St. Patrick’s Day Without so Much Green Beer and Vomit

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Would you like to enjoy St Patrick’s Day with a family-friendly event, or at least get through the holiday without anyone throwing up on your shoes? We have sought out events where the main event isn’t drinking. There will be some drinking, sure, I mean it is St. Paddy’s Day! But it will not be the drunken debauchery that has come to define the day when everyone is Irish.

QUEEN MARY’S SAINT PATRICK’S DAY EVE PUB STROLL

Saturday, March 16, the Queen Mary will host its first St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll from 7 p.m. until Midnite. In spite of the somewhat wordy name, the idea is simple. The ship’s huge Art Deco salons will be transformed into Irish Pubs, and you can spend the evening strolling from one to the other. It’s kind of like a pub crawl, but classier. Enjoy traditional Irish music performances by artists including The Poxy Boggards, Sportive Tricks, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The entire family can drink, dance, and feast on traditional Irish food. Tickets: Adult (12+ Years): $22.00 Online, $25.00 Door Price. Child (Ages 4-11): $12.00 Online, $15.00 Door Price. Parking is $15 per vehicle on-site.

The Queen Mary – 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA., 90802

ST. PATRICKS DAY EVE WITH OLLIN AT THE REDWOOD

On Saturday, March 16, Ollin will return to play its annual Pogues show in which they cover the songs so well they were invited to open for the actual Pogues on several occasions. They have been know to cover the entire album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, or sometimes it is just a general Pogues set. This time around they will be joined by Pogue tribute band “Dirty Old Town.” The show starts at 8 PM. $10. Drink specials. 21+ There won’t be a special menu that we are aware of, but The Redwood makes a damn fine plate of Fish & Chips.

FLOGGING MOLLY CONCERT, FESTIVAL, AND KROQ PARKING LOT PARTY AT THE PALLADIUM

The Irish-American punk rock band Flogging Molly will play the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 17, 2019. To further commemorate the  holiday, KROQ 106.7/FM will be hosting a parking lot pre-party before L.A. band’s show with free Irish food, games, Irish-themed music and dancers, and drink specials from noon until the doors open at 6 p.m. Admission to the pre-party is free for those 21-and-older with online reservation. A separate ticket to the actual concert is required for Flogging Molly at the Hollywood Palladium for $49.50, at LiveNation.com.

Hollywood Palladium – 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles (Hollywood)

25TH ANNUAL HERMOSA BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The parade is Saturday, March 16, 2019, and starts at 11 a.m. A popular tradition in Hermosa Beach, the Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws about 20,000 spectators and participants. “Over 100 local businesses, civic organizations and school marching bands will take part in the seven-block parade down Pier Avenue.” The Irish theme of Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated by the many participants in the festivities, including bagpipers from the Emerald Society, floats, horses and four-legged friends from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. The parade begins at the staging area near City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

PUPPETS, IRISH DANCE, AND BAGPIPES AT ONE COLORADO

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, One Colorado will have festive “Irish gigs and jigs” in the Courtyard on St. Paddy’s, including St. Paddy’s DIY Leprechaun Puppets from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Cleary Irish Dance Performance and Lesson from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm, and The Pasadena Scots Bagpipes and Drums from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. This is a free and family-friendly event.

One Colorado – 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVE BRUNCH CRUISE WITH HORNBLOWER

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a KJAZZ brunch cruise on Sunday, March 17, 2019, featuring a 2-2.5 hour Cruise Aboard a Yacht in Marina del Rey, your own private table, a boarding glass of chilled champagne or sparkling cider, a Brunch Buffet, live jazz, and views of Marina del Rey. There’s even FREE Wi-fi for all those Instagrammable moments. The Cruise Brunch menu features a Bakery Station, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast with sliced berries, Classic French crepes, and Seasonal Salads. There’s a Seafood Station, Hot Selection with scrambled eggs, country roasted potatoes, smoked bacon, sausage links, and breakfast quiche, a Carving Board, and an assortment of desserts. There is unlimited Champagne, coffee, tea, soda, and juice for the duration of the cruise, with a bar that will serve other beer, wine, mixed cocktails, and St. Patrick’s Day cocktail specials.

Hornblower Cruises and Events – 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

ST. PATRICK’S DAY BOILERMAKER DINNER AT CHEZ MELANGE

Chez Melange will be hosting a 5-course dinner pairing authentic Irish food choices paired with Irish whisky and beer along with guest speaker, British beer and Irish whiskey maven, Daniel Greer. The dinner courses will feature Cider Steamed Cockles with root vegetables (Guinness Blonde and Jamesons Caskmates Stout Edition), a Rustic Stout Pork Rillette with soda bread (Wexford Irish Cream Ale and Redbreast Lustau), Irish Veal and Farro Pudding (Guinness Draught and Jameson Black Barrel), Lamb Osso Bucco “Corned Beef Style”with kale and parsnip mash (Murphy’s Stout and Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017), and an Irish Cream Trifle (Irish Coffee). Tickets are $55 plus tax and services for the St. Patrick’s Day Boilermaker Dinner, Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

Chez Melange – 1611 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

TAVERN AND THE LARDER PRESENT ST. PATRICK’S DAY DISHES

The Lucques Group’s Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day brunch and dinner with special dishes that guests may enjoy at their restaurants Tavern and The Larder at Tavern, or as take-away dinners. The Brentwood restaurant Tavern will present Goin’s Irish-inspired dishes for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 17, 2019, with à la carte selections such as Corned Beef Hash (brunch only), Corned Beef & Cabbage (from Suzanne Goin’s award-winning cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques; dinner only), Beer-Battered Fish ‘n Chips, and for dessert, Green Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting and Guinness ice cream, created by Executive Pastry Chef Noubar Yessayan. All items are featured in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus and are available for take-home convenience from The Larder. The food and drink specials are available for brunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and for dinner service from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day dishes for take-out and orders require at least 48 hours advance notice.

Tavern and The Larder at Tavern – 11648 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

GRIFFINS OF KINSALE – A GOOD TIME IN SOUTH PAS, BUT NO GREEN BEER HERE

Snug Irish “public house” Griffins of Kinsale, right off the Gold Line in South Pasadena, on Mission. With its wood booths, decorative bronze ceiling tiles, the pub hosts live music four nights a week with acts including the Brilliant Gypsies, Ken O’Malley, Smithfield Bargain, and local musician Brad Colerick.  St. Patrick’s Day will be an all-day celebration, beginning at 7:30 a.m., where they will serve an Irish Breakfast and Irish Coffees, “Irish dancers will perform at 10:30 a.m., a music video release screening of South Pasadena’s favorite local band, The Drive, will be at 2 p.m., and bands Crimson and Crowbar will perform at 4 p.m. and Howl and Wake at 8 p.m, with bagpipes and drums making appearances throughout the day! There will be no green beer here, but there are “Four Irish” on tap–Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, and Kilkenny–to wash down traditional Irish comfort foods on the menu like Shepherd´s Pie, Lamb Stew, Corn Beef & Cabbage with boiled potatoes, Banger & Mash, and Guinness Brats. Guinness and Jameson will be flowing ALL DAY!” No cover and it’s first come, first served.

Griffins of Kinsale – 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, California 91030

THE CAT AND FIDDLE FOR ST. PATRICK’S, WITH BURLESQUE!

Sunday, March 17, 2019, the Cat and Fiddle Pub & Restaurant is celebrating their second St Patrick’s Day at their NEW location on Highland and Melrose, with a parking lot party, on the intimate patio, and cozy inside. Opening at 10:30 a.m. they’ll serve their Full English Breakfast, with $6 Bloody Marys and Mimosas until 3 p.m. For lunch and dinner, they’ll serve Corned Beef and Cabbage and English Sunday Roast (roast beef, chicken, or veggie) while it lasts, with discounted $5 Guinness from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., with DJ entertainment by recording artist Juggs, burlesque, and more!

Cat & Fiddle – 742 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

ST. PADDY’S DAY TIKI PARTY – TONGA HUT

Not your traditional “Irish Pub,” landmark North Hollywood Tiki bar, Tonga Hut will present its Annual St. Paddy’s Day Tiki Party from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019. This Irish-Tiki mashup features green Tiki drink specials all day, featuring bartender Syd’s Black Rose of Belfast of Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey with rose, lemon, and black pepper, and perhaps a “Green” Hawaiian. Happy Hour is from 4-8 p.m., with $3 Luck o’ the Irish shots, Durangos Irish Tacos, and the popular St Paddy’s Day Mug Release. No cover.

Tonga Hut – 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood 91606

TAM O’SHANTER ANNUAL FESTIVAL AND ST. PATRICK’S DAY VIP EXPERIENCE

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Tam O’Shanter will once again host its annual festival for St. Patrick’s Day where you can get your green on and be Irish for a day at this landmark “Scottish-styled” restaurant and pub that features over 300 whiskeys! With their holiday tent open all day in the parking lot serving traditional Irish fare of corned beef, cabbage, and Guinness while live Irish music plays throughout the day. The festival is from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, Tam O’Shanter is offering up a VIP experience “for a whole suite of special privileges, inclusive drink and food, and giveaways!” With limited seating on their new patio for up to 50 guests, table seating will inside the music tent exclusively for VIP guests only, with an open buffet from the famous Lawry’s Silver Cart from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., that features corn beef & cabbage, brisket, vegetarian options, and dessert.
The VIP price also includes five drink tickets good for beverages on the patio and in the entertainment tent with hourly specials at the exclusive patio bar, with limited VIP raffle entries for prizes from Carlsberg Brewery, Tullamore Dew Whisky and Gift Card packages to Lawry’s Restaurants worth over $200 each. There will also be a meet ‘n greet with Carlsberg promotions teams, plus other giveaways. The VIP ticket package is $179 per ticket.

Tam O’Shanter – 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

OK, MAYBE THERE WILL BE SOME GREEN BEER…

TASTE THE LUCK OF THE IRISH AT THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET

Meet me at 3rd and Fairfax on Sunday, March 17, 2019, for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event. From 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. you can enjoy traditional Irish fare from Magee’s Kitchen, quaff a Guinness from EB’s Beer & Wine, and enjoy live music all day long.

For St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market channel your inner Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, 2019. This family-friendly celebration includes Irish-themed fun with Market classics from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., where you can enjoy live strolling bagpipe music, Irish duo Celtic Camerata, and, if you are lucky, you can catch a photo with a strolling leprechaun! When the sun goes down, enjoy a live performance from Irish-American rock band Lilt’N’Tang. Come enjoy singing, dancing and a whole lot of good cheer at Third & Fairfax – and don’t forget to wear something green! Glen the Bagpiper and a strolling leprechaun will entertain from 12:00-3:00 pm. Celtic Camerata will be performing on the East Patio from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and Lilt’N’Tang will be performing live on the West Patio from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Taste the Luck of Irish: Magee’s Kitchen, one of the Market’s oldest merchants, has been serving its famous corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes since 1917. Grab a plate of this perennial favorite and chow down on traditional Irish fare! There may be a line, but it’s worth the wait. On the East Patio, pop-up bar Local Ice will be serving themed flavors including Whisky Caramel, Chocolate Guinness, and Irish Coffee for a sweet treat. EB’s Beer & Wine will be pouring festive green beers and Guinness all day at their West Patio location.

All events are free and open to the public. Parking at the Farmers Market is free for 90 minutes with a purchase and validation from any Market merchant. One-hour free parking is available in The Grove parking structure.

The Original Farmers Market – 6333 W Third St. Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-933-9211

ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL – CASEY’S

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, Casey’s Irish Pub celebrates the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival from 11 a.m. to midnight. Spanning four blocks of Downtown L.A., the massive event will feature more than 400 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, dozens of bartenders, 12 hours of DJ sets, and traditional Irish fare from Casey’s. Casey’s will open at 6 a.m. Entry to the festival is free before 11 a.m. and $20 after. Enter at Wilshire and Flower, tickets available at the entrance.

Casey’s Irish Pub – 613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90017

ONE LAST ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT THE BUCHANAN ARMS IN BURBANK

Although recently sold and now in escrow, the Buchanan Arms Restaurant and Pub is still open and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, with expectations to be open until at least April 2019. Serving lunch and dinner daily starting at 11:00 a.m., their final St Patrick ‘s Day is now currently featuring corned beef and cabbage “every day through March.” Check directly with the restaurant for any entertainment detail updates.

Buchanan Arms – 2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, California 91506

And if that’s not enough, check out our map of every single pub in Los Angeles:

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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