St Patrick's Day in Vancouver


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 — 2:11pm PST
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I stopped by Cupcakes with my mother at lunch time today and proceeded to be enchanted by their Irish cream/buttercream cupcake. I don’t often spend over $3 on a Cupcake but let me tell you, it was worth every bite.

Luck of the Irish Cupcake

This rich, creamy, and indulgent creation reminded me that it was St Patrick’s Day. Actually, Todd and Karen in the morning on CFOX broadcasting from Dublin was my first clue but this was a delicious reminder. Now, I know for a fact that it’s going to be a rowdy night at GM Place for the Canucks game, as fans were already sporting their festive green and shamrock-laden apparel on Sunday, but I thought it may be useful to highlight some of the other festivities taking place in town today.

Festive Swag

Where to go – Pubs Downtown

Since most of the family-friendly events were this past weekend, local watering holes will most likely be packed this evening, serving up everything from Guinness to spirited concoctions that will be tinted green.

  • The Blarney Stone – Sticky floors, old wood, big dance floor, live bands… at least from what I can remember
  • Doolins Irish Pub – Often featuring live acts, it will likely have a most jubilant atmosphere tonight
  • Morrissey’s Irish House – In the thick of things on Granville Street
  • The Irish Heather – Located across the street from its old location in Gastown, I recommend the fish & chips and the Irish stew
  • Shebeen Whisk[e]y House – “Home to the largest selection of Single Malt, Bourbon, Rye, Scotch and Irish” – Need I say more?
  • Ceilis – Vancouver’s largest Irish pub and restaurant (and they opened at 11:30am today)
  • After writing that I managed to thoroughly make myself hunger for a big bowl of stew (and maybe a pint), but I was wondering if Vancouverites will even be heading out to partake in the festivities tonight, I mean afterall, it’s only Tuesday. However one look at the Club Vibes listings blew that theory out of the emerald water — $1 beers at The Standard if you wear green? Yipes.

    I’ll be home waiting for John to finish working the Canucks game/post-game so I’m hoping he can get home safely at that wee hour. Whatever you do tonight, be sure to plan a safe route home as well. Cheers!

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    7 comments

    1. Duane Storey says:

      You should swing by the Morrisey — I was there a few years ago for St. Patties, and it was a ton of fun.

    2. klparrot says:

      Got the last Irish cream cupcake! I suppose they can make more, though…
      I don’t think it was quite worth the $3, but considering that I hit Cupcakes about once a year, I’m glad today was the day so I could get the Irish cream cupcake.

    3. Miss604 says:

      @klparrot I spotted some big frosted cupcakes in the bakery at Safeway, I bet they’re less expensive… maybe I’ll have to do a taste-test 😉

    4. Kat says:

      Now I want a cupcake real bad!

    5. anne says:

      have you tried the pub downtown called shanagans or something? i really like that one hehe

    6. Tyler says:

      Anne there is a pub called Shenanigans on Robson st. Looks like they recently renovated it too.

      We hit the Dover Arms on Denman. Pretty busy and I’m just happy to have drank green beer! Last year we went to the Comox and they didn’t have any green beer 🙁

      Love only having to walk 2 blocks home though. Not that I am a crazy drinker, but love not having to get a taxi or be the responsible DD either occasionally too.

    7. Mom604 says:

      Since I don’t have the least bit of Irish blood in me, I chose the “Blue Hawaiian” cupcake….hey, wait a minute! I don’t think they make a Black Forest cupcake, do they?

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