Tap of the mornin’ :Festive drinks to wet your whistle on St. Patrick’s Day

It’s that time of the year again. Decorations are up, and much of the town is painted green — at least figuratively. St. Patrick’s Day is a major Irish holiday that originated on the Emerald Isle, but, like many other holidays, it has been adopted here in the United States. To celebrate, several pubs in the area turn the occasion into quite the event. Managing Editor Justin Valdez visited four places to see what kind of alcoholic beverages patrons can try out for the occasion.

O’Malley’s Irish Pub 1109 2nd St. | (916) 492-1230 Open 10 a.m.–2 a.m

O’Malley’s has a somewhat more extensive selection of beer and liquor, for those looking for a wider variety of beverages. The pub features 16 beers on tap and 20 to 30 different brands of whiskey. Manager Matt Carney says O’ Malley’s will also have bagpipers performing throughout the day.

Streets Pub and Grub 1804 J St. | (916) 498-1388 Open 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m.

With 18 varieties of beer on tap, this London-inspired pub will feature some St. Patrick’s Day favorites along with not-so typical items. Fans of so-called green beer will be happy to know that Streets will have its own version of the novelty item. Green Pabst Blue Ribbon will be fl owing all day. For those looking to have a few Irish Car Bombs, there are 15 different whiskeys from which to choose. According to Streets Pub and Grub Manager Kris Van Taffel, the pub will serve corned beef and cabbage, a special “green fi sh and chips” and Irish tacos.

De Vere’s Irish Pub 1521 J St. | (916) 231-9947 Open 11 a.m.–2 a.m. 217 E St., Davis | (530) 204-5333 Open 11:00 a.m.–12:30 a.m.

De Vere’s Irish pub is the place to go for the greatest drink variety. According to Manager Tori O’Callahan, the pub has over 200 types of whiskeys and 26 beers on tap, including Guinness. This will be the premiere spot to go for anyone looking to drink Irish Car Bombs, Irish coffees, or keep it simple with a ginger ale and Jameson.

Brownie’s Lounge & Catering 5858 South Land Park Drive (916) 424-3058 Open 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m.

Those looking for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration should head to Brownie’s. The bar will be throwing its 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day event and will be decked out with green tinsel along with decorations featuring leprechauns and shamrocks. According to Brownie’s owner Clair Brownie, there will be Dixieland dancers and bag pipers performing all day long. They will also serve their famous corned beef and cabbage. Brownie advises that patrons should get there early if they hope to eat because the food usually runs out around 6 p.m.