Irish-American Holiday

On St. Patrick’s Day, we searched Murphys Irish Pub in Sonoma.

Sonoma’s adorable town — plenty of cute shops, history and wine. We want to check it out again, some day.

Last night’s holiday festivities spilled out of the pub and took over the patio area shared by other businesses. Families, college students, and veteran Irish revelers mingled loudly. The bartenders kept it simple with drinks: Guinness or other Irish brews on tap and straight liquor. They said “no” to Mai Tai’s, Long Island Iced Teas and other fancy cocktails.

The Spiral Mystics played Irish drinking songs and American oldies in front of a French bakery.

St. Patrick’s Day from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

They also did a folky rendition of Sinnerman. It made me think of my Medill buddy, Sara. We both loved how Thomas Crowne Affair (the remake with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo) used that song in the final heist of the movie.

An Irish Sinnerman from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.