Paint the Town Green!


An impromptu poll of the Sac Foodies revealed that St. Patrick’s Day is a favorite holiday for many of us. Considering it doesn’t require any gifts and revolves around food and fun, it’s no big surprise that we like it! It seems like Sacramento does, too, judging by the number of St. Patrick’s Day-themed events going on in the coming days. Let us know what your plans will be on the 17th by leaving a comment below! And don’t forget to wear green!

Is work or another commitment keeping you from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day actually on St. Patrick’s Day? Not to worry – head over to Fanny Ann’s Saloon in Old Sacramento on Saturday, March 14 for their Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Bash. They’ll have green beer and corned beef sandwiches all day. A $5 cover begins at 9:00 p.m., with the proceeds donated to the Firefighters Burn Institute.

The real fun is, of course, to be had on Tuesday, and Sacramento area bars and restaurants are pulling out all the stops to make St. Pat’s Day 2009 one to remember. De Vere’s Irish Pub and Mix Downtown are teaming up to bring you Sacramento’s first “Get Your Irish Up!” St. Patrick’s Day Block Party from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on L Street, between 15th and 16th Streets (right in front of the newly renovated Firestone Building). Festivities include live performances by Tainted Love and Shakedown. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Because we know everyone loves a parade, we thought you’d like to know Old Sacramento’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets underway Tuesday at 6:00 pm. The family-friendly event includes Irish step dancers, bagpipers, colorful costumed marchers, school bands and much more!

Does the holiday have you in the mood for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day meal? All three Café Bernardo locations (Davis, Midtown and R Street) will be serving up a special corned beef and cabbage dish all week long. Or, head over to Brew It Up! Brewery & Grill  for their St. Pat’s Day Party, which includes a Dublin-inspired pub lunch or dinner of corned beef and cabbage, beer steamed mussels, bangers and mash and Shepherd’s Pie. Happy hour will feature Celtic songs and Irish pub music and the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry in the outdoor beer garden, also known as the Leprechaun Lounge!

Other places you might want to check out on St. Patrick’s Day include Streets of London, O’Mally’s Irish Pub, Gallagher’s Irish Pub or Bonn Lair. For those of you who want to get a head start on festivities, check out The Graduate in Davis, where the drinks start flowing bright and early at 6:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you not see your favorite St. Patrick’s Day destination listed here? If so, tell us about it by leaving a comment!

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