Robbie Burns Day officially arrives on January 25, and pubs across Toronto are hosting a variety of events from traditional Scottish feasts to plain old drinking parties to honour the late Scottish poet’s legacy. Here’s a roundup of some of the festivities in town that all lads and lassies ought to check out.
Events you might want to check out:
Burns Supper (January 19 @ University Club of Toronto)
The St. Andrew's Society starts celebrating early with a time honoured toast to all things Scottish and the immortal memory of Robbie Burns. Haggis, pipes, lassies and lads, they've got it all.
League of Canadian Poets' Robbie Burns Night (January 22 @ The Caledonian)
This event changes things up by not just providing plenty of food and music, but also by honouring the man's poetic legacy with live readings and original poetry works from attendees.
Dewar's Scotch Egg Club Snack + Dram Bar (January 25 @ 2nd Floor Events)
Dewar's honours the Scotsman by opening a one day pop-up speakeasy and snack bar, featuring a mash-up of traditional Scottish and Canadian bar foods. UK comedian and cook George Egg hosts.
Robbie Burns Dinner & Scotch Nosing (January 25 @ Brazen Head)
In Liberty Village, Brazen Head's Robbie Burns festivities include a five course dinner, scotch nosing, a complimentary taste and poem book, and of course, lots of bagpipe playing.
Robbie Burns Dinner & Scotch (January 25 @ The Pour House)
On Dupont, the pioneer of the Romantic movement is being cheers'd to with a five course dinner and scotch nosing at Pour House.
Robbie Burns Supper (January 25 @ The Céilí Cottage)
This Leslieville pub best known for their oysters and long whisky list breaks out the bottles and parties hard with bagpipes plus haggis neeps and tatties
Robbie Burns Day at Murphy's Law (January 25 @ Murphy's Law)
Haul out the haggis and get down on the Beaches at this feast, scotch tasting party, and bagpipe live show.
Robbie Burns at Duke of Cornwall (January 25 @ Duke of Cornwall)
The Duke is serving up some of the province's best haggis straight from Toronto's Healthy Butcher, but on the 25th only. If you've got that hankering for haggis, this one is your best bet.
Burns Week (January 26-28 @ The Caledonian)
The Caledonian has plotted out a week's worth of Robbie Burns events. While festivities on the 24th and 25th have already sold out, the party rages on Friday and Sunday for those who want more.
Robbie Burns Night (January 27 @ Miller Lash House)
Scarborough's beautiful Miller Lash House hosts its fourth Robbie Burns Night on the Saturday, and boasts a prix fixe menu, the Toronto Police Pipe Band, dancers, plus fine wine and scotch.