From Edinburgh to St. Louis, Burns Night (or Burns Supper) is an annual celebration of all things Robert Burns. Scottish pride burns bright in remembrance of the 18th-century Romantic poet, and a feast in his name takes place each year around his January 25 birthday. At a typical Burns Night, you can expect recitations of Burns’s ribald verse, traditional Scottish dishes, too much whisky, and music to heighten the mood. For fans of haggis, Burns Night is only too brief. Here’s where to make the most of it in the Bay Area.
In Oakland, Commonwealth Café & Public House hosts a Burns Supper on January 25. No bagpipe music here, but you will find haggis, mashed vegetable pies in creamy whisky sauce, and Scottish music.
Martins West seems like the best bet for Peninsula dwellers for the grub alone. The gastropub plans to prepare haggis and tatties on the 25th, but will skip the poetry and music.
In the city of San Francisco, Edinburgh Castle hosts its 19th annual Burns Night on January 19. A haggis ceremony promises to be the centerpiece of the literary and gustatory feast.
Commonwealth Café and Public House [East Bay]
2882 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Hurley’s Restaurant [Napa County]
6518 Washington Street, Yountville
Martins West [Peninsula]
831 Main Street, Redwood City
Edinburgh Castle [Tenderloin]
950 Geary Street, San Francisco
Discuss: Burns Dinner, 2013
Photo of Robert Burns from Hurley’s Restaurant