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The Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Vancouver’s Gastown

The Blarney Stone at St. Patrick's

The Blarney Stone is an Irish-themed public house and restaurant in Gastown. It’s popular with people who like Irish beers, whiskies and St. Patrick’s Day.

For information about events during the week of St. Patrick’s Day in normal years, scroll about halfway down this article. There you’ll find details about the pub’s Irish Appreciation Party, St. Patrick’s Week Family Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

 

The Blarney Stone

Established in 1972, the Blarney Stoney is the oldest Irish pub in Vancouver. Lots of events are hosted here including Irish appreciation parties, trivia nights, happy hours and St. Patrick’s Day events.

There are live music concerts at the pub most Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays The Sheets usually play a mixture of music from all genres. On Saturdays The Shenanigans often perform a mix of electrifying and dance-worthy music.

With a selection of traditional Irish dishes as well as classic pub foods, there is something for everyone to eat. There are also many drink options including over a dozen different types of Irish whiskey, mixed drinks, wines and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

St. Patrick's Fan Outside the Blarney Stone
St. Patrick’s Day Outside The Blarney Stone

 

Weekly Events at the Blarney Stone

Various weekly events occur at the Blarney Stone. See below for information. (Note: Prices, times and other details are subject to change.)

 

Bomber Trivia Wednesdays

Taking place most Wednesdays starting at 8 pm, Bomber Trivia nights give you the opportunity to show off how smart you are. Every week someone is crowned the winner and awarded a fantastic prize. The best part? You can get a Bomber beer and plate of wings for only $12.25 during the trivia time (or at least that was the case last time we checked).

 

Happy Hour Fridays

Happy Hour takes place at the Blarney Stone every Friday from 4 until 7 pm. The happy hour menu features $5 Guinness, $4 Jameson, $6 Glenlivet and 50% off appetizers. Often there is also live fiddle music. (Note: Exact prices and specials’ details are subject to change.)

 

Boozy Brunch Sundays

Most Sunday mornings a boozy brunch takes place featuring $5 Jameson, $5 Irish Caesars and $4 Mimosas. (Again, note: exact prices and specials’ details are subject to change.)

 

St. Patrick's Events

 

Festive Events at the Blarney Stone

The following events do not occur very often so take advantage of them and go if you can! They are usually worth checking out.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

On March 17th the Blarney Stone hosts an all-day St. Patrick’s Day festival most years, including in 2022. Starting at 9 am with an Irish brunch, the place is open until 2 am.

Throughout the day there is entertainment in the pub as well as outside in the street. Entertainment usually includes live music performances, DJ music, people walking on stilts and Celtic dancers. Those under 19 years of age are allowed in until 5 pm with a parent or legal guardian.

Tickets are available online. Tickets for entering the festival before 2 pm cost $25. If you wanted to enter the festival after 2 pm there are usually tickets available at the door (until they sell out of course).

 

Irish Appreciation Party

This gathering for fans of Ireland and whiskey was going to start at 6 pm on March 12th in 2020. The event got cancelled though because of COVID-19.

In years when it does happen, there are whiskey and Guinness samples available and free appetizers in the early evening. There is also live music and no cover charge most years. RSVP on their website to save your spot.

This event doesn’t appear to be happening in 2022. Hopefully it will again in 2023.

 

St. Patrick’s Week Family Festival

The St. Patrick’s Week Family Festival is a family-friendly event from around 11 am until 3 pm on a Sunday just before or after March 17th.

In years that it happens, the event features an Irish brunch, Guinness beer, stilts-walking entertainers, face painting and various other kid-friendly activities. Admission to the “festival” is free, but you pay for your food and drinks.

This event doesn’t appear to be happening in 2022. Hopefully it will again in 2023.

 

Other Information

For more information about the pub see The Blarney Stone website. For further details about the above events, click Blarney Stone Events.

If you like live music and find yourself in Gastown at night, then also check out Guilt & Company which is located at #1 Alexander (so just down the street). It’s one of our favourite places!

For a list of other restaurants and pubs in the Vancouver area check out Vancouver Places to Eat & Drink.

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