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Laurier campus bar goes dry for St. Patrick's Day

The green beer won’t be flowing at one establishment in Waterloo’s university district, Saturday.

The taps will be turned off at Veritas Café at Wilfrid Laurier’s Waterloo campus for an alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day party.

Veritas manager Patrick McMahon says it’s a safe alternative for students who want to take part in the global celebration, but aren’t interested in attending the unsanctioned drink fest that takes over Ezra Avenue every year.

“There’s lot of kids who don’t drink, and there’s lot of kids who aren’t comfortable being in an establishment where St. Patrick’s Day parties can get fairly rowdy,” McMahon says.

The event is in its fourth year, and is usually held at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, which is under renovation.

“They wanted a space on campus where people could get out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without the pressure of being in a room with alcohol,” says McMahon. “We offered to partner with them because we thought it was a good thing they were doing.”

While you can’t order a green beer, a variety of specialty green drinks are on the menu.

“Milkshakes, we’re thinking about doing a matcha latte,” McMahon says. “Shamrock cookies, popcorn, chips — it’s going to be a catered event.”

The party starts at noon, and will also feature live music, an open mic, and board games.