Four-leaf clovers, Lucky Charms and leprechauns all come to mind on this festive day. Start your morning off in the shower with some Irish Spring—'tis a fine fresh scent (who still remembers those hilarious commercials from the '70s?). There's no shortage of options when it comes to deciding where to go to throw back the green beer and , just don't forget to wear green so you won't get pinched! Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone and may you find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.
Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
1. - For those who don't drink or are looking for something simple, head on over to the Golden Arches at 3560 Bradshaw Rd. or 8901 Folsom Blvd. for none other than a Shamrock Shake. Get a small for around $2.40 and enjoy the minty flavor of this annual treat without a hangover the next day. Who knows? Grimace may show up for old times' sake with the Hamburgler in tow.
2. Fox & Goose Public House - This Sacramento staple is ready to help you ring in all things green with lamb stew, banger rolls and much more. Wash down all the Irish fare with some Guinness or Harp, then move to the music of Irish-Celtic rock band Griffin. If you prefer something stronger, their Irish whiskey and Car Bombs will put a few hairs on your chest. Start time is 8 p.m. and a $2 cover gets you in the door.
3. De Vere's Irish Pub - When it comes to pub parties, this one takes the cake. The day begins at 8 a.m. with hot Irish coffees for all, followed by a noon corned beef and cabbage lunch, pipes and drums, Kennely School Dancers and plenty of beer and spirits barside. Cover charge of $10 begins at 2 p.m. or you can purchase tickets online as well. Last year's event drew nearly 7,000 people, so come early to enjoy this authentic Irish experience.
4. O' Mally's Pub & Eats - Early birds will love the 6 a.m. start time at this Old Sacramento fixture, where the day begins with a traditional Irish breakfast. Can't quite get out of bed at that hour? No worries, as the festivities continue at 1 p.m. with bag pipers for all you music lovers. Sip a green-bottled Bud or Bud Light as you enjoy the afternoon and chat with your fellow pub mates. If you can't get away until after work, the party goes on at 9 p.m. with live music at a $10 cover charge—sure to get your Irish eyes a-smilin'!
5. Brew It Up! Personal Brewery & Grill - Beer, cocktails and pub food are all on the agenda here, so get ready for a memorable time. The day begins with "Kegs and Eggs" at 6 a.m., followed by an 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. performance by Irish band Nine 8ths. Drink specials abound, including $4 Dirty Nellies, $5 Car Bombs and $3 10-ounce Irish-style ale, stout and lager. If you've got a hearty appetite, try some beer-steamed mussels, a Limerick Ham Sandwich or bangers and mash. Must be 21 to get in from 8 p.m. onward.