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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Santa Cruz & nearby plus Bonny Doon Vineyard’s move

Tarpy's Roadhouse in Monterey

Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey

Many local restaurants and bars are offering St. Patrick’s Day specials this weekend; I’ll post some today and more in the next couple days, and I want to also share the news about Bonny Doon Winery’s move.

You may recall that Le Cigare Volant, the restaurant at Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Westside Santa Cruz tasting room, shut down at the end of 2012. Now the winery has announced it is moving its tasting room to Davenport (the winery first moved to Santa Cruz from Bonny Doon in 2008). The new location will open in late spring in the former site of Davenport Gallery at 450 Highway One. Meanwhile, Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Swift Street Courtyard tasting room will be open until at least May.

St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Cruz & nearby

Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro is offering food and drink specials including corned beef and cabbage and Irish creme brulee. Bar and outdoor patio opens at 3:00 p.m. Dining room service starts at 5:30 pm.

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos, (831) 662-9799.


Yacht harbor restaurant Crow’s Nest is offering live music by the Irish Rovers from 4:30-7 p.m. in its upstairs lounge, which serves lots of delicious affordable food and has a full bar.

2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz (831) 476-4560


Westside Santa Cruz butcher shop el Salchichero is selling grass-fed corned beef for all you do-it-yourselfers. Hours are Tues-Sun from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

402 Ingalls St, Suite 25, Santa Cruz (831) 423-MEAT


Monterey-based Tarpy’s Roadhouse is serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and offering a special Tipsy Tarpy cocktail (includes Jameson’s, Apple Pucker Schnapps, and pineapple juice).  If you wear green, you get a free dessert.

999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey, (831) 647-1444


Scotts Valley restaurant Malone’s Grille is serving corned beef and cabbage all day on both Sat. Mar. 16 and Sun. Mar. 17. On Sunday, it will also offer live Irish music.

4402 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley (831) 438-2244

Cinco de Mayo in Santa Cruz and nearby: Restaurant celebrations & specials plus local event

It’s Cinco de Mayo 2011 and there are many restaurants in Santa Cruz and nearby having celebrations and/or specials, plus there is a festival in Davenport this weekend. Here are some highlights.


Nuevo Southwest Grill

Nuevo, with friendly service and consistently delicious Mexican food, offers a great special on Thursday May 5. It’s serving a margarita and two tacos (with choice of filling) for $7.95 from 11am-9pm.

Location: 21490 E Cliff Drive (at 15th Ave), Santa Cruz (831) 475-2233


The Scotts Valley venue Mint, which features a wine bar, will have nightly specials on Thursday May 5 and Friday May 6: Nachos Every Which Way, Ceviche, Grilled Shrimp w/Orange Chipotle Honey Mustard Sauce, Grilled Lime Marinated Salmon w/Ginger Lime Butter, and Tacos (your choice of Carnitas or Shredded Chicken).

Location: 4652 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley (831) 438-5900

El Palomar

The popular downtown Santa Cruz restaurant and bar El Palomar, which recently won awards including Best Chips & Salsa, Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Tacos (for the taco bar area) and Best Margarita in Good Times’ annual Best of Santa Cruz poll, has lots of Cinco de Mayo activities on Thursday. There will be a shot bar, giveaways, Mariachi music, Hornitos girls, and local DJs.

Location: 1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 425-7575


Cilantro’s, the sister restaurant to El Palomar, is also featuring lots of entertainment on Thursday—plus drink specials. Cilantro’s will have music from mariachis and bands such as Red Eye Jedi and Grito Dolores, plus a DJ. Drink specials include $2 Bud & Bud Light drafts from 3-5pm. Cilantro’s also won a Good Times award in 2011: Best Watsonville Restaurant.

Location: 1934 Main St., Watsonville (831) 761-2161

Davenport Festival

The annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Davenport is Saturday, May 7 from 11:30am-4pm. There will be Mexican food, live mariachi music, dancing, a kids’ carnival, and a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the Davenport Resource Service Center (DRSC). For more information call (831) 425-8115 or email drsc@cabinc.org. DRSC serves as an advocate and resource for the area’s culturally diverse and low-income population.

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