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Secret Recipe: Savory Irish Bread Pudding from The Liberties

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

This sweet and meaty bread pudding from The Liberties Bar & Restaurant is perfect on its own as a snack with a Guinness or for dunking into a fried egg for breakfast. Owner Kjerstie Utting uses Irish sausages called black and white puddings, which you can find at Roxie Market & Deli in the Sunset.

Say No To Green Beer: Five St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

If you've dubbed St. Patty's Day "amateur night," aren't into long bathroom lines, and are squeamish around green food coloring, you might want to stay in this Thursday.  But that doesn't mean you can't raise a glass to the banishment of snakes from Ireland. Our mixologist friends over at have been kind enough to supply us with five delish recipes to mix up for a St. Patrick's Day party. Cheers! 

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The 12 Best Irish Pubs in the City

Raid your closet for the color green and grab a stool at one of these solid Irish pubs for St. Patrick's Day.

1. The Irish Bank
Tucked away at the end of a dirty alley, this pub is a favorite of the downtown after-work crowd. Indoors or out, you’ll get a little taste of Europe in the heart of SF. 10 Mark Ln. at Grant Ave. (Union Square), 415-788-7152

St. Patrick's Day Is Upon Us

A tidal wave of green is about to crash onto the cement-paved shores of San Francisco and it's not mutant sludge from that fuel spill in the bay last month. It's St. Patrick's Day soon, and everyone with a drop of Irish blood (or anyone sniffing out a cheap drink) will be looking for a good time. Here's where to find them:

St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 12, 11:30 am, 2nd & Market.

St. Patrick's Day Flash Mob: Shoot From The Hip

Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. How we love your lucky leprechaun jigs, green beer and authentic Irish pinching traditions.

To celebrate this debaucherous holiday, we’re holding another 7x7 Flash Mob, so grab those camera phones and snap whatever you’re doing throughout the day on March 17. Sitting on the sidelines of the parade? Guzzling pints at the pub? Eating a killer plate of corned beef and cabbage? Just email your photo to our Flickr group at to be featured on 7x7’s site. Be sure to include a title in the subject line and a short description of where you are with your email address in the body (so we can let you know when your photo's up and if you've won a $100 gift certificate to Harris’ restaurant).

The 10 Best Irish Pubs in the City

Sure, green beer is kinda gross and Irish car bombs are a bit fratastic, but what other day can you go out, down a Guinness and say, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” without getting slapped? The sophisticated amongst us may choose to stay couch-bound Wednesday, but for those who want to revel, there’s no shortage of solid pubs. Here’s where you might find us quaffing a few.

1. The Irish Bank
Tucked away at the end of a dirty alley, this pub is a favorite of the downtown after-work crowd. Indoors or out, you’ll get a little taste of Europe in the heart of SF. 10 Mark Ln. at Grant Ave. (Union Square), 415-788-7152

An Alternative St. Patrick's Day

Green beer, car bombs, pinching strangers: St. Patrick's Day, the old-fashioned way, can be plenty of fun. But if your memories of last year's hangover are still painful, or you can't stomach the antics of a holiday bartenders not-so-lovingly refer to as "Amateur Night," there are still plenty of ways to enjoy St. Patty's this Wednesday that aren't on the traditional Irish-pub route. (And if you still love the classics, take heart: three of the four bars recently chosen by Thrillist as the city's best are Irish pubs.) Here are a few suggestions for a fresh take on St. Patty's (all hours are for Wednesday):

Getting Older, Drinking Better on St. Patty's: Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

It wasn't too many St. Patrick's Days ago that I would gleefully head out to an Irish bar by 6 PM,  several pints of Guinness or Harp in my future, as well as few shots of Jameson and a lot of bouncing around to the Pogues.

Erin go Bragh!

There was much wearin’ of the green last Friday at City Hall when Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Office of Protocol declared Irish Heritage Week in San Francisco with the raising of the Republic of Ireland’s tricolor flag.

The reception celebrated all things Irish -- from the SF Gaelic Athletic Association’s new hurling field on Treasure Island and the 25th anniversary of the SF-Cork Sister City relationship as well as the 158th St. Patrick’s Day Parade which kicks-off Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

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