The Top Places to Go in L.A. for Saint Patrick's Day

by Ginger Voight Google

If you're ready to don your finest green duds and seek out a bit of Irish ale, Los Angeles has festivities both traditional and modern for your St. Paddy's day celebration. Whether you're ready to tie one on or enjoy leprechauns and shamrocks with your wee ones, anyone of any age can be, and should be, Irish for the day no matter where in the L.A. area you happen to reside.

Pubs

The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant (aulddubliner.com) offers a more traditional Irish pub experience across California as well as in Nevada and Arizona. This includes locations in Long Beach and in Tustin. Along with Guinness you can order traditional Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and Irish beef stew. Finn McCool's (finnmccoolsirishpub.com) in Santa Monica features annual holiday parties for St. Patrick's Day. This gastro pub offers 200 whiskeys and traditional Irish Fayre, and has live music for the occasion.

Festivals

The LA St. Patrick's Day Festival (stpattysfest.com) is an All-You-Can-Drink extravaganza in Hollywood. For the price of your ticket you get to sample hundreds of spirits, beers and wines, and enjoy signature Hollywood foods like Pink's hot dogs or sushi along with live entertainment. A limited number of tickets are available for this all-day event. Casey's Irish Pub (213nightlife.com) in downtown L.A. closes down a portion of Grand Avenue for live entertainment featuring bagpipes and tribute bands for a celebration that lasts until 2 a.m..

Parades

For a more family oriented way to celebrate the Irish holiday, head on down to Hermosa Beach for their annual St. Patrick's Day parade (stpatricksday.org.) In honor of the historical significance of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, which allowed Irish descendants to celebrate their heritage and religion with pride, the South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade allows participants of any ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion to get involved in the festivities. The Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade (venturastpatricksdayparade.com) offers a celebration in green in Ventura County just north of the 101 Freeway.

Top it Off

Enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Beer Fest courtesy of California Nightlife (californianightlife.com) that takes place over multiple locations in Hollywood such as the Egyptian Theatre courtyard and Pig N' Whistle. You could also head over to West Hollywood to Lola's (lolasla.com,) the home of the Appletini. Wash down your Irish potato soup or a more modern take on Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage tacos. Be sure to try the "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" martini fashioned especially for the event.

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