A plane ticket to Ireland is prohibitively expensive, and the flight attendant won’t let you drink, sing, or knit her dog an Aran sweater. Fast-forward to the fun part of visiting Ireland with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of food and drinks at Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant on Smithe Street.
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant spans three floors across which revellers absorb live music, authentic Irish flavours, and frothy beverages at one of the restaurant's six bars. Anchored in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, Ceili's preps partiers' palates with a hearty selection of regional brews (up to $6.75) and European lagers (up to $7.75), each served in a proper drinking glass to evoke the beer's true flavour quality and sweating behaviours. Raise a Limerick chicken tender in reverence as a local Celtic band induces toe-tapping overtures on one of the restaurant's stages ($11 per plate), or use the bangers and mash to inspire maniacal triangle solos as a rock band plays in the upstairs area ($14.50).
Ceili's spreads its Gaelic splendour across 12,000 square feet and hoists a heated rooftop patio over its triple-stack shoulders, encouraging customers to enjoy outdoor fireside revelry and high-altitude mock debates year round. With live music often four nights a week and a friendly staff slinging drinks until 2 a.m. (bar closes at 3 a.m.) Wednesday though Saturday, Ceili's saturates the city with a bona fide Eire-inspired atmosphere. After an impromptu jig or a choreographed boogie on the dance floor, customers can untangle their limbs at a bar-side TV or practice positive affirmations in the reflection of an empty glass.