoyed the overflow of corned beef served during the March feast, even though his roots lead back to Italy.
“I heard Saint Patrick was Italian so you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, ” said James.
Saint Patrick’s birthplace is still up for debate but most people can agree that you can’t have a St. Patrick’s day celebration without beer.
“It’s no different than any other holiday,” said James. “St. Patty’s is just a good excuse to tie one on.”
Historically, during Lent, March 17 was the only day when alcohol consumption was allowed. This has led to St. Patrick’s Day becoming synonymous with beer, whiskey, or alcohol in general.
Whether you are looking to “tie one on” or to just enjoy a night on the town, the Danforth has got you covered with cafes, pubs, eateries and restobars on almost every corner.
Paula McDinis is eager to start her first St. Patrick’s Day shift at Linsmore Tavern, a bar that has been a part of the Danforth for over 80 years.
The tavern is known for attracting huge crowds with live bands but is also known to be a safe spot in the area.
“The crowds are much more jovial and amiable,” said McDinis. “It’s great to see people mixing together for an Irish holiday.”
Here are three of the most popular destinations on the Danforth for the celebration:
Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Avenue
This year patrons can enjoy two traditional Irish bands and green beer with a packed crowd of various ages (over 19 years old).
The Dylan, 1276 Danforth Avenue
Savour home-made Irish beef stew, fish and chips and fried brussels sprouts specially made for a St. Patrick’s feast.
Also huge savings with specials on Jameson whiskey, dark beers and stouts.
Gabby’s, 729 Danforth Avenue
Celebrate with a full house all weekend long and drink some green beer.
There will be sweatshirt giveaways and drink specials on March 17.
Reservations area available for groups of ten or more.
Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.