@213Nightlife @SonnyMcLeans @PATRICKMOLLOYS Time for a little bit of the Irish on March 17

March 4, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day

What does the Catholic patron saint of Ireland (born a pagan in Wales) have to do with wearing green and drinking too much beer? On March 17, when people might decorate their office cubicles with shamrocks, they don’t realize they are actually celebrating a “holiday” originated by Irish-Americans. It was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. St. Patrick’s Day is rich in detailed folklore and myths – bagpipes, leprechauns and pots of gold, driving out of the snakes, Catholic folkheroes, shamrock and kilts, serving whiskey, wearing of the green and avoiding orange. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to create unity with parades and to create business for pubs and bars. It’s all in the marketing!

Cheers! What do people tip back when they drink on St. Patty’s Day? The most popular by far is Guinness, legendary Irish stout. Whiskey is part of the folklore, with the legend of a dishonest innkeeper getting his come-upance from St. Pat. Try an Emerald Isle martini with crème de menthe in lieu of vermouth. Try a Dublin Handshake blending Bailey’s Irish cream, whiskey and sloe gin with ice. Every drink can be a version of a margarita – try the Irish Cactus, bringing together tequila and Irish Cream. Or just plain Irish Coffee – Irish whiskey, brown sugar, whipped cream and hot coffee. Please celebrate safely with a designated driver or a cab-ride home.

Did you give up drinking for Lent this year? The feast day for St. Patrick always falls in the midst of Lent – a 40 day period (excepting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter when Christians choose to abstain from temptations as a religious practice. If March 17 is just a type of half-time break in Lenten observation for having fun and making merry, do we have a pass to go a little wild in the name of a saint with a lot of hype?

Whatever the case, St. Patrick’s Day in 2012 does fall on a Saturday which offers Los Angeles pubs and bars a rare opportunity to show off their St. Patrick’s Day best and not on a school night, as it were. There are lots of choices! You can’t trust CitySearch for listings – both inaccurate and unreliable.

Casey’s Irish Pub


@213downtownla or @213Nightlife

613 South Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles 90017


“The biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Los Angeles takes over two city blocks! Free admission + food, drinks, games & giveaways!”

Additional bars in the @213 group also offer specials

Great website!




8 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach 90254 – original location

313 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 90266

Dana Point, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seal Beach

Among “the Southern Californian restaurants, Hennessey’s have proven to be a resounding success – demonstrating atypical longevity and prosperity.”


Brennan’s Pub


4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey 90292

Festivities start at 6:00 am with breakfast and continue until 2:00 am the next day. Just try to resist green beer.

Rough website, no social media


Tom Bergin’s Tavern


The oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles was founded in 1936 by Tom Bergin, a former lawyer turned publican. Under reconstruction and scheduled to reopen in Fall. According to Grub Street, this is “the first time in 76 years that the bar won’t be serving the holiday crowd.”

CitySearch will mislead you to think Tom Bergin’s Tavern will be open for business.

No social media


Molly Malone’s


575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036

Owned and operated by the same Irish family for 32 years. Live music.

No social media


Joxer Daly’s


11168 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90230

American cuisine in “one of the best bars in all of los angeles.”

No social media


Sonny McLean’s



2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90403

“Boston Sports Headquarters” offering traditional New England and Irish favorites.


Patrick Malloy’s



50A Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach 90254



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