Four Ways to Test Your Luck of the Irish This Weekend

There has to be a reason for all this early snow melt – it must be the luck of the Irish!

With St. Patrick’s Day on its way with warmer weather, this weekend is shaping up for some seriously shamrock-infused good times.

Downtown never disappoints in the Guinness or whiskey department, and this St. Patrick’s Day is no exception, with special events happening all throughout my favourite neighbourhood.

  1. The People’s St. Paddy’s Fun Run-Walk (The Forks Freight House, 1 Forks Market Rd)

If you haven’t already signed up for a 5-km or 5-mile run, head to The Forks early to cheer on the individuals, couples and family teams participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Running Room race.

Most noteworthy are the extravagant green costumes donned by runners, and the good-natured vibe of the race where prizes are simply awarded for the best costumes and highest volume of donations.

After the race, grab breakfast at the Original Pancake House or Danny’s All Day Breakfast while you wait for it to be appropriate to grab a pint at The Common (or until it opens at 11:30!).

  1. Shannon’s Irish Pub & Eatery (175 Carlton St.)

Heading to the “Official House of Jameson on the Prairies” on St. Patrick’s Day just feels right. Here, you’ll find the most time-honoured St. Patrick’s Day entertainment featuring traditional dancers, live music, plenty of pub fare (including fish and chips on special!), frosty pints of Guinness, and of course, Irish whiskey.

  1. Patrick’s Day Beer Bash & Dance Party, Club 200 (190 Garry St)

For a raucous evening, stay out into the wee hours at Club 200’s dance party hosted by Anita Stallion with DJ Wizzard. You can usually count on the renowned LGBTTQ* club for a packed dance floor, but for St. Paddy’s Day, you can even expect cheap green beers for a fun-filled evening (on special for just $4!).

  1. Shark Club (2nd floor, 233 Hargrave St)

While it doesn’t land on game day, Shark Club is gearing up to do St. Patrick’s Day justice as though Laine was from the motherland (I mean, with that gingery beard, he nearly passes).

All the Irish classics are on special – from $4 Jameson shots to $5 pickleback shots – which are really just whiskey shots chased with pickle juice for those of us less practiced.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


St. Paddy’s Day all the way!

green beer

St. Patrick’s Day is as good an excuse as any for me to don my shamrock-shaped (no, I didn’t say shamrock shake, but I bet you want one now, don’t you!) glasses, my best green dress, hit the (down)town and indulge in some Irish cream- and Guinness-flavoured things and sip on some cool, refreshing green beer and just spread friendly, jolly cheer! This day only comes once a year – here’s a few spots you might like to #finditdowntown for St. Paddy’s day.

Pony Corral – 444 St. Mary Ave.

Guinness and Jameson are on special, Thistle-Thyme show band is on stage, you could win a Guinness beer fridge, and the McConnell Irish Dancers will have you a-tappin’ your toes.

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club – 234 Main St.

St. Paddy’s Day Liquidation Sale – All beer must go. No reasonable offer refused. Richard Inman & the Mad Trappers play at 9:00, Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices play at 10:30. Always delicious Mexican cuisine.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.

All-day entertainment including Nathan Rogers, Dale Brown and the Brady Irish Dancers.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.

Green beer. Prizes. Free Pizza. Free Lucky Charms cereal.

Tavern United MTS Centre – 260 Hargrave St.

Indulge in beef stew served in a bread bowl, green beer, St. Paddy’s Day-themed shooters, and be entertained by the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.

And perhaps if a friendly, neighborhood watering hole isn’t your scene this St. Patrick’s day, perhaps the luck of the Irish at the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon ticket lottery will be on your side. Arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 2.5 hours before curtain, and enter to win the chance to purchase tickets for a very reasonable $25. Stay tuned for my review of the show on Thursday!


St Patrick’s Day Part 2: What to Wear

I don’t know exactly WHY people pinch me if I’m not wearing green on St Patrick’s Day, all I know is that they do. So if you’re like me and planning on hitting up one of the St. Patrick’s Day parties going on this weekend, you’re going to want to make sure you’re wearing something unmistakeably emerald. Here’s some of my favourite picks!

Looking for something you can wear after the holiday’s over? Lord & Taylor at the Bay has a whole row of emerald tops, and they also have a table full of gorgeous minty-green necklaces. Want to go full shamrock? Claire’s in Portage Place is packed with every kind of accessory you could want, from giant shamrock earrings to inexplicably tiny green hats on hairbands. And the skywalk from Portage Place to the Bay has a tshirt shop that’s packed with all the “Kiss Me” tshirts you’ll ever need.

It’s St Patrick’s Day weekend! Part 1: Where to go

This is the one night of the year that I’m guaranteed to come home with 1) green beer and/or Guinness in my stomach 2) green glitter somewhere in my hair 3) GREAT stories.

And since you’ve found your way here, I’m guessing you’re in search of places to raise a pint in honour of Ireland too! So let’s get to it:

Shannon’s Irish Pub

James and the Giant is playing live, and a pub is never a bad place to spend St Patrick’s, but Shannon’s isn’t stopping at that – they’re throwing the 3rd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! Everyone who’s got the St Patty’s Day spirit is welcome to parade through downtown sharing the holiday spirit – and of course, finishing up at the pub when you’re done.

St Patricks Day Parade Downtown Winnipeg 2014

Tavern United

When St Patrick’s Day is a Monday, what do you do? Celebrate Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday? Tavern has solved the problem – they’re just going to party every one of those nights!

St Patricks Day Winnipeg Tavern United

FAME Nightclub:

Get your green clubbing gear on – DJ Roy is playing until 2am, and the best costume wins a “Pot O’Gold” of $100!

St Patricks Day Winnipeg Fame

Other spots to check out:

Shark Club

Green beer will be flowing Monday at their St Patrick’s Day party – along with other surprise green drink specials you’ll have to visit to see!

Finn’s Pub

Again, hard to go wrong with a pub as a place to spend St Patty’s Day. Finn’s has a fab pub menu and a solid selection of pints on tap to put you in the proper spirit.

Prairie 360

If you’re over green beer, try honouring Ireland in a more understated way by spending some time in the whisky lounge. I know, we all think whisky = Scottish, but the Irish make it too!

Tomorrow on the blog: what to wear so you avoid those pesky St Patrick’s Day pinches.

Where are you planning to spend St Patrick’s Day?