Montreal St. Patrick's Day events are much like St. Patrick's Day activities of years past.
Breakfast events, Irish pub fun, live music and of course, the parade, St. Patrick's Day itself might be on March 17 but the fun spreads out across several days.
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Founded in 1834, the St. Patrick's Society of Montreal aims to bring together and support Canada's Irish community. Its annual St. Patrick's Day Luncheon is one of its many social traditions, an event crowned by a guest speaker. In 2018, the guest speaker is scheduled to be The Honourable Jean Charest PC, former Premier of Québec and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in 1993.
Admission to the March 16, 2018 St. Patrick's Society Luncheon held at Plaza Centre Ville is $85 for members, $95 for non-members, and more for corporate tables. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
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Everyone loves this pub. That's why it's usually so packed. Mind you, the rest of Montreal's top Irish pubs draw crowds too.
You won't find personal space at this pub, especially during St. Patrick's Day festivities, but if you can handle it, you may even get to witness people breaking out into Irish steps. It's been this way for at least 20 years.
The decor, live fiddling, and rambunctious happy crowd might trick you into thinking you've landed in Dublin.
In previous years, Hurley's has hosted a buffet breakfast on St. Patrick's Day and on the day of the parade. Items included sausages, soda bread, mashed potatoes, and other native delights are on the menu. The cost in 2017 was $20 a person and included an Irish coffee.
Call Hurley's at 514-861-4111 for 2018 details, including times and cost.
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All hail Mad Hatter Pub's traditional St. Patrick's Day lamb Guinness stew, an annual tradition on the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day and lasting through the day of the parade. It's typically just $5 per portion. Another promotion often found at Mad Hatter Pub is $1 for the first 50 shots of Jameson of the day.
Mad Hatter Pub has also held a parade day breakfast on parade day beginning at 9:00 a.m. in previous years.
Call Mad Hatter at 514-987-9988 for 2018 details.
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The lines for Irish Embassy's St. Patrick's Day celebration can get fierce. This venue has a consistently friendly staff and a roomy pub, perfect for the crowds.
In previous years, Irish Embassy has hosted an early morning breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for $15, which included an Irish coffee. Live music kicked off at 4:00 p.m. They also hosted an Irish breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on parade day, with live music beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Call Irish Embassy at 514-875-8777 for 2018 details.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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All six of Ye Olde Orchard's location typically have live music on St. Patrick's Day proper, beginning at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.
As for parade day, the brekkie locale of choice is typically Ye Olde's downtown pub on de la Montagne Street, just south of Ste. Catherine Street where the St. Patrick's Day parade takes hold as of noon, though the parade route is changing for 2018 due to construction. Served as of 9 a.m., the menu is your standard à la carte, though if a full day of drinking awaits, we recommend the Hearty Highlander, a three eggs with three meats (bacon, ham, sausage) brekkie complete with potatoes, tomatoes, and Irish toast.
The downtown Ye Olde location typically features live music after the parade. The Plateau location may be your best bet for a nearby post-parade location to score a seat, given that it's a good 15-minute walk away from parade territory.
Call your Ye Olde Orchard of choice for 2018 details.
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McKibbin's is easily downtown Montreal's roomiest Irish pub with its three floors. Mind you, its other three locations, including on the Main, are comparably sizable.
For the purposes of St. Patrick's Day proper, McKibbins' downtown spot on Bishop and its Point-Claire location typically hold a brekkie from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day complete with live music and Celtic Grace Dancers. Breakfast has been $15 in previous years and has included an Irish coffee.
If you have your heart set on catching Montreal's St. Patrick's Day Parade, consider the convenience (and early morning parking options in the heart of parade central) of McKibbin's downtown location on parade day. Breakfast is typically served as of 8:00 a.m. and live music runs through 1:00 p.m., giving patrons plenty of time to enjoy some grub, a couple of morning pints, and freshen up in time for the first floats at noon. Arrive there early if you want a seat. Otherwise, head to the boulevard St. Laurent pub for your Irish breakfast fix and walk 15 minutes to the parade when you're finished.
Call McKibbin's at 514-288-1580 for 2018 details.
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The Montreal's St. Patrick's Day Parade isn't just Montreal's most popular St. Patrick's Day event, it's actually one of Montreal's most popular events of the year. Beginning Sunday, March 18, 2018 at noon, here's the scoop on where and when to catch it.