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 Friday, 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 Friday, March 17 unless otherwise noted.
Sir Van Morrison is performing at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on St. Patrick's Day. The legendary Irish singer-songwriter will also be in concert at The Ace on Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. Boasting one of the most revered catalogues in music history, "Van the Man" is renowned for his signature transcendental performance style, which spans soul, R&B, jazz, blues and Celtic tradition. All ages. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Located in the Arts District, Angel City Brewery is hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day party from noon to 2 a.m. Angel City will be pouring its signature beers and hosting live music from 6-9pm, including We the Folk (6pm), The Lavender Scare (7pm) and The Howling Faith (8pm). Nosh on corned beef tacos from Downtown Taco Co., and green ice cream and churros from Ridges Churro Bar.
On March 17, Casey’s Irish Pub celebrates the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The massive 20-hour event will feature 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, 30+ bartenders, and food provided by Casey’s and Pellicola Pizzeria. The street festival will also include DJ sets by DJ Short Shorts, Aaron Castle, Step Dad and Roller Radio.
Casey's will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Entry to the festival is free before 3:30 p.m. After 3:30, admission is $20 and includes entry to the festival and Casey's.
One of Downtown L.A.'s hidden gems, Far Bar in Little Tokyo is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with an all-day Social Hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include $2 jello shots, $3 Sapporos, $5 Jameson shots and Irish fare such as Corned Beef & Cabbage, corned beef sliders, and Irish Nachos.
With more than 30 craft beers and locations in Hollywood and Silver Lake, 33 Taps is a popular neighborhood sports bar where you’ll be drinking green craft beer until you’re seeing rainbows. For those with the munchies, chow down on Shepherd’s Pie ($10) for one night only.
Enjoy an al fresco St. Patrick's Day on the patio of Ray's & Stark Bar, located next to the iconic Urban Light installation at LACMA. Available from 11:30 a.m. to close, St. Paddy's Day specials include the Patron Saint, made with Green Chartreuse, orange juice, lime juice, Velvet Falernum and Bols blue curacao; Ray’s Frozen Irish Coffee with Jameson, Lolita coffee liqueur, coffee, topped with cinnamon whipped cream, star anise and gold flakes; and Shepherd’s Pie with Colorado lamb and English peas.
The oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles, Tom Bergin's is celebrating the 81st edition of its famed St. Patrick's Day party. Start the day with a traditional Irish Breakfast in the Horseshoe Bar, then warm up with the signature drink of the "House of Irish Coffee." The parking lot festivities include a Guinness Truck, Irish-inspired cocktails at four satellite bars, beer pong, and DJ.
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. Live music highlights include Ken O'Malley, Howl'n Wake, Jimmy Paxson and Talkback. Molly's opens at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 17. Tickets available at the door only.
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 1-4 p.m. Live performances include The Celtic Duo on the East Patio (5-7pm), and Stuart Marks & the Paddy O'Dors Band from 7-9 p.m. at the West Patio.
The Market's first eatery, Magee's Kitchen, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 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.
Now in its fifth year, the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Pikey is taking place on Friday, March 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. In addition to his usual gastropub menu, Chef Ralph Johnson is featuring Irish-inspired specials like Black and White Pudding with colcannon and gravy; corned beef with cabbage; and a dessert of Guinness ice cream with brandy snaps. St. Paddy's drink specials include: Guinness Float; Irish Coffee with Stumptown Coffee, Tullamore Dew and Guinness foam; Denver Mint Fizz (Jameson, orange juice, lemon juice, mint, soda); and a flight of four Irish whiskeys. Green attire encouraged.
The Pub at Golden Road Brewing is hosting an all-day St. Paddy's Celebration from 11 a.m. - 11:55 p.m. The budget-friendly Shamrock Special features four beers for just $16 - that's right, $4 beers! Guests can also indulge in Golden Road’s Irish Stout paired with mini Irish Cream popsicles. The kitchen will be serving Irish-inspired specials like corned beef and hash sliders, shepherd's pie, Irish nachos, stout beef stew with Irish soda bread, Lucky Charms Rice Krispies and more.
Adding to the festivities, a free photo booth will be set up in the pub from 6-10pm, and kids can enjoy free coloring pages all day in the play area. The pet-friendly outdoor lounge area is a favorite hangout for dogs and their owners.
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 Friday, 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 craft beers, Guinness kegs, Irish fare, raffles, giveaways and merchandise. The St. Patrick's celebration "starts early and ends late." Lunch and dinner reservations are available from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Atwater Village
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 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.
12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood
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 a menu of Irish-inspired à la carte selections, including corned beef and cabbage, beer battered fish and chips, braised lamb pot pie, and chocolate whiskey cake. To pair with the St. Patrick's Day dishes, James Beard Award nominee, Caroline Styne recommends an Irish Whiskey Flight or the signature cocktail, Tavern on the Green, made with Brugal añejo rum, lime, muddled basil, cilantro and jalapeno.
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.
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.
Celtic punk band, Flogging Molly is performing at The Forum on Friday, March 17 with special guests Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Mariachi El Bronx. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. outside on The Forum’s Terrace, where concert-goers can sip on Guinness, green beer or Irish-inspired cocktails at the Tullamore Dew Whiskey Bar. Select concession stands will offer a special St. Paddy’s Day menu, including corned beef and cabbage sandwiches, Irish chicken and waffles, and Lucky Charms dessert bars.
Entertainment includes backyard games like giant Jenga and cornhole, as well as festive tunes, a photo booth, custom merchandise and more. Green attire is encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. The pre-show St. Paddy’s Day Celebration is free to enter with your concert ticket.
On March 17, Whiskey Red's presents the 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Patio Party, featuring spectacular 180-degree views of the harbor on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Taking place from 5-9 p.m., the Patio Party includes live entertainment from The Molly Maguires Band, dancing, Irish-inspired light buffet, drink specials and more. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite for $15, and $20 at the door. 21 and over.
On Saturday, March 18, 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
Santa Anita’s famous corned beef carvery sandwich will be available trackside. The St. Paddy's package is priced at $23 and on sale at the Santa Anita website.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 17. 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.