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Eating Out - March 17, 2023

Wondering where to get your fill of corned beef and cabbage?

From a beer stroll in Los Altos to Irish music in Menlo Park, here's how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the Peninsula

by Julia Brown

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, giving revelers the perfect excuse to clock out of work early for happy hour with a full evening of festivities ahead of them. Whether you're looking to take advantage of food and drink specials or just want to listen to some live music, our guide to Peninsula St. Patrick's Day happenings has you covered.

St. Patrick's Day at The Guild with The Hooks and Culann's Hounds

Head to the Menlo Park for live Irish music. The Hooks are a Celtic-inspired band from Ireland that blend traditional Irish folk music with rock and roll. Culann's Hounds, meanwhile, have been playing traditional Irish music for nearly two decades, beginning with a run in a small Irish bar in San Francisco. This is an all-ages show, but children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Tickets are $28-$48 at guildtheatre.com.

St. Paddy's Beer Stroll

Listen to live music and get unlimited samples of craft beer from breweries pouring at 21 tasting sites throughout downtown Los Altos. Participating breweries include Sunnyvale-based ShaKa Brewing, Altamont Beer Works, Canyon Lakes Brewery and more. Ticket price includes a collectible glass. The stroll will be held rain or shine. Friday, March 17, from 6-9 p.m., downtown Los Altos. Cost is $50, plus fees.

The Gallowglasses at Oak + Violet

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with live music at the courtyard of the Park James Hotel from Gallowglasses Irish Band, beer, signature drinks and Irish specials. Attendees will have a chance to win a bottle of limited edition custom batch Park James red breast whiskey. Friday, March 17, from 6-9 p.m., 1400 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; 650-304-3880, Instagram: @theparkjames. Reservations for dinner are highly recommended.

St. Paddy's Day Party at Opal Social Club

Hip-hop, reggaeton, R&B and Top 40 hits will play all night at the downtown Mountain View 21-and-over club. Get $5 Irish whiskey shots before 11 p.m. VIP table service, bottle specials and packages also are available.

Friday, March 17 from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 251 Castro St., Mountain View; Instagram: @opalsocialclub. Free general admission until 10:30 p.m., $10 cash after. VIP line cuts are $40, cash only.

Charcuterie & Cheese Class at Devil's Canyon

Chef Teena brings her charcuterie and cheese board design class to Devil's Canyon Brewing Company's Beer Friday for St. Patrick's Day. Beer Friday is from 4-10 p.m. and will feature live music from Mike Anuzzi (6-8:30 p.m.) and fare from food trucks Scratch, Lord of the Ribs BBQ and Melina's Kitchen. Friday, March 17, 935 Washington St., San Carlos; 650-592-2739, devilscanyon.com. Instagram: @devilscanyon. Tickets for the class cost $80 per person plus fees at eventbrite.com. Classes are an hour long and will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Crave: St. Patrick's Day Edition

Atlas Pizza Parlor in San Bruno hosts a night of house and techno music featuring Forest Green as the headliner, with support from Avand, Subcorv, re:run & Goddy, DJ Pavani and Garret McGrath. Friday, March 17, 637 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno. Tickets are $10 a person plus fees at eventbrite.com.

Paddy O'Furniture at Freewheel Brewing Company

The band Paddy O'Furniture will be playing Irish jigs and music on St. Patrick's Day. Check Freewheel's Instagram for details on hours. Friday, March 17, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City; 650-365-2337, freewheelbrewing.com. Instagram: @freewheelbrew.

Fibbar Magees, Sunnyvale

The Irish pub will be open from 11-2 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, with live music by DJs Jose Melendez and Seize. The menu includes a list of Irish specials, from lamb stew to shepherd's pie. Friday, March 17, 156 S Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale; 408-749-8373, fibbars.com. Instagram: @fibbarmagees.

Pedro Point Brewing, Pacifica

Pedro Point Brewing will have music from Pirates of Manor and pop-up Poke a Go Go in the house for St. Patrick's Day, plus they're releasing a new double IPA, On Porpoise.Friday, March 17, 55A Bill Drake Way, Pacifica; 650-735-5813, pedropointbrewing.com. Instagram: @pedropointbrewing.

St. Paddy's Happy Hour at San Benito House

The historic San Benito House in downtown Half Moon Bay hosts happy hour and live music from 4-6:30 p.m. and a DJ from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, March 17, 365 Main St., Half Moon Bay; 650-419-5522, sanbenitohouse.com. Instagram: @sanbenitohouse.

St. Patrick's Day After Celebration at Taplands

Want to keep the St. Patrick's Day vibes going? Taplands is hosting an all-day party the day after St. Paddy's with its own Irish red ale, an Irish stout on tap and Irish food specials. Saturday, March 18, starting at noon, 1171 Homestead Road #110, Santa Clara; 408-709-2990, taplands.com. Instagram: @taplandssantaclara.

Food and drink specials

Alhambra Irish House and Stephens Green

Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City and its sister restaurant Stephens Green in Mountain View are serving an entire menu of Irish dishes with a twist all March long. Expect dishes like corned beef and cabbage with mashed potatoes and mustard and whiskey cream sauce, Guinness cheese pretzels, and Baileys and chocolate bread pudding, plus drinks such as the Irish breakfast shot and an Irish coffee. Alhambra Irish House, 831 Main St., Redwood City; 650-366-4366, alhambra-irish-house.com. Instagram: @alhambra_irish_house. Stephens Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-964-9151, ststephensgreen.com. Instagram: @stephensgreen.

Steins Beer Garden

For one night only on Friday, March 17, this special dessert will be available at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View: a white chocolate blondie with Baileys and toasted pecans, topped with vanilla whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, candied pecans and a drizzle of Baileys caramel. 895 Villa St., Mountain View; 650-963-9568, steinsbeergarden.com. Instagram: @steinsbeergarden.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

The restaurant will be serving its Mavericks Classic Corn Beef along with $5 Jameson Dram shots to go with your draft beer March 17-19. 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; 650-728-2739, hmbbrewingco.com. Instagram: @hmbbrewingco.

Sibby's Cupcakery

From March 15-19, Sibby's is selling two St. Patrick's Day flavors: Green Velvet (their red velvet cupcake turned green) and Leprechaun's Luck, featuring chocolate stout cake, whiskey filling and Irish cream frosting. 716 South Railroad Ave., San Mateo; 415-613-4373, sibbyscupcakery.com. Instagram: @sibbyscupcakery.

Original Joe's

The Daly City standby will be serving its corned beef and cabbage special for St. Patrick's Day, alongside green cream-topped Irish coffees and chocolate Guinness cake with whipped cream cheese frosting. 11 Glenwood Ave., Daly City; 650-755-7400, originaljoes.com. Instagram: @originaljoessf.

O'Neill's Irish Pub

The 25-year-old downtown San Mateo Irish pub will open at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. Drink selections include scotch, whiskey and beer (with Guinness on draft of course). 34 S B St., San Mateo; 650-347-1544, oneillssanmateo.com. Instagram: @oneillsirish.

Loma Mar Store

On Friday, March 17, The Loma Mar Store will be serving a corned beef dinner special (made with pasture-raised beef from Pomponio Ranch in San Gregorio) and cabbage with carrots and potatoes. Beers on tap will be $5. Reservations are encouraged; walk-ins welcome as space permits.

8150 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar; 650-879-0203, lomamarstore.com. Instagram: @lomamarstore.

Email SixFifty Editor Julia Brown at [email protected]


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