The Roy Irish Pub on Queen Street East is a more intimate and reserved Irish pub and one which often attracts an older clientele. If it’s a nice pint in a cosy environment that actually allows you to hear your own thoughts, then The Roy is the pub for you. The pub has won numerous awards over the years since opening in 2009, and from the charming interior to the hearty homecooked meals, The Roy captures everything that is great about local Irish pubs – a must see when in Toronto.
McVeigh’s is a no frills, traditional family run Irish pub a short walk from the Eaton Centre and City Hall. The bar, which opened back in 1962 has traditional Irish music on six days a week and is great value when it comes to food and drink. You’ll feel right at home from the second you arrive at McVeigh’s, with pictures and painting of famous Irish poets and bands gracing the walls. The McVeigh family have been ambassadors for Irish music and hospitality in the Toronto area for over 50 years, and are showing no signs of slowing up. If you call into McVeigh’s while in Toronto, you’ll most likely be greeted by one of the family, giving you a great opportunity to find out more about this little gem.
Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, Stout is a cosy wee Irish pub that focuses on doing the basics and doing them well. This means you can expect to find top-notch pub grub and a great pint all in the intimate surroundings of Stout (and with a name like that, you just know the beer is going to be great, although Murphy’s not Guinness is the stout of choice).
Stout focuses on showcasing local producers, so you’ll get to experience the taste of Ontario as you relax by the fire. With live music sessions and Toronto’s best selection of craft beers, this is a real quirky establishment and one we’re sure you’ll love. The regular pub quiz and board game evenings offer something a little different for visitors to Stout.
Doolin’s is an honest and down to earth Irish pub in Downtown Vancouver. Big on sports and live music, Doolin’s has a great atmosphere, and the Doolin’s experience is one that is steeped in the Irish culture. Taking its name from the town of Doolin in Co Clare, the staff at Doolin’s Irish Pub take inspiration from the warm welcome that many can expect along Ireland’s west coast, and make this welcome central to the Doolin’s experience. With over 15 Irish whiskies to choose from and a menu that is littered with all your favourites, including their own take on Irish Stew, this is a bar worth visiting when in Vancouver.
This family owned Irish pub and restaurant can trace it’s family roots back to Dungiven in Co Derry, and the Victorian inspired, traditional Irish design of Doc Magilligan’s has made it one of the most popular pubs in the Niagara Falls area. Located just a short distance from the Niagara Falls waterfall, Doc Magilligan’s prides itself on the atmosphere and traditional Irish fare that awaits you. With everything from boxty, soda bread and shepherd’s pie on the menu, and live entertainment every Thursday to Saturday, Doc Magilligan’s is the perfect place to unwind, after a day of taking in the wonder of Niagara Falls.
Mahony and Sons is a group of Irish pubs in Vancouver, with three sites in the area – Burrard Landing at the Convention Centre, Stamps Landing at False Creek, and UBC at the UBC Campus. This family owned chain of pubs can trace its roots back to Co Cork, and all three pubs bring something different to the party. The UBC bar on the University campus is a more traditional looking Irish pub, while Burrard Landing and Stamps Landing provide wonderful views over downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Harbour respectively. As nice as the views are, it’s the beer, music and general craic that attracts so many to Irish pubs, and Mahony & Sons in Vancouver doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find a great selection of Irish whiskey, and regular live music sessions in any of Mahony & Sons Vancouver bars, so be sure to stop by.
With pubs in Whistler and Vancouver, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub was hand designed and crafted in Ireland, before being shipped to the popular Whistler ski resort in Canada’s British Columbia province in 1997, where the Dubh Linn Gate story was born. The Vancouver bar opened its doors and pulled the first pint of Guinness in 2015, and it’s Arthur Guinness, and indeed the St. James Gate Brewery where Dubh Linn Gate takes its inspiration. With 24 beers on tap, including Guinness, Murphy’s and Kilkenny, the pub also brews their own popular Dubh Linn Lager, while you’ll also find a selection of Irish and Canadian whiskies and ciders, the Dubh Linn story is one that is going to continue for a long time to come.
McKibbin’s is a chain of Irish pubs in Montreal with locations in Boul. St-Laurent, Bishop, Vaudreuil and West Island. With genuine artefacts and collectables from Ireland, and a classic dark wood finished bar, McKibbin’s has done a lot to recreate the ambience of a traditional Irish pub. From the Titanic Burger and Guinness Chicken Wings on the menu to the regular live music sessions and the huge selection of Irish beers (one of the biggest in Canada), you’re in safe hands with the McKibbin clan.
The Irish Harp Pub is a slice of Ireland right on the US / Canadian border that has proven to be a hit with locals and tourists alike since 2006. The bar and its entire contents were built and shipped from Ireland to help give “The Harp” that truly authentic Irish look, that so many pubs struggle to replicate. Owned by a Derryman, The Irish Harp is located in the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, about a 25-minute drive from Niagara Falls. Open 7 days a week, with live music, traditional Irish food and a mean pint of Guinness, The Irish Harp Pub is the only place to head to, after exploring the wonder that is Niagara Falls.
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