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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.

Le Trèfle

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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.

McCarold’s

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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.

Honey Martin

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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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Le Vieux Dublin

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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.

McKibbin's Irish Pub

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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.

Hurley's Irish Pub

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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.

McLean's Pub

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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.

Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

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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.

Ye Olde Orchard

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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).

Brutopia

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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.

Lord William Pub

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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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Le Trèfle

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.

McCarold’s

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.

Honey Martin

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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Le Vieux Dublin

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.

McKibbin's Irish Pub

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.

Hurley's Irish Pub

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.

McLean's Pub

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.

Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

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.

Ye Olde Orchard

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).

Brutopia

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.

Lord William Pub

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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.

Lord William Pub/Official

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