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Eat like A Leprechaun! Drink Like A Fish! L.A.’s Tastiest St. Patrick’s Day Happenings
The best spots around town to celebrate the luck of the Irish—or at least their penchant for corned beef and beer.
Atwater Village/Los Feliz
Tam O’Shanter’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Toast to the luck of the Irish at one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants, 90 year-old Tam O’Shanter, for their huge outdoor St. Paddy’s day party. Starting at noon, grab a Guinness or green beer and munch on festive pub fare. Starting at 1 p.m., sing along to Irish drinking songs and traditional bagpipe rock ballads of the four Celtic rock bands featured throughout the day and night. The bonus? You can keep that pot o’ gold, because there’s no cover. More Information.
Casey’s Irish Pub Street Festival
Gather ‘round ye lads and lasses, while one of L.A.’s most historic Irish pubs puts on its 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day street festival Downtown. Early birds can start the party at a rousing 6 a.m. and nosh on Casey’s brekkie menu of lucky charms, bacon, eggs, and toast. Live bands will pump up the Irish spirit, as festivities run ‘til 2 a.m. Party through the night with plenty of corned beef, traditional pickle-back shots, Bushmill shots, and pints o’Guinness to go around. Did we mention there will be more than 500 kegs of beer? Free entrance before 1 p.m.; $8 cover after; VIP tickets available. More information.
The Mixing Room at the J.W. Marriott L.A. Live
As a part of the larger St. Paddy’s Day festival at L.A. Live’s Nokia Plaza, the cocktail lounge on the ground level of the downtown’s J.W. Marriott, the Mixing Room, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an all-day celebration of whiskey flights and tastings set to Irish rock music. Traditional Irish pub fare specials include beef and Guinness pie, champ and Irish whiskey gravy, corned-beef and cabbage, and more. More Information.
Rock & Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Celebrate a day early at West Hollywood’s Rock & Reilly’s for their second-annual outdoor St. Paddy’s day block party on Saturday, March 16th (ie. the day before the real Saint Patrick’s Day). Starting at noon, food trucks such as Coolhaus, Famous Germany Bratwurst, Joe’s Pizza, and a beer truck will gather ‘round for the green-day festivities. Rock & Reilly’s regular fodder will also be available to snack on, such as Irish nachos, turkey herders pie, and corned-beef sliders. Knock back a beer or whiskey flight while you’re at it. More Information.
Tom Bergin’s Tavern
After just missing St. Patrick’s Day due to their renovation last year, mid-Wilshire’s 77 year-old Tavern is making up for last year’s loss with festivities that run from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Traditional Irish breakfast will be served all day and the full-service dining room will offer Tom Bergin’s menu favorites such as corned beef and cabbage, cottage pie, fish ‘n’ chips, and more. May your glasses be ever full of Guinness stouts, Irish coffees, O’Hara stouts, black & tans, half & half’s, black velvets, and Irish car bombs. Bevy’s will be served in commemorative “go cups” all day and stout will be on tap. Cheers! More Information.
Fin McCool’s Irish Pub
Snag a stool early at Fin McCool’s Irish pub, as this popular spot fills up fast. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. with drink deals and a special Irish menu—such as an Irish breakfast, fish ‘n’chips, and other Irish grub specials. With over 200 whiskeys, 18 beers on tap, and St. Paddy’s day drink specials, you may want to take Monday off… Live Celtic bands will be on hand to foster your drunken jigs. More Information.
Sonny McLean’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration
Santa Monica’s Irish gastropub, Sonny McLean’s, commemorates Ireland with a massive two-day St. Patrick’s Day event. Saturday (3/16) and Sunday (3/17), from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., the pub’s back lot transforms into a beer garden, where live Irish music will play all day and night. But with more than 40 beers on tap, you’ll be belting out the Irish drinking tunes yourself by night’s end. Festive food from the menu will be available, such bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef and cabbage. More Information.
The Del Monte Speakeasy at Townhouse Irish Party
Prohibition never hit Ireland, but that’s not stopping Santa Monica’s historic speakeasy, tucked into Venice’s Townhouse basement, from throwing an epic St. Patrick’s Day celebration. From noon to 2 a.m. the bar and music venue will be serving up whiskey flights, Irish punch, and Irish cocktails—like the “Green Medicine,” with Irish whiskey, malt whiskey, lemon, ginger, honey. Traditional Irish bands and a bagpiper will entertain the revelers all evening, and complimentary bowls of Irish stew will served while supplies last. More Information.
Downtown Burbank’s Story Tavern celebrates the Irish holiday Saturday (3/16) and Sunday (3/17) with live Irish music (perhaps some bagpipes and fiddles?) and Irish eats. The cozy pub offers 20 craft brews and hard ciders on tap, over 30 bottled beers, and12 wines on tap. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. More Information.
If you’re not up for an all-day rager – here are a few restaurants around town with festive St. Paddy’s Day food Specials.
Chef Casey Lane features a special “lucky bangers and mash” menu on Saturday (3/16) and Sunday (3/17) at Downtown’s the Parish. What’s on the menu? Housemade sausages and charcuterie, blood sausage with horseradish potatoes, Linconshire and jalapeño sausage with home fries and kraut—to name a few. Irish-inspired drinks, such as O’Hara Irish stout, Jameson shots, and an Irish old fashioned, will also be available. More Information.
Public Kitchen & Bar
The restaurant and bar tucked away in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be mixing up “Irish bucks,” crafted from arugula, lemon juice, agave, Jameson, ginger beer and green chartreuse, for $12. Sip on the emerald-inspired cocktail while noshing on some of Public Kitchen’s new Sunday brunch dishes, such as lemon ricotta pancakes, short rib hash, and shrimp and grits. More Information.
The glammed up spot located in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt dishes out the Irish spirit with their Guinness milkshake: Guinness stout, house-made chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. The best part? The milkshake will be offered year-round. More Information.
Hollywood’s Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill puts their spin on the day of the Irish by featuring two-for-one appetizers and specials such as corned beef and cabbage and a baked potato clover appetizer. Happy hour drink specials are available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.. More Information.
The classic Italian eatery goes Irish, as Cecconi’s West Hollywood celebrates St. Patrick’s day with a festive $12 special of green eggs on a bed of sautéed spinach, avocado, and basil pesto over a toasted English muffin served with hash browns; available during brunch. Guinness will also be on tap. More Information.
West Hollywood’s Tortilla Republic meshes modern Mexican food with Irish flair at their St. Patrick’s Day fiesta. $7 shamrock margaritas will be available all day; special happy hour tapas will be offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. More Information.
Chef David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach’s M.B. Post serves up a twist on a traditional Irish dish: corned beef cheeks with braised cabbage, pee wee potatoes, and horseradish cream. More Information.
Feast on Slater’s 50/50 St. Patrick’s Day-inspired drunken steak burger. The Guinness and molasses-infused New York Strip steak is toped with arugula, Roma tomatoes roasted in Jameson Irish whiskey, provolone, roasted red peppers, bacon, and a Guinness and blue-cheese dressing served on a ciabatta loaf. You may need one of their many beers on tap to wash that all down. The burger will be served throughout March at all locations. More Information.