Irish O'Sullivan's in Southeast Fresno will feature a beer garden as part of its St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Written by Donald A. Promnitz and Edward Smith
As Irish pubs and bars across the country get ready for what is for many of them the most profitable night of the year, establishments in the Central Valley are making St. Patrick’s Day preparations of their own.
One such pub is Irish O’Sullivan’s at 5689 E. Kings Canyon Rd. in Fresno. Kelly Allred, the owner, said that it takes three months of planning and 250 kegs of beer to prepare for the holiday, which sees many new customers coming in.
“We do have some regulars that come. It’s a kind of a crazy, busy day, so we do see people who have never been here,” Allred said. “They’re on the bus, or limo rides, or they come as groups and they come for the day and it’s been — rain or shine — every year and we get mostly new people who’ve never come here before. They want to be Irish for the day, so they show up.”
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day at Irish O’Sullivan’s will include an outside beer garden and several holiday-themed special drinks like “Paddy’s Punch” and the “Dirty Leprechaun.” They will also be serving such St. Patrick’s Day staples as corned beef.
Similarly, Shenanigan’s Restaurant and Bar in Fresno will be holding their own festivities, but owner Sarah Dukes pointed out it’s not just pubs that will be catering to massive crowds.
“It’s like Christmas for us, most bars, not just Irish bars,” Dukes said. “Drinking day is St. Patrick’s Day.”
Meanwhile in Kings County, Main Street Hanford and Borba’s Auto Body will be hosting “Everybody’s Irish” downtown. Beer will be offered by 24 businesses at the party, which will have 1,000 tickets to ten different tastings.
“It gives us a chance to get people walking around enjoying downtown businesses,” said Michelle Brown, executive director of Main Street Hanford, who is organizing the seventh annual celebration.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of, and the event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.