Green beer and corned beef and cabbage are two items that are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day in America. While green beer might not be traditionally Irish per se, corned beef and cabbage certainly are. You can find green suds at countless bars across the city, but if you are looking for a good corned beef and cabbage dinner this year, check out one of these four hot spots.
Jamie’s Bar and Grille
Hours: Mon to Fri – Lunch 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dinner Mon to Fri – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed weekends
Jamie’s Broadway Grille hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with live music, Irish stew, Rueben sandwiches, and of course, corned beef and cabbage. This is a longtime Sacramento institution located in an old automotive garage that started out as Medico’s Dog House in 1959. The bar in the back room used for the St. Patrick’s Day parties is believed to have been salvaged from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
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Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Not just available for St. Patrick’s Day, Brownie’s Lounge serves this Irish specialty year round. It’s said to be the oldest single-owner Irish-owned bar in the Sacramento area and is a beloved spot by many locals. Located in the “Pocket” area of Sacramento, Brownie’s Lounge is not only known for its corned beef and cabbage, but for its extremely cheap drinks. It is a bit of a neighborhood joint (read: dive bar) by most peoples’ standards, yet the regulars who frequent the bar are quite humorous and the food always enjoyable.
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de Vere’s Irish Pub
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day – 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Smack in the middle of Midtown is de Vere’s Irish Pub that boasts one of the bigger St. Patrick’s Day celebrations each year. Opening at 8 a.m. on March 17, you can start your morning off with one of their famous Irish coffees. Corned beef and cabbage is a staple every year and the prime location of de Vere’s ensures you can catch all the neighborhood action with what ends up as a huge neighborhood bash. If you are closer to the Davis area, de Vere’s also has a location on E Street that will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party as well.
The Boxing Donkey
Hours (Kitchen): Mon to Thu – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Boxing Donkey is another spot that serves corned beef and cabbage year round to satiate your craving 365 days a year. For a twist, they even have Irish Egg Rolls — complete with corned beef, cabbage and potato. If you happen to save a little extra room for more than just corned beef and cabbage, be sure to try the Donkey Fries—house cut Kennebec potatoes with spicy donkey sauce, garlic and Parmesan. Or if you are getting started early, for breakfast try Captain Mulligan’s Toast—Captain Crunch cereal battered French toast. When not stuffing your face, there is also entertainment at this fine pub, and this St. Patrick’s Day The Boxing Donkey will feature live Celtic music from BlackEyed Dempseys, Stout Rebellion, and Adam Donald.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.