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May 14, 2018

Top Places for St. Patrick's Day in San Francisco

We don't have a river to turn green, nor a history of celebrating St. Patrick's Day like some other cities (we're looking at you Boston), but what we don't need is an excuse to celebrate this Irish holiday. We celebrate everything in this city.

We have a parade that dates back to 1852, so we are the place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the west coast. Again this year, the festival and parade will be held at the Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall. Learn about Irish history and culture while drinking beer in front of Mayor Lee's office.

Big crowds not your thing? Celebrate the holiday and drink your green beer at the top six pubs in the city (with help from our friends at Skobbler)...

6. Irish Times (500 Sacramento Street)
Usually packed during happy hour as this place ushers in the hard working folk of the Financial District. On Sunday, this place will be wall-to-wall of people downing $1 oysters and drinking green beer. Yes, we said $1 oysters.

5. Johnny Foley's Irish House (243 O'Farrell Street)
Established in 1998, Johnny Foley's is a replica of many the exact pubs you will see in Ireland. Located in Union Square, it is square in the middle of the hustle and bustle. This Sunday, go down to the basement to watch and listen to the dueling pianos.

4. Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar (530 Jackson Street)
Separated into two levels, Kells is the Irish pub where you can let loose and dance the night away. Close to North Beach, it's a perfect location to start your St. Patrick's Day off right.

3. The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant (198 5th Street)
Named after the first High King of Ireland, Brian Boru and more recent Chieftain, Michael Collins, The Chieftain's identity is intertwined with the 50 million Americans who claim some Irish heritage. The Chieftain offers 20 of the Worlds finest beers on tap, included an outstanding 20oz "Perfect Pint" of Guinness! We'll be right there...

2. O'Reilly's Public House (622 Green Street)
O'Reilly's Public House is the product of Irish brains and Irish labor right in the heart of North Beach. This place has 24 beers and many many more whiskeys to quench your thirst. To satisfy that appetite, they have five different kinds of fish and chips to choose from. Choose wisely...

1. The Irish Bar Bank & Restaurant (10 Mark Lane)
If you can only go to one pub this St. Patrick's Day, make Irish Bank that pub. It can be found snugly nestled in its own lane in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Get ready to rock, roll and dance under the stars. The Irish Bank's Annual St Patrick's Day Block Party is the largest St Patricks day Party in San Francisco!

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