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March 9 2016

Gastown Prepares to Go Green

St. Patrick’s Day is a long-standing tradition that gathers people from all walks of life to hoist a pint. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, The Irish Heather, Blarney Stone, Clough Club and Portside are pulling out all the stops.


If you’re ready to get your Irish on early, consider participating in Clough Club’s coffee competition. They’ve partnered with Jameson’s to inspire Metro Van residents to get creative. The Irish Coffee Cup Competition requires submissions to make a play on the traditional using a minimum of 1.5oz of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey or Caskmates – and their own ingenuity. Once you’ve got a winner, email it to tk[at] before Sunday, March 13th at 11:59pm and be available to compete on March 16th at 7pm.

The winner will receive $500 cash and a premium bottle of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey – as well as bragging rights for the first annual Irish Coffee Cup!


St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Heather means no cover, no green beer and no plastic clovers. It’s down-home, traditional fun. Vancouver’s only Irish-owned bar will be giving thanks on March 17 by doing what it does every day – celebrating all things Irish. Join the Heather Hospitality Group for the company’s 19th St. Patrick’s Day. Hoist a pint over lunch or dinner and enjoy live music, pipers and dancers throughout the day. 

As with years past – to deal with the inevitable demand and in an effort to not disappoint folk – the Heather Hospitality Group has secured Rainier Provisions across the street for “Baby Heather.” The pop-up pub will be open from afternoon until late and will feature a bar counter and bar-back handmade in Ireland.

Everything gets underway at 11:30am and reservations are essential. Make yours here.

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Portside is going Irish on March 17th. Be one of the first 100 and get a shot of Jameson to get you in the ‘spirit’. There will be live music all day from rock band, Aviator Shades and Alex Rhek with The Stunt Man bumpin’ beats until 2am. Find out more here.



If you’re looking to get the most out of one-day celebration, consider stopping by The Blarney Stone weeklong party. Starting this Friday, there will be live Celtic music, street music, circus performers, bagpipes, face painting and a full Irish menu.

The weekend kicks off with family-friendly activities, traditional Irish fare, performances by Canada’s top Irish dancers, drums, pipes and live music from some of Canada’s favourite Celtic folk and rock bands and DJs. The party continues every night inside the Stone until the 17th, when it hits the street for an all-ages block party that will transform Carrall into Vancouver’s biggest Irish street party.

Check out the full calendar here.