Though it’s not a legal holiday anywhere in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is a festive celebration of Irish and Irish American culture that’s been observed in North America since before the American Revolution. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated on Monday, March 17 as well as throughout the days that lead up to the big event. Expect to see the traditional color of green splashed across greater Los Angeles as bars and restaurants offer Irish music, food, and of course copious amounts of Guinness and Irish whiskey. Read on for some of the best St. Patrick’s Day events, and as always please remember to celebrate responsibly.
All of the following events take place on Monday, March 17, 2014 unless otherwise noted.
On March 17, Casey’s Irish Pub opens its doors at 6 a.m. and keeps going strong until 2 a.m. for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. The numbers are impressive: 300 kegs of Guinness, 120 cases of Jameson, 200 pounds of corned beef, and more. The 20-hour street festival takes over three city blocks, and includes food, drinks, games, and sets by DJ Aaron Castle, DJ Waldo and DJ Timmy Two Shoes. The festival entrance is located at Wilshire and Hope. Entry to the festival is free before 11 a.m. and $10 General Admission afterwards. VIP tickets are available for $40 and includes separate entry without lines, and access to a designated VIP area.
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Beginning at 11 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the luck of the Irish at The Mixing Room, located on the lobby level of the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. The Mixing Room is featuring a St. Patrick's Day menu of traditional Irish favorites, whiskey flights and tastings, and an Irish rock band on the patio. Drink specials include $6 beer and $9 Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, plus Irish menu items such as Corned Beef and Cabbage, Champ & Irish Whiskey Gravy, Fish and Chips, Beef and Guinness Pie, and Mini Irish Sausages in Pretzel Buns.
Starting at 11:30 a.m. on St Patrick's Day, Peking Tavern in Downtown L.A. is featuring a special drink menu that includes Guinness, green beer, Black and Tans, “Green-tinis,” Irish Car Bombs, and Picklebacks (Jameson shot with a pickle juice back). Peking Tavern kicks off the festivities on Friday, March 14 with a Corned Beef Roll and other specials to go with its usual Chinese dumplings and noodle offerings.
The oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, with a three-day party from Saturday, March 15 to Monday, March 17. Tom Bergin's opens its doors on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. with four outdoor bars, a beer truck, and plenty of food. On St. Patrick’s Day, the bar that inspired Cheers kicks off the big day at 6 a.m. The outdoor festivities begin at 11 a.m. and the party goes until 2am. No tickets or cover, just flowing beer, whiskey, and of course, Tom Bergin's famous Irish Coffees.
Located a half mile north of Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax Avenue, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub has been owned by the same Irish family since 1970, a year after it first opened. The walls are covered by over 70 paintings done by noted Irish portrait painter Neal Boyle, and the shelves are lined with books. But there’s one thing you won’t find at Molly’s, not even on St. Patrick’s Day: green beer. Starting at noon on March 17, Molly Malone’s hosts live performances by Vagrant Nation, The Dunrussagans, Staggering Jack, Green Ashes and more. The festivities start at noon and admission is $10 at the door, 21 and over with ID.
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, especially at the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax. Live music, great food, green beer and lots of fun are on tap from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glen the Bagpiper will stroll the market from noon to 3 p.m. and Jerry McLean performs Irish folk music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Magee’s Kitchen is serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes special all day. If the kids (or you) aren’t the biggest boiled cabbage fans, there are plenty of other food options, including green cookies and donuts galore. Adults can enjoy green and imported Irish beers, served by 326 and E.B.’s Beer & Wine.
On Monday, March 17, The Pikey presents its 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, taking place from noon to 2 a.m. Located in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, the British gastropub is serving chef Ralph Johnson’s Irish-inspired creations, including specials like Pikey Irish stew with dumplings and a traditional colcannon with pork sausage. Boozy offerings include Guinness Ice Cream with Irish Whiskey and Cookies, Guinness Float, Irish Coffee (Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Superba Coffee, Guinness Foam), and a flight of Irish Whiskey (Tullamore Dew 10-Year, Redbreast 12-Year, Clontarf, Wild Geese of Fallen Soldier Irish Whiskey).
Tam O’Shanter opened in 1922 and is known as the oldest restaurant in L.A. that’s operated by the same family in the same location. St. Patrick’s at the Tam is a three-day celebration of all things Irish, taking place from Saturday, March 15 to Monday, March 17. The Tam is offering a Kegs & Eggs Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring Irish music, a special Irish brunch menu, and bottomless booze. The weekend evenings start at 5 p.m. and feature live music, corned beef and cabbage, and cocktails. St. Patrick’s Day starts at noon and goes until “late night,” featuring a party tent, Guinness, Jameson, craft beers, raffles and giveaways. Live music performed by Caldwell Jack & The Six Pack, Whiskey Sunday, and a closing set by the Tam’s own house band, the Ploughboys.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Los Feliz favorite MessHall is serving an “Everybody’s Irish” menu, featuring Irish fare by chef Jim Tate IV, including the Blarney Stone Burger (beef, corned beef, cabbage, aioli), corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef hash. Bartender Ben Scott is offering a Pickleback for $8 and a $10 special cocktail, the Irish Goodbye: Irish whiskey, dry vermouth, chartreuse and absinthe.
On March 15 and 16, Story Tavern celebrates St. Patrick's Day Weekend with $6 pints of Guinness and O'Hara's Irish Stout; traditional Irish food and music; and “No Green Beer!” Located in the heart of Burbank, Story Tavern serves craft beers, wines and hard ciders alongside farm fresh fare. Story Tavern is located in the building that once housed Story Hardware, owned by Burbank's first mayor, Thomas Story at the time of the city's incorporation in 1911. Story Tavern is run by 4th and 5th generation Irish Angelenos, the Slaught family. Story Tavern opens 11:30 a.m. on both days of the weekend celebration.
Known as L.A.'s best Latino Irish tribute band, Ollin celebrates their annual St. Patrick's Day Tribute to the Pogues by playing Rum, Sodomy and the Lash in its entirety, plus other Pogues and Ollin Classics. The Pogues tribute is taking place at Cafe NELA, northeast L.A.'s home for music. Located in Cypress Park, the venue features a wide range of music genres, including punk, hard rock, jazz, blues, heavy metal, experimental, psychedelic, and ethnic music. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8 p.m., ages 21 and over with ID.
On Saturday, March 15, celebrate a day of Irish-themed activities and performances at One Colorado in Old Pasadena. The day kicks off with Lucky Kids’ Crafts from 10 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Courtyard. At 3 p.m., Cleary Irish Dance performs several traditional Irish dances followed by a fun, interactive dance lesson. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy music in the Courtyard with Straw Dogs, a tradition-based band with a repertoire that includes traditional Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, Manx and Welsh tunes, original compositions with an occasional American tune thrown in for good measure.
For authentic Irish spirit, it’s hard to beat Finn McCool's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, which features 18 beers on tap and over 200 whiskies from around the world. In 2001, owner and executive chef Geraldine Gilliland (a native of Belfast) packed up the artifacts of her late stepfather’s pub in Ireland and arranged for the entire bar to be painstakingly dismantled and shipped to Santa Monica. A crew of Irish craftsmen meticulously reconstructed the pub, and Finn McCool’s opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 2002. The Irish ambiance is enhanced by vintage memorabilia, celtic carvings and hand-painted murals that depict the legendary Irish warrior, Fionn MacCumhail. Gilliland offers traditional “Irish Fayre” like Shepherd's Pie, Roast Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream, and Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce. A specialty is boxty, a potato pancake stuffed with fillings such as Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and more.
Located on Windward Avenue just steps from Venice Beach, the historic Townhouse and Del Monte Speakeasy opened as Menotti’s in 1915. The bar became a “grocery store” during the Prohibition era, while the Del Monte Speakeasy downstairs became a hub for rum runners. After the repeal of Prohibition, the above-ground bar re-opened and boasted regular patrons such as Charlie Chaplin and Venice resident Jim Morrison of The Doors. Today the bar is a Venice community hub once again, featuring craft cocktails and nightly entertainment. 2014 EVENT INFO TBA.
On Saturday, March 15, Whiskey Red’s presents the second annual “Paddy O’Party,” an early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, taking place from 5 p.m. to midnight. Whiskey Red’s boasts 180-degree views of the harbor from the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. The Paddy O’Party features a special Irish-inspired food menu, $2 green beers and $3 whiskey shots (5-7 p.m.), and $3 green beer and $5 Bushmills shots all night. Live music by Jack of Hearts (5-9 p.m.), then DJ Bryan Davidson from 9 p.m. to midnight. The first 75 guests get a free Bushmills shot glass. Come early for the Irish Brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the patio. St. Patrick’s Day attire is encouraged. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. For presale tickets, visit paddyoparty2014.eventbrite.com.
The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Saturday, March 15 beginning at 11 a.m. Now in its 20th year, the popular tradition draws an estimated 30,000 people who come to enjoy the parade, as well as Hermosa Beach’s great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather. Nearly 100 local businesses, civic organizations and school marching bands take part in the seven-block parade down beautifully restored Pier Avenue. The Irish theme is celebrated by participants that include floats, bagpipers, and four-legged friends from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. The parade begins at the staging area on Valley Drive near City Hall, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.