Irish or not, some folks are ready to party this St. Patrick's Day, even if it is on a Tuesday.
Of course, what's a statement, however obvious, without some numbers behind it? EduBirdie, a professional writing and academic aid platform, polled just over 2,000 folks in Generation Z (born in the mid- to late 1990s), who must have answered the phone for a change.
A majority (63 percent) of those surveyed said they celebrate the holiday on a Saturday rather than the actual day of St. Patrick’s Day if it falls on a weekday. Not very festive but probably a wiser decision. Enjoy your early holiday fun!
Of those polled, 89 percent plan to celebrate Tuesday, whether or not they're of Irish descent. While 70 percent are eyeing a bar crawl, nearly 20 percent are ready to party at home.
Beer, green or not, is the top choice for revelers with more than 75 percent opting for brews. Less than 10 percent said that they would be drinking whiskey or other hard liquor "because they need to pace themselves to make it through the entire day." (They're probably also considering that they'll have to nurse that holiday hangover on hump day).
Before the binge, almost 50 percent plan to enjoy an Irish meal of some sort. No specifics on if that's a full corned beef and cabbage dinner or just green-tinted treats.
Speaking of Irish fare and libations, we have an assortment of what to snack on and sip if you're feeling the luck of the Irish.
The BLVD (3200 Buck Owens Blvd.): Now through Tuesday, the entertainment hub is serving corned beef tacos and sliders (each $10) as well as $5 pints of green beer and Guinness, Jameson mules and the drink of the month, Kaleb's Caribbean clover. It will also host a Green Pin Challenge for bowlers. Score a strike without bummers on a green pin during a frame and enter to win cash prizes! There are limited lanes available for the challenge, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
PFLAG St. Patrick's Day Dinner/Fundraiser: PFLAG Bakersfield will celebrating the holiday with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Metro Galleries, 910 18th St. Tickets are $20 donation in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Camping World, 5500 Wible Road; or EBMC, 1701 Westwind Drive, #226. All funds raised will aid programs and services that PFLAG provides to the LGBTQ community.
Dot X Ott (930 18th St.): On Tuesday, the Eastchester spot will offer special dishes and a performance by Celtic quartet Banshee in The Kitchen (6-9 p.m.). The menu includes corned beef sandwiches on house-made rye bread with Pickalittle Farm kohlrabi sauerkraut and whole grain mustard at lunch, along with Irish beef stew — with potatoes, carrots, and Pickalittle Farm cabbage — as the soup of the day and braised corned beef and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, Pickalittle Farm cabbage) for dinner. There will also be special cookies sold at lunch and an Irish dessert at dinnertime.
Sonder (9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 100): This Tuesday, the restaurant will serve drunk Welshman nachos, cottage pie and corned beef Reubens as well as libations including Irish Old Fashioneds, the wild rose cocktail and Irish green tea shots. Jon Ranger will perform from noon to 3 p.m. and Dive Bar Jesus, aka August Young, will take revelers into the evening from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Crest Bar and Grill (5025 Wible Road): The Crest is back with its St. Patrick's Day menu. It will be serving a corned beef dinner ($17.95) with corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage and corn on the cob; shepherd's pie ($13.95); Guinness beef stew ($6.95); and clover combo ($23.95) featuring the corned beef dinner, a helping of shepherd's pie and a slice of Irish cake. Specials will be served from 11 a.m. until closing on Tuesday. The restaurant will also serve a shot of whiskey (Bushmills) and a beer (Bud Light) for $10.
Yard House (10308 Stockdale Highway): New on the scene, this chain is coming in hot, serving its corned beef, which is braised in beer and aromatics for four hours and served with boiled red potatoes and cabbage, on Tuesday. For those imbibing, Yard House will serve the ultimate Jameson and ginger, featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jameson Caskmates IPA Whiskey, Jameson Caskmates Stout Whiskey, ginger ale and lemon. If that packs too much of a punch, there will also be Guinness and ice-cold, green beer as well as $5 pints (from 6-10 p.m.).
Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar (4105 Ming Ave.): Irish-inspired pub food returns to the pizza spot with its famous Irish tots (corned beef, cabbage, mashed potatoes, English bangers (sausage), tots, cheese, mashed potatoes and Guinness gravy), Bangers mash and tots (tots covered with sausage, gravy, caramelized onions, potatoes and scallions) and shepherd's pie bombs (baking all the dish's goodness inside pizza dough and serving it with Guinness dipping gravy). The menu will be available until St. Patrick's Day while supplies last.
Padre Hotel (1702 H St.): St. Patrick's Day specials include an Irish dinner ($24), corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots with stone ground mustard; Reuben ($16), a choice of corned beef or roast turkey on rye bread with Thousand Island dressing, Swiss and house sauerkraut; shepherd's pie ($18), with locally raised Santa Carota beef, peas, carrots, Guinness gravy and mashed potato gratin; and Guinness cake ($8), filled with Jameson truffle topped with Baileys' buttercream. Ska/funk band The Easy In will perform at Prairie Fire from 7 to 10 p.m.
Krispy Kreme (9410 Rosedale Highway): For the first time ever, the doughnut chain is offering "greenified versions" of its doughnuts, including chocolate iced with green kreme, cake batter with green icing, strawberry iced with St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles, Oreo cookies and kreme with green icing drizzle and chocolate iced custard filled with shamrock sprinkles. It will also have a leprechaun trap doughnut — decorated as a pot of gold and filled with "Irish Kreme"-flavored filling — that will be available in limited quantities through Tuesday.
Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill (11350 Ming Ave.): On Tuesday, the restaurant will serve a full Irish assortment including corned beef and cabbage sliders (also available as a traditional entree), shepherd's pie, Reuben sandwiches and spring rolls, Irish bangers and bread pudding with a sweet whiskey sauce. Mystic Red will also perform starting at 8 p.m.
IHOP (multiple locations): From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the chain will serve $1 St. Paddy’s Day cakes, which are short stacks of two fluffy Irish-green pancakes topped with sweet cream cheese icing, Fruity Lucky Charms cereal and a crown of whipped topping.
Ike's Love & Sandwiches (2701 Ming Ave., Suite F4; 9000 Ming Ave., Suite H4): Get any sandwich for $7 on Tuesday by showing you follow @ikessandwiches on Instagram.
Elks Lodge #266 (1616 30th St.): On Tuesday, enjoy a corned beef cabbage dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is just $7. Call 323-7535 for more information.
Sweet Surrender (6439 Ming Ave., Suite B): The shop has an assortment of themed treats including the Irish car bomb, a Guinness chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache and Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream.
Cornerstone Bakery (2100 19th St., Suite D): The downtown sweet shop is again offering its pot o’ gold cupcakes, vanilla bean cupcakes topped with rainbow buttercream and a gold (chocolate) coin.
Smith's Bakeries (2808 Union Ave.): The local bakery doesn't disappoint with its shamrock sugar cookies and green thumbprints.
Coco's Restaurant & Bakery (7985 Rosedale Highway): All month long, Coco's is serving corned beef hash n’ eggs, its twist on the Irish favorite with a potato hash with onions, bell peppers and special seasonings, topped with two poached eggs, served alongside fruit and your choice of pancakes, biscuit, muffin, seasonal coffee cake, croissant or toast for $11.79.It also has a new choc o’mint shake ($4.99), vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate chips and a touch of creme de menthe, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate syrup drizzle. (Through March 31, guests who share a picture of themselves enjoying the shake and tag @OfficialCocos on Instagram will be automatically entered to win a $100 Coco’s gift card.)