St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles 2011

It's time to start doing liver stretches and breaking out your green garb--St. Patrick's Day, the booziest holiday of them all, is just around the corner. Whether your idea of toasting the luck of the Irish is an all-day pub party or a shamrock-filled parade, here are some great LA bars and events to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2011 in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Finn McCool's)

Updated: March 11, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Bars in Los Angeles


Casey's Irish Pub

613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Casey's always throws one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in LA. The festivities start at 6am, and the street in front of the Downtown LA pub will be closed for the all-day party. In addition to lots of beer, Jameson and Irish food, there will be live music; Young Dubliners play at Pershing Square at noon tribute bands including Petty Cash and Hollywood U2 perform at Casey's during the day.


Brennan's

4089 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

You won't find any of its famous turtle races at Brennan's annual St. Patrick's Day party, but there will still be plenty to keep you entertained. The party starts at 6am and carries on all day with food and drink specials, green beer and live music from cover bands and bagpipers.


Joxer Daly's

11168 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

The party starts at 8am at this Culver City pub, with live music throughout the day, as well as beer, whiskey and a limited menu of Irish food: corned beef sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, and beef stew. Depending on how crowded it gets, there may be a small cover charge later in the evening.


Molly Malone's Irish Pub

575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

St. Patrick's Day is always lively at Molly Malone's, with die-hard St. Pat's fans settling in soon after the bar opens at 6am. Expect a selection of Irish brews and whiskey (no green beer here!) and corned beef and cabbage on the menu. Musical acts play all day long, including a bagpiper at noon and performances by bands including The Conroys and The Black Shamrocks starting at 1pm. Cover charge starts around 1pm.


Sonny McLean's

2615 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

This year, the doors open at 9am for Sonny's annual St. Patrick's Day bash. Get there early for the Irish-style breakfast, or fill up on corned beef and cabbage and corned beef sandwiches in the afternoon and evening. Six bands will perform live music all day long; there will also be plenty of brews flowing from some 36 taps and, just as important, extra bathroom facilities will be available to accommodate the thirsty crowds.


Tom Bergin's

840 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a bit o' history: Tom Bergin's started serving in 1936, making it one of the oldest Irish establishments in Los Angeles. If you're looking for a more traditional St. Pat's Day, the bar opens early and a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu will be available.


Ireland's 32

13721 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The all-day party starts at 8am, with live bands all day long, Irish food and plenty of drinks. There will be a cover charge later in the day (exact time TBD, based on crowds).


Finn McCool's

2700 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The popular Santa Monica Main Street pub starts serving at 9am, with a special St. Patrick's Day pub grub menu, drink promotions and giveaways from Bushmills, Guinness and more. Live bands will perform starting at 1pm; a $10 cover will be charged beginning at 2pm.


Patrick Molloys

50A Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

There will still be plenty of St. Patrick's Day cheer at this South Bay party spot popular with surfers. The bar opens early and the party goes all day long with beer specials and Irish food.


O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant

2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Belly up to the bar with a pint of Guinness or sip some whiskey on the patio at this Main Street Irish mainstay that opens at 6am. Expect live music, plenty of brews and a cover charge in the afternoon.


St. Patrick's Day Events in LA


Taglyan Complex

1201 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

SATURDAY, MARCH 12: Want to get the party started early? St. Patty's Fest returns to the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood with a huge selection of boozy beverages, snacks from Pink's Hot Dogs and other vendors, plus entertainment--Irish music, dancing and the shenanigans of Drevon the Leprechaun. 2pm-6pm; Tickets are $50 at www.stpattysfest.com.


Pig N' Whistle

6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

THURSDAY, MARCH 17: The first St. Patrick's Day Beer Festival is set for three adjacent locations: the Pig N? Whistle, Maui N? Sons and Egyptian Theater courtyard. The party starts at noon with food and drink specials including $3 draft beers and $5 mixed drinks, Irish dancing girls and live Irish bands from 6pm to 9pm; after the live music, DJ Mike Palmieri will spin rock, hip-hop and club music until the after-party ends at 2am. Tickets are $10-$20 (www.californianightlife.com) and include entry to both day and night festivities plus a free drink ticket.


Hermosa Beach Public Library

550 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

SATURDAY, MARCH 12: For some family-friendly St. Patrick's Day fun, the annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade offers festive floats and costumes, bagpipers and drum bands, classic cars and more. The parade starts at 11am at the corner of Pier Avenue and Valley Drive near the Hermosa Beach Public Library; see the parade website (www.stpatricksday.org) for complete route information and details.


Orange County Fairgrounds

88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

SUNDAY, MARCH 13: The Orange County Marketplace's weekend swap meet goes to the Emerald Isle from 9am to 4pm with performances by Irish dance troupes, Celtic musicians, stilt walkers and leprechauns. Green mint ice cream and green lemonade will be sold. Entry is $2, free for children 12 and under.


Maui & Sons

17383 W Sunset Blvd Ste 400, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

THURSDAY, MARCH 17: The first St. Patrick's Day Beer Festival is set for three adjacent locations: the Pig N? Whistle, Maui N? Sons and Egyptian Theater courtyard. The party starts at noon with food and drink specials including $3 draft beers and $5 mixed drinks, Irish dancing girls and live Irish bands from 6pm to 9pm; after the live music, DJ Mike Palmieri will spin rock, hip-hop and club music until the after-party ends at 2am. Tickets are $10-$20 (www.californianightlife.com) and include entry to both day and night festivities plus a free drink ticket.


Egyptian Theatre - Los Angeles

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

THURSDAY, MARCH 17: The first St. Patrick's Day Beer Festival is set for three adjacent locations: the Pig N? Whistle, Maui N? Sons and Egyptian Theater courtyard. The party starts at noon with food and drink specials including $3 draft beers and $5 mixed drinks, Irish dancing girls and live Irish bands from 6pm to 9pm; after the live music, DJ Mike Palmieri will spin rock, hip-hop and club music until the after-party ends at 2am. Tickets are $10-$20 (www.californianightlife.com) and include entry to both day and night festivities plus a free drink ticket.