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I’m a recent transplant from Nova Scotia and I am stuck as to where I should pay homage to my Irish roots this March 17th? Where can I go to enjoy some Celtic music and brews that won’t be overrun with students? My Tuesday morning hangover depends on you,
If you’d rather have your green beer spilled on you by i-bankers (former frat boys) than frat boys (future i-bankers), you’ll have to steer way clear of the Dundas-University-Bloor-Bathurst quarter. Every pub within stumbling distance of campus will be over capacity by brunchtime. Ugh.
Since nobody under 25 goes east of Yonge if they can help it, you’ll be safe from the student hordes at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (1702 Queen Street East) or Mullins Irish Alehouse, 917 Kingston Road (at Balsam). Both bars are dark, cramped, and second-homey, with heated patios and cozy corners for those “kiss me, I’m Irish—no, really, I’m Irish” moments.
On the other end of the 416, Liberty Village pub Brazen Head (165 East Liberty Street) offers all-day live music and an unbeatable selection of Irish whiskeys. Better yet, they have a cure for that inevitable hangover: $4 Caesars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday will have you saying “top o’ the morning” in no time.
For ancestral authenticity, go up to Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West, at Roncesvalles) for a Patty’s Day concert with traditional Celtic band Spraoi—if we can’t pronounce it, it must be authentic, right? The Dubliners will be playing everything from reels to recitations, ballads to big band choruses (tuneless yelling along is highly encouraged). Tickets are $20 in advance; call 416-531-6604 to book or get details.
What’s the best place to party in town on a Tuesday? It has happened to me more than once lately that I’ve been in a situation where a bunch of my friends and I would like to go out and have fun on a Tuesday night but even The Social is closed that day… what do you suggest?
We’re so glad you mentioned The Social, because we’ve been dying to repeat this priceless bit of overheard wisdom, uttered by an 18-year-old Montrealer at Canadian Music Week: “Everyone knows The Social sucks. Everyone goes there anyway.”
Except on Tuesdays, of course, because even cokeheads have to sleep sometimes. Good thing, too, as it gives you a chance to explore the new centre of hip: the Ossington strip. With its grunge-luxe mix of yupscale resto-bars and too-cool-for-school dives, it’s the perfect place to people-watch and bar-hop with your clique.
We’re still not sure how we feel about the latest Ossington opening, Levack Block, and the suspiciously well-heeled clientele there, but we do know they’re doing their best to make every night a party. Check out Tue Cool Tuesdays there with DJ Nev, or go to the adorable Baby Huey for “naughty music for nice people” with Les Chaps.
As for this Tuesday, if you’re not at The Great Hall for the Vice party with Justice, you might as well just stay home and get drunk on gin and tears.