It’s Easy Drinking Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Where to start partying at 6 a.m., enter a bangers-eating contest, frolic with Jameson girls, or just pound whiskey without the crowds on Tuesday

While Repeal Day has become the drinker’s holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has always been the “everybody drink” holiday. And this St Patrick’s Day, we’ve got you covered for all the spots to grab an Irish coffee, enter a bangers-eating contest or, yes, even guzzle some green beer if that’s what you’re into on Tuesday. Just remember to dress head to toe in green and have your designated driver on speed dial.

Quiet Drinking

Power House's Irish coffee
Power House’s Irish coffee

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Power House in Hollywood will open up its doors early at 2 p.m. for your day-drinking pleasure. Drink specials include Guinness for $5, a shot of Jameson for $7, and specialty Irish cocktails, like a damn fine Irish coffee, for $9.

For a place with just holiday drink specials and none of the mob craziness, there’s Fat Dog in Hollywood starting at noon. Sip on the Tipperary Tickle cocktail ($12) with blood orange tea-infused Jameson, “mandarinquats,” and house-made dill-infused pickle juice, or $5 Taps Irish Red beer on tap. For something extra special, there will also be Redbreast 12-year and 15-year Irish whiskey shots.

OK, there’s nothing really Irish about a grilled-cheese and beer-tasting event, but that’s what might make it the ideal spot for those who want to spend a civilized St. Patrick’s Day somewhere. On Tuesday, Vintage Enoteca is pairing three craft beers–St. Feuillien Saison, Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel, Smog City Coffee Porter–with various grilled-cheese sandwiches like Emmenthaler with house-made pickles, mustard, and potato chips on rye. It’s $30 for all three tastings and will start at 5 p.m.

Short Order at the Original Farmers Market will feature $10 pickleback shots and $11 cocktail specials: Chartreuse Swizzle (green chartreuse, falernum velvet, lime, and pineapple juice); Cameron’s Kicks (Irish whiskey, lemon juice, orgeat, Meyer lemon twist); and Irish Maid (Irish whiskey, cucumber, mint, lime juice).

Shamrocking Shindigs

Whiskey Red's Paddy O'Party.
Whiskey Red’s Paddy O’Party.

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Tom Bergin’s wants to be the spot where you spend your entire St. Patrick’s Day. Start at 6 a.m. with an Irish breakfast at their horseshoe bar, wake up with their Irish coffee, quench your afternoon thirst with green beer while listening to a live band and DJ. After some “festive pub fare,” enjoy the boozy Shamrock Shake with Tullamore DEW whiskey, Irish cream, Guinness, and simple syrup. For happy hour, aka “Shamrock Hour,” from 5 to 7 p.m., they’ve got $6 Miller Lite. And the drinking options don’t stop there. Think picklebacks, Old Fashioneds, and a Guinness truck in the lot serving Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager on tap. Best part? No cover.

For St. Patty’s oceanside, don your most verdant get-up and hit The Bungalow in Santa Monica. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., take in the ocean air while chowing down on corned beef-and-cabbage sandwiches and sipping green sangria and margaritas. A live band, The California Feetwarmers, will keep things festive with Irish folk music. And don’t miss out on the green chocolate-chip cookies.

Three Clubs in Hollywood is having a “Drunken River Dance Party.” Sounds dangerous. Watch those dancing feet! Following an Irish whiskey tasting with the Museum of the American Cocktail, a dance troupe will perform and then give dance lessons. After your workout, bartender Joe Brooke will fix up several Irish-themed cocktails like Angela’s Smashes with Paddy’s apple, lemon, mint, and bitters; and “Don’t Call It a Car Bomb (No, Seriously)” with Guinness, Paddy’s, and Bailey’s.

Tam O’Shanter is where you go for green beer, flashing-lights shamrock necklaces, and scantily clad Guinness and Jameson girls passing out swag. But it will also have live bands, a variety of Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, a selection of scotches, and even a drawing for a beer tasting.

The Pikey is going all out by celebrating the holiday this Saturday and Sunday in addition to Tuesday. For three nights, the gastropub will have DJs, an impressive array of Irish pub fare by chef Ralph Johnson like lamb-stuffed cabbage purses and colcannon with pork sausage, and flights of Irish whiskey. For the really thirsty, there are several Irish-themed cocktails like a Guinness beer float and Irish coffee.

Crowd onto the Marina’s largest outdoor patio at Whiskey Red’s for its annual Paddy O’Party, where you can knock back drink specials like $4 green beer, $5 whiskey shots, and $7 Car Bombs. Bob Dylan tribute band Jack of Hearts will hit the stage from 5 to 9 p.m., and then a DJ will take over. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., Murph’s in Sherman Oaks will be serving up all kinds of food, drinks, and more to satisfy any Irish lover. Kick things off with the bangers-eating contest at 2:30 p.m., where the fastest contestant to finish five Irish sausages and a pint of Guinness gets $100. Guzzle down green pints and Irish whiskey shots, like $8 Jameson, $12 Redbreast, and $15 Yellow Spot 12-year.

Casey’s Irish Pub will open its doors at 6 a.m., and admission is free before 11 a.m. and $10 after. Green beer and Jameson will be on offer as well as DJs and a photo booth. Fortify your stomach between pints with Reuben and corned-beef sandwiches.