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Where to celebrate the green festivities on St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

St. Patrick's Day drink

After waiting 364 days, our favourite patron saint celebration has finally arrived.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of cheer, good times with friends and everything green. Mostly, though, it’s a celebration of beer.

Here’s a list to help you choose the best Patty’s party for tomorrow’s debaucherous day:

THE BARKING FROG: Join your favorite amphibian for green beer, cheap shots and mixed concoctions.

Doors open at 11 a.m., so expect a full day of Guinness and Barking Frog giveaways, an open patio with BBQ and pizza and musicians performing in the lounge. Also expect sexy, sexy leprechauns.

GT’S: GT’s popular house band, Ribbed, starts playing at 6:30 p.m. downstairs. Expect a mix of alternative and top-40 covers. Five other acts will also perform. Upstairs, DJ Alpha will play hip-hop and R&B live-to-air.

With green beer, $3 domestic bottles, and its traditional 100 T-shirt giveaway, tomorrow GT’s may stand for “Guaranteed Tanked.”

THE LONDON TAPHOUSE: A St. Patty’s Day virgin, Richmond Row’s five-month-old bar will serve its first green beers tomorrow starting at noon. The bar boasts $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes, giveaways throughout the day and free hats for the first 50 people.

MOLLY BLOOM’S: Ah, Molly Bloom’s, the Irish pub of London. At Molly’s, the liver degradation begins at 9 a.m. Weather permitting, tents will be set up outside. Of course, green beer and other forms of frothy Irish deliciousness will be available.

Irish music will be performed throughout the day, with alternative rock ‘n’ roll/oldies band Mike O’Brien leading the way. Arrive late and you’ll wait in line a long time.

THE CEEPS: Take your average Saturday night bargoers, picture them dressed in green, and you’ve got St. Patty’s Day at The Ceeps. Tons of entertainment will be provided, from Irish dancers performing at 1:30 p.m. to DJs mixing all night " and by the sweaty-haired drunk girls on the dance floor, of course.

THE WAVE: What better way to enjoy life and celebrate beer than with Western’s icon, Rick McGhie? The fun starts at 11 a.m.

THE ALEX P. KEATON: If you’re yearning for a change of scenery, The Alex P. Keaton is hosting a dance party filled electro, house, dubstep and some techno tunes.

Bluegrass band The Goin’ Concern and several other live acts will join the “plugged in” extravaganza.

JIM BOB RAY’S: Brass Door Irish Pub regulars Black Belt Jones and Jim McGinley are switching venues for St. Patty’s Day.

Dance up a storm while listening to Black Belt Jones’ soul/funk covers and McGinley’s unique brand of Celtic folk-rock. Doors open at noon.

JACK’S: Rumour has it Jack’s is having a greasy pig roast starting at 1 p.m., followed by performances by Western’s Sublime-esque band, High Strung, and others. The night could get sloppy.

CALL THE OFFICE: Students can rock out in green at two separate shows. At 6 p.m., hardcore metal bands August Burns Red, Chasing Victory and Arise and Ruin will perform. Psychobilly-punk band The Creepshow, Terminal Wallys and Ruth’s Hat play at 10 p.m. Jagermeister shots are only $2.50!

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