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Patch Picks: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Today, if you’re feeling the luck o' the Irish, then you're in luck, because Patch has picked five terrific places where you can join the celebration.

(2151 Salvio St., Concord) – Good times at E.J. Phair's: Wash corned beef and cabbage down with Irish beer, green if you choose. The band will be playing Irish folk and pop covers. “Musicians Dave (with the Smokin J’s) and Charlie (with Golden Ticket) decided to team up this year,” reports manager Chris Wheeler. “And we'll also have a bagpiper walking through at various times." Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m., with $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass and $2 off most appetizers. To top it all off, bartenders will be pouring a limited release of an E.J. Phair beer called the Upright Irishman Stout (similar to Guinness). “We only have 15 gallons, so it will go quickly," Wheeler said. "We will tap it around 5 p.m."

l (6200 Center St., Clayton) – Head over to Ed’s Mudville Grill where St. Patrick's Day T-shirts and hats are being handed out while supplies last. Dinner specials include corned beef and cabbage for $13.17, Irish stew for $9.89, and, get this, Irish nachos for $8.89. Tip back some Harp lager or Guinness stout, or try a Blarney Stone, a mix of Wyder's pear cider and lemonade. The fun starts when the Irish dancers and DJ playing Irish music at 3:30 p.m. and continues through the evening. They’ll pass the shillelagh at 7 p.m. and sing Danny Boy at 8:15. Most of the restaurant will be filled with reservations, however there is limited space for walk-ins. All menu items are available to go.

(6115 Main St., Clayton) – After you visit Ed’s Mudville, you can pay a visit to his other restaurant across the park, for similar specials, including shepherd’s pie for $12.17. Maybe go crazy and try Emily's Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's frosting. Drink specials include Irish Car Bombs, Irish Whiskey, Irish coffee and more.

(4050 Port Chicago Highway, Concord) – Legends will be serving corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and bread for only $7.99 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The buffet opens at 5, with the same dishes, until it’s all gone. “We have lots!” said general manager Debbie Marshall. “We'll also have green beer and several Irish cocktail specials.” Round 1 NCAA March Madness games will be playing on 30 televisions, and Debbie said any other televised sporting event can be tuned in by request.

Lime Ridge  – For a nondrinking celebration, or perhaps to shed those newly acquired Irish calories, take in the beautiful green hills on a healthy hike at Lime Ridge Open Space. Off Valley Vista Road near Boundary Oak Golf Course, the 1.7-mile loop hike, considered “easy,” might feel like hiking in Ireland, sans sheep.

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