Bar Crawls Buzz
Calling all crawlers: Brace yourselves Philly residents, the ironman of Bar Crawls has arrived for St.Patty’s Weekend. Aptly dubbed the “Crawl for Gold”, this exercise in drinking calisthenics takes two forms: 1) A one day (Saturday March 17) Holy Grail of Bacchanalia entitled the “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle”, which showcases 7-10 venues doling out liquid goodness; or, 2) The pantheon of drinking endeavors: a 3-Day ode to the legacy of beer, Gaelic pride, and the color green. Not for the casual reveler, this 3-day fest encompasses both a “Pre St. Patty’s Kick Off Party” on Friday, March 16th, as well as a “Post St. Patty’s Day March Madness Party” on Sunday, March 18th. Wedged between these two jamborees of debauchery is the crown jewel of the weekend, the previously mentioned “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle” on Saturday, March 17th.
This is for the Bar Crawl noobs. To all the Bar Crawl veterans: this may not apply—except to invoke some hazy, debaucherous nostalgia.
The essentials to surviving any good Bar Crawl begins with pacing. Scoff if you’d like, but I’ve seen many a self-proclaimed “drinking dynamo” ossified beyond recognition due the flouting of that one little word. It all begins and ends with moderation—not only for safety purposes—but also to ensure the quality of one’s experience. Keeping that golden rule in mind, I present you with the 10 essentials to enduring (and conquering) your first Bar Crawl.
Easily the most frustrating part of any evening (casual or decadent) is deciding upon a given location. The usual suspects--ambiance, price, music, food & drink specials--typically determine one's nocturnal fate. Here to allay this cumbersome conundrum is the app, appropriately entitled "barHappy."
Now perhaps you've yet to encounter this convenient little gem, if so, the time is nigh to alleviate the tiresome question of "Where should we go tonight?". "barHappy" neutralizes hours of fruitless debate by providing a comprehensive list of bars, restaurants, and clubs within a reasonable radius (ideal for the denizens of any major city). Furthermore, this list provides: the distance and directions from your current location, listed specials that include time and date, the venue's contact information, as well as coupons available exclusively to "barHappy" members.
In the United States, what was originally a celebration of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick, has evolved into a raucous celebration of Ireland with tons, tons, tons of alcohol. Cities like Boston, New York, and Seattle with historically high concentrations of people with Irish heritage have large Saint Patrick's Day celebrations despite their heritage.
Saint Patty's Day is one of the biggest days for bars and restaurants. Bars often compete for customers and create outstanding deals. The three highlights for Saint Patrick's Day are: the low prices, barrels of beer ready to consumption, and the music.
St. Paddy’s Day is the one night of the year that you are allowed to really let loose, especially if you live in a big city. But what if, well, you just want to do something a little different this year? Like, stay in with a few good friends and, well, cook? Or perhaps, just maybe, you're working on that beach body for that little vacay in Cabo, and you just don’t want to blow it right now?
Be bold, then! Skip the Pub Crawl this year, and check out what Joonbug has found for you to have a lighter, healthier, but just as jammin’ St. Patrick’s Day:
It seems like almost everyone has a bit of Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s usually a great time to wear a lot of green and an excuse to get really, really drunk - not that you ever need an excuse to get drunk. It’s also a great time to try some traditional Irish cuisine. Besides filling your belly with that questionable green beer, opt for Irish Stew and Shepherds Pie. If you’re looking for something a little more popular, corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread are the way to go. There are many Irish bars and restaurants around Manhattan, so finding something to eat shouldn’t be too hard.
Beer is routinely used to braise poultry and other meats, but rarely is it incorporated in desserts. New York Chef Shane Coffey developed a chocolate-based dessert with an unusual ingredient, Guinness. His inspiration for this creamy concoction came to him as he was sipping a pint at his favorite Irish pub.
Chocolate Guinness Goodness from Epicurious.com
1. St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. And his real name wasn't Patrick
You’ll be surprised to learn that dear St. Patrick was not Irish, but actually a Brit named Maewyn Succat born in England at the turn of the 4th century. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by a band of pirates and sold into Irish slavery, where he worked as a shepard. It was at this time that he turned to religion for solace and after six years of slavery, he was commanded by God in a dream to escape from captivity to the Irish coast. Here, he boarded a ship to Britain, decided to become a priest under the bishop of Auxerre, and took on the name Patricius (which derives from the Latin term for "father figure"). He returned to Ireland after dreaming that the people of Ireland were calling upon him to Christianize them from their native polytheism. After 30 years of evangelism, he died on March 17, 461 and has endured as the principle champion of Irish Christianity.
Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and maybe you didn’t get a chance to celebrate this past weekend at the parade downtown. Don't worry! There are plenty of Irish pubs in San Francisco where you can celebrate with a refreshing pint. Grab a friend or two after work, head to one of these pubs and cheers joyously over your favorite Irish beer.
The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement Street (at 2nd Ave), San Francisco, CA 94118, (415) 751-1122
The Phoenix Bar, 811 Valencia Street (at 19th St), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 695-1811
Johnny Foley’s Irish House, 243 O’Farrell Street (at Powell St), San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 954-0777
The Cravory delivers three spectacular seasonal flavors in honor of St. Patrick's Day, all of them laced with booze. What's not to love? With renditions of Salted Caramel Guiness, Irish Coffee and Baileys and Mint in cookie form, the drinks themselves become afterthoughts. Baileys and Mint was our favorite, with a hint of organic mint cutting through the creamy Baileys liqueur and chocolate chips. Irish Coffee was topped with ooey gooey marshmallows and sprinkled with cappuccino chips to sweeten the Jameson. These cookies are sturdy enough to ship across the country. They come two in a pack, so if you can keep your hands off them, they'll stay fresh for two weeks.