Irish and pubs go hand-in-hand and there is no shortage for partying patrons that are looking for that infamous Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day. For 2012, the celebration event falls on a Saturday. So this March 17, if you’re looking to quench your thirst and cut a rug to some live music at one of the Irish-themed establishments in the Sacramento area, grab your green garb and head on out to one of these best bets.

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O’Mally’s Irish Pub
1109 2nd St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-1230

Price: Free
Date: March 17th, 2012
Hours: 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This Irish Pub is located in the cozy neighborhood of Old Sacramento. While O’Mally’s has whittled down their live music offerings to special events only, St. Patty’s Day is slated to be one of those events. Nights other than this, patrons can party to the tunes on the juke box. Right outside on the street front the Old Sacramento Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march by with Irish dancers, Celtic costumes, floats and bands. Traditional cuisine can be ordered and the bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes) with Guinness mustard can be found on the menu. Prices are economical and Irish brews are of course on tap.

Kinnee O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
1010 White Rock Rd Suite 100
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 933-2720

Price: Free
Hours: Sun – Wed 11:30 a.m. to 10p.m.; Thurs – Sat 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Calendar: Click here for Irish music events

Kinnee O’Reilly’s goal is to provide the most authentic Irish experience possible for its patrons. With extended hours for the Kinnee O’Reilly’s shamrock show, it provides live music, drink specials and traditional food. However, you can also enjoy Irish music year round at this authentic eatery. Its traditional Irish fare includes Mulligan stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, even a traditional Irish boxty. You’ll find a full bar with an extensive whiskey selection and beers from around the world. Keeping with the Irish flair a host of Irish-themed drinks include Kinnee O’Hito, Irish Pear, Irish Ginger Snap, Paddy Cake, Irish Car Bomb and of course, the Irish Coffee.

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The Boxing Donkey
300 Lincoln St
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 797-3665

Price: Free
Hours: Sun – Fri 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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With fun, food and eats, this is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day, especially for those who want to dance the night away. The Boxing Donkey includes three live music bookings for March 17; Stout Rebellion, the BlackEyed Dempseys and Adam Donald performing. The menu will have drink specials and they also offer great Irish food such as fish n’ chips or donkey fries. Weekly, they host open mic variety night on Mondays and trivia Tuesdays. Then get ready to rock the Donkey on Friday and Saturday with live music.

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Regan’s Irish Pub
8906 Greenback Ln
Orangevale, CA 95662
(916) 988-0985

Price: Free
Date: March 17th, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Some say Regan’s is light on the Irish; but on March 17th, you will find they offer plenty of Irish cuisine and are planning a St. Patty’s Day shindig with a full bar, live music and dancing. Regan’s is also home to pool tables and hosts an outdoor area. With an economical menu, hungry patrons can feast on Irish chips, Irish potato salad and old country fish and chips with their homemade tartar sauce. Regan’s weekly events include beer pong and pool tournaments, “$3 You Call It Night”,, Whiskey Wednesdays and ladies nights.

De Vere’s Irish Pub – L. Street
1521 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 231-9947

Price: Free
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Home of the 20-oz pint, de Vere’s is where you should go if you want to experience a serious St. Patty’s Day celebration. The “L Street” location is known for its block parties that last the entire week with different festivities every day. In addition to the expected bagpipers playing live, their will be countless other live music acts, a distiller of famous Irish whiskey will appear for an onsite demo. As for the actual day of the 17th, those ready to celebrate can start their morning with the famous Irish coffees and a brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day o’ green at de Vere’s will also include perfect pints of Guinness, traditional Irish grub like corned beef and cabbage. The rockin’ live music is only the beginning of the entertainment in store. Drink specials and large green-clad crowds can be expected.

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