3/15/2013 03:49:00 PM

7 Boozy Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in SF

View from the Taverna Aventine block party
Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s face it, you’re not really looking to find the best places to eat corned beef and Leprechaun-shaped cookies. St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse to drink, whether you’re Irish or not, so here are our choices of the best spots in the city to join in the revelry before or after Saturday's parade.

Taverna Aventine: A great way to get your green on early is at this FiDi block party hosted by this FiDi spot that will be blocking off its side street alley Hotaling Alley for a block party that will include five different bars, live music, multiple DJs and of course, food. And no, we’re not just talking soda bread and green pretzels - on offer will lobster rolls and fish tacos from Sam’s Chowdermobile and creamy desserts from The Crème Brulee Cart (4PM until close, 582 Washington St, 415-981-1500).

Royal Exchange: This FiDi spot is encouraging revelers to get into the spirit early (and often) by hosting a kick-off party tonight from 4-9PM with a St. Paddy’s Day street party featuring live music by Wonderbread 5. In addition, from 11AM-2 PM, the kitchen will be turning out Irish soul food such as corned beef and cabbage and Shepherd’s pie. The Royal will also be open and pouring on parade day (Saturday) beginning at 11:30 AM and on Sunday from 11:30 AM onwards (301 Sacramento St, 415-956-1710)

Luck of the Irish Three-Day Pub Crawl: If you’re on of those more-is-more partying types, consider get a three-day access pass to this citywide St. Paddy’s Day weekend pub crawl. Ticket holders can enjoy $2 drafts, $3 well cocktails and $4 whiskey shots at various pubs around the city including The Brick Yard, Playland Bar and Shanghai Kelly’s (Friday-Sunday; $25 for all-weekend, $10 per day, tickets can be purchased online but revelers need to check in at Extreme Pizza or The Brick Yard at a proscribed time of the day, see details about the crawl and additional Irish schwag here or call 415-563-0740). 

The Irish Bank: Giving new meaning to the term Irish Breakfast, the city’s top Irish bar, which claims to host the city’s largest St. Paddy’s Day party, will be getting underway with two-days worth of festivities starting on Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM, followed by a line-up of traditional music and Celtic rock from 12- 6 PM and live DJ spinning tunes from 6pm-midnight (Saturday and Sunday 9AM-midnight, 10 Mark Lane, 415-788-7152).
O’Reilly’s: This North Beach publican is a sponsor of the official St. Patrick’s Day parade but you can bet that before, during and after the organized festivities, they’ll be plenty of partying and Guinness pints and Irish whiskey being hoisted at the bar, plus they'll be a performance from the Irish Piper Band (9AM- 2AM, 622 Green St, 415-989-6222).
SoMa StrEat Food Park: If eating is part of your St. Patrick's day agenda, swing by this SoMa food truck park which will be holding a two-day Shamrock StrEat Bash (in conjunction with Funcheap) with Guinness and Harp specials, live music, games such as beer pong and flipcup and Irish-themed food truck specials such as green eggs and ham sliders (Saturday 11AM-midnight and Sunday 11AM- 10PM, $6 admission in advance, $10 at the door, food and drink sold separately, to reserve, go online 428 11th St).

SS Jeremiah O’Brien: If the idea of the drinking on a rocking boat doesn’t cause you to scream “man overboard!" consider joining the music, drinking and general merry-making at the Eye Heart SF party that will be held this Saturday afternoon on the historic Merchant Marine vessel famous for fighting during D-Day. The boat will be docked at Pier 45 the whole time so guests can hop on and off the ship at any time (Saturday 11AM-5PM, $25 for general admission and $60 for VIP tickets which include access to an open bar and complimentary whiskey tasting on the exclusive “below deck” lounge; for more info go to the event’s page).


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