A Sip of Old Ireland


If hitting the rowdy pub scene for a pint of green beer in a plastic cup isn’t your idea of a pleasurable way to spend St. Paddy’s Day, you’re in luck. There are plenty of local places to get your Irish on without feeling like you’re at a fraternity party. Here are three cozy sanctuaries, far from the raucous crowds, where you can sip a civilized glass of Irish whiskey.

At Morrison’s Downstairs Bar (428 First St., Woodland), they’ll be serving up good cheer along with corned beef and cabbage and drink specials all day long. If the weather cooperates, find a spot on the intimate courtyard to sit and stay awhile.

With its wood-paneled interior and river view, the Delta King’s Delta Bar & Grill (1000 Front St., Old Sacramento) is a comfy perch from which to sample some of the bar’s 15 whiskeys. With a drink in hand and a little imagination, you can almost imagine you’re on the River Liffey.

There’s no mistaking Club Pheasant (2525 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento) for an Irish pub—this venerable restaurant and bar is old-school Italian, through and through. What does pass for Irish, though, is the inclusive atmosphere; regulars and newcomers alike are taken care of like family by the warm and friendly staff. Go for the camaraderie, stay for the ravioli—and a bit o’ whiskey.