St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, March 17. While the holiday was initially created to honor the fifth-century Catholic missionary credited with spreading Christendom in Ireland, nowadays it is more commonly viewed as a chance to honor friends and family by celebrating with great food and plenty of drink.

For those who plan on hitting the town this weekend, there are no shortage of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants serving traditional Irish fare and pouring green beer. Here are just a few of the watering holes around Silicon Valley where you and your mates can have a good time.

BackBar SoFa
418 S Market St, San Jose
10pm: $10+
Patty goes to Bollywood at this St. Patrick’s Day party. Show up in green and gold Saturday night and dance to Bollywood jams, Bhanghra beats and Top 40 hits.

The Brit Almaden
5027 Almaden Expy, San Jose
10pm: Free
Bay Area party rockers Brickhouse bring their heavy grooves to the Almaden Brit—where everyone knows that the real treasure hidden at the end of the rainbow is a cold pint.

LEO-PRECHAUN: Cinebar regulars know rubbing Leonard's head is good luck.

LEO-PRECHAUN: All Cinebar regulars know that rubbing Leonard’s head is good luck—especially on St. Patty’s Day

69 E San Fernando St, San Jose
All Night: Free
The Cinebar is a magical place where dreams come true… or maybe that’s just in our actual dreams, as we sleep off all the beers and big-boy shots we consumed the night before. Whatever the case, we are pretty sure an eternally drunk leprechaun named Leonard has cast some sort of spell on the place. And we are positive the bar will be packed on St. Patrick’s Day.

Courts Lounge
2425 S Bascom Ave, Campbell
All Night: Free
This neighborhood bar will be giving back to regulars with $5 Jameson shots, drink specials and a free, catered corned beef and cabbage meal. Test your luck and shoot for the bullseye on their many dart boards.

Freewheel Brewing Co.
3736 Florence St, Redwood City
7pm: Free
Get ready for night of Irish jams and rock & roll covers with Dr. Colossus. As a special treat, a St. Paddy’s Anarchy Edition Beer will be introduced. Costumes are not required, but they are definitely encouraged.

Fibbar Magees
156 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
11am-2am: Free
The barkeeps at this Murphy Avenue watering hole love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with regulars and fresh faces. Get started early with a savory Irish breakfast and beer before hopping on Caltrain at the Sunnyvale station and heading to Fibbar’s sister bar, Molly Magees in Mountain View.

The GlassHouse
2 S Market St, San Jose
9pm: $10+
DJ Jammin J mans the decks at this special St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The GlassHouse. Open to anyone 21 and over, the evening will be soundtracked with old school hip-hop, throwbacks and club hits. VIP bottle service is available.

Katie Blooms Irish Pub
369 E Campbell Ave, Campbell
11:30am-2am: Free
This Campbell pub’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities draw a hearty crowd every year. Indulge in burgers and brews in the cozy interior or covered patio. Early-risers can feast on a year-round traditional Irish breakfast fit for castle-dwelling royalty.

Hermitage Brewing Co.
1627 S Seventh St, San Jose
11am: $20+
On St. Patrick’s Day you don’t want to go too hard too fast. Ease into it with an all-levels vinyasa yoga class. DJ Yogic Flow will be selecting the tunes and beer will served before, during and after the stretch sesh.


O’Flaherty’s is always a safe bet for great Irish music on St. Patty’s Day. Photo by Greg Ramar

O’Flaherty’s is always a safe bet for great Irish music on St. Patty’s Day. Photo by Greg Ramar

Molly Magees
241 Castro St, Mountain View
The sister bar to Fibbar’s in Sunnyvale, this Irish pub is just down Castro Street from St. Stephen’s Green. With a dance floor, pool table, a spacious patio and a plentiful beer selection, it’s sure to be lively on St. Patty’s Day.

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
25 N San Pedro St, San Jose
11am-2am: Free
Join O’Flaherty’s as they celebrate Ireland’s patron saint all week long. An Irish stew cook off starts the festivities, with a grand prize of $500. On Saturday doors will open at 7:30am for breakfast. Drinks will be flowing all day and The Crooked Road Ceili Band will close out the night with traditional Irish tunes.

Patty’s Inn
San Jose
Patty’s is known for providing free subs and cheap sausages to its patrons. This St. Patrick’s Day they’ll be rolling out the corned beef and cabbage and offering up drink specials such as $4 shots.

Poor House Bistro
91 S Autumn St, San Jose
6pm: Free
Celebrate the work of Sir George Ivan Morrison, knighted for his musical achievements and his service to charities in Northern Ireland. Poor House Bistro’s party with Jay, His Band and Street Choir may give its typical New Orleans vibe, but Irish-American identity is all about transplanted traditions anyway.

Parents’ Night Out
Sat, Mar 17, 5pm-8pm: $40+
1341 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose
Dying to have a few pints with bae and your buddies? Good luck hitting the town when your babysitter is “busy” on St. Patrick’s Day. No worries, though, because the Spectrum Kids Gym has you covered. Drop off the kids to enjoy playtime, arts and crafts, as well as circle and gym activities. This win-win service requires a deposit, so don’t procrastinate.

Rosie McCann’s
355 Santana Row Ste 1060, San Jose
9am: Free
This all-day event will deliver Irish food, green beer and live Irish music by the Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience. From bagpipes to face-painting to jig dancing, St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish pub’s liveliest night of the year.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
3290 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
6pm: $5-15
Interested in a traditional, Catholic, family-centered observation of St. Patrick’s Day? Enjoy a corned beef and cabbage dinner, or pizza for vegetarians, in honor of the Apostle of Ireland. Traditional performances will also stimulate the Irish spirit. The kids can take home free activity packets.

St. Stephen’s Green
223 Castro St, Mountain View
9am-2am: Free
Named after a famous park in Dublin, this sports bar and public house serves essential Irish beers like Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks.

The Sandwich Spot
2420 Broadway, Redwood City
8pm: Free
Toast to good luck and friendship with drinks, sandwiches and a few puffs of hookah. As the night transitions into a dance party, DJ Jordan will spin up some tunes.

Tied House
954 Villa St, Mountain View
11:30am-10pm: Free
This Silicon Valley institution was one of the first brewpubs to open in the region. They also serve up great food and have a full bar, so stop in for a bite and a brew … and maybe a green jello shot or boilermaker.

Tres Gringos
83 S Second St, San Jose
Tres Gringos is putting their own cantina twist on St. Patrick’s Day. The bar and dance club will be offering green coronas, green chavelas and 80-ounce green fishbowls—natch. Live video mixing will courtesy of VJ One.