Irish Pub Sing-A-Longs!
Just in time for St. Paddy's Day...
I am looking for a good old fashioned Irish pub in the GTA (preferably East End or Downtown) that will have all of the traditional Irish pub grub as well as old fashioned Irish pub songs! The great sing-a-long songs of yesteryear. Black Velvet Band, Wild Colonial Boy, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, etc., etc.
Are there any of these type of places around and do they have these type of drinking songs regularly?
What about a good old fashioned Irish stew with soda bread and a Guiness? Any place around to get this this Saturday? (The sing-a-long would be a great bonus!)
Any info. would be greatly appreciated!
Allen's on the Danforth - or Dora Keogh, which is basically next-door, totally fit your bill.
Note that both will be lined up from noon on St. Paddy's, but that's just because they're really great, and the real deal. So I think you can find great stew at either.
(Less east-end-y fave... PJ O'Brien's - had a little St. Paddy's celebration there before European flight.... ow!!!)
PJ O'Brien's is definitely the most authentic Irish pub in town. In past year's they've rented out part of the St Lawrence Hall for a huge St Patrick's Day celebration (I believe in 2004 they ordered the largest ever sinle order of Guiness straight from Ireland). If they're not doing that, though, you're advised to get there as early as possible because it will be a zoo.
Thanks all! Where exactly are these places and what dishes would you recommend at each? Does anybody know of one (or more!) within walking distance of the Air Canada Centre? (Again...please keep in mind that the pub song sing-a-longs are just as important on this day as the authentic Irish grub and beer!).
PJ O'Brien's is near the ACC.
So is the Irish Embassy... which seems to be affiliated with PJ's -
There are a row of pubs along the Esplanade too. I don't know whether any of them are technically Irish (Finn McCool's??), and they probably won't be quite authentic as the two aforementioned, but it does give you some other options.
As for menu recommendations... nothing specific from me, but I do remember the food at PJ's and the Embassy being quite good.
The Embassy is good- I find the decor kinda cold & extremely bright.
Hopefully they (the owners of Obriens & Embassy) are throwing their party again at the Lawrence-Market - I went last year & had a grand ol' time! That would be a perfect walk for you too! **pops over to google it for you- hmm- mebbe it's not happening!- Found this tho
But if you made it all the way to the end of this post, I'll tell you about a ol' secret hide-away that some of us Irish decendants frequent -if you just lean in a little closer-Mc Veighs on Queen at Church. Big Green & white building with live tunes & foot stomping- so mind yer toes, dearie! (Wow they now have a website! www.mcveighspub.com)
(Would also be a short cab ride for you)
***a word of warning-due to it's approximation to Ryerson U, it can get rowdy- but there's always a big age range- like any good party!
Ok, I think I need a night there soon..