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Pubs helping keep Tahoe green: South Shore celebrates St. Patrick’s holiday

Danny Boy O'Tomahan

For at least one weekend, the focus will be on keeping Tahoe not blue but green.

The Irish honor one of their patron saints, St. Patrick, not only because, according to legend, he drove the snakes from Ireland, he also taught them to brew beer and distill whiskey (the Irish, not the snakes). Monday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day, but some South Shore establishments are taking all weekend to celebrate.

Even the MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa is going green to celebrate the luck of the Irish: Over the holiday weekend, the Stateline casino will select a winner of a trip for two to Dublin.

The trip includes round-trip airfare from San Francisco, hotel and a city tour with breakfast before a drive through Ireland.

Entry tickets for the giveaway are available with the purchase of an Irish beverage on Saturday, March 15. The drawing will take place at 9 p.m. on the main casino floor, and the winner must be present to claim the trip.

The casino’s Zone sports bar will offer $2 green draft beers all day, along with specials on Bushmills, Jameson, Bailey’s and Guinness. Corned beef and cabbage will be available at the Buffet.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration continues at 10 p.m. Monday, March 17, with MontBleu’s Green Party at Blu Nightclub, featuring $1 Irish Tullamore Dew whiskeys, St. Patrick’s Day swag and giveaways.

Bar 24 inside Bill’s Casino offers $5 Irish car bombs (usually a shot of Irish creme and Irish whiskey you dump into a cup of Guinness, although there are variations) and $2 green beers, as well as specials on corned beef and cabbage.

The Web site included MontBleu’s event as the lone South Shore party among its top five St. Paddy’s celebrations around the lake.

Last St. Patrick’s Day was the first for O’Neill’s Irish Surf Pub in Round Hill, and the former Sam’s Beach House plans to build on what it started last year with a two-day celebration. Irish bartenders Nick and Niall will return from Blondie’s in Las Vegas to play host to a night of music and dancing March 16, replete with sing-alongs and body shots. The party continues into the next day, with green beer, Irish coffee, car bombs and a free midnight toast to mark St. Patrick’s Day, along with Irish stew, cottage pies, and corned beef and cabbage.

Right across the state line, McP’s Pub Tahoe (which has Guinness on tap) was planning a celebration with food until about 7 p.m., drinks after and live music by 5 O’Clock Charlie. Duane Anderson, Michael Angel, David Azevendo, Stan Freeman (from Dublin, Ireland) and Dave Taylor identify themselves as Tahoe’s classic rock party band and include U2 and Van Morrison among the bands they cover.

Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, at 3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd., was contemplating drink specials at last notice. Farther west, Murphy’s Irish Pub, inside Rockwater Restaurant at 787 Emerald Bay Road, was planning a weekend full of traditional Irish dance music with Sean Cummings playing the pipes and two bands on Monday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage is on the special Irish weekend menu, along with car bombs, green beer and special drinks.

While not an Irish pub, Whiskey Dick’s Saloon was planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with DJs, $2 green beers and $5 Irish car bombs.

The troubles

Variations on the Irish car bomb

Jimmy & Guinney – consists of a double shot of Jameson in a whiskey snifter glass dropped into a pint of Guinness stout.

Irish train wreck or Irish truck bomb – a larger version using a highball or old-fashioned whiskey glass dropped into a beer pitcher. Usually shared between a group.

Irish Christmas – a seasonal variation where peppermint schnapps is substituted for Irish Cream liqueur.

Carboise – Replace one-third Guinness with framboise.

Tijuana car bomb – A Southwest version that features a shot of tequila, a pint of dark Mexican beer, and an additional shot of Kahlúa.

Mexican firecracker – A new Southwestern version that features a shot of tequila with a thin layer of Cholula hot sauce mixed with a pint of Mexican beer, then a lime wedge.

Canadian car bomb – replaces Guinness with Labatt Blue, Jameson with Canadian whiskey and Irish creme with maple syrup or liqueur.

October Crisis – A shot of Canadian Club dropped into Labatt 50.

Backalley pipebomb – one shot of Popov and milk dropped into a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

C4 car bomb – a mixture of Canadian Club, Kahlúa and Irish creme.

Irish shipwreck – Substitute Captain Morgan for Irish whiskey.

Jamaican car bomb – replaces Guinness with Red Stripe, Jameson with rum and Irish creme with rum cream liqueur.

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