- St. Patrick was not Irish, but Scottish or Welsh.
- A harp is the symbol of Ireland, not the shamrock. The shamrock was used by St. Patrick to teach the Holy Trinity.
- The first city in America to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day was Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.
- The Irish could not drink beer on St. Patrick’s Day from 1903 to 1970, because all pubs were closed due to religious observances.
- The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in NYC. The first time NYC celebrated with a parade for the holiday was on March 17, 1762. It featured Irish soldiers who served in the English military.
- A pint of green beer is popular to drink on St. Patrick’s Day. Bartenders take a light-colored beer and squirt a few drops of green food coloring. It doesn’t change the flavor, only the color. If you want to drink like a real Irishman drink a pint of Guinness or a shot of Irish whiskey.
Tam O’Shanter Epic St. Patrick’s Day Party – Today, March 17 the restaurant opens at 11 a.m.
Festivities: There is a special tent area in the parking lot that opens at 1 p.m., and live music begins at 2 p.m., with the group Whiskey Sunday combining their shared roots of Irish folk with a hearty pour of Americana, prairie winds and riverside cabin hymns. The second group, Slugger O’Toole is an L.A.-based Celtic traditional rock quintet who share a passion for the working, fighting, and drinking songs of Ireland. Slugger concocts a lethal brew of foot-stomping classics, deft instrumentals, and a cappella killers. The Tam O’Shanter’s house band -Ploughboys will also perform. The Guinness and Tullamore D.E.W. girls will also be on hand, adding to the festive spirit.
Food: Enjoy a wide assortment of sweet and Irish-themed eats that include sugar shamrock cookies, Bailey’s cupcakes and corn beef and cabbage.
Drink: This is one of the best places in town to get green beer. Chose from an assortment of ales and beers on tap, or from a world-class selection of scotch.
Social Media Deal: Follow The Tam on Instagram or Facebook and receive a light-up shamrock necklaces. Guests can try their luck in a drawing where the winner will receive two tickets to an upcoming Whisky Pairing Dinner. It’s a $150 value. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. (323)664-0228.
Ox & Son – Santa Monica’s hotspot is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Food: Executive Chef Brad Miller is preparing the following Irish specialties – Fish & Chips (Available 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
and Corned Beef & Cabbage Cassoulet (Available after 5 p.m.)
Drink: All Beers are ½ price. 1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 firstname.lastname@example.org (310)829-3990.
St. Patrick’s Day at Tom Bergin’s – Celebrating 80 years of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the iconic Tom Bergin’s Public House is throwing an indoor and outdoor St. Patrick’s Day bash on Thursday, March 17 from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, March 18.
Food: Early morning revelers can sidle up to the Horseshoe Bar to enjoy a traditional Irish Breakfast with two eggs, bacon or bangers, Irish beans, grilled tomato, and toasted sourdough for $12 from 6 to 10 a.m. 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.
Drink: There is no cover charge at Tom Bergin’s. Guests can enjoy a Guinness truck pouring Guinness, Guinness Blonde, Guinness IPA, and Harp Lager on tap. Guinness selection, Magners Irish Cider and Coors Lite are served in cups that turn green when beer is poured in them. These are $8 a pint. Besides plenty of beer, there will be Irish-inspired cocktails from four satellite bars for $10. Come play at two beer pong tables, while a DJ spins popular tunes.
Specials: The partially-tented area has picnic table seating and there will be plenty of Tom Bergin’s-branded merchandise for sale to help you look and feel jovial and in the party mood. A special St. Patrick’s Day “Shamrock Hour” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will also feature $6 Coors Lite. 840 S. Fairfax Ave. (323)936-7151.
Public School On Tap
Food: Enjoy a skillet-style Corned Beef Hash from March 14 to March 19, enjoy braised, house-made corned beef with a stout-mornay reduction and topped with a 6-minute egg, crispy smashed potatoes, roasted carrots and brussels sprouts.
Drink: Besides a rotating selection of craft beer taps and select Irish whiskeys, they offer an Irish whiskey flight that varies by location. 612 Flower St.Los Angeles (213) 622-4500, 9411 Culver Blvd. Culver City, (310) 558-0414 and 15300 Ventura Blvd #102G Sherman Oaks, (818) 728-9818.
Festivities: Celebrate a Proper St. Patrick’s Day with tradtional Irish music. Listen to the jamming Irish Trio made up of frontman Dave Soyars from the LA Celtic Band, Craicmore, plus David Williams (Mandolin) and Steve Pribyl (Bodhran, Irish Pipes). They’ll be serving up traditional Irish Music and fine Celtic Craic at The Flintridge Proper from 3-6 on St. Patrick’s Day.
Food: The Fun food items include Irish Potato pancakes with leek and thyme cream,Welsh Rarebit with soda bread, housemade Corn Beef and Cabbage, and Steak and Guinness Pie.
Drink: Sip some of the killer Celtic cocktails that include a Celtic float with Guinness, Irish Coffee with Jameson or Pot O’Gold with Tullamore Dew with honey and lemon. 464 Foothill Blvd. (818) 790-4888.
Wear Green to The Manhattan House –
Food: Head Chef, Diana Stavaridis prepares a limited-edition corned beef Reuben featuring in-house baked bread, Korean corned beef and kimchi with pickled in chili aioli.
Drink: Feel the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day while enjoying Irish cuisine paired with an extensive draft beer selection. Honor the Irish by ordering a shot of Jameson with their draft beer for $10. The bar is making an “Irish Mule” cocktail for $8 throughout the evening on March 17.
Specials: Guests who come in the restaurant wearing any green article of clothing will receive a free scoop of a special edition Guinness-infused ice cream with a purchase of any food or drink item. The restaurant’s kitchen will be open for dining today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Their bar will stay open until 12 a.m. 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310)574-2277.
Hopdoddy’s Green Eggs & Ham Burger –
Food: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its Luck-O-The-Doddy Burger on March 17 only. It’s made with a green egg bun, green beer cheese, Kennebec fries, beef patty, white onion, tomato, lettuce and a sassy sauce. Other March specials include Green Eggs & Ham burger featuring a beef patty, prosciutto, fried egg, Manchebo cheese, salsa verde, onion, tomato and arugula on a fresh-out-of-the-oven egg bun. Enjoy it with a creamy strawberry buttermilk pie shake. It’s made with house made buttermilk custard that is perfectly blended with flaky pie crust crumbles, vanilla ice cream and triple sec marinated strawberries for the ultimate sweet and tart treat.
Drink: A refreshing cocktail to enjoy in March is the cilantro jalapeño margarita featuring jalapeno-infused tequila, muddled fresh jalapeño and cilantro. It’s shaken to frenzy with house-made triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice and a kiss of agave nectar. 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd, #116 in El Segundo (310)414-2337 and 12746 Jefferson Blvd, #1120 in Playa Vista (310)410-2337.
Paul Martin’s American Grill
Food: On Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 enjoy a $25 special for St. Patrick’s Day that includes a house salad and braised corned beef with cabbage, baby carrots, and red potatoes.
Drink: Great beers and wine on tap. Festive cocktails. 2361 Rosecrans Ave. El Segundo (310)643-9300. Boneyard Bistro
Food: On St. Patrick’s Day they will only serve beer battered cod fish and chips with seasoned fries, malt vinegar and tartar sauce.
Drink: Enjoy with over 42 beers on tap and over 100 craft beers. 3539 Ventura Blvd. (818)906-7427.
St. Patrick’s Day at Eveleigh
Drink: There are four specialty cocktails offered and three different whiskey flights on Thursday, March 17. Sip an Irish Goodbye made with Jameson Caskmate, Ransom Old Tom Gin, mint, lemon, simple and angostura bitters,. It’s served on crushed ice with a fresh mint garnish. The
Dublin Fizz might be a good one to try with Jameson Caskmate, maple syrup, egg whites and stout. The Battle of the Boyne is mixed with Jameson black, amontillado sherry, lemon, cane sugar and orange essence. The last special cocktail is The Ploughman mixed with Green Spot Irish whiskey, apple gomme, forbidden bitters and lemon essence. Want to try some whiskey flights? There is a plain potato flight has Jameson, Jameson caskmate, Jameson Black. Or try a Sheppard’s pie flight with a glass of Teelings small batch, Green Spot and Red breast 12yr. Last is the corn beef and cabbage flight has Teelings Single Grain, Yellow Spot, and Teelings Single Malt. 8752 W. Sunset Blvd. (424)239-1630.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day laughing with your favorite comedians. This show starts at 8 p.m. and is filled with comedy gold. The stars of the night include Kate Quigley, Geoff Keith, Esau McGraw, Ari Shaffir, Jay Hollingsworth, Harland Williams. Pre-sale general admission tickets are $17. General admission is based on a first come first serve and may be standing room only.Pre-sale priority is $27 with VIP admission getting you an early entry with no waiting in line and guaranteed seating. Prices at the door are $20 for general admission and $30 priority admission. Purchase your tickets in advance over the phone or online. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Bottle service is available with reserved seating. Guests must purchase priority tickets to be eligible. Guests must be 21 years old. 8001 Sunset Blvd. (323)656-1336 Ext. 1, http://www.laughfactory.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Brent’s Deli
Food: Whether you’re a lad, lass, shiksa or mensch, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, Guinness and Matzo ball. Corned beef and cabbage is a staple in the Irish and Jewish community. On St. Patrick’s Day Brent’s Deli sells as many as 500 orders per restaurant. Brent’s also offers beef stew and an ample-size serving of cabbage soup and shepherd’s pie with Brent’s own unique twist. Other items that lend some St. Patrick’s Day cheer include lightly fried golden brown potato latkes, served with sour cream and cherry-apple sauce. There is cabbage soup, and corned beef hash with poached eggs. Brent’s also offers an array of breakfast entrees, sandwiches, appetizers, traditional deli favorites, and a full bakery.
Drink: At the Westlake Village location, the full bar is offering a 16-ounce Guinness on tap and green beer for $3. For two dollars more you can enjoy a 23 oz. beer. Other specials on this festive day include $5 Irish coffees. During Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. well drinks are $5 and get $1 off draft beers. The bar offers complimentary appetizers plus the Drink of the Day for $5.
Special: Brent’s catering services delivers its signature corned beef and full menu of favorites to San Diego up to Santa Barbara. They even will drive out to Palm Springs. Brent’s Deli has two locations – Northridge and Westlake Village. 19565 Parthenia St. (818)886-5679 and 2799 Townsgate Road. (805)557-1882.
The Upper West Celebrates with Clovers and Cocktails
Festivities: Wear your best green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from 5 to 10 p.m. with live music, raffle, silent auction. The Upper West will donate 25% of food and drink proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Two local Mar Vista marathon runners, Jessica Balsam and Holly Sortomme, are running in the upcoming Boston and Vancouver Marathons in honor and support of their friends who are fighting against breast cancer. They’re raising funds for the BCRF where 91 cents of each dollar spent by BCRF goes directly to research and awareness programs. So come celebrate and help raise money to support breast cancer research in hope of finding a cure. Raffle prizes, silent auction items and live music throughout the night. 3321 Pico Blvd. (310)586-1111. https://give.bcrfcure.org/fightingforfriends.
Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival in Downtown LA
Festivities: Originally built in 1916 as a general store and Turkish bath house, Casey’s Irish Pub opened in 1969 before being annexed into Cedd Moses’ 213 Hospitality group in 2007. The underground pub, set in one of Central Downtown Los Angeles’ only single-story buildings hosts their annual street festival on St. Patrick’s Day. Come to the front of the bar on Grand Avenue in Downtown LA to enjoy food, green beer, whiskey, games and DJs. Admission is free before 3:30 pm. The party starts at 6 a.m. to March 18 2 a.m. 613 S. Grand Ave. (213)629-2353.
St. Patrick’s Day at the LA Farmers Market
Festivities: Come to the all-day celebration at the LA Farmers Market. Be sure to visit Magee’s Kitchen serving up their famous nitrate-free corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green beer and imported Irish beers will be served throughout the day. Follow Glen the Bagpiper as he strolls through the Market from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Later in the day, starting at 7 p.m. there will be a live Irish Band on the West Patio. The cost is free and parking is free with validation
PLAN CHECK KITCHEN & BAR
Food: All three locations (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown) are serving shamrock-centric specials from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. Executive Chef, Ernesto Uchimura goes the extra mile and double-smokes Plan Check’s corned beef until it becomes pastrami. Plan Check’s reimagined St. Patrick’s Day dishes feature:
· Pastrami Nosh ($13) – double-smoked pastrami, melty Swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, and a sunny fried egg.
· Pastrami Burger ($14.50) – beef patty, pastrami, melty Swiss cheese, pickles, kimchi mustard, and a panko-crusted crunch bun.
· Pastrami Gravy Fries ($9) – beef tallow fries, pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melty Swiss cheese, and chopped pickles.
Drink: Sip a celebratory Plan Check’s Emerald Isle-inspired Jameson Grasshopper Milkshake* ($10), which blends vanilla ice cream with Jameson, minty grasshopper cookies, and plenty of whipped cream. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, (310)444-1411, 351 N Fairfax Ave.West Hollywood (323)591-0094 and 1111 Wilshire Blvd. DTLA (213) 403-1616 – http://www.plancheck.com.