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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 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 in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 will boast music from local DJ’s and a photo booth, as well as nourishing food offerings, including Neapolitan pizza slices from Pellicola Pizza and Rueben and Corned Beef sandwiches from Casey’s. The festival entrance is located at Wilshire and Hope. Entry to the festival is free before 3:30 p.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.
For more info on St. Patrick’s Day specials at other 213 Nightlife bars like Cole’s and Seven Grand, visit 213nightlife.com/st-patricks-day.
Celebrating their 79th St. Patrick’s Day, the iconic Tom Bergin’s will be one of the few Irish pubs in Los Angeles throwing an indoor and outdoor St. Patrick’s Day bash on Tuesday, March 17 from 6 a.m. to the wee morning hours of 2 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Bergin’s will be rolling its festivities out to the parking lot from 11 a.m. to midnight, where guests can enjoy plenty of beer and Irish-inspired cocktails, Festive pub fare and a live band. No tickets or cover, just flowing beer, whiskey, and of course, Tom Bergin's famous Irish Coffees.
840 S Fairfax Ave | (323) 936-7151
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 Bagpiper Thomas Allen, Talkback, Rap Scallion, The McNaughstys, The Rambling House Band and more. The festivities start at noon and admission is $10 at the door, 21 and over with ID.
575 S Fairfax Ave | (323) 935-1577
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 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 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.
6333 W 3rd St | (323) 933-9211
The Pikey presents its 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Located in Hollywood on famed Sunset Boulevard, the popular gastropub will be serving up Chef Ralph Johnson’s Irish-inspired creations with plenty of Guinness and Whiskey. DJs will spin on all three nights and food specials include Corned Beef with Pease Pudding and Dumplings; Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Purses (Little Pots of Gold); Colcannon with Pork Sausage and much more. Toast to the luck of the Irish at this Hollywood hot spot.
7617 Sunset Blvd | (323) 850-5400
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. Celebrate St. Patrick’s at the Tam on Tuesday, March 17. The festivities start at noon and goes until “late night,” featuring a party tent, Guinness, Jameson, craft beers, raffles and giveaways. Live music performed by Whiskey Sunday, and the Tam’s own house band, the Ploughboys.
2980 Los Feliz Blvd | (323) 664-0228
The luck of the Irish comes to Preux and Proper, a New Orleans inspired restaurant and bar this St. Patrick’s Day! Revelers can enjoy a special Shamrock Punch Bowl, green beer, and happy hour pricing from 4-6 p.m. as well as a special Shepherd’s Pie. To keep the party going, a bagpipe player will perform, encouraging all those with Irish dancing skills to take the floor.
840 S. Spring St | (213) 896-0090
Have a fun and authentic St. Patrick’s Day at Story Tavern with traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, Irish Stew and bountiful amounts of Guinness, Irish Whiskey and potcheen! Live music will be provided by Slugger O'Toole. 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.
150 S. San Fernando Blvd | (818) 567-4200
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.
2702 Main St, Santa Monica | (310) 452-1734