With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, here are 15 Irish pubs where you can celebrate in Calgary this year. Why, you ask, do we celebrate this special day? It’s a worldwide phenomenon. St. Patrick’s original celebratory colour was blue, and he is a patron saint who spread Christianity in Ireland. As you can see, we may be far removed from the days of old when this was a feast day in Ireland, and then a break from lent, and then a parade day in Boston. But here we are, all over the world, dressing in green, drinking beer, and drunk texting ex-boyfriends to see “what up”. Let the Irish celebrations begin!
Irish Pubs in Northwest Calgary
Tipperary’s PubTipperary’s Pub, named after a small town in Ireland and the famous tune “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, keeps to its roots with fun fare like Beer and Cheese dip and Fish and Chips, as well as some contemporary eats like flatbreads and burgers. Hit them up for karaoke, live music, and a good time.
Address: 2002 16 Ave NW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 289-5566
Oak Tree Tavern
Dog and kid friendly, two patios, and full of life, the Oak Tree Tavern is a great place to be on any given afternoon. They offer traditional Irish music sessions on Wednesday evenings (7-10pm) and Sundays at 4pm, comedy nights, and all you can eat hot dogs (all beef or veggie). What’s not to love?
Address: 124 10 St NW #2, Calgary
Phone: (403) 270-3347
The Cat ‘n Fiddle Pub
The Cat ‘n Fiddle has something for you no matter the day: live music Fridays and trivia nights Tuesday and Thursday, and if there’s nothing planned, try out their giant jenga, darts boards, pinball, or some good old fashioned crib. With daily specials that truly save you some cash, get on over to the Northwest hotspot.
Address: 540 16 Ave NW Calgary
Phone: (403) 289-0414
Take your Irish pub nights up a notch at Jamesons. Join then on their DJ nights for an extra special night out. These people get it: Saturday specials are nachos and buckets of beer, Sunday specials include caesars and avocado toast. From night-of to morning-after, Jamesons has you covered.
Address: 3790 Brentwood Rd NW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 220-9888
Kilkenny Irish Pub
Get ready for 5 days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Kilkenny Irish Pub. They’ve got drink specials and traditional Irish celebrations during the days leading up to the iconic day, including Irish dancers and bagpipers on March 17th. Now that’s a celebration.
Address: 3630 Brentwood Rd NW #500, Calgary (Located in Brentwood Village Shopping Centre)
Phone: (403) 284-4404
Irish Pubs in Northeast Calgary
Toad N Turtle Pubhouse & Grill
It’s a little lonely in the Northeast when it comes to Irish pubs, but you’re fortunate enough to have the Toad N Turtle to make up for it. With four locations in Southern Alberta, they know what they’re doing and they’re doing it right. All of their meat is smoked in-house, their menu is amazing, and the staff is ready to treat you right on St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.
Address: 2475 27 Ave NE, Calgary
Phone: (403) 717-0670
Irish Pubs in Southwest Calgary
Ceili’s Modern Irish PubThese folks take food seriously. Their menu is full of locally sourced food and fun sharable items. For something a bit more upscale, try their Butcher’s Block lunch, $150 for 4 people on the last Thursday of every month. Come on by to watch the game, host an event, or enjoy happy hour.
Address: 933 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 265-1200
St. James Corner Restaurant & Irish Pub
Named after the world-famous Guinness Brewery in Ireland, St. James Corner prides itself on their attention to detail and the care of their customers. With real antique pieces, like stained glass and traditional woodwork coming straight from Ireland, the atmosphere here will bring you right back to days spent in the country we’re all so fascinated by. Check their site for a second by second countdown to St. Patrick’s Day.
Address: 1219 1 St SW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 262-1157
Seanachie Irish Pub
Seanachie Irish Pub knows that the best part of the bar is the actual bar, and that’s why they shipped the 30 seater mahogany center piece from Ireland. Come have a seat while you enjoy something off one of their 32 taps and dig into their traditional eats such as Stuffed Yorkshire or Shepherd’s Pie.
Address: 5909 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary (Located in Signal Hill Centre)
Phone: (403) 249-4300
Limericks Traditional Public House
Limericks has something for everyone. Be sure to check out their event menu for a buffet or sit down meal for your next corporate dinners or formal private events. Just you and some friends? Dabble in their 48 taps and cozy seating areas. Or for a quick meal, they’ve got an express menu to get you fed and out the door.
Address: 7304 Macleod Trail, Calgary
Phone: (403) 252-9190
Dublin Calling Calgary
Dublin Calling is ready to party. All the time. Located along historic 17th Ave, they’ve got pool, dart lanes, big screens, and ping-pong. Hungry? Try the all-day Irish Breakfast, 1lb or 2lb Fish and Chips, Deep Fried Mini Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Cheese Sauce and Rich Gravy… are you drooling yet? Check them out for a truly fun night out.
Address: 1637 37 St SW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 475-3737
The Dog & Duck Public House and Restaurant
Their garden patio is unmatched, it’s like sitting in your own backyard, but with a properly poured Guinness, 16 taps to choose from, and amazing food like Fat Stout Onion Soup, Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf, or Cauliflower Wings. Check in on Fridays for live music and stay for the atmosphere. Located in a small, rustic house, just like the old country.
Address: 5340 2 St SW, Calgary
Phone: (403) 253-2489
O’Sullivan’s Restaurant & Bar
O’Sullivan’s has served Calgary since 1985, and it’s not going to stop now. With their south facing patio, 9 cent wings on Mondays, and Karaoke Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, they’re ready to show you what a real party looks like. Come sing a tune, get to know the regulars, and enjoy some pub grub.
Address: 5809 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary (Located in Chinook Park Plaza)
Phone: (403) 253-5886
Irish Pubs in Southeast Calgary
Regal Beagle Pub
What are we looking for in a pub? To-die-for chicken wings and tequila Tuesday? Sign me up. Pair that with a Paint Night and the cozy, friendly pub will be your new favourite spot. If you’ve never done a paint night at a bar, it’s a must try, especially at the Regal Beagle. A night out at this family run neighbourhood pub is a sure thing.
Address: 180 94 Ave SE, Calgary (Located in Macleod Plaza)
Phone: (403) 640-7775
Ogden Whistle Pub
This neighbourhood pub brings out all the stops. Show off your vocals on Friday nights for their karaoke night, or join the Open Mic Jam on Sunday afternoons. A classic Wednesday Wing Night is the perfect after their Happy Hour which runs from 11am until 5pm everyday (except Sunday, because it runs all day).
Address: 7025 Ogden Rd SE, Calgary
Phone: (403) 279-8003
By: Carrie is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing songs, cooking new vegan dishes, and being a plant mom. She loves living in Calgary and pretending she likes the snow.