Until the 1970s, bars in Ireland were required by law to be closed on March 17 to honour the life of St. Patrick, who died on that day in 461 AD. Fast forward several hundred years, and green beer will no doubt overflow on St. Paddy’s Day, which falls on a Friday. The Calgary Journal features five places to celebrate, with and without beer.
1. The Den
The University of Calgary campus pub, located at 2500 University Dr. N.W., is packed each and every St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is the beer green, it’s also affordable.
2. Jamesons Irish Pubs
It’s the biggest day of the year for the pubs. Expect both locations to be packed on March 17. They also serve a great Irish breakfast. Locations: 1230 17 Ave. S.W. and 3790 Brentwood Rd. N.W.
3. James Joyce Irish Pubs
Claiming to have the biggest party in the city on St. Patrick’s Day, doors open at 10 a.m. You can get VIP tickets for $25 that get you a “free gift” and you can skip the line. Location: 114 8 Ave. S.W.
4. St. Mary’s Cathedral
While drinking may not be for everyone, eating definitely is. The Calgary Irish Cultural Society hosts a potluck following a St. Patrick’s Day mass. Location: 219 18 Ave. S.W.
5. Road Race
Join the 5- or 10-kilometre walk/run, which support the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Calgary Road Runners. The race kicks off Sunday, March 12. There’s also a post-race draw to win your weight in beer. Location: 5111 21 St. S.W.