Irish you were here

Illustration by SARAH HANSEL

This St. Paddy’s Day, while your friends are surrounded by sweaty bros downing food-colored beer, you can raise your pinky at a fine dining restaurant. The Wildwood Kitchen & Bar (556 Pavilions Lane) opened last year, and so far the fledgling Arden-Arcade restaurant has drawn attention for its international twists on high-end California cuisine. On March 17, it will go full-on Irish with a special of corned beef and cabbage along with traditional fixins. You won’t miss out in the booze department, either: Happy hour starts at 3 p.m., with Irish whiskeys and Guinness served at a discount. While looking up through your empty glass, be sure to admire the $2 million restaurant’s interior, including the metallic branches of light on the ceiling sculpted by the Petaluma artist Matt Devine. Sure beats looking skyward while shotgunning a beer. Find the details at