10 Student Budget-Friendly St. Paddy’s Festivities

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(Courtesy Lord of the Wings/Creative Commons)

As a student, we get it, you’re on a budget. But that doesn’t ever stop you from having fun. Whether you’re swamped with work, looking for a classic St. Paddy’s bash, or something a little alien, we’ve got ideas to keep you having fun.

  1. Long Night Against Procrastination – Ryerson University

If you’re piled up in midterms and essays and getting wasted tonight isn’t an option, stop by the fourth floor of the SLC between 5 p.m. and midnight and join the study blitz. There will be tons of free food, help with essays and papers, research help, workshops, exam prep sessions and yoga. http://bit.ly/1pquPPf

  1. St. Patrick’s Week – The Céilí Cottage

This cute little Leslieville spot is half pub, half Irish dance studio, which makes it perfect for St. Pat’s. There’s no cover, and festivities start at 11 a.m. with a full day of “shenanigans,” dancing and live music.  http://bit.ly/1pO6dAt

  1. The Biggest and Last St. Paddy’s Day Party Ever – The Brunswick House

As you probably know (and have cried about for days), The Brunny is shutting down. You only have 14 days left to enjoy the Brunny’s atmosphere, and tonight’s tickets are $13.50 in advance and $18.50 for general admission. Budweiser is also $5 all night, so that’s something to keep in mind! Doors open at 5 p.m. http://bit.ly/1Xy11uY

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Performances – Madison Avenue Pub

After 6 p.m., cover is only $6 and there will be live music on six floors. The first performance starts at 4 p.m. and the live music won’t stop until 2 a.m.  http://bit.ly/1nRoWta

  1. St. Paddy’s Day Extravaganza – The Gladstone

The Gladstone’s throwing two separate extravaganzas. For those of you with tight budgets, there’s a free party happening in its Melody Bar starting at 12 p.m. for some prime day drinking, and for those of you with slightly less tight budgets, there’s a $5 cover in The Ballroom for a party starting at 6 p.m.  Live music begins at 4 p.m.! http://on.fb.me/1R3sPsB

  1. St. Paddy’s Caskade – Mascot Brewery

WARNING: These tickets are a little more expensive, and will cost you $24.63 if you want to get in between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m, but the tickets come with five beer samples from local craft breweries. After 9 p.m., tickets drop down to $12.66 but they won’t come with the samples. There’s also a special menu with lots of delicious options just for tonight.  http://bit.ly/1MpyfH8

  1. Martian Awareness Ball – The Horseshoe Tavern

If you’re looking for something a little less Irish and a little more alien, tonight’s also the 38th annual Martian awareness ball. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8:30 p.m. http://bit.ly/1pOcLPi

  1. Good Enough Live Karaoke – Rivoli

If St. Patrick’s Day just makes you want to belt it out, this event is for you. Rivoli is hosting a special karaoke night for St. Paddy’s starting at 9 p.m. tonight with cover only $5. What’s different about this karaoke? There’s a live BAND playing while you sing your heart out. http://on.fb.me/1MbgIrx

  1. St. Patrick’s Day – The Addisons Residence

For $4 drinks between 5-10 p.m., hit up The Addisons. There’s complimentary late night pizza, no cover and no guest list, so basically a student’s best friend. There are also board games for everyone to play if you’re looking for a chill atmosphere. Think half lounge, half club. http://bit.ly/1PefcPR

  1. Art Swap – Centre of Social Innovation (Annex)

If you don’t care at all about St. Patrick’s Day but you want to do something tonight, you might want to check out the Art Swap. You bring a piece of art or a sculpture/craft and trade it for a ticket, which you can use to “buy” someone else’s art! Cover is pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds go to the crowdfund campaign for Canada’s first library of things. http://on.fb.me/1pOeaFQ

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