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12 Things to Eat and Drink on St Patrick's Day

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What's that? Your grandfather's fifth cousin, twice-removed once went on a day trip to Dublin? Of COURSE that means you're totally Irish, so what better way to celebrate St Patrick's (never, ever St Patty's) than by stuffing yourself with the deliciousness that is Irish cuisine from corned beef and cabbage to Irish stew. Here - in no particular order - are the best places in town to eat and drink Irish-style with a couple of St Pat's drinks specials thrown in for good measure. Sláinte!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alibi Room

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157 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1B8, Canada
(604) 623-3383
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An ever-changing craft beer menu and a genuinely hospitable room make this a choice for the less party-hearty crowd wanting a St Pat's day treat. Sure the addition of hollandaise sauce makes the corned beef hash at the Alibi Room a little less authentically Irish, but the deliciousness more than makes up for it.

2. The Irish Heather

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212 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 688-9779
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Not a plastic shamrock in sight here - just authentic Irish gastro pub food - done absolutely right. Pretty much anything here will tick the Irish Food box but seriously, owner Sean's mammy's soda bread recipe will make you homesick for the Emerald Isle.

3. The Blarney Stone

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216 Carrall St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2J1, Canada
(604) 687-4322
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One of the city's best spots for being chatted up and definitely THE place to be over St Patrick's weekend with a full programme of live music, dancing and generally ceildh-ing the ass off anything that moves. Load up on colcannon and proper English bangers first.

4. Bella Gelateria

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1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B7, Canada
(604) 569-1010
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The once-a-year special Shamrock Gelato - a delicious mix of vanilla and mint and a blend of Kale/Matcha for the green colour- makes this a very Vancouver way to celebrate St Patrick's.

5. Shamrock Alley

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1184 Denman Street, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z1, Canada
New in the West End - taking over the legendary Beaver & Mullet spot in English Bay - get your Irish on here with their range of whiskeys and the house beer, Shamrock Lager. Try the Steak and Guinness pot pie with flaky puff pastry and a Guinness gravy.

6. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

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905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada
(604) 899-4456
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It's a shamrock frenzy down at the Blackbird - Chef Alvin Pillay will be whipping up the Irish classics including corned beef and cabbage on St Pat's day and Jay Jones has created a green Connemara-based whiskey cocktail on sale from Friday through Monday for $10. Buy a shot of $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and you'll be entered to win a draw for a trip for 2 to Ireland from now until 9pm Monday.

7. YEW Bar

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791 W Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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Admit it: you want to drink green drinks on St Patrick's - but instead of a pint of dubious green lager try this rather more classy alternative from Justin Taylor at YEW. 'Me Lucky Charm' - a take on an Irish Whiskey Sour - will be served from March 14th until the evening of March 17th.

8. Uva Wine Bar

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900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada
(604) 632-9560
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Lauren Mote & co will be pouring Jameson-heavy cocktails on Monday to celebrate St Pat's. Try a Irena's restriction: Jameson, elderflower, amaro nonino, zingiber crabapple bitters.

9. Doolin's Irish Pub

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654 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6B 6K4, Canada
(604) 605-4343
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Likely to be packed to bursting on St Patrick's with a over-Guinness'ed crowd. Smart kids know it's a marathon, not a sprint, so make sure you line that stomach with their rich Irish Stew.

10. Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

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1033 Granville St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1L4, Canada
(604) 685-4946
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Making the bold claim to be the bar that sells the most Guinness in Vancouver, Johnnie Fox's gives great atmosphere on Granville and you can taste that Guinness in their Guinness and Beef Stew made with Alberta beef.

11. The Wolf & Hound

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3617 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V6R 2B8, Canada
(604) 738-8909
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Live music and daily specials make this a solid Kitsilano bet. Try the shepherd's pie with a Guinness and cheddar gravy for a taste of Irish home cooking.

12. Mahony & Sons

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5990 University Blvd., Vancouver
BC V6T 2A1, Canada
(604) 827-4444
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Being a student on a budget doesn't mean you can't get a taste of Ireland too: the Irish Potato Soup with leek and gammon bacon here is just $6.50. Bargain.

1. Alibi Room

157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B8, Canada
An ever-changing craft beer menu and a genuinely hospitable room make this a choice for the less party-hearty crowd wanting a St Pat's day treat. Sure the addition of hollandaise sauce makes the corned beef hash at the Alibi Room a little less authentically Irish, but the deliciousness more than makes up for it.
157 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1B8, Canada

2. The Irish Heather

212 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Not a plastic shamrock in sight here - just authentic Irish gastro pub food - done absolutely right. Pretty much anything here will tick the Irish Food box but seriously, owner Sean's mammy's soda bread recipe will make you homesick for the Emerald Isle.
212 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

3. The Blarney Stone

216 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1, Canada
One of the city's best spots for being chatted up and definitely THE place to be over St Patrick's weekend with a full programme of live music, dancing and generally ceildh-ing the ass off anything that moves. Load up on colcannon and proper English bangers first.
216 Carrall St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2J1, Canada

4. Bella Gelateria

1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7, Canada
The once-a-year special Shamrock Gelato - a delicious mix of vanilla and mint and a blend of Kale/Matcha for the green colour- makes this a very Vancouver way to celebrate St Patrick's.
1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B7, Canada

5. Shamrock Alley

1184 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z1, Canada
New in the West End - taking over the legendary Beaver & Mullet spot in English Bay - get your Irish on here with their range of whiskeys and the house beer, Shamrock Lager. Try the Steak and Guinness pot pie with flaky puff pastry and a Guinness gravy.
1184 Denman Street, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z1, Canada

6. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8, Canada
It's a shamrock frenzy down at the Blackbird - Chef Alvin Pillay will be whipping up the Irish classics including corned beef and cabbage on St Pat's day and Jay Jones has created a green Connemara-based whiskey cocktail on sale from Friday through Monday for $10. Buy a shot of $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and you'll be entered to win a draw for a trip for 2 to Ireland from now until 9pm Monday.
905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada

7. YEW Bar

791 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Admit it: you want to drink green drinks on St Patrick's - but instead of a pint of dubious green lager try this rather more classy alternative from Justin Taylor at YEW. 'Me Lucky Charm' - a take on an Irish Whiskey Sour - will be served from March 14th until the evening of March 17th.
791 W Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

8. Uva Wine Bar

900 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2L9, Canada
Lauren Mote & co will be pouring Jameson-heavy cocktails on Monday to celebrate St Pat's. Try a Irena's restriction: Jameson, elderflower, amaro nonino, zingiber crabapple bitters.
900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada

9. Doolin's Irish Pub

654 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6K4, Canada
Likely to be packed to bursting on St Patrick's with a over-Guinness'ed crowd. Smart kids know it's a marathon, not a sprint, so make sure you line that stomach with their rich Irish Stew.
654 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6B 6K4, Canada

10. Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

1033 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L4, Canada
Making the bold claim to be the bar that sells the most Guinness in Vancouver, Johnnie Fox's gives great atmosphere on Granville and you can taste that Guinness in their Guinness and Beef Stew made with Alberta beef.
1033 Granville St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1L4, Canada

11. The Wolf & Hound

3617 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6R 2B8, Canada
Live music and daily specials make this a solid Kitsilano bet. Try the shepherd's pie with a Guinness and cheddar gravy for a taste of Irish home cooking.
3617 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V6R 2B8, Canada

12. Mahony & Sons

5990 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1, Canada
Being a student on a budget doesn't mean you can't get a taste of Ireland too: the Irish Potato Soup with leek and gammon bacon here is just $6.50. Bargain.
5990 University Blvd., Vancouver
BC V6T 2A1, Canada