The Irish Coffee Challenge is not just for anyone–it’s for those who take coffee, whiskey, and road trips seriously. de Vere’s Irish Pub challenges you to compare their Almost Famous Irish Coffees to the world famous Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco–and tell us which one you like best!

Why? Our regulars often comment on how incredible our Irish Coffees are and almost always reference the Buena Vista’s in the same sentence.  So we created this experience to allow people to vote on their favorite Irish coffee.  The challenge is simple, and requires a small journey, but will lead to the discovery of the best Irish Coffee.

You’ll need to order Irish Coffees at both establishments, take pictures of your challenge experience, and secure a sober driver. Are you up for the challenge? Follow these 10 steps to be a part of the the ultimate Irish Coffee throw down.

How It Works:

  1. Start at the pub of your choice (de Vere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento or The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco).
  2. Order an Irish Coffee.
  3. Take photos or videos of your Irish Coffee with the pubs branding in clear view.
  4. Make sure to have a designated driver.
  5. Drive to the other pub.
  6. Order an Irish Coffee.
  7. Take photos or videos of your Irish Coffee with the pubs branding in clear view.
  8. Submit your Irish Coffee Challenge story to our site.
  9. Vote for your favorite Irish Coffee on our site.
  10. Share your story on social media using hashtag #irishcoffeechallenge


What You’ll Need:

  1. A camera or mobile phone with a camera.
  2. A car.
  3. A designated driver.
  4. Money to pay for bridge tolls.
  5. A trusted side kick.
  6. An appreciation for coffee and Irish whiskey.
  7. A sense of adventure.
  8. A sense of humor.
  9. A pre-planned reason to travel to each city.
  10. A lot of free time.

Our Voting Policy:

  1. Honesty is the best policy.
  2. You can make your votes private (so you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings).
  3. You have to use a social media profile to log in to vote, so that we know the votes are real.