B&B Lounge: A parade and corned beef feed that started as a lark more than 15 years ago has become a Healdsburg tradition. Though at first it was just a few barflies, now most of the town turns out for the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade. Kicking off at the B+B Lounge, early Saturday morning, the post-parade includes bag piping, singing and a blow-out corned beef and cabbage dinner that’s free for bar regulars. “They gotta pay for their drinks, of course,” said the bartender. 420 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.
Murphy’s Irish Pub: You can take the high road or the low road, but all roads lead to Sonoma when it comes to annual St. Paddy’s parties. Just off the town square, this pub has one of the rip-roarin-est parties in the county, with plenty of Emerald Isle brews, whiskeys and cock o’tails. 464 First St. East, Sonoma, 935-0660.
Friar Tuck’s Pub: Costumed bagpipers belt out Danny Boy and other Irish tunes throughout the day, green beer flows and nearly 1000 pounds of corned beef steam at this Cotati pub. $12.99 for the corned beef dinner buffet, noon to 9pm. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 792.9847
Maguire’s Pub: The former Finbar Devine’s Irish Pub opens at 10am and will have a special St. Pat’s menu includes Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Fish and Chips and Grilled Salmon. Outdoor service, four open bars will have Guinness beer and Jameson Irish whiskey “flowing like water”. 145 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 762-9800.
Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub: Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Cloverdale brewery will release a special barrel-aged Belgian brew and feature $3 pints of Irish Stout. On the menu, corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew. 131 E First St., Cloverdale, 894-9610.
Nutty Irishman: Each St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock-hat and beer-goggle crowd overrun this usually-quiet local bar to the bemusement of regulars. Not that they’re not glad to see you. The bar puts out a spread of green beer and corned beef and cabbage for everybody, because, as one staffer says, “We’re all Irish here.” 995 Piner Rd., Santa Rosa, 544-1447.
Stout Brothers: This cozy faux-tiqued public house will still be packed to the rafters with whiskey and beer-drinking revelers on St. Pats. Fish and chips are still solid contenders here, as are its signature macaroni and cheeses (chicken bacon is tops). 527 4th Street, Santa Rosa, 636-0240.
O’Connors City Tavern: The newest addition to Sonoma’s pub lineup promises some authentic Irish fare come St. Pat’s in addition to plenty of Guinness on tap. 2700 Yulupa Ave Santa Rosa, 843-3090.
Jasper O’Farrell’s Pub: Irish entertainment and beers a’plenty. 6957 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 829-2062.
Barley and Hops Tavern: Home made corned beef, REAL Irish beer (no green food dye… amateurs…).3688 Bohemian Highway Occidental, 874-9037.
Local restaurants and clubs
Spoonbar: “We’re excited to welcome back guest bartender Fred Dagnino of SF’s famed Buena Vista Cafe. Fred’s served up The Buena Vista’s legendary Irish Coffee for over 43 years. By his count, he’s served over 4 MILLION of them. And of course, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without some special and specially priced green drinks. Think basil gimlets, the Irish Last Word and more. AND… corned beef and cabbage sliders.”
Casino: Mark Maliki does parsnip root soup and creme fraiche, a brace a hare and hazelnuts, corned beef and cabbage, roast pork belly, stuffed Dublin Bay Languistine, cockles, mussels and green mayo. Strawberry rhubarb truffle on Saturday.
Fresh by Lisa Hemenway: Three course Irish dinner, $35 served Thursday through Saturday includes choice of Irish soda bread, grilled asparagus with Green goddess dressing, leek and potato soup, potato-wrapped salmon with fennel, corned beef and cabbage, cottage pie with beef, stout-braised lamb shanks, rhubarb crumble. The pizza oven will be serving green pizza with Creamy Pesto, zucchini, artichoke hearts, arugula and mozzarella Fresca. 5755 Mountain Hawk Santa Rosa, 595-1048.
Hooter’s: Get pickled on St. Pats with free fried pickles, green beer specials and college hoops on TV. 353 Jefferson St., Rohnert Park, 585-9464.
Quincy’s Pub and Cafe: Corned beef and cabbage and homemade Irish stew from 9:30am to 6:30pm St. Patty’s Day, 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, 585-1079.
Henweigh Cafe: This West County cafe turns into “Kelly’s Boston Irish Gaelic Celtic County Cafe” for one day only, serving up Irish Stout Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie. Entrees include colcannon mashed potatoes. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy N Sebastopol, 895-7500.
Windsor Community Center: All you can eat corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by the Lions Club and Windsor Firefighters Association. No host bar. 4-8p.m., all proceeds go to charity. 901 Adele Dr., Windsor.
Jackson’s Bar and Oven: Classic corned beef and cabbage dinner, chocolate Guinness cake with Bailey’s ice cream.
135 4th Street Santa Rosa, 545-6900.
Cafe Europe: Corned beef and cabbage for lunch and dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. 104 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa, 538-5255.
Mister Hofbrau: Narsi Samii’s new restaurant opens just in time for St. Pat’s. Expect plenty of carved meats and sandwiches with a St. Pat’s slant. Brickyard Center, Santa Rosa.
Walk, Then Eat
Kill two birds with one great event — a 3.17 mile St. Pat’s Run/Walk fund-raiser for the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks and corned beef and cabbage feed afterwards. This brand new event begins and ends at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa, with a post-run dinner prepared by Worth Our Weight. Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for 18-year-olds and younger. Tickets can be purchased by visiting srcity.gov, at Steele Lane Community Center (415 Steele Lane) or on March 15-16 at Fleet Feet Sports (111 3rd St.). Adults registering at Juilliard Park on St. Patrick’s Day will pay $35 while the cost for those 18-and-under increases to $20.