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. On Thursday, March 17 expect to see the traditional color of green splashed across greater Los Angeles as bars and restaurants offer Irish music, food, and of course plenty of Guinness and Irish whiskey. Read on for St. Patrick’s Day events in Los Angeles, and as always please remember to celebrate responsibly.
All of the following events take place on Thursday, March 17, 2016 unless otherwise noted.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown L.A. is opening early at 2 p.m. to kick off its Irish-themed festivities.
Special beers include:
- Jameson Ale – An Imperial Irish Ale with notes of vanilla, molasses, black cherries and a distinct peppery finish.
- Rose McEly – An Irish Red Cask brewed with rose hips.
The festivities also include:
- Live music from The Vignes Rooftop Revival at 5 p.m. and the Pretty Polly Band at 6 p.m.
- Cornhole tournament
- Irish-themed food trucks serving Irish Nachos, Corned Beef Tacos and Braised Corn Beef, Fish and Chips
- Off The Ropes comedy show at 9 p.m.
Located beneath the streets of Downtown L.A., The Edison is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with $10 Jameson Irish Whiskey Cocktails, a corned beef sandwich with onion rings, and $5 pints of Guinness all night long. The steampunk-style venue is also featuring three sets by The New Recessionaires, performing swinging sounds from the 1920s through the 50s, and DJ Joe Greto's energetic blend of funk, disco and blues. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the dress code is green, of course. First band set is at 8:30 p.m. No cover, 21 and over.
On March 17, Casey’s Irish Pub celebrates the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The street festival takes over three city blocks and includes green beer, lots of Jameson, food, games, live music and DJ sets. Entry to the festival is free before 3:30 p.m., and $10 General Admission and $20 VIP tickets afterwards.
Located at the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A., Horse Thief BBQ will be offering a corned beef and cabbage special for St. Patrick's Day, Guinness on draft as one of their rotating taps, and green lemonade. Horse Thief BBQ is open late on Thursday nights, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., so diners can enjoy the St. Patrick's Day fare al fresco on Horse Thief's open air patio.
Chef Neal Fraser’s Fritzi in the Downtown L.A. Arts District will serve a special menu in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day:
- Corned Beef & Cabbage Sandwich ($8) - Purple Cabbage, Corned Beef, Whole Grain Mustard, Pretzel Bun
- Irish Nachos ($4.50) – Tots, Beer Cheese, Crispy Corned Beef Bits
- Snappy O’ Brien ($7) – Smoky Snappy Dog, Smashed Tots, Grilled Peppers, Onions, Crispy Corned Beef, Cheese, Ketchup
The special menu will be available all day (noon to 10 p.m.) or until they run out. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at Fritzi and Arts District Brewing, where Fritzi will also be set up on the patio serving burgers and dogs from 2-10 p.m.
Tom Bergin's, the oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles, is celebrating it’s 80th St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, starting with an Irish Breakfast at 6 a.m. and continuing with outdoor festivities in the parking lot from 11 a.m to midnight. In the parking lot, guests can enjoy a Guinness truck pouring Guinness, Guinness Blonde, Guinness IPA and Harp Lager on tap; four satellite bars serving beer, Magners Irish Cider and Irish-inspired cocktails; two beer pong tables; DJ; and a partially-tented area with picnic table seating.
From 6-10 a.m., the Horseshoe Bar will serve a traditional Irish Breakfast ($12) with two eggs, bacon or bangers, Irish beans, grilled tomato and toasted sourdough. Festive pub fare and Tullamore DEW ice cream will be served outside from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Menu items range from $5-12 and are available until supplies last.
There is no cover for entry. Guinness selection, Magners Irish Cider and Coors Lite will all be priced at $8 a pint, with $10 cocktails such as Tom Bergin’s iconic Irish Coffee, Old Fashioneds, Irish Car Bombs and Whiskles (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and housemade pickle juice). A special “Shamrock Hour” from 5-7 p.m. will feature Coors Lite for $6.
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 more than 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. The music starts at noon and features bagpiper George Hall, King Chris, Britain's Finest Beatles Tribute, The Friday Night Band and Irish rock by The McNaughstys. 21 and over with ID.
Wear your green on St. Patrick’s Day and stop by the Original Farmers Market for traditional Irish fare, music and fun! Magee's Kitchen will be serving their famous Corned Beef Plate (corned beef, cabbage and potatoes) for $13.75 all day. Green beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from 326 and E.B.’s Beer & Wine. Live entertainment includes Glen the Strolling Bagpiper (12:30-3:30 p.m.) and Stuart Marks and The Paddy O'Dors Band on the West Patio stage (6-9 p.m.).
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 The Satellite, the acclaimed Silver Lake tastemaker for the Eastside indie rock set. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 9 p.m., 21 and over with ID.
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Brentwood, Tavern features a trio of concepts under one roof – a garden-like dining room, a marketplace and a bar with craft cocktails and artisanal wines. On St. Patrick’s Day, Tavern presents Suzanne Goin and Chef de Cuisine Amy Deaderick’s Irish-inspired à la carte selections: Corned Beef & Cabbage (from Suzanne Goin’s award-winning cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques), Traditional Irish Breakfast, Shepherd’s Pie and Chocolate Whiskey Cake. Caroline Styne recommends an Irish Whiskey Flight and Tavern’s signature cocktail, Tavern on the Green, to enjoy with the St. Patrick Day dishes. Tavern’s regular menu is also available. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.
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.
Santa Monica hotspot Ox & Son is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with half-price beers all day (applies to all beers) and the following Irish specialties courtesy of Executive Chef Brad Miller: Fish & Chips (available 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Corned Beef & Cabbage Cassoulet (available after 5 p.m.).
Celebrate "green" in a different way on St. Patrick's Day by supporting Santa Monica Green Certified Businesses. Pono Burger is encouraging patrons to join in their ongoing eco-friendly initiatives by carpooling, biking or walking to the restaurant to dine in, or by bringing in their own bag for take-out orders. Pono Burger will be offering free fries with the purchase of a burger on St Patrick’s Day to any "green" diners exercising these practices. For a different twist on the traditional St Patty's Day menu, Pono Burger will be serving their Oli Oli Burger (organic grass fed beef patty topped with Niman Ranch beef pastrami, Raclette cheese, Bubbies sauerkraut) plus a pint of their Oatmeal Stout for $17.
Sonny McClean’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is home away from home for Boston sports fans in Los Angeles. Named for owner Jim Conners’ grandfather, Sonny McClean’s features live music, karaoke, a darts room and pool table. To go with the extensive beer list with 40 taps, Sonny McLean's features a full bar and a menu of pub grub, traditional New England and Irish favorites, made with a California touch. Enjoy live music on Tuesday, Thursday (acoustic) and Friday nights. Monday is Dart Night and there’s karaoke on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
On St. Patrick's Day, The Upper West is hosting a fundraising event in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). From 5-10 p.m., Upper West will donate 25% of all restaurant proceeds that evening to BCRF. There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items and live music throughout the night.
Two local Mar Vista marathon runners, Jessica Balsam and Holly Sortomme, are taking on the Boston and Vancouver Marathons in honor and support of their friends who are fighting against breast cancer. They're raising funds for the BCRF because 91 cents of each dollar spent by BCRF goes directly to research and awareness programs. For more info, visit give.bcrfcure.org/fightingforfriends.
Whiskey Red's presents the 3rd Annual St. Patty’s Patio Bash, an evening of music and celebration with 180-degree views of the harbor on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Start the night off with live music from Yike's followed by DJ Quasar to close out the festivities. The Patio Bash takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 for the first 250 advanced ticket purchases, and $15 at the door or after the first 250 are sold.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Manhattan House’s Head Chef, Diana Stavaridis is creating a limited-edition Corned Beef Reuben featuring in-house baked bread, Korean corned beef and kimchi, pickled in chili aioli. Additionally, guests who come in the restaurant wearing green will receive a free scoop of Guinness-infused ice cream with purchase of any food or drink item. The South Bay gastropub will also feature various drink specials throughout the evening. In addition to their extensive draft beer selection, guests can order a shot of Jameson with their draft beer for only $10. The bar will also offer an Irish Mule, a variation on the classic Moscow Mule made with Jameson, ginger beer and lime, for just $8. The restaurant’s kitchen will be serving on Thursday, March 17 from 5-10 p.m. The bar will stay open from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Located in the heart of Burbank, Story Tavern is a family-owned pub that serves more than 40 craft beers on tap and five ciders on tap. 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.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Story Tavern will offer traditional Irish music and fare all day, including Guinness, Jameson, Tullamore DEW, Irish Car Bombs, Irish Coffee, Corned Beef ‘n Cabbage and Irish Stew. Live music performance by L.A.-based quartet Slugger O’Toole from 6-8 p.m. Story Tavern opens at 11:30 a.m. and will be open until the food and drink runs out, “which is typically around midnight.” No reservations - first come, first served.
Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, Saddle Peak Lodge is a warm, rustic retreat located in a romantic setting along a creek that runs from Las Virgenes Canyon to the Pacific Ocean. On St. Patrick’s Day, Chef Chris Kufek will be serving Corned Bison with boiled fingerling potatoes, napa cabbage and Guinness sauce for $42.
Bring your "Luck of the Irish" and place your wagers at the 30th annual NAWIC St. Patrick's Day at the Races, taking place at Santa Anita Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Tickets are priced at $45 and includes valet parking at Gate 5, racing program and sandwich from Carving Station with salad and noodle bar. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon begins at noon and the first race is at 12:30 p.m.
On March 17, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Spend the night celebrating this festive holiday under the wings of Air Force One. Bring your appetite to indulge in a delicious Irish pub inspired menu, including beef short rib sliders in a Guinness gravy, grilled Reubens, and traditional fish and chips. Finish your evening with delectable Bailey’s Irish Cream brownies while you enjoy Irish folk band, The Lads.
Tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, including the highly anticipated exhibit Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art - one of the rarest collections of Vatican art and objects to ever visit North America - from 5-8 p.m., and the spectacular Air Force One from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $59.95 per person and reservations must be made by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Reserved tables can be accommodated for groups of 8 or more. You must be 21 and over to attend this event.
Celebrate the revelry, tradition and spirit of Ireland aboard the legendary Queen Mary with a rocking post-St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Taking place on Friday, March 18, the annual Shamrock ‘N’ Roll features a stellar lineup of live entertainment, so try your best Irish brogue and sing along to a mix of classic Irish party tunes and upbeat Celtic rock n roll.
The show kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Belles of Bedlam and features music performances by Hoist the Colors, California Celts, Craic Haus and more on the Promenade Deck (Queen’s Salon and Royal Salon). Before and between the bands, grab some Irish fare, pints and wee buckets at the Emerald Pub and try your luck with the Shamrock Yer Noggin’ and the Luck O’ the Irish trivia contests. Shamrock ‘N’ Roll takes place from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.