From food and drink specials to a 5K, take part in festivities around the Peninsula.

Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City will be serving Irish dishes and Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Sammy Dallal)

For the first time since 2019, St. Patrick’s Day festivities are back without restrictions on capacity or county mask mandates in place (individual business and event rules still apply, of course). So don your green apparel and celebrate on the Peninsula by heading to a local establishment or by taking part in one of these events:

March Pub Run: Join the Bay Area Run Crew for the March Pub Run with post-run beers. All paces are welcome, and runners are encouraged to wear green (and reflective gear for safety). 

March Pub Run. Meet at REI Sunnyvale (130 E El Camino Real) on March 17 at 6 p.m. Free.

St. Paddy’s Beer Stroll: After you clock out on St. Patrick’s Day, head to downtown Los Altos for the St. Paddy’s Beer Stroll. Listen to live music and get unlimited samples of craft beer (plus a free collectible glass). Participating breweries include ShaKa Brewing, Gordon Biersch and a dozen others. Update: This event is sold out and day-of tickets won’t be available.

St. Paddy’s Beer Stroll, March 17 from 6-9 p.m., downtown Los Altos. Cost is $40 per person plus taxes and Eventbrite fees.

Mixology Cocktail Workshop & Pizza Party: Partake in a date night of whiskey-forward cocktail concocting and wood-fired pizza with a professional teacher and bartender from the Palo Alto-based City of Cocktail.

City of Cocktail workshop, March 17 from 7-9 p.m. at 1046 Metro Circle, Palo Alto. Cost is $79 per person. Preregistration is required.

St. Patrick’s Day Couples Dance Night: Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Millbrae will teach you and yours the basics in waltz and swing dancing – and provide some beer for the occasion. 

St. Patrick’s Day Couples Dance Night, March 17 from 7:30-8:15 p.m. at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 120 South El Camino Real #20, Millbrae. Cost is $25 per person.

Pacifica Runners St. Patrick’s Day 5K & BBQ: Head to San Pedro Valley Park a few days after St. Patrick’s Day for a 5K, raffle and barbecue (which is available to runners and spectators). The event is hosted by Pacifica Runners, a nonprofit running club for all ages and abilities. 

Pacifica Runners St. Patrick’s Day 5K & BBQ, March 20 beginning at 9 a.m. with the 5K. San Pedro Valley Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Online registration closes March 19 at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 for adult Pacifica Runners members and $40 for adult nonmembers. Registration for children under 14 who are members is $15 each, $20 for nonmembers. Race-day registration costs $5 extra. Free street parking or $6 in the park. 

Restaurant and bar happenings:

Crockpot Corned Beef at Taplands: The Santa Clara taproom and brewery is serving Crockpot corned beef from Zanotto’s Market for its Thursday night special March 17.

Taplands Taproom & Brewery, 1171 Homestead Road #110, Santa Clara; 408-709-2990. Instagram: @taplandssantaclara.

Corned Beef Specials & a DJ at Fibbar MaGees: The Sunnyvale Irish restaurant will dish up corned beef fries, corned beef sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, with DJ music starting in the evening. 

Fibbar MaGees, 156 S Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale; 408-749-8373. Instagram: @fibbarmagees.

Food & Drink Specials at Steins Beer Garden: Enjoy corned beef and cabbage (until they run out) plus drink specials on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View; 650-963-9568. Instagram: @steinsbeer_mountainview.

Drink Specials at Nola: Head to Nola in Palo Alto on St. Patrick’s Day for party pitchers, $5 Irish mules, $5 green tea shots and $5 pints of green beer.

Nola, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto; 650-328-2722. Instagram: @nolapaloalto.  

Paddy O’Furniture at Freewheel Brewing Company: The band Paddy O’Furniture will be playing Irish jigs and music beginning at 5 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Freewheel will have happy hour pricing and plans to release a brand new beer.

Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City; 650-365-2337. Instagram: @freewheelbrew.

Specials at Alhambra Irish House: Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City plans to open at noon on St. Patrick’s Day and will serve corned beef and cabbage, Irish bacon and cabbage, Irish stew and Guinness.

Alhambra Irish House, 831 Main St., Redwood City; 650-366-4366. Instagram: @alhambra_irish_house.

Irish Stout at Wursthall: From 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Wursthall in San Mateo will be serving up Barebottle Saint Nitro Irish Stout – creamy nitro Irish stout with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Wursthall, 310 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo; 650-931-4282. Instagram: @wursthall.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Feed at Molloy’s: Open 9-2 a.m. for St. Patrick’s Day, Molloy’s Tavern in South San Francisco is hosting a corned beef and cabbage feed and playing Irish music all day. Built in 1883, Molloy’s is known for its Irish coffee and wide selection of Irish whiskey.

Molloy’s Tavern, 1655 Mission Road #6, South San Francisco; 650-270-4853.

St. Paddy’s Week Specials at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company: Head to the coast for the Mavericks Classic Corned Beef entree and add a shot of Jameson to pair with your draft beer for $5 through the weekend.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; 650-728-2739. Instagram: @hmbbrewingco

Irish Stew & Soda Bread at The Barn: Dine on Nitro Milk Stout by Firestone Walker and Irish stew and soda bread in Half Moon Bay all week long.

The Barn, 3068 Highway 1, Half Moon Bay; 650-560-8363. Instagram: @thebarnhmb.      

House-Smoked Reuben and Drink Discounts at Breakwater Barbecue: In El Granada, Breakwater Barbecue has a house-smoked Reuben sandwich special with a side for $14 plus $1 off all beers and wine on March 17.

Breakwater Barbecue, 30 Avenue Portola, El Granada; 650-713-5303. Instagram: @breakwaterbarbecue.

Corned Beef & Cabbage at Loma Mar Store: On Thursday and Friday from 5-8 p.m., the Loma Mar Store will be serving corned beef and cabbage with baby carrots, potatoes and honey mustard.

Loma Mar Store, 8150 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar; 650-879-0203. Instagram: @lomamarstore.  

House-Cured Corned Beef Sandwiches at Pedro Point Brewing: If you’re looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s day through the weekend, Pedro Point Brewing in Pacifica is hosting St. Paddy’s Saturday on March 19 with beer and house-cured corned beef sandwiches.

Pedro Point Brewing, 55A Bill Drake Way, Pacifica; 650-735-5813. Instagram: @pedropointbrewing.      

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