Union Square, San Francisco is home to several authentic Irish pubs and is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day. You can count on enjoying pints of well-poured Guinness, tasty traditional dishes like corned beef and cabbage and festive Irish music and dancing right here in The Square. Plus, you won’t want to miss the 166th San Francisco St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday Marth 11th!
166th St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival - Every year the Irish community and friends get together for a jolly festival and parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade begins on the corner of Market and 2nd Street and runs to Civic Center Plaza. On Saturday, March 11th over 100 floats, Irish dancing troupes, marching bands and other groups will come together to create the largest Irish celebration on the West Coast. The parade starts at 11:30am and the festival takes place from 10am-5pm at Civic Center Plaza.
The Irish Bank's Annual St Patrick's Day Block Party - The Irish Bank is famous for throwing their annual St. Paddy’s Day party! Enjoy a pint (or two) of beer and cocktails while enjoying live Irish music including performances by The Quiet Men, The Watch as well as DJ Marc Van Brabant. Best of all, they’ll be doubling up this year with a post-parade celebration on Mar. 11th, and more festivities on St. Patrick’s Day Mar. 17th including Live 105 live broadcasting starting at 6am!
Johnny Foley’s Irish House - Adorned with photos of famous Irish writers, Johnny Foley’s makes an apropos setting for your St. Paddy’s day partying. Every night they have live entertainment, and on St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll feature The Love Machine who will be playing the best party music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to today. And, if a traditional Irish meal is what you seek, try their Irish lamb stew or their bangers and mash.
Lunch on the Lane – Every Friday from 11am- 3pm, the Union Square Business Improvement District hosts “Lunch on the Lane” outside at 177 Maiden Lane here in Union Square and on March 17th, they have a St. Paddy’s Day treat in store. As you nosh on delicious lunch options form local food vendors, Mark Abdilla will be performing an array of Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland for all to enjoy. So come on down to The Square and partake in this is a free public event!