It’s back, baby: After months of closure, the self-proclaimed first spot in L.A. to serve Irish coffee is in full swing and under new ownership. It was allegedly Joe Sheridan who invented the cocktail at Shannon International Airport in Ireland in 1938; years later, in 1952, travel writer Stanton Delaplane brought the recipe back to San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café—then shared it with Tom Bergin’s a few weeks later, or so the story goes. Today, the Irish pub uses Tullamore Dew whiskey in its version, resulting in a smooth, creamy cocktail with a serious kick. During St. Patrick’s Day, the pub’s over-the-top party tends to crank out thousands of Irish coffees every year, but you can enjoy an excellent one throughout the year, too.
There might be certain instances when an Irish coffee is more suitable than others: a cold winter evening, perhaps, or in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. In truth, there’s really no wrong time to order the traditional Irish cocktail as long as it’s made with care. The cocktail came to Los Angeles via San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café, when columnist Stanton Delaplane shared the recipe with Tom Bergin’s Public House. But the famed Irish pub on Fairfax isn’t the only one worth checking out: You can find other luxurious Irish coffees in whiskey bars and other jaunts around town. Whether you’re looking for a satisfying hair-of-the-dog drink in the morning or an easy nightcap in the evening, here’s where to find Irish coffees in L.A.
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