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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Montreal

For those into crowds, Guinness, and loud volumes

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While Montreal has a notable Irish heritage, with a parade running since 1824, the city has relatively few Irish (or “Irish”) pubs to accommodate large numbers of revelers. That means those few venues can get messy, and full of crowds sporting green Dollarama apparel, fast.

This map is a run-down of places to don green and drink beer, with an eye to pubs and bars that make a token effort to appear Irish, or in a pinch, Celtic — most are clustered around Crescent Street, which is where you’ll find most of the action on Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day proper) and Sunday (when the parade happens) with a few options further afield. Many venues that are in on the action are putting breakfast and/or booze specials on for both of those days.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Trèfle

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3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T1, Canada
(438) 386-3737
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Montreal’s most francophone Irish pub is a breath of fresh air — it doesn’t feel like a caricature-esque copy of every other generic Irish pub in the world, there’s an actually-good beer selection, and the food feels like it’s made with a little more love than other wings ‘n’ fries pub options around town. They’re doing a party on St. Patrick’s Day, and brunch on parade day, complete with Irish coffee.

2. McCarold’s

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5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y5, Canada
(514) 344-9009
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Along with Hochelaga’s Le Trèfle, McCarold’s is something of a new generation of “Irish” pubs, with a little more TLC injected into food and beer offerings than some of the older options around town — and a large selection of Scotch.

3. Honey Martin

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5916 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
(514) 484-2999

This NDG favourite is one of few Irish pubs outside the city’s de facto Celtic Drinking District around Crescent Street. Pros: the crowd is likely a little less party-oriented. Cons: it’s seriously small.

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4. Le Vieux Dublin

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636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada
(514) 861-4448
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It claims to be the city’s oldest Irish pub, but something else Le Vieux Dublin has going for it is a central location that’s still well-removed from the mess and fuss of the Irish pubs on Crescent Street and surrounding areas.

5. McKibbin's Irish Pub

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1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E6, Canada
(514) 288-1580
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With a parade on Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, one of the city’s go-to Irish pubs will likely be messy for the whole weekend, but with no shortage of action. There’s another location not too far away on St-Laurent but given its proximity to McGill, it won’t be any less packed; the West Island location will likely also draw celebratory crowds.

6. Hurley's Irish Pub

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1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada
(514) 861-4111
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Hurley’s turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, the pub is stretching the weekend to the maximum, with celebrations running Friday right through to Sunday — there’s breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, and metaphorical bucketloads of Celtic music all weekend.

7. McLean's Pub

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1210 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3B 2T6, Canada
(514) 392-7770
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Parade day breakfast and plenty of Celtic-leaning music is the focus at not-too-big, not-too-small McLean’s. Or there’s an evening party on Saturday, and Irish punk music Friday night for those who’d like to start very early.

8. Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

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1234 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada
(514) 875-8777
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Start the day boozy with a $15 breakfast (Irish coffee included) on the Friday immediately before St. Patrick’s Day, accompanied by a live broadcast from rock station CHOM. On the day itself, the pub opens early for breakfast and the England versus Ireland Six Nations rugby match and live music in the afternoon and evening; there’s also a parade day breakfast from 9 a.m.

9. Ye Olde Orchard

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1189 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z2, Canada
(514) 874-1569
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It’s just one of six locations for this Celtic pub in the Greater Montreal area (OK, we’re stretching that right out to Saint-Sauveur and Châteauguay), but the de la Montagne spot is likely where most of the action will be, particularly on parade day (March 19).

10. Brutopia

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Brutopia, Montréal
QC H3G, Canada
http://brutopia.net/
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The only pub on this map without any sort of clear pan-Celtic affiliation, Brutopia is a worthy St. Patrick’s Day haunt on the basis of its very broad beer selection alone. It’s also the only option on this map to sell house brews.

11. Lord William Pub

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265 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal
QC H3J 0B3, Canada
(514) 925-3777
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This Griffintown spot is not an Irish pub, but it is going green for St Patrick’s Day (plus, it has five Irish beers on tap) — there’s Irish beef stew and shepherd’s pie on the menu all weekend, and Irish breakfast with white and black pudding, baked beans, soda bread, and of course, potatoes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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1. Le Trèfle

3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1T1, Canada

Montreal’s most francophone Irish pub is a breath of fresh air — it doesn’t feel like a caricature-esque copy of every other generic Irish pub in the world, there’s an actually-good beer selection, and the food feels like it’s made with a little more love than other wings ‘n’ fries pub options around town. They’re doing a party on St. Patrick’s Day, and brunch on parade day, complete with Irish coffee.

3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T1, Canada

2. McCarold’s

5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3T 1Y5, Canada

Along with Hochelaga’s Le Trèfle, McCarold’s is something of a new generation of “Irish” pubs, with a little more TLC injected into food and beer offerings than some of the older options around town — and a large selection of Scotch.

5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y5, Canada

3. Honey Martin

5916 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

This NDG favourite is one of few Irish pubs outside the city’s de facto Celtic Drinking District around Crescent Street. Pros: the crowd is likely a little less party-oriented. Cons: it’s seriously small.

5916 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

4. Le Vieux Dublin

636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal, QC H3B 3C4, Canada

It claims to be the city’s oldest Irish pub, but something else Le Vieux Dublin has going for it is a central location that’s still well-removed from the mess and fuss of the Irish pubs on Crescent Street and surrounding areas.

636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada

5. McKibbin's Irish Pub

1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E6, Canada

With a parade on Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, one of the city’s go-to Irish pubs will likely be messy for the whole weekend, but with no shortage of action. There’s another location not too far away on St-Laurent but given its proximity to McGill, it won’t be any less packed; the West Island location will likely also draw celebratory crowds.

1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E6, Canada

6. Hurley's Irish Pub

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1, Canada

Hurley’s turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, the pub is stretching the weekend to the maximum, with celebrations running Friday right through to Sunday — there’s breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, and metaphorical bucketloads of Celtic music all weekend.

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada

7. McLean's Pub

1210 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3B 2T6, Canada

Parade day breakfast and plenty of Celtic-leaning music is the focus at not-too-big, not-too-small McLean’s. Or there’s an evening party on Saturday, and Irish punk music Friday night for those who’d like to start very early.

1210 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3B 2T6, Canada

8. Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

1234 Rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E3, Canada

Start the day boozy with a $15 breakfast (Irish coffee included) on the Friday immediately before St. Patrick’s Day, accompanied by a live broadcast from rock station CHOM. On the day itself, the pub opens early for breakfast and the England versus Ireland Six Nations rugby match and live music in the afternoon and evening; there’s also a parade day breakfast from 9 a.m.

1234 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada

9. Ye Olde Orchard

1189 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z2, Canada

It’s just one of six locations for this Celtic pub in the Greater Montreal area (OK, we’re stretching that right out to Saint-Sauveur and Châteauguay), but the de la Montagne spot is likely where most of the action will be, particularly on parade day (March 19).

1189 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z2, Canada

10. Brutopia

Brutopia, Montréal, QC H3G, Canada

The only pub on this map without any sort of clear pan-Celtic affiliation, Brutopia is a worthy St. Patrick’s Day haunt on the basis of its very broad beer selection alone. It’s also the only option on this map to sell house brews.

Brutopia, Montréal
QC H3G, Canada

11. Lord William Pub

265 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal, QC H3J 0B3, Canada
Lord William Pub/Official

This Griffintown spot is not an Irish pub, but it is going green for St Patrick’s Day (plus, it has five Irish beers on tap) — there’s Irish beef stew and shepherd’s pie on the menu all weekend, and Irish breakfast with white and black pudding, baked beans, soda bread, and of course, potatoes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

265 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal
QC H3J 0B3, Canada

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