By Shannon Waddill
One of the greatest things about living in the United States of America is our diversity. We celebrate many cultures, their traditions, and add an American twist here and there. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. In fact, most Americans will not decline any excuse to drink copious amounts of beer with their Irish and Irish-American shams! St. Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland. March 17th commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It has become a day to feast and drink since the restrictions of Lenten were lifted for festivals and parades honoring the famous saint. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world and in the United States, though not a legal Holiday, has been celebrated since the late 18th century. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The traditional meal in Ireland for the famous feast was ham or bacon, since beef was considered a luxury. However, with the migration of Irish people to North America, corned beef was the meat that they could easily and more cheaply get their hands on and, so, this became the meal of choice for generations of Irish Americans to come. Corned Beef and Cabbage, large amounts of whiskey and beer, is now the feast of choice for Irish-Americans and all those who want to indulge in the tradition! So where can you go in the Coachella Valley to get your “feast” and “drink” on? Let’s face it, almost anywhere you go will have something festive, especially since St. Paddy’s Day lands on a Friday this year. But, if you want to find “a little luck of the Irish” read on!
Sherman’s Delicatessen and Bakery- Granted, this is not the place to drink large amounts of beer and you definitely will not find any Jameson or any other whiskey on the menu, but you will find the best Corned Beef and Cabbage in the valley. Why? Because they serve it every day on their menu and the pickled and boiled beef is served to perfection atop a wedge of boiled cabbage! Complete with boiled potatoes and this is your Irish-American feast! Sherman’s is a must before the pub crawl. They have two locations in the valley, one in Palm Springs, and the other in Palm Desert. A local and tourist gem! For location information visit http://www.shermansdeli.com/contact.html
Village Pub Bar- located in Palm Springs is planning a very festive evening. Larry the Leprechaun will be your party host from 8pm-2am. They will have all day food and drink specials starting at 1pm for the diehards, a scavenger hunt, and a raffle to draw a pot of gold! Top that off with DJ DGAF and MOONCHILD for entertainment, it’s the place to be in Palm Springs Friday night, March 17th. For more information visit
The Palm Canyon Roadhouse- located in Palm Springs is hosting their 10th annual all day event starting at 11am and going all night long! Serving Guinness Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Tacos, and Potato Leak Soup! Green pitchers of beer and plenty of Irish green Jell-O shots will be on hand. Live entertainment from 4pm until 2am without a cover charge! Come be Irish for the day at this Shamrockin party. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/414349062079288/photos/651309428383249/
Fox and Fiddle- located in Rancho Mirage has a great deal on drinks and live music beginning at 8pm-11pm. $5.00 Guinness.$ 5.00 Jameson.$ 5.00 Fireball. Live music - featuring Alyce Bowie! A casual experience at a great new place. For more information on their shindig visit https://www.facebook.com/1992173181008333/photos/2229545487271100/
Murph’s Gaslight- located in Bermuda Dunes, Murph’s provides a cozy atmosphere between its Pub style bar and large family dining room, and has some Irish fun for everyone. They will start serving their holiday menu for lunch from 11am to 3pm, and dinner menu from 3pm to close. Guests can choose items such as their traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage, Original Pan Fried Chicken, excellent Martini Burger (comes with a well drink and is only available for lunch), or their fall way off the bone Georgia style Baby Back Ribs. Their poolside entertainment will start at 4:30pm for a wee bit of fun! For more information visit www.murphsgaslight.com
The Beer Hunter- located in La Quinta is the place to find all imported Irish beers and a well-stocked bar of whiskey. They claim the rainbow ends here and if you like classic rock instead of an Irish jig, you’ll be comfortable here with live music from 9pm-12am. You will find Guinness, Harp, and Jameson all behind the bar ready to get you in the Irish spirit. For more information and updated specials visit https://www.facebook.com/103392824428/photos/10153889946659429/
The Big Rock Pub- located in Indio claims you can get shamROCKED this Friday, March 17th at BB’s annual St. Paddy’s Day party. BB Ingle has teamed up with Big Rock this year for the big bash including bagpipes and bands. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Pet Rescue Center and donations are welcomed at the door. The fun starts at 3pm and goes until midnight. Food and drink specials, live music, and a benefit! No shame in your game at Big Rock. For more information and updated specials visit https://www.facebook.com/1718716065054829/photos/1843301475929620/
Neil’s Lounge- located in Indio, they are also serving up Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and a free ride home! That’s being responsible!! Their St. Paddy’s bash promises karaoke, song requests, and dancing all night long. For updated information visit https://www.facebook.com/112837649833/photos/10155075249239834/
The respectful and traditional thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day is to wear green to honor Ireland and its patron saint. If you don’t wear green it is considered shameful and you are asking to get pinched. Why? Well, the belief is that the color green is invisible to leprechauns (fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see). People began pinching those who didn't wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers. However you choose to spend St. Patrick’s Day remember your green, remember to drink responsibly, and never stop searching for the pot of gold!