Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in LA

Piper Glenny T at The Original Farmer’s Market March 17, 2022. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Have you made plans for St. Patrick’s Day yet? The holiday celebrating Ireland’s patron saint is this Friday. Get the party started early this Thursday with a St. Patrick’s Day Dance Party at The Rock Steady Lounge at Akbar in Silver Lake.

Savor while learning during a Teeling Whiskey tasting at the brand-new bar The Liberties of Dublin or listen to bagpipes and drink green beer on a Westside golf course. Combine March Madness viewing with St. Paddy’s liveliness, drink and dance at McSchmitty’s – your local neighborhood gay bar, go tiki, hit up an Irish-Italian party in Pedro, or simply enjoy a Guinness Chocolate cupcake or classic corned beef with cabbage.

You’ll find a few ideas below.

Share a Whisky Tasting Experience at a New Irish Bar in DTLA
Experience an hour-long Teeling Whiskey tasting at The Liberties of Dublin. Opening March 15, this Downtown bar promises modern Irish hospitality, rather than cliches. For just $10, everyone who makes a reservation for this Phoenix Parlor Snug Series event on March 17 will enjoy two drams of Teeling Whiskey, along with an Irish Coffee made with the exclusive Variety x Teeling Small Batch Roast. Guests are encouraged to ask questions while exploring the whiskeys. You can make a reservation via TOCK.

Party at One of LA’s Oldest Restaurants
A century-old favorite of Hollywood icons like Walt Disney and Rudolph Valentino, Tam O’Shanter will be home to an epic St. Patrick’s Day party. The fun begins on March 17 at noon on the patio and in various tents offering tasty food, drinks, and live entertainment. The party will go well into the night. Come get your fill of green beer, pub food, and rockin’ music in Atwater Village. Cover is $10, or get an elaborate VIP experience for $149.

Bagpipes, Bob Dylan Tribute, Green Beer & More
Penmar Gold Course in Venice is home to St. Penmar’s: Festival on the Green this March 17. Listen to Bob Dylan tribute band Jack of Hearts, bagpipes from City of Angels Pipe Band, DJ Coowhip, and more. Enjoy the green beer garden, Bushmills VIP Lounge, Irish food and drink specials, whiskey tastings, beer pong, a photo booth, and much more. The Gastro Garage popup will feature blowtorching of their famous nitrous-injected brioche-style donuts. General admission is $25, while VIP is $55. The festival goes from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., and tickets can be bought here

Buy Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes
Purchase delicious St. Paddy’s goodies, including Chocolate Guinness cupcakes, shamrock frosted sugar cookies, and the Kiss Me I’m Irish Cupcake box at SusieCakes. If you’re more of a DIYer, SusieCakes also sells cupcake and sugar cookie mixes. Known for simple, natural ingredients without preservatives. you can find Find SusieCakes in DTLA, Mid-City, Studio City, Brentwood, Pasadena, Marina Del Rey, Woodland Hills, Long Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

Make Merry at The Original Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market is hosting a lively St. Patrick’s Day, starting with Glenny T the Strolling Bagpiper from 12:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Food options include Traditional Irish Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Potatoes at Magee’s Kitchen ($18.25) and Corned Beef & Cabbage with a slice of pie at Du Par’s ($23.95). Local Ice is offering handmade St. Patrick’s Day flavors (Irish Coffee, Dark Chocolate Guinness, and Whiskey Caramel Ice Cream). Get a Guinness Stout or green beer from E.B.’s Beer & Wine or locally brewed Dry Irish Stout or Irish Pale Ale at Bar 326. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., see the Merry Minstrels musical performance on West Patio.

Enjoy Gourmet Irish Food, Cocktails and Bagpipes at LA’s Cool New Pub
The Auld Fella took up residence in Culver City in the fall of 2019 (In case Santa Monica’s pubs are too far). It’s more modern than your usual pub, with a full menu including traditional Irish fare like sausage rolls, fish and chips, bangers and mash and meat pies, with re-imaginings like an Irish cheese plate and mac and cheese made with truffled Old Dubliner. They also deliver fancy shmancy steakhouse fare, and my favorite dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding. Don’t worry, you can also get your corned beef and cabbage fix. Glenny T will be piping there on St. Patricks Day from 4-5 p.m. Don’t forget to order their famous St Patrick’s Day Cocktail!

Merge March Madness Viewing with St. Paddy’s Day Partying
Combine St. Patrick’s Day with March Madness at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach. Hoops. The St. Patrick’s Day x Marina Madness Watch Party is happening in The Portofino’s ocean-facing Bayside Ballroom. Guests can watch basketball all day, hear live DJ music, play cornhole on the Seaside Lawn, and favor specialty drinks. Come for morning or afternoon viewing or purchase an all-day ticket. You can find more info here.

Revel at an Irish Tiki Party in NoHo
The Original St. Patrick’s Day Irish Tiki Party returns to the Tonga Hut in NoHo. LA’s oldest surviving tiki bar will host an Irish potluck at 1pm. The party starts at 4pm with drink specials all day. They will have Irish shots, Durango’s Tacos, prizes, the release of a new specialty mug, and an Irish/Tiki Costume Party, which you know will be awesome. Free, but you really need to dress the part.

Get Day Drunk and Revel in Tradition at this Iconic Santa Monica Bar
Brennan’s has been the place to party for St Pat’s for decades. Your mom probably threw up here. That’s tradition! Start the party off early or pregame with Brennan’s green drinks and cocktails. They will also have bagpipers, live music by Decadent Decades, DJ Fliptz and DJ Czar spinning tunes, prizes, and a photo booth sponsored by The Venice Paparazzi, who will gift a complimentary 4 x 6 printout and digital photos for all guests, courtesy of Brennan’s. $10 Cover.

Savor All-Day Happy Hour at a Santa Monica Pizzeria & Wine Bar
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Santa Monica’s beloved Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar is offering all-day happy hour. St. Patrick’s Day deals include $5 drafts, $5 select glasses of wine, $8 select cocktails, $7.95 bar bites, and more.

Savor an Affordable Four-Course Meal at an Iconic Diner
So Cal diner NORMS is offering a special four-course meal on St. Patrick’s Day for just $15.99. Diners will savor Corned Beef & Cabbage with Irish Potatoes, soup of the day, your choice of side Caesar or mixed green salad, and one scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

Get Your Irish on with a Side of Punk Rock with Flogging Molly
It is tradition for LA locals Flogging Molly to play the Hollywood Palladium on Saint Patrick’s Day. The opening bands this year will be Skinny Lister and Anti-Flag. It does not look like they will be hosting their usual daytime free gig outside, but maybe it’s just so top secret this year no one told me? The tour also stops by Riverside Municipal Auditorium on March 18. 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. $73 General Admission. Doors at 6:30 p.m. TICKETS.

Sing, Dance, and Race Leprechauns at Your Neighborhood Gay Bar     
Schmitty’s in WeHo becomes McSchmitty’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Friday with $5 shots of Slane Irish Whiskey, $5 cans of Guinness, and $8 “Off Yer Tits” Irish Coffee drinks⁠ from 3pm until 2am. Get in the mood with Irish jigs played live on the piano by composer and Broadway star Greg Nabours, sing-alongs, and an all-vinyl DJ set from Steve Taylor Days, and leprechaun races with prizes (OK, this sounds like a Stefon sketch). No cover.

Keep the Party Going on Saturday with San Pedro’s Gaelic and Garlic Party
LA is a mashup of cultures, and where else but in San Pedro could you celebrate at an Irish-Italian event sponsored by the Little Italy of Los Angeles Association? Enjoy the food, entertainment and music of both countries, a beer garden, at this free event (and if you are following him, yes, Glenny T will be piping). 629 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731. Maybe next year they will add the Croatians. Get your free tickets here.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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