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If you’re looking for a more sophisticated take on St. Paddy’s, try one of these festive holiday libations.


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Courtesy of Walnut Creek Yacht Club

St. Patrick’s Curse

Head to Walnut Creek Yacht Club on Saturday, March 16 (they’re closed on Sundays), for a selection of unique themed cocktails, including this Yacht Club original (pictured above): Bushmills Irish whiskey, Midori, lime juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters, shaken and served over ice with a lime wedge. 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net.
 

Irish Coffee

In honor of the holiday, Moresi’s Chophouse takes an Irish coffee—which was first introduced to the United States by a Bay Area bartender—and gives it an extra boozy kick by infusing the whipped cream with Jameson Irish whiskey. 6115 Main St., Clayton, (925) 672-1333, moresischophouse.com.
 

Proper Black and Tans

As a nod to their Irish brothers, both British-themed The Crown in Danville and Pleasanton’s Redcoats devote the day to serving authentic black and tans, layering the Bass and Guinness beers in a proper 20-ounce imperial pint. 331 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 855-2185, crownpub.com; 336 Saint Mary St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-6600, redcoatspub.com.
 

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