Save the Date! Davis 1-Year Anniversary Celebration November 7

First thing's first: Thank you, Davis, for a great first year! We've loved being a part of your community and welcoming you all into our pub for the past year--and want to say thanks with a big anniversary party!

Join us for our first-annual Pork, Pints and Pinot Night!

When: Wednesday, November 7

Where: de Vere's Davis, 217 E Street

Time: 5pm to close

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Specials:
$3 all pints on draught (rotating specialty craft excluded)
$4 Artesa Pinot Noir by the glass

We will be roasting whole local pigs and offering an amazing local prix fixe meal to celebrate our first year in Davis! Menu TBA

Halloween Kids' Costume Brunch: Saturday, October 27

Halloween is just a few weeks away, and following tradition, we are hosting our annual Kids' Costume Brunch. (This will be the first one ever in Davis!) Get your kids in costume and come enjoy brunch with the family. We'll be dressed up, too!

When: Saturday, October 27

Time: 9am to 2pm

Where: Both de Vere's Pub locations

RSVP for the Sac pub here: https://www.facebook.com/events/431401553562724/

RSVP for the Davis pub here: https://www.facebook.com/events/394442117296275/

This special event will include:
-Games for the kids to play while you wait for brunch
-Treat bags for the family to decorate and fill with candy before leaving
-An area for your kids to take photos and show off their costumes

We will also have:
-A hostess to help get you a table as quickly as possible
-Extra high chairs, but we recommend you bring your own as well.

We're looking forward to another fun family event--and can't wait to see everyone's costumes!

Check out some pics from last year...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the entire photo album here.

Euro 2012 Schedule

Calling all footie fans! The Euro 2012 Tournament starts June 8th--and de Vere's will be showing all the matches live. We'll be opening early and serving a special breakfast menu on weekdays, so come in and fuel up before hitting the office.

$5 MORNING SPECIAL: Bagel breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese and Irish bacon + a cup of coffee. (Make that coffee Irish for just $3 more.)

We will also have our famous Crispy French Toast and a full two-egg breakfast available to order.

To RSVP to come watch the games at de Vere's Sacramento, click HERE.

To RSVP to come watch the games at de Vere's Davis, click HERE.

EURO 2012 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

(all times are local and games will air at both de Vere's locations)

Date Time Match
8-Jun 9:00 AM Poland v Greece
8-Jun 11:45 AM Russia v Czech Republic
9-Jun 9:00 AM Netherlands v Denmark
9-Jun 11:45 AM Germany v Portugal
10-Jun 9:00 AM Spain v Italy
10-Jun 11:45 AM Ireland v Croatia
11-Jun 9:00 AM France v England
11-Jun 11:45 AM Ukraine v Sweden
12-Jun 9:00 AM Greece v Czech Republic
12-Jun 11:45 AM Poland v Russia
13-Jun 9:00 AM Denmark v Portugal
13-Jun 11:45 AM Netherlands v Germany
14-Jun 9:00 AM Italy v Croatia
14-Jun 11:45 AM Spain v Ireland
15-Jun 9:00 AM Ukraine v France
15-Jun 11:45 AM Sweden v England
16-Jun 11:45 AM Greece v Russia
16-Jun 11:45 AM Czech Republic v Poland
17-Jun 11:45 AM Portugal v Netherlands
17-Jun 11:45 AM Denmark v Germany
18-Jun 11:45 AM Croatia v Spain
18-Jun 11:45 AM Italy v Ireland
19-Jun 11:45 AM England v Ukraine
19-Jun 11:45 AM Sweden v France
21-Jun 11:45 AM Quarterfinal #1
22-Jun 11:45 AM Quarterfinal #2
23-Jun 11:45 AM Quarterfinal #3
24-Jun 11:45 AM Quarterfinal #4
27-Jun 11:45 AM Semifinal #1
28-Jun 11:45 AM Semifinal #2
1-Jul 11:45 AM FINALS

Cinco de Mayo AKA O'Drinko de Mayo 2012

de Vere's Irish Pub...the best second choice for Cindo de Mayo! (hahaha)

Kentucky Derby Hat Contest

For the past three year's we've brought a bit of Churchill Downs to de Vere's with an annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest! This year, the stakes are high--the winners of the contest (judged by local fashion experts) will go home with our best prizes yet:

1st: $75 de Vere's gift card

2nd: $50 de Vere's gift card

3rd: $25 de Vere's gift card

Derby Day is Saturday, May 5th. Be sure to show up well before the race starts (which is 2pm). The judging should start around 12:30pm and the winners will be announced before 2pm.

For inspiration, check out the images below. May the best hat win!

 

From de Vere's...

 

 

From the Derby...

Derby Day 2012 at de Vere's Pub

 The Best Two Minutes In Sports! 

 *Join us for Kentucky Classic cocktails and beer specials!

 

*Big Hat Contest

 

*Prizes and give a ways! 

 

* Enjoy Sacramento's Best and largest Bourbon collection!

 

*We will have Mint Juleps, Pimms Cups and much much more!

 

RSVP To come to the Derby Race in our Sacramento Pub

 

 RSVP to Come and watch it in our Davis Pub!

TraDISHional Night Menu (3/15/2012)

Join us Thursday, March 15th for TraDISHional Night, an evening dedicated to traditional Irish fare. It's the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the family!

 

Davis St. Patrick’s 2012: Let the Session Begin!

Get excited…we’re throwing their first-annual St. Patrick’s celebration in Davis this year! Instead of a one-day celebration, we’re dedicating an entire week to our favorite holiday. From Monday, March 12th to Sunday, March 18th, we will be hosting seven unique and authentic events, all of which will be free to the public. Additionally, we’ll be offering exclusive food and drink specials throughout the week.

Being the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in town, we want to make sure we give everyone in the community an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s and experience our pub in their own way. This year, you can be mellow throughout the week with traditional fare and a pint or join the madhouse on St. Patrick's Day for a truly festive time. Let the session begin!

 

Monday, March 12 – TraDISHional Monday

To continue our week of specials, we are hosting a night of beyond-the-norm pub fare.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy this one-night-only menu, which will include authentic Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage and traditional lamb stew.  Plus, if you order a 20-oz pint of Guinness, you’ll get your own pint glass to take home! (One per person.)

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 13 – T-Shirt Tuesday

Come grab a beer and get your St. Pat’s gear! Pre-order their St. Patrick’s 2012 t-shirts (custom designed by de Vere’s) between now and March 13. Then come pick it up and have a pre-St. Pat’s pint at the pub! Order your t-shirt in advance so you won’t be caught without your green!

Pre-order your t-shirts at: http://stpatstshirt.eventbrite.com

 

 

Wednesday, March 14 – Whiskey Wednesday

By now you’ve probably heard we have the biggest whiskey offering in town, so why not come take advantage of it? On the third day of St. Pat’s week, join our in-house experts and ambassadors from various whiskey labels for whiskey tastings, education, and cocktails featuring our favorite spirit.  From 6pm-8pm, you’ll be able to bounce around multiple tasting stations while expanding your palate and taking advantage of 50% off Whiskey Society memberships if you so choose.  Enjoy 2 tastes for $5 and 5 tastes for $10.

 

 

Thursday, March 15 – St. Baldrick’s Day

How much money would it take for you to shave your head? What if all that money went to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer? That’s what St. Baldrick’s Day is all about—going bald for a good cause. Come shave your head—and collect donations for doing so—or watch others get buzzed bald. De Vere’s has partnered with the Keating Raphael Memorial to host our first-ever St. Baldrick’s event in Davis. All money raised will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Sign up or donate: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/7745/2012

 

 

Friday, March 16 – Kings Fan Friday

In true St. Patrick’s spirit, the Sacramento Kings are playing the Boston Celtics at the Power Balance Pavilion, and we’re offering discounted tickets to the game.  We’ll also have a tent outside the Kings Store where you can pick up your exclusive pre-ordered St. Patrick’s Day 2012 t-shirt.  A portion of all ticket and t-shirt proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  You can order your special priced tickets at: http://www.kingsticketsave.com/getbald

 

 

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party

The big day is finally here!  Doors will open at 9am and the Ireland vs. England rugby game starts airing live at 10am!  There is truly no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at de Vere’s, the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in Davis.  Plus, there’s no cover! Come celebrate in true Irish fashion--and don't forget your green!

 

 

Sunday, March 18 – Family Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have stopped! Whether you overdid it on Saturday and need a place to recover, or you stayed in to avoid amateur hour, come join us for a family friendly lunch featuring good food, live music, and more.

 

 

 

Sacramento St. Patrick's 2012: Let the Session Begin!

After three successful St. Patrick’s Day events, it’s become apparent that de Vere’s Irish Pub has outgrown a one-day celebration. So this year, we’re dedicating an entire week to our favorite holiday! From Sunday, March 11th to Sunday, March 18th, we will be hosting eight unique and authentic events, all of which will be free to the public. To boot, we will be offering exclusive food and drink specials throughout the week.

 

Being the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in town, we want to make sure we give everyone in the community an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s and experience our pub in their own way. This year, you can be mellow throughout the week with traditional fare and a pint or join the madhouse on St. Patrick's Day for a truly festive time. Let the session begin!

 

 

 

Sunday, March 11 – Shamrockin’ Sunday

Whether you were a runner or just a spectator at the Shamrock’n Half Marathon (we won’t judge!), come recover and carbo load at the pub.  We’ll be serving up a full brunch, compete with our Almost Famous Irish Coffees, bottomless champagne bottle service, and Bloody Mary’s to help you wind down and loosen up those muscles. We’ll even have lemon-lime Gatorade to help you refuel, festively!

 

Monday, March 12 – St. Baldrick’s Day

How much money would it take for you to shave your head? What if all that money went to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer? That’s what St. Baldrick’s Day is all about—going bald for a good cause. Come shave your head—and collect donations for doing so—or watch others get buzzed bald. We have partnered with the Keating Raphael Memorial to host another successful St. Baldrick’s event. All money raised will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Sign up or donate: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/44/2012

 

 

Tuesday, March 13 – T-Shirt Tuesday

Come grab a beer and get your St. Pat’s gear! Pre-order their St. Patrick’s 2012 t-shirts (custom designed by de Vere’s) between now and March 13. Then come pick it up and have a pre-St. Pat’s pint at the pub! Order your t-shirt in advance so you won’t be caught without your green!

Pre-order your t-shirts at: http://stpatstshirt.eventbrite.com

 

 

Wednesday, March 14 – Whiskey Wednesday

By now you’ve probably heard we have the biggest whiskey offering in town, so why not come take advantage of it? On the fourth day of St. Pat’s week, join our in-house experts and ambassadors from various whiskey labels for whiskey tastings, education, and cocktails featuring our favorite spirit.  From 6pm-8pm, you’ll be able to bounce around multiple tasting stations while expanding your palate and taking advantage of 50% off Whiskey Society memberships if you so choose.  Enjoy 2 tastes for $5 and 5 tastes for $10.

 

 

Thursday, March 15 – TraDISHional Thursday

To continue our week of specials, we are hosting a night of beyond-the-norm pub fare.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy this one-night-only menu, which will include authentic Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage and traditional lamb stew.  Plus, if you order a 20-oz pint of Guinness, you’ll get your own pint glass to take home! (One per person.)

 

 

Friday, March 16 – Kings Fan Friday

In true St. Patrick’s spirit, the Sacramento Kings are playing the Boston Celtics at the Power Balance Pavilion, and we’re offering discounted tickets to the game.  We’ll also have a tent outside the Kings Store where you can pick up your exclusive pre-ordered St. Patrick’s Day 2012 t-shirt.  A portion of all ticket and t-shirt proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  You can order your special priced tickets at: http://www.kingsticketsave.com/getbald

 

 

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party

The big day is finally here!  Doors will open at 8am and the Ireland vs. England rugby game starts airing live at 10am!  There is truly no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at de Vere’s, the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in Sacramento.  Plus, there’s no cover! Come celebrate in true Irish fashion--and don't forget your green!

 

 

Sunday, March 18 – Family Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have stopped! Whether you overdid it on Saturday and need a place to recover, or you stayed in to avoid amateur hour, come join us for a family friendly brunch featuring good food, live music, and more.

 

 

 

Sacramento Beer Week: Davis Lagunitas Dinner

Join us for a food-filled, three-course dinner during Sacramento Beer Week highlighting the flavors of Lagunitas beer!

When: Friday, February 24th
Where: de Vere's Davis
Time: 6pm until sold out
Price: $30

At 7pm, we will also be tapping a one time release beer from San Francisco's Beer Week--an Imperial San Francisco Fusion IPA.  We have a very limited amount, so make sure you don't miss this amazing experience! 


 

St. Baldrick's Day 2012: Battle of the Pubs

About St. Baldrick's Day

Shear amazingness! How much money would it take to shave your head? What if all that money went to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer? That’s what St. Baldrick’s Day is all about—going bald for a good cause.

Every year, we gather the community for a one-day event that brings together teams of people willing to shave their heads bald as a sign of solidarity with children who are fighting cancer. All participants, which include local businesses, schools, politicians, de Vere’s patrons, and even plenty of women, raise money in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, then congregate at de Vere’s Irish Pub (Midtown Sacramento and Davis) to shave their heads. And yes, we’re talkin’ buzzed bald!

Sacramento vs. Davis

This year, we're doing a battle of the pubs: Which de Vere's pub (Sacramento or Davis) can raise more money? The challenge is on!

SACRAMENTO

Monday, March 12, 5pm

To sign up as a shavee or donate to the Sacramento team, click here.

DAVIS

Thursday March 15th 5pm

To sign up as a shavee or donate to the Davis team, click here.

We hope you’ll all come out and get involved. It’s truly an inspiring and entertaining evening to participate in as well as watch. (There’s literally an assembly line of headshavers and shavees!)

Please help de Vere’s Irish Pub support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by making a donation on our behalf to support childhood cancer research. After all, in the United States, more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. Click on “Make a Donation” or donate by mail or phone. Thank you for your support!

 

Past Pub Quiz Q's

Curious about de Vere's Pub Quiz night, but not sure what it entails exactly? We asked Dr. Andy, our Quizmaster in Davis, to share some sample questions with us to give everyone an idea of what to expect. Study up and come join us every Monday night 7pm-9pm at either location. It's super fun, we promise!

1.   Mottos and Slogans.    “Uncommonly Good” is the commercial slogan for what cookie and cracker company? Keebler
 
2.   Internet Culture – Microblogging Platforms that start with the letter T. Whereas Twitter has a 40% retention rate, the tenth largest online social network has an 85% retention rate. Name it. Tumblr
 
3.   Newspaper Headlines.   When 36-year-old Kandace Seyferth collapsed from a severe asthma attack on November 25th, her 10-year old daughter Madisyn quickly dialed 911 and started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while her friend, 12-year-old Katelynn Vreeke,performed chest compressions. Madisyn and Katelynn learned CPR from watching what ABC medical drama for the previous six years? Gray’s Anatomy
 
4.   Four for Four.    In a famous illustration, Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat stands on a ball balancing 13 items. Which of the following items, if any, are among those 13? A bat, a boat, a book, a broom. (NYYN)
 
5.   Christmas Classics. In the 1965 television show A Charlie Brown Christmas, which character says “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share”? Sally
 
6.   Art and Art History. If Vincent Van Gogh had lived as long as Salvador Dali, in what year would Van Gogh have died? You have a ten-year margin of error. He was born in 1853, and Salvador Dali lived to be 84, so the correct answer would be 1937 (1927-1947)
 
7.   Pop Culture – Music. The man with the most recently-announced GrammyAward nominations this year is 34 years old and has a middle name of Omari.Name him. Kanye West
 
8.   Sports – Boxing.   The only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go undefeated throughout his career was born in 1923.What was his name? Rocky Marciano
 
9.   Science.   What five-syllable word do we us to describe the set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life? Metabolism
 
The Short Round
 
10.                 American Inventors.  Dean Kamen’s most famous invention was what? The Segway PT
 
11.                 Korea. North Korea borders the eighth most populous nation to the northeast. Name the nation. Russia
 
12.                 Pop Culture – Television.     What current CBS sitcom features Patrick Warburton and David Spade? Rules of Engagement
 
13.                 Big City Mayors. Jean Quan is the mayor of what northern California city of 390,000? Oakland
 
14.                 Another Music Question. What is the best-selling Outkast song of all time? "Hey Ya!" (2003)
 
End of The Short Round
 
15.                 Anagram.     One of the best-selling living European authors has written six novels and 36 works ofnon-fiction, and his name is an anagram for the common phrase OCTOBER EMU. What is his name? Umberto Eco
 
And now five questions on the same topic. This week’s topic is The Muppets!
 
16.                 What is the first word of the theme song of The Muppet Show? “It’s”
 
17.                 Which Muppet has a Muppet body but exposed human hands? The SwedishChef
 
18.                 Both those old hecklers in the balcony of the Muppet Show Theatre were named after New York City hotels. What are their names? Statler and Waldorf 
 
19.                 Surprisingly, the puppeteer who provided the original voice of MissPiggy and Grover was born in England. What is his name? Frank Oz
 
20.                  The only actor working today who has appeared in a silent film, the 1927 film Orchids and Ermine, had a cameo in the recent film The Muppets. Name the actor. Mickey Rooney, the last surviving male star from 1930s Hollywood
 
And thus end our round of questions on The Muppets.
 
21.                 Unusual Words. What word beginning with the letter G means “to bend the knee,” or “to touch the knee to the floor or ground especially in worship”? Genuflect
 
22.                 Film.  In what 2007 film that won the Oscar for best original screenplay does Mac MacGuff say these words? “Hey there, big puffy version of Junebug!” Juno
 
23.                 Irish Culture. Saint Brendan of Clonfert, an Irish monk, allegedly discovered what in the 5th century AD? America (Expect an Irish culture question every week at the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz)
 
24.                 Cities of the World.  The name of the city that served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 once began with a C, but now beginswith a K. Provide either name of this city of almost 4.5 million. Calcutta / Kolkata
 
25.                 American Cities. The fastest-growing city in Illinois (and 4th largest in the state) was the “birthplace” of musicians Jake Blues and Lionel Ritchie. What is this city 40 miles southwest of Chicago? Joliet
 
26.                 Science.  What do we call species of edible grasshoppers that change color and behavior at high population densities? Locusts
 
27.                 Books and Authors.   What is the name of the beautiful gypsy who is the object of much affection in Victor Hugo’s book The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Esmeralda
 
28.                 Current Events – Names in the News.    Of what former GOP presidential hopeful did Newt Gingrich today say “Of course I want his endorsement,” thus knocking Herman Cain out of the headlines for at least a few hours? Donald Trump
 
29.                 Sports – Baseball Team Names that start with the letter M.  All-Star closer Heath Bell and his new splurging baseball team have finalized a $27 million, three-year contract. Name the team. The Miami Marlins
 
30.                 Shakespeare.   What number, divisible evenly by five, is the correct number of Shakespeare’s histories? 10
 
Tie-breaker.    In what year was Victor Hugo’s mother, Sophie Trébuchet, born? She was born in 1772. (1772–1821)

 

Local Artist Pete Scully Sketches de Vere's Davis

Prepare to be impressed! This week, local artist Pete Scully, unveiled a true work of art--this sketch of the bar at de Vere's Irish Pub in Davis. The style, detail and precision is truly amazing...so amazing that we had to share it on our blog to make sure as many people see it as possible.

 

A note from the artist...

"A couple of weeks ago a new pub opened in downtown Davis, De Vere’s. I had to go by and check it out – and do some sketching. It was very busy! But I saw as soon as I walked in, a chair at the bar all by itself, right in the middle, so I parked, ordered a Sudwerk Aggie lager (quite nice) and got sketching. I was doing a long panorama of the bar, an unusual one for me, so I started right in the middle (the pint glass was the first thing I drew), and worked outwards, a little bit left, a little bit right, all the while squeezed in the throng about me. I didn’t draw the barstaff – they moved too quickly, and were kept busy by the punters. It’s an interesting pub, very big, brand new but with a proper ‘pub’ feel, not just a bar – it felt like something back home, and I missed my old London mates. I finished up my drawing (it took two and a half beers, if you’re interested, and mine’s a pint, if you’re buying), decided against adding colour, and went home. I went back last week with my wife, and we tried their chips with gravy and cheese and I must say it was bloody amazing. With chips and gravy as an incentive, I think I may go and sketch there again from time to time."

We're happy to be a place of inspiration, Pete! Thanks for coming in...come back and sketch anytime.

For more of Pete Scully's art, click HERE.

 

 

Q&A with the de Vere's Davis Quizmaster

We're so excited to announce that Pup Quiz night is starting this Monday, November 21st at de Vere's in Davis. We're even more excited to announce the return of "Your Quizmaster" Dr. Andy as our weekly host! Davis locals might already know Dr. Jones from his days at Bistro 33. He's now officially quizmastering at de Vere's every Monday evening from 7-9pm.

Get to know the local celeb, grab some friends, and come join us for Pub Quiz night!

 

How long have you been a quizmaster? How did you get into it?

I worked as a Quizmaster for about four years until late September, 2011. I’m really looking forward to returning to Quizmastering on November 21st!

 

Where else have you been a quizmaster?

I was the Quizmaster at Bistro 33 for four years. Before that, I attended the Pub Quiz at Streets of London (Sacramento) from about 2001 to September, 2005 (whereupon my third child was born, and I had to give something up). I’ve also used quiz show approaches to testing in my classes at UC Davis, and presented such approaches to other faculty at teaching conferences.

 

What's your day job? Any hobbies?

I have hosted the KDVS public affairs radio show “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on Wednesday afternoons at 5 since 2000. I also produce and host the Poetry Night reading series at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursdays of the month; I do this literary and outreach as part of my work as the Chair of the Cultural Action Committee of Davis. Find out more about the poetry series at http://www.poetryindavis.com. The rest of my time is taken up by my wife, Kate, by our three children, and by my teaching and administrative duties at UC Davis (where I have been teaching writing and literature classes since 1990). My hobbies include bicycling, chasing after my children in Davis parks, and reading.

 

What's the format for a typical trivia night?

The Pub Quiz at de Vere’s Irish Pub will begin with the rousing ringing of a cowbell and the sort of vainglorious barking that one might associate with a circus ringmaster. The Pub Quiz will include 30 questions on a variety of topics, including history, literature, current events, pop culture, internet culture, unusual words, Irish culture, Shakespeare, sports, and . . . science! A break will come after question 15, which will be an anagram. Round one will include five short questions (a dozen words or fewer), which we shall call the Short Round. Round two will include five questions on the same topic.

I’m looking forward to starting at 7pm, a reasonable time for people who have to work in the morning. Because Pub Quiz participants will have to come early to claim tables, I also look forward to catching up with old Pub Quiz friends before the show starts. Because of de Vere’s Irish Pubs, both here and in Sacramento, I’ve also developed a fondness for Guinness.

 

What drew you to become quizmaster at de Vere's?

Anyone who has spent time in the new de Vere’s Irish Pub can’t help but be drawn to it. I grew up and attended college in the cities of Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and London, so I have dined in restaurants that are older than, say, California. Although now only days old, the new Irish pub offers a similar sense of history and authenticity. Interpersonally, I was drawn to Simon and Henry, the owners of this new pub. They have made a huge investment in our community of Davis, and they are men of vision and integrity. I should add that dozens of my former Pub Quiz participants recommended that I consider moving to de Vere’s for the relaunched Pub Quiz, and those recommendations helped me choose de Vere’s over all other suitors.

 

Any tips for preparing for quiz night?

I recommend forming a team of varied interests and strengths, for I will present questions that appeal to people of various ages, genders, academic disciplines, occupations, and geographic and life experiences. Outside of that, I encourage pub quiz participants to read widely, to be curious about the world, and to engage in conversations with friends about what they know. Once the Quiz has begun, I encourage participants to be thoughtful and trustworthy, and to attend more to the value of the Pub Quiz experience than to the outcome of the Quiz. As Vince Lombardi once said, “It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you have got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.”

People who are curious about my interests may want to know that I have three degrees in English, and abiding interests in film, funky music, African-American history and culture, technology and social media, politics and current events. I have three children, and enjoy scanning their textbooks for Quiz question topics. I listen to National Public Radio and KDVS, but I try always to include a few questions that will appeal to people who do not.

 

What's the best team name you've ever heard?

Three of my favorites are “Beer and Trembling,” “Drink Tank,” and “The Last Pigs in Afghanistan.”

 

Any words of wisdom for those new to quiz night?

Yes, I recommend that new participants observe the rules of the Quiz. Rules Two and Three of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz, for example, are “No Shouting Out the Answers” and “No Outside Help.” This means that, no matter how difficult, participants should keep their cell phones in their pockets or purses until the conclusion of the Pub Quiz. Pub Quiz participants should come ready to have fun. Consistent exuberance will be rewarded.

 

We hear you're big on social media. Where can fans follow you?

I can be followed in five ways. First, all are encouraged to visit the website http://www.yourquizmaster.com to sign up for the mailing list and to learn more about the Pub Quiz in its previous iteration. I will update that site further as I learn more about the participants in this new Quiz. Secondly, if readers would like to tell me more about themselves as Pub Quiz participants, they can email me at yourquizmaster@gmail.com. If you have pictures for me to post on the website, they can be sent there. Thirdly, Pub Quiz participants should friend the Quizmaster on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yourquizmaster to see what sort of additional hints, pictures, and comments can be found there. Fourthly, I can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yourquizmaster. I follow back, and welcome Pub Quiz question topic suggestions. Finally, I send out a weekly Pub Quiz Newsletter that brims with hints and insights. Everyone on the mailing list receives a copy, and you can also find it appearing each week as blog entries on the http://www.yourquizmaster.com web site.

I’m really grateful to be working with a Pub that values social media, outreach, and engagement as I do. I look forward to seeing all of you at the de Vere’s Pub Quiz!

"Cater to Me" Blog Reviews de Vere's in Davis!

We'd like to send a big shout out to Mandy Beck from Cater to Me blog, who came in on Wednesday for the Sippin' Sudz event. For those of you who didn't get a chance to come in this week for pre-opening events, her blog post should give you a good idea of what you have to look forward to when we officially open on Monday. Enjoy!

De Vere’s Irish Pub, Davis

from "Cater to Me" blog, written by Mandy Beck

I generally don’t review restaurants in Davis for good reason. Davis being an extremely small (but extremely awesome!) college town, I have been to most of the restaurants here more times than I can count, and plus the variation here is sadly lacking: there are at least seven Thai restaurants, 8 Chinese restaurants, and 8 pizza restaurants. Not a knock on any kind of those foods at all, because they are some of my go to spots, however being as food obsessed as I am, I am always looking out for something new.

De Vere’s Irish Pub, which just opened its doors this week, definitely delivers on that need and then some. Located on E Street, between 2nd and 3rd, this is such a unique and welcome addition to the Davis dining scene. I was able to attend a soft opening here Wednesday night, and brought along three friends that are as obsessed with food as I am. Before I go into reviewing our time at De Vere’s, I’d like to quote my friend Lani, who summed it up quite nicely: “This place is so good…and so cozy….I don’t even feel like I’m in Davis.”

So, what made it seem like we were miles away from Davis, CA? First, the restaurant interior. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the pub last week while everything was still coming together, and I have to say I was seriously impressed at the final product. A gorgeous bar (imported from a real pub in Ireland!), dark wood chairs and tables, a ‘library,’ and a room with a TV set the stage, while antiques and pictures of the owners family from Ireland, along with pictures of Davis back in the day, really complete the experience. In a word, it is cozy, and extremely different than any other bar, or even restaurant, you will find in Davis. When I spoke to the owner last week, he emphasized how important it was for him that De Vere’s be a lively community meeting place for professors, students, and families, and I can already see that vision coming together. He told me an Irish saying, that went something like: “You go to the pub after you’re baptized, you go after you have your communion, you go after you get married, and everyone else goes after your funeral.” Being Irish, I have first hand experience of this, and I appreciated the sentiment for both it’s humor and applicability.

The other unique thing about De Vere’s is the cuisine, and how it separates itself from typical ‘pub food.’ Firstly, they make an insane amount of things in house. They butcher their own meats, brine their own bacon, stuff their own sausages, grind their own burgers, and bake their own Irish brown bread daily. This, plus their emphasis in farm-to-table food (what’s up Davis Farmers’ Market), truly puts them in a category of their own. Additionally, their head chef comes straight out of working at The Kitchen in Sacramento, one of my most lusted after restaurants (any takers want to bring me? I won’t give up until it happens).

So now that my food philosophy rant is over…on to the actual food. The soft opening event we went to was actually a joint event with Sudwerk’s, in which Sud’s brought over a couple of their beers (including the extremely delicious Aggie Lager). The four of us all ordered pints (which come automatically as 20 oz., unless you specify smaller). To go with the brews, we ordered some Chips and Dips (fries and dipping sauces), and Parnell’s Potato Boats (crispy potato skins, filled with Dubliner cheddar and house made Irish bacon, served w/ sour cream).

Both of these appetizers were great. We loved the dipping sauces for the chips, and the house made Irish bacon was a great touch on the potato boats. These items are also offered during De Vere’s happy hour, which seems like an awesome deal. And I love a good happy hour.

I obviously ordered the Mac and Cheese (with American bacon), as my entree. I am kind of a mac and cheese freak, and this definitely met my expectations. The noodles were the perfect doneness, and the breadcrumbs on top were a good textural contrast. This is a definite ‘order again.’

Lani and Avery chose to split the Pig Sliders (pork sliders marinated in De Vere’s barbecue sauce, crispy onions, and jack cheese, served with cole slaw). The ever eloquent Lani Chan exclaimed how much she loved the cole slaw, when apparently she doesn’t even like side dish in real life. Oh, and the pork sliders themselves – just the right amount of crisp to keep them from being soggy, but still wonderfully tender.

Chelsea got the Irish American Grilled Cheese (Dubliner and American cheeses with tomato, served with your choice of bread) and the side soup of the day, which was BACON and Leek. I emphasize the bacon because the soup was very bacony without being overwhelming, although let’s be real there is no such thing as too much bacon. The grilled cheese was awesome too, and Dubliner just happens to be my favorite cheese.

Because I like to take full advantage of being 21, I had to try one of the cocktails. I chose the Pink Lady, which is Bombay Sapphire gin, Laird’s Applejack, fresh lime juice, and grenadine. While I looked pretty stupid drinking this dainty beverage while everyone around me was enjoying frosty pints, I don’t regret my decision because this cocktail was refreshment at it’s finest. Overall, I really recommend going here. Like, now. It is a great addition to the Davis dining (and drinking!) scene, and there really is something for everyone. When it gets up and running there will be trivia, Sunday brunches (with BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS), and a Whiskey Society, plus the awesome food and ambiance will always be there. So what are you waiting for?!

Join us for our 2nd Annual Kids Costume Brunch!

Sunday, October 30th9am-2pm de Vere's Irish Pub 1521 L Street Sacramento, CA

Get your kids in costume and come enjoy brunch with the family. (We'll be dressed up, too!) This special event will include: -Games for the kids to play while you wait for brunch -Treat bags for the family to decorate and fill with candy before leaving -An area for your kids to take photos and show off their costumes

We will also have: -A hostess to help get you a table as quickly as possible -Extra high chairs, but we recommend you bring your own as well (If you have a small portable chair), as there will be a lot of kids running around!

We're looking forward to another fun family event--and can't wait to see everyone's costumes! Last year's costumes blew us away...check them out below!