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Black and Proud: Ireland's first family of song, the Black Brothers, play a pre-St. Patrick's Day show at Espresso Garden.

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IS ST. PATRICK'S DAY just another excuse to drink? No way! TiVO the St. Patrick's Day episode on History Channel and educate your friends at one of these fine establishments hosting Paddy's Day revelry. All events happen on March 17 unless otherwise noted, so plan ahead.

Warming Up

Annual St. Patrick's Day Mass
This traditional Catholic Mass is held entirely in Irish and includes a Gaelic choir, Irish dancers and music, followed by a reception. Sunday, Mar 13. 11:30am. Free. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 582 Hope St, Mountain View. 650.967.3831.

The Black Brothers
Ireland's first family of song features brothers Shay, Michael and Martin Black. Monday, Mar 14. 7:30pm. $15. Espresso Garden, 814 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose. 408.847.6982.

Party with an Irish band. Wednesday, Mar 16. 8pm. $18/$20. Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. 650.369.4119.

Irish Breakfast
Silicon Valley Capital Club will be holding a traditional Irish breakfast. Thursday, Mar 10. 8am. $27.50. Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 W. San Fernando St, #7000, San Jose. 408.615.7309.

Rock Bottom Brewery
St. Patrick's Day Brew Fest. Sample Rock Bottom's beer (including a green beer for the occasion) with partial proceeds benefiting the Bill Wilson Drop-In Teen Center. Cover includes four beer sampler, corned beef and cabbage lunch and commemorative glass. Sunday, Mar 13. 12-6pm. $25. 1875 S. Bascom #700, Campbell. 408.377.0707.

San Jose-Dublin Sister City Irish Week Dinner
The San Jose-Dublin Sister City organization is holding a traditional Irish dinner and will present for the first time a "Community Award." Semiformal attire required, call ahead for reservations. Friday, Mar 11. 6:30pm, no host cocktails, 7:30pm dinner. $70 per person. Marriott Hotel, 301 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.279.6738.

The Big Day

Britannia Arms Almaden
Stompbox plays, as well as St. Patrick's Day dancers and pipers. Corned beef and cabbage will be served. 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose. 408.266.0550.

Britannia Arms Cupertino
Traditional Irish food served all day, live Irish music by the Emeralds at 4:30pm, Irish dancers at 6pm, DJ Aspect at 10pm. 1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino. 408.252.7262.

Britannia Arms San Jose
Music from Drive the Band and the Los Gatos Pipe Band, as well as Irish food and Irish dancers. 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.278.1400.

The Cats
With music by Jim Stevens, Lee Kopp, Jimmy Dewrance and others. 7-10pm. Free. 17533 Hwy 17, Los Gatos. 408. 354.4020.

C.B. Hannegan's
St. Patrick's Day starts at noon and goes until midnight. Live Celtic music, Irish dancers, Hannegan Homeboys Pipe Band, BBQ, oyster bar, pig on the spit. $40. 208 Bachman Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.1223.

City of Campbell St. Patrick's Day Festival
This all-day event will be held across several blocks in Campbell, from the railroad tracks on E. Campbell Avenue to the Kensington Art Centre's parking lot. 408.286.1313.

Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
All-day festivities include a live band, corned beef and cabbage and other music, as well as Irish dancers in the evening. 10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino. 408.446.DUKE.

Fibber Magee's
Live bands at lunch, dancers in the afternoon and corned beef and cabbage all day. 156 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.749.8373.

Katie Blooms Irish Pub Restaurant
Featuring Irish dancing, bagpipe players and the band Celtic Soul. 369 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.379.9687.

King's Head Pub
Irish food with live music all day and disco in the evening. Also featuring five liquor bars. 201 Orchard City Dr, Campbell. 408.871.2499.

Lowry's Irish Coffee House
Specials include Irish oatmeal, Irish stew and Lowry's special corned beef hash. 350 W. Julian St, San Jose. 408.993.9356.

Molly MaGees
DJ dance music indoors, outdoor patio will be open and there will be lots of drink specials. 5pm till close. 241 Castro St, Mountain View. 650.961.0108.

Mountain Charley's Saloon
Shamrock Bash. Uncle Melvin with DJ Uncle Hank. 8pm. 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.8880.

Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Sports Bar
Corned beef and cabbage with drink specials throughout the day and live bands in the evening. 135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.736.3822.

Live Irish music all day, corned beef and cabbage and tons of drink specials. 25 N. San Pedro St, San Jose. 408.947.8007.

Paul and Eddie's Monta Vista Inn
Free corned beef and cabbage and music by the Velvet Jones Band. 21619 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. 408.252.2226.

Rosie McCann's Irish Pub
The entire street in front of the pub will be closed off for a miniparade and booths. 355 Santana Row #1060, San Jose. 408.247.1706.

St. Patrick's Day Jazz
Thursdays at the Theater showcases the Scott Barnhill trio, featuring Scott Barnhill, director of the Willow Glen Community Youth Band, on saxophone. Green popcorn and Irish coffee will be served and Leprechaun shamrocks are also available. 7pm. $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $25 family. Markham Little Theater, 2105 Cottle Ave, San Jose. 408.535.6277.

St. Stephen's Green
Mixing green drinks and Irish music all day, as well as dancing in the evening. 223 Castro St, Mountain View. 650.964.9151.

Tied House
Seventy-five-cent half-pints, plus a bagpipe band will play early in the evening. 65 N. San Pedro St, San Jose. 408.295.2739.

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