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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

For St. Patrick's Day, Five Nights of Long Pours at The Liberties

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

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The reappearance of emerald-green signs and images scary leprechauns can mean one thing: The annual binge known as St. Patrick's Day is nigh. Whether or not you possess freckles and fishbelly-white skin, March 17 represents a good excuse to imbibe fine Irish beer and whisky, all in the name of tradition.

As we described in this week's 7-Day Dish e-mail newsletter, you can avoid the yearly trap of guzzling green beer for six hours straight without a food break at The Liberties. The Mission pub is stretching out the festivities over several days, and you can bring the family, or your dog, which might be sort of the same thing.

Starting Saturday, it's the Liberties' Week of Long Pours (Guinness, Kilkenny draught, Red Breast 12-year-old whisky, Black Bush), with hearty brunch, lunch and dinner plates to soak up the booze. Granted, it's only a five-day week, and yes, there's standard corned beef and cabbage ($13.95) or cottage pie ($12.95), made by owner Kjerstie Utting, but you can also swoop in on a curried samosa ($7.95) made with Irish bacon, black pudding, and curried potatoes. Walk-ins are okay, or reserve a table. And no, you can't reserve anything on St. Patrick's Day itself, so don't even try.

Event details:

Week of Long Pours and Hearty Food at The Liberties

Dates: Sat., March 13-Weds., March 17

Location: The Liberties Bar and Restaurant, 998 Guerrero (at 22nd St.), 282-6789

Cost: Depends on how thirsty and hungry you are

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