St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are always more fun with a crowd. Whether you want a three-course meat-and-potato dinner, a beachside hammock, a fancy pastry, or a green beer or three, here are the top 12 places in Los Angeles to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long.
Friday, March 15
The Irish Times Pub
The Irish Times kicks off St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, so you can get a jump-start on the party with live music featuring the Highland Park Ramblers and plenty of bagpipe tunes. Listen to the band inside the pub and enjoy authentic Irish food (stew, corned beef and cabbage) or head outside to the parking lot for some Irish dancing. 3267 Motor Avenue; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–11:59 p.m.
Saturday, March 16
Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub
While Rock and Reilly’s holds no special celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, you can go Irish on the Sunset Strip the day before. Today the pub holds a block party in the back lot, with DJs spinning, beer trucks pouring, and food trucks serving all day and night. 8911 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 11:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 17
Casey’s Irish Pub
Indulge in traditional Irish food and festivities during Casey’s all-day St. Paddy’s Street Festival. The event officially starts at 11 a.m., but no one’s stopping you from arriving at the bar when it opens at 6. Treat yourself to an Irish Hello (Jameson, iced coffee, demerara syrup, and Angostura spiced cream) before making your Irish goodbye. 613 South Grand Avenue; 11 a.m.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
If you prefer sweets to corned beef and cabbage, Dominique Ansel is serving a plethora of St. Patrick’s Day–themed desserts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It makes its own Irish cream, and you can cap your sampler with the bakery’s signature cookie shot, filled with whiskey, cream, condensed milk, and cocoa powder. 189 The Grove Drive
Jameson’s Irish Pub
If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the right way, you’ll want to post up at Jameson’s, which will open its doors 6 a.m. Green beer and Jameson whiskey are on offer, and you can upgrade your cocktail of choice to a 32-ounce Jame-O Jug. Irish tunes will fill the pub, giving you a good excuse to celebrate well into the wee hours of the morning. 6681 Hollywood Boulevard
Owned and operated by the same Irish family for 45 years, Molly Malone’s is a great place to hear Irish music year-round. For St. Patrick’s Day, the pub will take the party to its back parking lot, where guests can enjoy live music all day. Traditional stews, sandwiches, corned beef, and other Irish delights will be served. 575 South Fairfax Avenue
Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
St. Patrick’s Day revelers can take it to the beach for some live music in Santa Monica! The beer will be flowing, but Sonny McLean’s also offers a variety of elevated pub eats (try the bacon jam fries), in addition to traditional Irish fare like corned beef sandwiches and bangers and mash. 2615 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica; 9 a.m.–2 a.m.
The Tam O’Shanter
Sure, it’s the oldest Scottish pub in town, but the Tam O’Shanter brings out the big guns for the Irish, as well. There’s an outdoor fun and games tent for all ages, but for those 21 and older, why not splurge on a VIP ticket ($179) and get the full treatment: preferred seating, drink tickets, an open buffet, and the chance to win raffle prizes. 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard
The way Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne throw a St. Patrick’s Day shindig is with too much good food and just enough drink. This is Brentwood, after all. The menu, available for lunch and dinner, includes favorites like corned beef and cabbage, beer-battered fish-and-chips, green velvet cake, and Guinness ice cream. Specialty cocktails and whiskey flights are also on offer. 11648 San Vicente Boulevard
If you need to drink something green on St. Patrick’s Day, make it a kiwi margarita or green sangria, only found at this beachy Santa Monica spot’s all-day party. Wash your cocktail down with an Irish taco filled with corned beef, followed by a nap in one of the bar’s comfy hammocks. 101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica; noon–2 a.m.
The Original Farmers’ Market
Family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fun can be found at the Original Farmers’ Market at the Grove. Strolling bagpipers will entertain in the afternoon, with plenty of traditional Irish food to go around at Magee’s Kitchen. At night, live Irish folk music begins at 7 p.m. on the West Patio, and E.B.’s will serve green beer on tap. 6333 West 3rd Street
For the Toluca Lake crowd, Timmy Nolan’s will be pulling out all the stops starting at 9 a.m. It says St. Patrick’s Day is “about 700 percent extra” here, so beginning at 4 p.m. there will be a cover charge for the epic party. A DJ will play in the outdoor beer garden, folks from Jameson will be on site pouring drink specials, and refillable beer is available all day. The special St. Pat’s menu will consist of corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and shepherd’s pie. 10111 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake