Nova Scotians love Saint Patrick’s Day. And why not? It’s a welcome party after a long drab winter- a time to gather with friends and celebrate-whether you are Irish or not.
But,many of us are! The 2006 Statistics Canada census listed Irish is the third-most-common ethnic group in Nova Scotia!
And we like to start early.
But never mind-even if you missed the Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade last weekend, there is still lots of Irish type fun to be had.
For instance: Pinching folks who don’t wear green. Of course, this is at your own risk and Hello Weekend is not responsible for any slaps or karate chops you may receive as a result of pinching.
Did you know that once upon a time, blue was the traditional color of St.Patrick’s Day.?But Irish folks took to wearing green as a symbol of Irish pride and pinching people on St. Paddy’s Day for not getting their green on. Legend even has it that wearing green makes you invisible to those pesky leprechauns who will for sure pinch anyone who is not wearing at least a splash of spring-like verdant color.
But green doesn’t extend to pub brew. You may have to grab a few drops of green food coloring to add to your beer instead of expecting a green pint from every local pub-apparently this is not a true Irish tradition,but one that originated in the US well over 100 years ago.
If you prefer to find a pub and some Guinness ( the most popular brew sold on St.Patrick’s Day) to do your celebrating, here’s a list of 6 Irish Pubs that will let you do St.Patrick’s day up right.
1645 Argyle Street Halifax, NS B3J 2B5
Named after a renown shapely and popular Irish lassie who made her fortune extracting tolls from travellers crossing the bridge over the Owengarney river. She’s best known for concocting a special potion, one which would bring the gift of new life-poteen.Don’t jump on a plane just yet, though.That alcoholic elixir is ‘officially’ illegal.
Durty Nelly’s is celebration with an entire weekend of festivities, starting with 7am breakfast.
The original Nelly’s Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
5 Cumberland Drive Dartmouth
Jamieson’s is HRMs oldest Irish establishment,celebrating 20 years in 2019. Their menu features authentic Irish recipes straight from beautiful Eire,Upon opening their chef brought recipes from Ireland which are still a foundation or Jamieson’s menu. The gorgeous interior was hand built by the owner with some help from friends and traded peeps. and includes some beautiful touches such as the 100 year old doors that grace the pub. Jamieson’s offers 14 local craft beers on tap as well as the biggest selection of single malt scotch and Irish whisky in Dartmouth.
For St. Patrick’s Day,Jamieson’s will have live music all day starting at noon with a Cape Breton ceilidh from noon – 3:3pm and a one night only reunion performance by the Northern Ramblers from 7-10:30 pm,
21 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth
Steeped in traditional Newfoundland and Irish roots, Seamus David’s brings with it the hospitality and community mindedness of both. Get your Irish on early on St. Patrick’s day with $6 pints of Guinness from 9am-10 am and live music all day.
424 Charlotte Street, Sydney,
Founded by a trio of irishmen in 2000, it builds on the ancient belief that groupings of 3 were good luck-hence it’s tag line of “Food for the Body, Drink for the Spirit and Music for the Soul”
Guiness will be their number one seller on St.Patrick’s Day-also serving Harp, Smithwicks, Kilkenny & Murphy’s.
The Old Triangle is hosting a huge St,Paddy’s Day celebration,beginning with a big Irish Breakfast with beer , starting at 7am.
This year, $3 from every breakfast sold between 7am-Noon will be donated to the Nova Scotia SPCA – Cape Breton Chapter. Live music starts at 7am-2am.
There are also locations in Halifax, Moncton and
233 Esplanade Sydney, NS
This pub is housed in what was once the home of Sydney’s first Mayor,Walter Crowe. It encompasses two floors-those wishing to get their Irish fixneed to go to the upper level.
On St. Patrick’s Day the Governor’s Pub is boasting an all day Celtic experience with Celtic traditional & folk music & Governors Irish menu.
42 Aberdeen St., Kentville,
460 Main St., Wolfville,
Paddy’s is also offering an all day celebration with music and great food The Kentville location is adding a Special Irish Dance Party after 9pm.
Paddy’s brews it’s own craft beer and in fact, was the first craft beer brewery in Nova Scotia, opening in 1995.