Who exactly was this Patrick guy? Why the 17th? Where is the “corn” in corned beef? Whether or not you can answer these questions, March 17th is a day where binge drinking on a weekday, consuming unnatural amounts of green food dye, and eating copious amounts of corned beef is perfectly acceptable, and even encouraged. Read below for 10 St. Patrick's Day parties in L.A.
Café Rockenwagner, 3 Square Café & Bakery, and Rockenwagner Bakery
All three eateries are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Irish-inspired menu offerings from now through the 17th. Look for their slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, roasted beet soup with avocado crème fraiche, Reuben sandwich with fennel slaw, housemade soda bread and, at Café Rockenwagner only, green bar on tap. Multiple locations; www.rockenwagner.com.
Casey's Irish Pub
Doors open bright and early at 6 a.m. on March 17th for a full day of Irish festivities at Casey's 4th annual St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, featuring live DJs, over 200 pounds of corned beef, housemade pickleback shots, and plenty of green beer to go around (300 kegs of Guinness, to be exact). Taps will be flowing until 2 a.m. $10 per guest. 613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 629-2353.
Tom Bergin's Tavern
It's fitting that the self-proclaimed “House of Irish Coffee” is going big for St. Patrick's day with three days of beer trucks, Irish eats, and several outdoor bars. Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and Monday the 17th at 6 a.m. No tickets or cover fee. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 936-7151.
Messhall Kitchen is offering drink specials and a corned beef-centered menu, including a Blarney Stone burger, corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef hash. Wash it down with $8 pickleback shots and $10 “Irish Goodbyes” – Irish whisky, dry vermouth, chartreuse, and absinthe. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 660-6377.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
The bar and outdoor lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is celebrating St. Patrick's Day weekend (March 14-17) with a “Get Lucky” menu. Dishes include jalapeno buffalo wings, corned beef sliders, and cheddar Guinness poutine, served with $4 Guinness, green beer, and “Dublin Donkey” cocktails. Their “Luck o' the Draw” will award one guest with a free overnight stay. 2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village; (818) 575-3045.
DeSano Pizza Bakery
On March 17th, Irish meets Italian by way of DeSano's St. Patrick's Day-inspired pizzas. Chef Massimo Di Lascio's ricotta, spinach, meatball and bufala mozzarella creation will be available for $15 (in the personal “Napoli” size only). Corned beef not your thing? Grab a green pie from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 913-7000.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
For the month of March, Chef Gabe Caliendo is bringing back his Irish nachos – think fried potatoes, covered in chili, jack & cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions and tomatoes, then topped with housemade pickled jalapenos. If your mouth is on fire (and it should be) order a “Half & Half” (lager topped with Guinness) or a “James & Ginger” cocktail (Jameson, Gosling ginger beer and fresh lime). 3525 W. Carson St., Torrance; (310) 921-6080.
The Cat & Fiddle
If you happen to be in Hollywood, you may want to stop by The Cat & Fiddle for their corned beef and $5 Guinness, served on their outdoor patio and bar. It's their “favorite party of the year,” didn't you hear? 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 468-3800.
Molly Malone's Irish Pub
You can join the folks at Molly Malone's for celebratory drinks, eats, and live music. Doors open at 6 a.m., with all-day performances from Staggering Jack, The Dunrussagans, Green Ashes, Vagrant Nation, traditional bagpipers, and more. 575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 935-1577.
Ye Olde King's Head
Santa Monica's Ye Old King's Head is preparing to break out the bagpipes, celebrating St. Patty's Day with green beer, drink specials, and live music. Their Irish-themed menu is available all weekend long, Saturday through Monday, offering leek and potato soup, Irish smoked salmon, housemade brown bread, Irish stew, key lime cream pie for dessert, and yes, more corned beef. 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 451-1402.