According to the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. History tells us that in the 18th and early 19th century, significant numbers of Irish immigrants began to arrive in Canada. By 1867, 20% of the Canadian population was made up of people of Irish descent (outnumbered only by the British and French-Canadians). Regardless of our ancestry, what do we all like to do? Eat, drink and be merry – what else?
Looking for somewhere to get your Irish on for St. Paddy’s day or just a great meal any day of the week? Here are a selection of Irish pubs across Ontario to try:
McReilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
The only authentic Irish Pub in Barrie, overlooking Kempenfelt Bay. Around special holidays like St. Patricks Day or Easter, they serve dishes to suit, like homemade Sheperd’s Pie, Green Beer and Roasted Lamb. The bar’s outfitted with 18 Draught Beers, both domestic and imported from England, Ireland, Belgium, and around the globe: Harp, Guinness, Kilkenny, Strongbow, Smithwicks, Rickards Lager & Red, Keith’s Lager & Red, Stella Artois, and more.
Paddy’s Irish Pub – Gananoque
The Greatest Little Pub with the “Big Heart” where you feel like you’re in your own living room – except you’re actually hanging out in the two-car garage of Paddy’s house. This amazing house is set overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands with a verandah (Paddy’O) and an awesome view of the islands.
The Rebel’s Rock Irish Pub Hamilton
All food is freshly prepared from traditional Irish recipes and they guarantee that it’s worth the wait.