Al Maas, 72, helped dig the foundation of Paddy's with a team of horses in the 1940's and held a number of jobs there,  pictured at a 1983 gathering. Photo by Ron Pozzer, The Spectator
Al Maas, 72, who helped dig the foundation of Paddy’s with a team of horses in the 1940s and held a number of jobs there, at a 1983 St. Patrick’s Day gathering. Photo by Ron Pozzer, The Spectator

Paddy Greene’s was the go to spot for Irish cheer in Hamilton until it was sold and demolished in 1984.

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Irish immigrant Paddy Greene bought the building on Main Street West near Longwood, known as Paddy’s Tavern and later The Westdale Hotel. This shot is from 1971. Hamilton Historical Collection.

 

Today, the CHML Plaza stands where the tavern was once located.  Customers agreed the place had “dirty glasses, bad service and poor food,” as The Spectator reported in 1983, but remained a beloved watering hole.

Joe Greene - former co-owner of the bar, with hat, Ron Brierley, left, Bruce Burns kneeling, and Jim Joyce, rear, on St. Patrick's day 1987, at a gathering to remember the bar.  By Ron Pozzer, The Spectator
Joe Greene – former co-owner of the bar, with hat, Ron Brierley, left, Bruce Burns kneeling, and Jim Joyce, rear, on St. Patrick’s day 1987, at a gathering to remember the bar. By Ron Pozzer, The Spectator

4 thoughts on “Flashback: Paddy Greene’s

  1. I was enjoying a drink with my future wife when a patron used the F*** word. After telling him to watch his language, I turned to see a bouncer tackling him in mid air as he tried to get me. Always a fun crazy place. Glad for the great Hamilton bouncers. (mid 60’s).

  2. Brings back a lot of memories of my Dad’s dedication (Ab Maas) to Paddy Greene’s. At his Insistence , my wedding reception was held there on May 1st, 1965 (50 years ago). My 21st Birthday celebration was also held in the Fireside Room at Paddy’s.

    1. Hi Karen: My name is Beatrice Maas. I am your Uncle Gord’s daughter.
      I just stumbled across this wonderful picture and memory of your Dad. Sadly, I met him only once or twice, but it looks like he thoroughly enjoyed life and had a great sense of humour.

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