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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, March 17 unless otherwise noted.
Located in the Arts District, Angel City Brewery is hosting the annual St. Patrick's Day party from noon to 7pm. Highlights of the day include:
- Irish Coffee Stout pouring all day long
- Irish songs led by Opera on Tap Los Angeles
- Corned Beef Tacos from Downtown Taco Co.
- Performances by NOVALA, The Sound of Ghosts, Abby and The Myth, Sarah & the Starlights, DJ Mark Hayes
No cover, 21 and over. Note: the music ends at 7pm, but the Public House will be open until 2am.
On Saturday, March 17, Casey’s Irish Pub celebrates the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Spanning four blocks of Downtown L.A., the massive event will feature 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, 30+ bartenders, DJ sets, and traditional Irish fare from Casey’s. On Saturday, Casey's will open at 6 a.m. Entry to the festival is free before 1 p.m. After 1 p.m., admission is $20 and includes entry to the festival and Casey's. Enter at Wilshire & Hope, tickets available at entrance.
ETA is hosting the second annual St. Patrick Ewing Day on Saturday, March 17. The Highland Park favorite is featuring drink specials from Espolon Tequila, Jameson, Left Hand Brewing, food specials, and New York DJ sets by Boogie Down DJ and Special Guests. "No Green Attire, Fake Irish Accents, Georgetown Letterman Jackets Required!" No cover, 21 and over.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Leprechaun, Screamfest presents a special Fears & Beers screening at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. The cult classic, which stars Warwick Davis in the title role and Jennifer Aniston in her film debut, tells the tale of an evil, sadistic Leprechaun who goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. Following the screening, a Q&A with director Mark Jones, John Sanderford, and other cast TBA. Tickets are $16 and include a complimentary Breckenridge Nitro Irish Stout beer for guests 21 and over.
Ticket holders are invited to arrive early and participate in the Leprechaun Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt. The game starts at 6pm sharp at the Screamfest Will Call table in the lobby and will last one hour. A smartphone with camera is needed for photos by at least one team member. Singles can be paired up, or parties of two with additional players to create a team of four. Gather scavenger items while completing as many photo challenges as possible. The winning team will be announced on stage after the screening. Your Pot of Gold awaits!
After closing its Sunset Boulevard location in December 2014, the beloved Cat & Fiddle pub reopened in June 2017 at the former Mud Tavern space on Highland Avenue. For the first St. Patrick's Day in its new digs, the Cat is hosting a full day of festivities that includes a parking lot party with the Guinness Truck serving multiple Irish and British beers on tap. Brunch will be served from 10:30am to 3pm; the famous Corned Beef and Cabbage will be served all day; $5 Guinness Pints from 4-6pm; and DJ at 9pm.
Located on Vine Street, The Three Clubs is a dimly lit cocktail lounge with deep leather banquettes, velvet wallpaper and Vegas-style carpeting. Opened in 1991 by nightlife veterans Marc Smith and Matthew Webb, The Three Clubs' classic drinks and old school Hollywood vibe were years ahead of the modern craft cocktail movement. The adjacent Back Bar Stage features a wide range of nightly entertainment, including live music, comedy, cabaret and burlesque.
On St. Patrick's Day, Three Clubs welcomes L.A.'s own R.A.B. for a special 4th anniversary performance, Random Acts of St. Patrick's Day. R.A.B. will be joined by fellow Celtic musicians, Toad Corners, with parody songs by Library Bards, and traditional Irish dancing by Everything Celtic. Doors at 4:30pm, live entertainment from 5-10pm, followed by a DJ from 10 till close. No cover, 21 and over.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Original Farmers Market with traditional Irish food, fun activities for the kids, and live music. Glen the Bagpiper will be strolling the Market from noon-3 p.m. Live performances include Celtic Camerata (11:30am-1:30pm) and The Blackwaterside Trio (3-5pm) on the East Patio; and Lilt 'n Tang on the West Patio (6-9pm). The Market's first eatery, Magee's Kitchen, is serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potato plate special all day long. Green beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B's and Bar 326.
Located on Fairfax Avenue a half-mile south of The Original Farmers Market, 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.
Molly's opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. Live music includes a Bagpiper (11:30am & 1pm), Irish music by Ken O'Malley and Howl'n Wake, Green Natives (rock), Talkback (rock & reggae) and The Doorknockers (rock n roll). Ticket prices vary during the day and are available at the door only.
Opened in 1922, the Tam O’Shanter is known as the oldest restaurant in L.A. that’s operated by the same family in the same location. On Saturday, March 17, "the Tam" presents a day-long celebration of all that is good and Irish, featuring a party tent, live music and more. The festivities include Guinness kegs, green brew, Irish fare, raffles, and more. The St. Patrick's Day celebration "starts early and ends late." $5 cover to enter the tent. Lunch and dinner reservations are available from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For the first time, VIP tickets are available for guests to enjoy a suite of special privileges, inclusive drink and food, and giveaways! Priced at $175 per person, the limited VIP tickets include:
- Exclusive VIP seating on the Tam's new patio, limited to only 50 people
- Tables inside the music tent for VIP guests only
- Open buffet from the famous Lawry’s Silver Cart from 2-4pm & 7-9pm, featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage, Brisket, Vegetarian options, and Dessert ($75 value)
- 5 Drink Tickets good for beverages on the patio and in the entertainment tent ($40 value)
- Exclusive bar on the patio with VIP-only hourly specials
- Entry into exclusive VIP raffles each worth over $200
- Meet & Greet with Tullamore Dew and Carlsberg promo teams plus giveaways
The Pub at Golden Road Brewing is hosting an all-day St. Patrick's Day celebration from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. Specials include $5 pints of Irish Red Ale and Nitro Stout, $15 select pitchers, and live music by Green With Envy 1-5pm.
Golden Road's outlet at the landmark Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A. will also be pouring $5 pints of Irish Red Ale and Nitro Stout all day.
Burbank favorite Tony’s Darts Away presents a St. Paddy’s celebration on Saturday, March 17. Enjoy freshly tapped Stalking Horse brews, which will be a-flowing all day at TDA, featuring Far & Away Irish Red Ale and Spawny Irish Stout, along with Chef Crispy’s vegan-friendly Irish food specials.
The landmark North Hollywood Tiki bar, Tonga Hut presents the St. Paddy's Day Tiki Party from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Irish-Tiki mashup features green Tiki drink specials all day, Happy Hour 4-8pm, $3 Luck o' the Irish shots, Durangos Irish Tacos, "exotic Irish line dancing," and prizes for the best Irish Tiki attire. No cover, 21 and over.
The acclaimed Brentwood restaurant, TAVERN presents Chef Suzanne Goin’s Irish-inspired dishes for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 17. The à la carte selections include Corned Beef & Cabbage with house-made corned beef brisket with braised red cabbage, potatoes & parsley-mustard sauce; Beer Battered Fish 'n Chips with Guinness-battered pollock, fried potatoes, tartar sauce & malt vinegar; and for dessert, Green Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting & Guinness ice cream.
To pair with the specials, Lucques Group head barman, Christiaan Röllich is offering the Irish Kiss with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Murphy's Stout, and rosemary; an Irish Whiskey flight of Jameson, Powers and Bushmills; and Murphy's Stout. The St. Patrick's Day food and drink specials are available for lunch from 11 a.m. and dinner from 5 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse, a Westside brewpub combining traditional Cornish fare with an onsite craft brewery in a welcoming British pub setting. On Saturday, March 17, guests can enjoy $5 Stalking Horse pints all day, including their very own Spawny Irish Stout. The brunch special is Corned Beef Hash with potatoes, peppers, horseradish and sunny eggs. Dinner features Corned Beef Roast with braised cabbage, mashed potatoes and onion gravy. The regular menu - including numerous vegan items - will also be available.
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 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.
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 and Friday nights, and a DJ on Saturdays. There’s karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9 p.m.
A Marina del Rey favorite since 1972, Brennan's reopened in December 2017 with a renovated indoor/outdoor space by acclaimed designer Ricki Kline (The Varnish, Seven Grand et al), updated menu, and the famed turtle races on the third Thursday of the month.
The St. Patrick's Day tradition returns to Brennan’s on Saturday, March 17 with an all-day party from 6am to 2am, featuring green beer, food specials and live music. Specials include Irish Tots (Vegan/Non-Vegan), Corned Beef Sandwich, Brats (V/NV), and Soft Pretzel with Mustard. Music by The Dueling Piano guys, Git ‘er Done, Dair Band, Dinosaur Tooth, Black Hips and more. No cover until noon, 21 and over.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Whiskey Red's presents the 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Patio Party, featuring a festive evening with 180-degree views of the harbor on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Taking place from 5-10 p.m., the Patio Party includes DJ and dancing, small bites (5-7pm), green beer, drink specials and more. $50 gift card prize for best dressed. Tickets are $20 per person and available at Eventbrite. 21 and over.
On Saturday, March 17, sample delicious stouts and let the luck of the Irish lead you to a big win at the annual St. Paddy’s Trackside Celebration at Santa Anita Park. Taking place from noon to 4:30 p.m., the event includes:
- Four 3 oz. stout tastings
- One full craft beer
- Club House admission
- Racing program
- Wagering tip sheet
- Access to trackside seating area on the homestretch
The special trackside menu includes Corned Beef & Cabbage with Boiled Potatoes, Reuben Burgers, Bavarian Pretzel, and Grilled Adena Hot Dog. The St. Paddy's package is priced at $28 and on sale at the Santa Anita website.