Celebrate Saint Pat’s
A round-up of bars and restaurants offering St. Patrick’s Day fun this Thursday.
It’s that time of year to pull out anything green and get ready to party! Indulge in traditional Irish dishes and drink green beer at many restaurants and bars hosting parties or offering specials for the occasion. Here are some special St. Patrick’s Day events happening around the East Bay.
Barclay's Restaurant & Pub
Barclay’s will offer up a special Irish menu, with items such as corn beef and cabbage and Shepherd’s pie. Also, there will be kegs out on the patio and in the garage serving Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks. 5940 College Avenue, Oakland, (510) 654-1650, barclayspub.com.
The Crown will celebrate by serving corned beef and cabbage all day, with an extended happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m. A DJ is set to spin at 9 p.m. 331 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 855-2185, crownpub.com.
Dublin Sports Pub and Grill
Dublin Sports Pub will have an extended celebration, serving corned beef, cabbage, and green beer all week long. Thursday’s party will include a live Celtic rock band and prizes from Guinness and Budweiser, starting at 9 p.m. 7294 San Ramon Rd., Dublin, (925) 587-2333, dublinsportspub.com.
E.J. Phair Brewing Company and Alehouse
E.J. Phair will host a big celebration, with food specials, live music, and green beer. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, ham and cheese croquets, and Irish bangers. Live music, including bag pipers, will begin at 7 p.m. 2151 Salvio Street Suite L, Concord, (925) 691-4253, ejphair.com.
This San Leandro pub will serve traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and soda bread all day. And, Guinness milkshakes will be available to wash it all down. 101 Parrott St., San Leandro, (510) 357-3571, englanderpub.com.
At Henry’s, specially priced beer such as Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks will be offered for the occasion along with classic corned beef and cabbage. Don’t worry about missing March Madness that night: Henry’s will be showing the basketball games. 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley. (510) 809-4132, henrysberkeley.com.
Gallagher’s Dublin Pub
Have fun inside or outside at Gallagher’s: There will be live music on the patio with Wett Willy from 6 to 10 p.m. as well as DJ O’Brian spinning inside the pub from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Enjoy some corned beef and cabbage to get energized to dance the night away. 7821 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin, (925) 828-5996.
The Cuban restaurant will serve Irish fare, including a corned beef special that includes Guinness-braised corned beef with cabbage, sweet potato-poblana hash, and crispy leeks with sweet Dijon mustard. Drink specials include $3 traditional mojitos (also available for $15 a pitcher). 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-4555, havanarestaurant.net.
Join Liege for its St. Patrick’s Day Blow Out and one-year anniversary celebration. The party will run from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., with free appetizers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., including whiskey braised pork shoulder wrapped in green cabbage, homemade mini Shepherds pies, and chips with crazy hot green salsa. Baby Guinnesses and drink specials will be available all night long. 481 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 835-4343, liegeoakland.com.
Head to Luka’s for a giant plate of corned beef and cabbage, a pint of Guinness for $3, or some Irish whiskey for $5. Head over right after work because the party starts at 6 p.m., with a DJ spinning until closing time. 2221 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 451-4677, lukasoakland.com.
Norm’s sixth annual celebration starts at noon, and this year, there will be authentic Leprechauns, green beer, bag pipers, drummers, Irish dancing girls, and corned beef and cabbage. The party will also feature the Shenanigans Lounge, which will have beer pong, a special bar, and DJ. 356 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 552-6676, normsgrill.com.
Irish stew and corn beef and cabbage are just a couple of the specials that Petar’s will offer for lunch and dinner. Live music with Irish songstress Sinead is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Diamond Dave starting at 9 p.m. 32 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 284-7117, petars.com.
Celebrate at Redcoats with an authentic imported draft like a Black and Tan or a Smithwick’s at an extended happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage will be served all day, and a DJ spins mixes from 9 p.m. until closing. 336 Saint Mary St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-6600, redcoatspub.com.
The Starry Plough Pub
Join the Starry Plough for its 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration starting at 5:30 p.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment from The McBride Irish Dancers and traditional Irish music by Driving with Fergus. 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 841-2082, starryploughpub.com.
At Danville’s hot new piano bar, enjoy corned beef plates for $7, whiskey shots for $4, and car bombs and other Irish drinking fun. 148 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 743-8466, thatbardanville.com.
Trader Vic’s will celebrate the holiday for three days (3/16, 3/17, and 3/18) with green Mai Tai’s and beer. Menu specials include Guinness-battered fish ‘n rings, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage. 9 Anchor Dr., Emeryville, (510) 653-3400, tradervics.com.
Walnut Creek Yacht Club
Start off the evening with Craic Hour (craic is the Irish word for fun/enjoyment) from 3 to 6 p.m., when all St. Paddy’s Day drinks are just $5. The restaurant will also offer a special dinner menu for $25 that includes four-leaf clover soup, Ellen O’Connell McCarty's famous Irish soda bread, and Chef Kevin James O’Weinberg’s corned beef brisket and cabbage. 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net.
Or, for something a little different, try…
Party in the Plaza
Blackhawk Plaza hosts a free family-friendly party from 6 to 8 p.m., with live music by Milltown, face painting, party favors, and prizes. Center Court Rotunda, Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, (925) 736-2751, blackhawkplaza.com.
Celebration on the Bay
Celebrate on the beautiful San Francisco Bay on the St. Patrick’s Day Cruise, scheduled Friday, March 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner from Warehouse Bar & Grill along with a no host bar that will be open the entire evening. Live music will also be available for your listening and/or dancing pleasure. $40 in advance to board. Departs from Jack London Square, Oakland, (877) 499-4229, celebrationsonthebay.com.
And, drive safe...
If you or your friends need a ride after the evening out, don’t forget about AAA’s Tipsy Toe Program. The insurance company offers free 10-mile tows home for drinking drivers and their vehicles. AAA membership is not required. Call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) between 6 p.m. March 17 and 6 a.m. March 18 for assistance.