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St. Patrick’s fun in CDN-NDG
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

Photo: Marie Cicchini

St. Patrick’s Day parade

Leaping leprechauns! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but where can the good burghers of Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce have some craic, the Celtic word for fun?

You’ll be happy to know that our borough boasts several Irish pubs where pub crawlers can down a few pints all year round, best of all when the Irish saint’s day rolls around.

St. Patrick’s Day and week-long celebrations are a special time for the Irish and the Irish at heart. If you haven’t yet dusted off last year’s top hat and shamrocks and are still deciding where to go to enjoy some green beer, rousing Irish music and boon company, here are some suggestions:

Ye Olde Orchard, located at 5363 Monkland Ave., will have live music from 9 p.m. until closing on St. Patrick’s Day on Sat. March 17 and 3-9 p.m. on Sun. March 18. There will be breakfast as usual with specialty coffees from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday; and on Sunday patrons can enjoy Irish coffee with breakfast from 9-11 a.m. before going off to the St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown.

Teetotallers may want to check out the Gryphon D’Or Tea Room and Bakery at 5968 Monkland Ave. This authentic Irish tea shop, famous for its own blends of fine Irish teas, whiskey-laced marmalade and freshly-baked scones will be serving McAuslan Stout Beef Stew in place of the traditional Guinness dish on St. Pat’s.

Then there’s Honey Martin’s, a cozy Irish pub named after the owner’s grandmother, located at 5916 Sherbrooke St. where Céad Mile Failte (100,000 welcomes) is the standard greeting.

And if you are interested in Irish culture, don’t forget to check out Finnegan’s Pub located at 5202 Queen-Mary Rd. It is the meeting place of the Comhaltas Céoltoiri Éireann organization, dedicated to the preservation of Irish music, language, history and lore. CCÉ is open to everyone, regardless of heritage, and the pub’s a fun place anytime.

McCarold’s Pub, located at 5400 Côte-des-Neiges Rd., not far from the Université de Montréal campus, will be playing piped-in Irish music. This popular student haunt offers a vast selection of imported and local beers, bottled and on tap, to chase a fine scotch or whiskey.

Tabascobar, a restaurant and billiard club located at 5414 Gatineau Ave. near Côte-des-Neiges Rd., will be serving Irish-themed alcoholic beverages for St. Pat’s.

So, drink up and wish your companions “Slainte,” an Irish toast to your health. Just don’t drink and drive.

[ Deborah Rankin ]

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