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St. Patrick’s Day in LA & OC

6 Comments 12 March 2012

With St. Patrick’s Day on a Saturday this year you’re either clicking your heels with Gaelic glee or planning your quickest escape route far from the green-beer swilling crowds. (I think I’m getting outta town.) Yes, this holiday may be named after a saint, but that doesn’t mean revelers will be behaving like one. Aside from all the Irish pubs celebrating the holiday, there are lots of other places that will be toasting St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles and beyond. Erin go Bragh!

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade -  Pier Avenue & Hermosa Avenue
UPDATE:
Due to potential bad weather, the parade has been postponed to SATURDAY, MARCH 24! Looking for some family-friendly fun instead of the more common booze-filled bender? Check out the annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade which starts at 11am on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of floats, bagpipers and drum bands, classic cars, and yeah, green food. More info: www.hbchamber.net

Tap Room @ The Langham – Pasadena
If you’re over the rowdy bar scene but still want to celebrate, do the Tap Room. During the week of St. Patrick’s Day (March 12-17), this swank bar is offering fun Irish-themed food and drinks including house-cured corned beef on dark rye ($12), Colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale), Black Forest Ham and rye Chips ($8), bacon-braised brussels sprouts ($8), a sorbet flight with Jameson, Baileys and Guinness flavors ($8), Jameson Julep ($12) or Bushmills Irish Martini ($14). More info: www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com

Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub – West Hollywood
With the largest collection of Irish whiskey in Los Angeles–57 to be exact–Rock & Reilly’s on the Sunset Strip is no doubt gonna be a major party scene come Saturday. The pub is hosting its first Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Saturday, March 17 with five bars, a beer garden, Irish eats, plus a full lineup of bands and DJs in the lot behind the bar. The drinking begins at 7am while the outdoor party starts at noon. More info: www.rnrpub.com

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival – Downtown LA
Home to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in LA, Casey’s Irish Pub gets the party going from 6am (yes, that’s 6am!) until 2am on Saturday. Taking over two city blocks that will attract 20,000+ thirsty revelers, the 40th annual event will be flowing with green beer, Irish eats and live music on the outdoor stage with the Young Dubliners playing 2pm-3pm, Hollywood U2 from 4pm-6pm, TNT (tribute to AC/DC) 7pm-8:30pm and Led Zepplica from 9pm-10:30pm. Admission is free.  More info: www.213nightlife.com/caseys

St. Patrick’s Day Festival – West Hollywood
This annual all-you-can-drink St. Patrick’s Day Festival happens on Saturday, March 17 from 2pm to 5pm (VIP tickets go 1pm-5pm) with lots of beer, wines and spirits from all around the world + entertainment from Claddagh Dance and Irish bands. Food is available for purchase. Tickets $35-$65. More info: www.stpattysfest.com

Green cupcakes @ the St. Patrick's Day Festival

Sweet & green @ the St. Patrick's Day Festival

Villains Tavern – Downtown LA
It’s an all-day Irish BBQ at this off-the-beaten-path hideaway starting at 11am on St. Patrick’s Day. On the menu: everything from peppered flank steak with mash & cabbage to a special combo of BBQ chicken or ribs with mac & cheese and corn bread, paired with a half pint of Guinness and a shot of Irish Whiskey for just $14. Drink specials for the day include $5 Irish whiskey shots and $10 Mix & Match Guinness and Irish whiskey. Entertainment on the Villains stage starts at 1pm with guests including JT Ross and Speedway and the LA Hootenanny. FYI: There’s a free shuttle bus between VT and One-Eyed Gypsy up the road. More info: www.villainstavern.com

One-Eyed Gypsy – Downtown LA
Doors open at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day at this glammy bar just up the road from Villains Tavern. (Bonus: There’s a free shuttle bus that goes between both properties throughout the day.) There’s live music from JT Ross, RT and the 44s and Brother Derek Blues Band as well as special menu items like corned beef and cabbage sliders ($8); Irish beer and cheddar bread bowl, with a ‘boilermaker’ (can of beer + shot of Irish Whiskey) for $12 along with $5 shots of Irish whiskey and $8 pints of Irish punch. Happy hour also goes from 3pm to 8.30pm. More info: www.one-eyedgypsy.com

Public School 612 – Downtown LA
This DTLA hangout is where to get Irish food and drink specials Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17. Drinks include $4 Guinness pints, $5 Moylan’s pints, $5 Jameson shots or cocktails, $9 Car Bombs and sweets like chocolate pot de creme with Bailey’s whipped cream. More info: www.publicschool612.com

City Tavern – Culver City
This gastropub starts the shenanigans early at noon on Sunday with lots o’ Irish brew and food (kitchen opens at 3:30pm) like corned beef hash and honeyed whiskey bread pudding with stout caramel. The bar will have its own Dew & A Brew special–a free beer taster with a shot of Tullamore Dew–in addition to California brews on tap and bottles of Smithwick’s, Wexford Cream Ale and the like. More info: www.citytavernculvercity.com

City Tavern in Culver City

Just wait ... they're not drunk yet

Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen – West LA
Opening early at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, this tiny new hot spot on West Pico is serving Freddy’s corned beef sandwiches for $15 and offering deals on all Irish whiskeys, stout and porter beer paired by manager and notable whiskey whiz David Fleisher. More info: www.freddysmalls.com

St. Paddy’s Old Towne Treasure Hunt – Pasadena
Seek out treasures and secrets along little-known alleyways and evergreen locations during this scavenger hunt through Old Towne Pasadena. There are two hunts on St. Patrick’s Day at 11am and 2pm with prizes for the winning team. Exact starting point revealed upon registration. Must be 21 and over. Tickets are $25. More info: www.outoftheboxevents.com/calendar

The Market on Holly – Pasadena
This gourmet food market & cafe is celebrating St. Patty’s Day from Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 18 with special menu items like corned beef Reuben sandwiches and braised cabbage all week in addition to Guinness cupcakes and other treats. On Saturday they will be serving Irish draft. More info: www.themarketonholly.com

25 Degrees @ Hollywood Roosevelt
This burger and brew spot is offering a bit o’ Ireland with drink specials all week from March 12-17 including $4 green beer,  $5 Jameson shots, $5 Guinness and $8 Irish Car Bombs. More info: www.25degreesrestaurant.com

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl – Long Beach
Hop aboard a double-decker bus for a tour of three Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day during this annual event that meets at the Seaport Marina in Long Beach. Includes an Irish breakfast with bangers, rashers and black pudding + breakfast beverage of choice … Guinness, Harp or Irish coffee, of course. RSVP to events@bigredbus.com. Tickets are $35 each with seating limited to 50. More info: www.bigredbus.com/pubcrawl

Muldoon's soda bread & Irish booze

Perfect pair: Muldoon's soda bread & Irish booze

White Harte Pub – Woodland Hills
It might be a charming British watering hole, but White Harte Pub is going totally Irish on St. Patrick’s Day with music all day long from 10am-2am (including Irish dancers and The Beatunes who will perform between 2pm and 6pm), giveaways, dishes like corned beef & cabbage, colcannon and other festive treats. Of course, there will be plenty of green beer along with 20 oz drafts including 5 Irish selections.  More info: www.whitehartepub.com

OC Marketplace St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Costa Mesa
For family-oriented festivities in Orange County, check out the annual St. Patty’s event at the OC Marketplace on Saturday, March 17 from 9am to 4pm. There will be performances by Irish dance troupes, Celtic musicians, stilt walkers, free face painting and leprechauns. Green beer and green lemonade will be for sale, along with everything else that’s usually going on at the swap meet. Admission is $2, free for children 12 and under. More info: www.ocmarketplace.com

Muldoon’s Irish Pub – Newport Beach
This Irish pub and country kitchen is famous for its Celtic rock shows and soda bread. And on March 17 they’ll be hosting a St. Paddy’s Day Bash with no cover and live music all day and night. Doors open at 9am. More info: www.muldoonspub.com

Patsy’s Irish Pub – Laguna Niguel
The first toast to St. Patrick begins at midnight on March 16 at this OC favorite. Doors open at 11am on Saturday, March 17 with lots of Irish food, stiff drinks, green beer, bagpipers, Celtic dancers, leprechauns and pictures for you to take home. More info: www.patsysirishpub.net

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  1. Justin says:

    2013 Event Update!
    This is FREE and open to the public!

    11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, is bringing the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and celebration to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE. This event will honor the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. Join us for live entertainment including traditional Irish music and dancing, Irish food & beverages, a green beer garden and much more!

    - Live Irish Rock Entertainment
    - L.A. Clippers @ STAPLES Center 12:30pm pre/post-game festivities
    - L.A. Lakers @ STAPLES Center 6:30pm pre-game festivities
    - Harley-Davidson Ride to L.A. LIVE (hundreds of motorcycles on Chick Hearn Court)
    - Irish Food,Beverages
    - Additional special St. Patrick’s Day Festivities throughout L.A. LIVE

    Additional Details: http://lalive.com/events/event-detail/4282?/etc/stpattys

  2. charles says:

    I agree with White harte Pub in woodland hill,The place to be!!!

  3. Elsie Mardigian says:

    isn’t that devron the leprechaun?

  4. philip p. says:

    GREEN BEER FOR EVERYONE!!!!!


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