Get Drunk and Ride Free in Reno

The Reno Gazette Journal reports today that residents are encouraged by our local government to go out and tie one on for St. Patrick's Day.

Well, more specifically, and with good intent: the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force and the Regional Transportation Commission are sponsoring free rides on Citifare to help reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents among St. Patrick's Day revelers tonight.

Servers and bartenders at the following businesses in Reno will provide bus passes at customer request:

Corrigan's Bit O' Ireland, 1526 S. Wells Avenue; Murphy's of Reno, 3127 S. Virginia St.; 50 Yard Line Bar & Grill, 400 S. Rock Blvd.; Fitzgeralds Casino-Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.; Foley's Irish Pub, 2780 S. Virginia St.; Harrah's Reno, 219 N. Center St.; Lucke's Saloon, 1455 S. Wells Avenue; Mr. O's, 1495 S. Virginia St.; Napper Tandy's Irish Pub, 541 E. Moana Lane, Ryan's Saloon, 924 S. Wells Avenue; Shea's Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.; Silver Peak Restaurant, 124 Wonder St. and 135 N. Sierra St. and 1099 Club, 1099 S. Virginia St.

Sparks establishments taking part are as follows:

Great Basin Brewing Co., 846 Victorian Avenue; O'Ski's Pub & Grille, 840 Victorian Avenue and Paddy & Irene's Irish Pub, 1218 Victorian Avenue.

Additionally, some streets will be closed to motorists today through Sunday for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, city officials said.

North Virginia Street between Second and Plaza streets and Commercial Row between Center and North Virginia streets are scheduled for closure through 8 p.m. Sunday. Fitzgeralds Casino-Hotel will have music, an arts and crafts fair and other activities.

Vesta Street from South Wells to Holcomb avenues also will be closed Friday afternoon for festivities at Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar.

Just watch yourself getting on the bus...