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Price Range: Inexpensive
Special Features: Dine at the Bar, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kids’ Menu, Late-Night Dining, Lunch, Singles Scene, Small Plates
2010 Best of Sacramento Winner – Best Pub Food
Don’t head to de Vere’s if you’re seeking a quiet, romantic evening—this raucous, high-energy pub is noisy and packed with revelers. However, if you are craving a mood-lifting dining (and drinking) experience, this very popular pub will deliver in spades. You can’t help but smile when you walk through the door and see happy customers savoring the dizzying array of imported beers on tap, and clustering chattily at tables spread throughout the large establishment. The space is divided into smaller, nook-like areas where groups can gather with a modicum of privacy, but the pub is far too loud for any serious conversation. On busy nights, you have to shout to be heard, but that’s just part of the fun. Take a moment to admire the intriguing floors, which look like old wood planks but are actually, according to the owner, stamped concrete—and the ornate hung ceiling panels, replications of turn-of-the-century stamped tin ceilings. The shiny wood bar (imported from Ireland) is enormous, and display cases situated near the front of the pub hold a curious selection of Irish knick knacks. However, the hidden gem at de Vere’s is its food. Yep, this is high-quality pub fare, not the greasy food we often associate with these types of establishments. Try the yummy “Granny’s Shepard’s Pie,” a layer of ground beef freckled with tiny bits of vegetables, swathed in a creamy layer of perfectly piped mashed potatoes; and the crispy and delicious beer-battered fish and chips. Other great choices include the “Pub Club” sandwich, grilled chicken breast and Irish bacon with lettuce, tomato and avocado, piled on toasted white bread; and the robust “Traditional Irish Stew,” perfect fare for a rainy day. Grab a gaggle of fun-loving friends and make the trip to de Vere’s for an entertaining (and rambunctious) dining adventure. — Kira O’Donnell
Insider tip: A second bar area tucked in the back of de Vere’s offers a quieter atmosphere and a few more seating options.
Reservations: Not accepted
Payment methods: AmEx, Diners’ Club, MasterCard, Visa
Alcohol: Full bar
Corkage fee: $10
Hours: 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily
Join us on St. Patrick’s Day for the ultimate authentic-Irish experience. At de Vere’s Irish Pub, you can enjoy the beautiful woodwork, family heirlooms, friendly banter, and of course, the perfect pint of Guinness (a specialty we’ve mastered).
Our pub doors will open at 8am—and our famous Irish coffees will be piping hot and ready to serve.
At 11am, we will close down the sidewalks and open our outside venue, which will include an outdoor kitchen serving traditional Irish fare (like corned beef and cabbage) and a stage featuring live entertainment throughout the day.
Bring your friends and family to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion.
This year de Vere’s Irish Pub and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership have teamed up for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The party in the park will be bigger and better than ever. We’re moving to Cesar Chavez Plaza located in the heart of Downtown Sacramento at 10th & J streets to accommodate our fans.
BENEFITING LOCAL CHARITIES
Maryhouse is a daytime hospitality shelter for homeless women and children. This past year, 1,584 women and 978 children received services at Maryhouse.
Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums
DE VERE’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY HISTORY
The deVere’s St. Patrick’s Day festival is the largest event of its kind in Sacramento . The 2010 event attracted nearly 7,000 attendees to the all day event featuring live music and entertainment.
THE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of Sacramento’s central business district. The DSP oversees maintenance, safety and revitalization programs financed by the Downtown Sacramento Management District, a property assessment district established in 1995 and renewed in 2000.
By Tracy Arnold
“Prior to this last Wednesday, the only reason I had ever visited de Vere’s Irish Pub was for the occasional pint of Guinness. If you are like me, I challenge you to change your perspective and discover the food behind the drink. De Vere’s not only offers the largest whiskey collection in Sacramento, it offers a full restaurant menu including weekday happy hours, daily lunch and dinner and even a weekend brunch menu (that I notice includes a bacon waffle – with chopped bacon in the waffle batter – intriguing!).
For those of you who have never visited de Vere’s, it is a traditional Irish pub – loud atmosphere, table tucked in nooks, two large bars and an outside patio. It is a great place for happy hour after a long day or participate in a weekly trivia night contest. However, I discovered they should also be on one’s list of dinner destinations.
de Vere’s Dine Downtown menu offers a three course dinner comprised of either beet salad or soup of the day (we had Irish Wedding soup, YUM!), followed by a second course of either braised lamb shoulder stew or lemon Dijon chicken, and the dessert course choices include Bailey’s cheesecake or crispy bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries.
The beet salad, is a mache lettuce salad with both golden and red beets and herbed goat cheese. The Irish wedding soup was my favorite choice in this course, best description is a home-made chicken sausage and noodle soup with kale and beans – exactly what this January weather calls for. The lamb dish was served like a stew with barley, fresh carrots and a mint salsa that made the entire dish pop. The chicken is a de Vere’s favorite, roasted chicken and red seasoned potatoes served with cabbage – after all what is an Irish meal without cabbage?
For dessert, the crispy bread pudding alone is worth trying out de Vere’s Dine Downtown menu. It is one of those dishes that will soon be featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate – it is a cross between French toast and a churro, deep fried goodness rolled in sugar and cinnamon served with ice cream, fresh raspberries and blueberries topped with caramel – it cannot get any better!
While there, I also learned that de Vere’s just added to their regular menu a fully loaded (with peas and bacon) mac and cheese that has the potential to surpass Esquire Grill’s as the best mac and cheese in town. It offers whiskey pairing dinners to members of the de Vere’s Whiskey Society, and in addition to hosting the city’s biggest St. Patrick’s day celebration, de Vere’s hosts Sacramento’s annual St. Baldrick’s shaving day to raise money for childhood cancer research.”