Fiddle Diddle

Rating: NNNNNPeculiar green pints of ale aside, St. Patrick's Day down at the pub means music.Virtually every bar with booze.

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Peculiar green pints of ale aside, St. Patrick’s Day down at the pub means music.

Virtually every bar with booze behind the counter and a tiny stage in the corner will transform itself into an Irish pub Sunday to cash in on the craic craze with wildly varying degrees of fiddle-diddle.

There is no shortage of Irish-themed entertainment this weekend. You can put on your fancy dancing shoes at Lord Of The Dance (March 15 to 17 at the Hummingbird Centre) for a bit of Irish culture, or you can head down to the bar and warble along to Erin Go Bragh and Danny Boy.

Serious Irish pubs like McVeigh’s (124 Church), Fionn MacCool’s (70 the Esplanade) and Dora Keogh (141 Danforth) are turning their celebrations into day- and week-long affairs, while bands like Enter the Haggis and Black Porter seem to be everywhere at once.

The unfortunate fact that the big day falls on a Sunday means that some big parties are scattered through the weekend. The hardcore will just have to take Monday off. Here’s a rundown of where Irish eyes will be smiling. (For live-music venue info, see Live Music Index)

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