St. Patrick's Day 2010: San Diego

On March 17, green living has nothing to do with hybrids and everything to do with pints of clover-colored beer. Whether you want to rock like U2 or party like Colin Farrell, here are some San Diego spots where you're guaranteed to have a Guinness-filled good time. (Photo courtesy of The Field)

Updated: April 08, 2010

Celebrate, Irish-Style

The Field

544 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

With green beer, go go dancers, and 60,000 square feet of green Astroturf, it's not exactly the most authentic party in town but it'll be the biggest. The Gaslamp Quarter's shamROCK festival starts at 4pm on March 17 with three stages of entertainment by the Young Dubliners, Irish step dancers, and hip hop DJs for those who can't jig all night. Tickets ($20 advance/$25 at the door) can be purchased at The Field downtown.

Belly Up Tavern

143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Citing Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys as their major music influences, the St. Patrick's Day Bash headlining band Lexington Field will provide high energy Irish music with guitar, drums, fiddles, and a banjo. Openers include Geezer, a local Weezer cover band.

Gallagher's Pub

5046 Newport Ave, Ocean Beach, CA 92107

The Irish holiday may fall mid-week this year but if that doesn't dissuade you from getting your party on, go to this Ocean Beach spot that serves specialty drinks ranging from the Shamrock Shot (Malibu rum, Blue Curacao, and OJ) to the Jig (vodka, apple pucker, and Rockstar).

Hooleys Irish Pub

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942

Hooley Fest starts at 4pm at each of the bar's locations in La Mesa and Rancho San Diego. Entertainers include ZOO2, a U2 cover band, and the kilted California Celts. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Kelly's Restaurant & Irish Pub

500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108

Brush up on a few Irish classics and you're sure to bond with some new mates by the piano bar at this steak house and bar in Mission Valley.

Rosie O'Grady's Irish Pub

3402 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

You'll need to arrive by early afternoon to avoid a block-long line at this Adams Avenue Irish bar or The Ould Sod across the street. But if you're lucky enough to get inside, you'll be greeted with a friendly smile and an excellent pint of Guinness.

Balboa Park

Laurel St at Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

On Saturday, March 13, visit Balboa Park for a Celtic village, beer gardens, and performances by local Irish dancers in a festival organized by the Irish Congress of Southern California. Held in conjunction with the festival, the St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 11am beginning at 6th and Laurel.