There is still a pandemic afoot, most bars aren’t open, and even if they were, drinking amongst a crowd of strangers who slosh their pints and periodically belt a rendition of “O Danny Boy” remains ill advised. So how can you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in L.A. this year? We’ve found ways to add a touch of the Irish to your life.
Basepaws, a local startup that creates cat DNA tests, has put together this virtual benefit for spcaLA. Tune into the class and Irish dance master Courtney Jay of the Limerick School of Dance will teach you a few steps.
If you’re celebrating at home, the Tam has a take-home kit (pictured below) featuring everything you need, from a corned beef and cabbage feast for four to branded tees and pint glasses. Or reserve a table on their patio for a meal and flight of Irish whisky. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village.
Try your luck at creating some icing magic with cute cookie decorating kits from Huckleberry. You’ll get four shortbread shamrocks and all the frosting and decorations to top them. 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Bar manager Nikos Baltas is assembling special cocktails for the occasion. Try his Irish coffee featuring Glendalough Irish Whiskey, Five Farms Irish Cream, espresso, and whipped cream, or the “Luck of the Irishman,” with Glendalough, Campari, and blood orange. Mi Piace is open for on-premises dining, takeout, and delivery. 25 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.
STK will honor the holiday all week with “lil corned beef sliders,” available on-premises or for takeout, along with the cucumber-based “Leprechaun Stiletto” cocktail. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood.
One of L.A. County’s most popular Irish pubs has reopened for on-premises service just in time for St. Patricks Day. Enjoy a pint of Guinness and a meal of traditional pub fare there, or order to-go and bring the atmosphere home. 71 South Pine Ave., Long Beach.
Book a table or order to-go for a taste of the “Irish Maid” cocktail from esteemed NYC bartender Sam Ross. The special drink includes Irish whiskey, mint, and cucumber. 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena.
Stephanie Reading, Birdie G’s bar manager, was working on a special, boozy, vegan version of a shamrock shake in March 2020–she was even prepping garnishes for service–when the restaurant found out it would close. This year, you can finally try her creation. 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
Green tacos and green quesadillas are way better than green rivers. Order your own from Lanea though the Fetcha app, or when dining on-premises. St. Patrick’s Day beer and whiskey packs also available. 217 Broadway, Santa Monica.