How to Properly Celebrate St. Patricks's Day in SF

March 13, 2014

The Bay Area is home to an estimated one million people of Irish descent. The combination of Irish heritage, love for drinking, and great weather makes for an incredible St. Patrick’s Day celebration. One of the San Francisco’s most popular events is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade alone attracts around 100,000 people every year.  For adults, there are a number of block parties thrown by bars and live Irish music around the entire city.

Here are some great ways to celebrate and enjoy the Irish heritage whether you are Irish or not.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

You don’t want to miss this free St. Patty’s Day festival festival filled with Irish dancers, live Irish music, and of course mouth-watering authentic corned beef sandwiches and other Irish food. (March 16, at 11 am-5 pm)

St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl

This is your chance to enjoy drink specials and crawl among a dozen bars on Union Street and in the Marina. (March 15@5 pm-2 am; March 16 & 17@12 pm-2 am

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in North Beach puts on an Irish street fair each year on St. Patrick’s Day. From Irish beer to Irish food, every day feels like St. Patrick’s Day at O’Reilly’s truly Irish Pub. O’Reilly’s Block Party is so popular that it lasts two days. (12:00 p.m. March 15 & 17)

St. Patrick’s Day Alley Party 

Taverna Aventine is hosting its sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day bash featuring DJs, drink specials, and food from Sam’s Chowder Mobile. (4:00p.m March 14)

Irish Bank St. Patrick’s Day Block Party 

The interior of this pub is filled with traditional Irish bar clichés, but don’t be mistaken when you see the alleyway setting that gives the Irish Bank its unique character. Make sure to arrive to the party early before the alleyway fills up. (9:00 a.m. March 15 & 17) 

Harringtons Bar and Grill

Harrington’s St. Patrick’s Day activities include two days of partying for $3, as well as 2 seatings for an authentic Irish lunch at 11:30 & 1:30. (March 16 & 17th, “Celebration” from 12pm to 11pm)