St. Stephen's Green's will be serving authentic Irish food for St. Paddy's, like the corned beef and cabbage and mashed potatoes above. Photo by Michelle Le.
Head to St. Stephen's Green in Mountain View for a classic pint green beer this St. Patrick's Day. Photo by Michelle Le.
St. Stephen's Green's traditional corned beef and cabbage served with mashed potatoes. Photo by Michelle Le.
St. Stephen's Green bartender Jimmy Leonard pours a green beer. Photo by Michelle Le.
FreeWheel Brewing Company in Redwood City will be serving three special stouts brewed just for the occasion of St. Patrick's Day. Above, Sales and Marketing Director Devon Roberts pours FreeWheel's Wenlock Stout. Photo by Michelle Le.
FreeWheel Brewing Company's Wenlock Stout. Photo by Michelle Le
Get your "oi" on at O'Malley's Sports Pub in Mountain View for St. Patrick's Day with Irish music, food, green beer and pints of Guinness (among other drinks). Above, Manager Jillian Stone pours a Guinness at the bar on March 7, 2016. Photo by Michelle Le.
Indulge your inner Irish on St. Patrick's Day with an Irish Car Bomb -- made by dropping a shot of Irish cream and Irish whiskey into Irish stout. Photo by Michelle Le.
O'Malley's Sports Pub's Guinness pour. Photo by Michelle Le
O'Malley's Sports Pub's shepherd's pie. Photo by Michelle Le.
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto will be selling shamrock-shaped sugar cookies and traditional Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day. The restaurant will also be serving special food and drink items. Photo courtesy Mayfield Bakery & Cafe.
Downtown Mountain View's Tied House will be celebrating St. Paddy's Day by serving its take on the traditional Irish stout for $4 a pint. Photo By Adam Heyman/Palo Alto Weekly.
St. Patrick's Day was once celebrated as a religious and cultural feast in memory of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In the United States, this unofficial holiday has come to be known as the one day a year where it's socially acceptable to wear green from head to toe and eat and drink in excess, regardless of whether you're Irish.
Whatever your plans are this St. Paddy's Day, the luck of the Irish is on your side: Check out our picks of places to eat, drink and be merry on the Midpeninsula on Thursday, March 17, from breweries pouring limited-edition Irish stouts to bakeries stamping out shamrock-shaped sweets.
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