Five Fun Pubs for St. Patrick's Day in Toronto!

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, it got me thinking about all the bars I've been to over the years in downtown Toronto and around the GTA. Without further ado, here are my top 5 fun pubs for St. Paddy's!:

1) The Madison (aka the Maddy)

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We love the Madison around here! It's an easy bar to get to (either get off at Spadina or St. George station and do a quick walk), it's a great atmosphere inside, and they often have some kind of live music going on on their main floor (usually it's the "Piano Man"!). There's also an assortment of pool tables, a dance floor and a great outdoor deck. The only problem is they tend to get really busy, especially on the big day! (you can expect a big line-up outside). My friends and I have gone here more than once over our St. Paddy's years (including one year where I snuck in some booze, caught got, and then was kicked out for the remainder of the day...)

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2) Paupers Pub

Also known as "the Sister bar" to the Maddy, this little pub is very similar to the Madison in terms of interior and vibe, and is just a quick walk from Bathrust subway station. Last year, our friend Miche had her birthday here combined with St. Paddy's plans on the Saturday before. When we tried to go again on the Monday for the actual St. Patrick's Day, it was packed and we couldn't in.

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3) Artful Dodger Pub

A few years ago on St. Paddy's, I met Brian and a few of his friends at this bar. Before then, I had never been to or heard of it, but I was glad they had picked this place to go to. Unlike a lot of Irish pubs on St. Pat's that are jam-packed and almost impossible to get into, the Artful Dodger was breathable while still maintaining a buzzy and fun atmosphere. As Google says, it's "a laid-back tavern with front & back patios, 2 pool tables & 2 fireplaces, plus standard pub fare." Located on Isabella Street (Sherbourne subway station).

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4) Grace O'Malleys

Located just a quick walk from St. Andrew's station, Grace O'Malleys has all the classic makings of a fun Irish bar: traditional pub food, Irish music, and a live band. A few years ago, Miche had her birthday here too (it's a few days before St. Patrick's Day) and we had a fun time dancing to the music and just being young and fancy-free.

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{Read my tribute to former Gracies Manager, Chris Taylor, who passed away this past February due to leukaemia here).

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5) The Fox and the Fiddle

After I got us kicked out of the Maddy a couple of St. Patrick's Days ago, we headed down the street to the Fox and the Fiddle. The great thing about the Fox is that there's many of them located throughout Toronto - and they offer karaoke! Now, I'm not much of a karaoke person...actually...at all. But it's so fun to watch other people and it keeps the vibe up in the bar. They also have lots of long tables to fit groups of people complete with pub food and drinks.

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And those are my top five pubs for St. Patrick's Day! If you know of anymore in downtown Toronto and around the GTA, please let me know in the comments! We're always looking for new, fun places to go to; (my birthday is also next month and I'm always torn on a place to go to) so any ideas would be much appreciated. I hear the Cloak and Dagger is great, O'Gradys (by U of T) is a nice, casual little pub to go to and Duke of York Inn is great too!

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