An Irish pub in the middle of Mendocino, Patterson’s Pub is a local-favorite and staple for late-night dining, down-to-earth drinks, and the broadest on-tap beer selection on the coast.
The owners, Tony and Mary Anne, are true lovers of Irish pub culture – the idea for Patterson’s was conceived of while nursing a Guinness in a pub on the Dingle Peninsula – and it shows in everything they do. Step off the streets of Mendocino into Patterson’s and you’ll get the raucous-yet-cozy vibe of an authentic pub in Ireland. Pull up a seat at the bar, grab a table, or nudge into a pew, and enjoy a Northern Californian take on the traditional Irish experience.
Patterson’s serves a full dinner menu until 10pm every night, which makes it a rarity on the Mendocino coast (where the vast majority of restaurants are done serving by 9pm). The food is great pub food, with burgers, salads (nine salads in a pub!), chicken strips, and more. Definitely check out the specials on the board before you sit down – the crab melt is a sure crowd-pleaser, as is the German plate of sausage, sauerkraut, applesauce, and potato pancake. From the regular menu the nachos are a perennial favorite (and a healthy serving size), and the Kobe-style burger is a great, down-to-earth burger.
The bartenders here are good, and although you won’t find a menu of speciality cocktails, they’re incredibly well-trained, and can whip up anything you ask for. The spirits selection is quite broad as well, with tequila and whiskey best represented. Beer is the real star of the show here, though, with 28 different brews on tap. They pull a near-perfect Guinness – you can tell the owners are fans themselves. An assortment of local beers are represented (if you haven’t tried Anderson Valley Brewing Company or North Coast Brewing Company, this is a great place to get a taste), as are English and Irish lagers, and a handful of Belgians.
On the weekends Patterson’s does a brunch from 11am to 11pm, with omelettes, waffles, huevos, chicken fried steak, and other staples – but the real highlight is their award-winning Bloody Mary.
There are multiple televisions in the pub, and most major sporting events will be on at all times. Be aware, this is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists, and on weekend nights or during major sporting events, you may be hard-pressed to find a table (or even standing room).