L.A.’s Irish culture isn’t typically the first to come to mind when considering the city’s multicultural culinary makeup. Korean? Of course. Mexican? Most definitely. But Irish? Well, we do have our old standby pubs and a thriving beer and brewery scene that are the perfect complement to St. Patrick’s Day events in Los Angeles, including festivals, Celtic music performances and parades.
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St. Patrick’s Day events for 2020
It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.
It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at Casey’s Irish Pub’s annual festival—which this year moves off of Grand Avenue and into Union Station. Early admission to both Casey’s and Union Station’s beautiful Imperial Western Beer Co. begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the proper festival at Imperial Western begins at 11am. Expect uncountable kegs of beer (green or otherwise), cocktails, whiskey and DJs at this till-midnight indoor-outdoor event. You’ll need to pay a $20 cover fee starting at 1pm, so show up early to save a couple of bucks.
Climb aboard the Queen Mary for a night of Irish music, drinks and food on the just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. Grab a pint of green beer by the ship’s stage and sample a selection of Irish grub.
Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen (plus more drinks at E.B’s and Bar 326) as well as Celtic tunes from Glen “the strolling bagpiper.”
There are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations going on around town, but ones that last from 6am until 2am the next morning are hard to come by. Enter Tom Bergin’s: an Irish pub mainstay and the best place to grab an Irish coffee in L.A. Celebrations on the 17th will start at 6am, when morning revelers can indulge in a traditional Irish Breakfast before heading to work. The party gets a little more rowdy at 11:30am with a parking lot soirée. You might want to consider taking the next day off from work.
Head to Tam O’Shanter on St. Patrick’s Day for an epic celebration starting at 11am and ending, well, whenever the party dies down. A tented area in the parking lot will host live music as revelers clink pints of green beer, enjoy pub food and show their Irish pride.