The beauty of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Westboro – other than the fact there are so many different bars and pubs – is that it’s easy to walk home afterwards. Of course, that’s if you live here. If you’re coming from afar, public transit is probably the way to go. Westboro is well-served by OC-Transpo and it will be your best bet on a night that’s sure to include delays and surge pricing from ride shares like Uber and Lyft.
Here’s what’s on tap if you’re in Westboro Village for St. Patrick’s Day.
General manager Kaylie Taylor calls St. Paddy’s at The Barley Mow a “3G line up: Great entertainment, green beer, and giveaways.” It’s a two-day affair! Drop by on one day, or both. Saturday March 16 at The Barley Mow has been dubbed “St. Practice Day.” Regulars will be thrilled to learn that ever-popular Westpark is performing from 9 p.m. to close. More live music begins at 11 a.m on Sunday the 17th. While you’re there, order up something yummy from their special St. Patrick’s Day menu. Dubliner potato skins, fish & chips, and short ribs and mash will appeal to anyone, whether you’re Irish or not. There’s no cover for either day. For details go to facebook.com/BarleyMowWestboro.
Whispers has been throwing a party on St. Patrick’s Day since they opened in 1981. Owner Paul Williams has confirmed they’re serving up their famous Irish stew for St. Patrick’s Day. (“We’ve been known to run out,” says Paul.) There’s green beer and live music on tap on March 17 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. courtesy of the Fake McCoys. There will be prizes and fun giveaways happening too.
If you’d like to raise a glass of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day but prefer to do it in a slightly quieter and cozier space, Churchill’s Pub is for you. There’s no green beer on tap here, just the usual friendly atmosphere and good food.
The Legion is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17. Doors open at 1 p.m. Anyone is welcome to drop by and enjoy some traditional Irish music with Kevin Dooley and his five-piece band between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Irish stew is on the menu! No cover, but donations are welcome!
By Andrea Tomkins