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Batter by the Bay and WesBurger Team Up to Dominate St. Patrick's Day; New Cocktails at Chino

Plus, Ginto Izakaya Japonaise adds lunch and a Persian New Year festival in Berkeley.

Ginto Izakaya Japonaise
Ginto Izakaya Japonaise
Patricia Chang

MISSION— Chino's got a festive new cocktail menu for spring, including new flavors of their popular boozey jello shots. Bar manager Danny Louie will be introducing the new cocktails over the next couple weeks, all of which are named after his bartending staff (initials, only). The MF sounds particularly refreshing, mixing white miso, carrots, ginger and lemon with Hakushu 12-year Japanese whisky and a splash of sparkling wine. [Zagat]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT— Ginto Izakaya Japonaise, the recently-opened (and massive) FiDi Japanese restaurant, is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. They've got a large bar and over 200 seats in the place, so it's an ideal destination for a power lunch or group gathering. The menu includes classic izakaya food, including many grilled items on sticks, as well as sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. [EaterWire]

BERKELEY— Winter in the Bay Area has been delightfully mild, but that doesn't mean springtime isn't worth celebrating. Jump over a bonfire to celebrate "Chahr-Shanbeh Souri" at the Persian New Year Festival in Berkeley. Held on the last Tuesday of winter, the festival celebrates the beginning of spring with food, music and dancing. The festival takes place Tuesday, March 17 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Persian Center (2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley). [EaterWire]

LOWER HAIGHT— Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in gluttonous style, with an especially well-timed pop-up from Batter by the Bay on Tuesday, March 17. This month is extra special, featuring a partnership with WesBurger to re-create the "spice burger," a flavorful patty found in many Dublin chip shops. Wing Wings will be showing off their new liquor license, so grab a pint to celebrate. The pop-up takes place at Wing Wings, March 17 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. [EaterWire]