Everybody's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day, especially in San Francisco. Here's our guide to this year's celebrations.

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March 9, 2020

How to Celebrate 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. Here are 11 things to color your world green in San Francisco for St. Patrick's Day.

Parties and Events

Green Fest Block Party and After Party (2700 45th Ave.)

The United Irish Cultural Center will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration with a "Green Fest" block party on Sunday, Mar. 15 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at United Irish Cultural Center. Enjoy Irish bands, Irish dancing, face painting, and jumping castles.

2020 LepraCon: St. Patrick's Pub Crawl (Various Locations)

You've got plenty of options to choose from if you're looking for drink specials on one of the best drinking holidays of the year. There will be two days of pub crawling fun (Mar. 14 and Mar. 17) at various bars along Polk St. where you can enjoy all the green beer, cocktails and shots you desire.

Dogs Wear Shamrocks, Too (2 Marina Blvd.)

Show off your furry friends' festive St. Patrick's Day costumes at Fort Mason Center's St. Patrick's Day Dog Parade and costume contest on Sunday, Mar. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Along with the canine costume contest, you and your pup can participate in fun activities like DoGa (yes, Dog Yoga) and a contest for the longest human tunnel record attempt.

See a Comedy Show (Various Locations)

Looking for a laugh? Look no further than the SF Comedy Showcase (Mar. 15) at the Punch Line Comedy Club and The Real Irish Comedy Fest (Mar. 11) at The Independent, a blend of Irish comedic talent—with accents included.

Great Pubs and Irish Eats in the City

Buena Vista Café (2765 Hyde St.)

There's no better time than St. Patrick's Day to try one of the city's iconic beverages: Irish coffee. Hot coffee combined with Irish whiskey and topped with cream was first served here at the Buena Vista in San Francisco in the 1950s. See how an Irish Coffee is made and try it for yourself!

The Chieftain (198 Fifth St.)

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 Irish heritage. The Chieftain offers 20 of the world's finest beers on tap, including an outstanding 20 oz. "perfect pint" of Guinness! Another must-have menu item is their tasty Shepherd's Pie.

Irish Times (500 Sacramento St.)

Enjoy the great taste of Ireland at Irish Times. On Mar. 15, this place will be wall-to-wall with people downing $1 oysters and drinking green beer. Yes, we said $1 oysters.

Johnny Foley's Irish House (243 O'Farrell St.)

Established in 1998, Johnny Foley's is a replica of many of the pubs you would see in Ireland. Located in Union Square, it is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. On Sundays, go down to the basement to listen to the dueling pianos.

Kells Irish (530 Jackson St.)

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.

Royal Exchange (301 Sacramento St.)

This casual pub-style eatery and Irish bar has been a local San Francisco favorite since 1972, boasting 70+ taps and more than 20 televisions. Show your green and cheer on your favorite sports team!

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