Luck o’ the Irish!
Okay, so maybe the nation’s foreclosure crisis, the unemployment crisis, local budget crises et al have you feeling a bit more Circle Jerks than “Danny Boy.” But then again, aren’t those all excellent reasons (not that you needed one) to hoist a glass this Tuesday?
Of course, yours truly will be pining for the tall, cold one that got away as I watch the waning hours of St. Patrick’s Day (and probably a good portion of the next day) evaporate from a seat in council chambers. But don’t cry for me, Alameda. Rejoice in the multitude of party options available to you right here on the Island!
I’ll kick off the listings with McGrath’s Irish Pub, which is claiming the biggest St. Pat’s celebration in the East Bay. They’re inviting folks to come by at around 5 p.m. to celebrate; at 7:30, they’ll have live music from San Francisco bluegrass outfit 49 Special. McGrath’s is at 1539 Lincoln Avenue.
McGee’s Bar & Grill is offering green beer and corned beef and cabbage all day long. McGee’s is at 1645 Park Street, and the bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Then, at the venerable Lucky 13, which is advertising beer and shot specials and “grub.” The bar, which is at 1301 Park Street, is open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Just up the block, the Hob Nob will have food specials, drink specials and Irish music. “It should be a good time,” said Ryan, who answered the phone when I called. They’ll be open from 5 p.m. ’til “at least midnight, perhaps 2.” The Hob Nob is at 1313 Park.
Over on Webster Street, the Fireside Lounge will have hourly drink specials, green beer and green jello shots all night, plus all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage for $5. The Fireside, which is at 1453 Webster, will be open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
On the East End, the brand spankin’ new Shay’s Cafe is serving corned beef and cabbage today and Tuesday. They’ll have it for lunch or you can order it for dinner (call in by 3 p.m. and pick it up by 5). Shay’s is at 2711 Encinal Avenue.
Had one too many? For the fifth year running, the fine folks at Berg Injury Lawyers are offering to pay the tab to cab your butt home safely. You can call Veterans Cab at (800) 281-4488 between the hours of 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday and Mr. Berg will pick up the tab.
And last but not least … after you’ve recovered, Back to Health Chiropractic is sponsoring a 5K “St. Patty’s Day Dash” at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. The event is a fundraiser for the East Bay Miracle League (they’re raising money for a baseball field and park that can accommodate disabled kids). To sign up, click here or call Back to Health for more information at 523-5000.
P.S.: I checked in with the folks at the local McDonald’s (715 Central) and they confirmed that they will be offering minty Shamrock Shakes through Sunday, March 22. They’re $2.29 to $2.99.