For 364 days of the year, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
On March 17th, he’s the patron saint of devout drinkers.
Go Go’ers, can I get an “Amen”?
Read on for hallowed haunts where you can say your Redbreast Whiskey rosary, make your Knappogue Castle single malt novenas, and pray for luck.
What kind of luck is up to you.
Pre-St. Paddy’s Day Din-Din
Go Go’ers, St. Patrick’s Day is a marathon, not a sprint.
Long distance runners load carbs before a big event; similarly, you’ll want to prep your liver and fill your stomach with Irish drink and comfort food at The Tap Room at the Langham. Wash down Corned Beef Sliders, Colcannon, and Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts with Guinness and Irish Martinis.
And yes, they WILL be serving Irish Sorbet Flights in flavors of whiskey and Guinness.
So glad you asked….
THE TAP ROOM AT THE LANGHAM – through March 17th -- 1401 So Oak Knoll, Pasadena,91106 626.585.6457, http://langhamtaproom.com/specials
Your One-Stop St. Patrick’s Day Sip-and-Celebrate
In case you hadn’t realized, St. P’s Day is on Saturday this year, which means you can dedicate the entire day to revelry that rhymes with “Quinness”.
You’ve always been a poet at heart.
When Ms. Go Go says “all day”, she means the 20-hour, 2-city-block, Metro-convenient, sheltered-from-the-elements-brouhaha known as Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. The free, 40-year-old event features food, games, prizes, swag, the Young Dubliners, and tribute bands.
Plus, one or two things to drink.
And if you didn’t already feel lucky, the rest of Cedd Moses’s 213 Nightlife group will be doing their all-hands-on-deck best to keep your hands full of green drinks.
They’re all about public service at 213 Nightlife.
CASEY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL — 6am, Sat, March 17, to 2am, Sun March 18; FREE/21+ — 613 Grand Ave, DTLA, 90017; Enter on the east side of Wilshire Blvd and So Hope St.
Dancing in a Forest Without Leprechauns
The scenario: you head to the St. Patrick’s Day Square Dance at the gorgeous, Mission-Revival Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. You walk inside. There’s a forest. You wonder if that last Lucky Charms shot was one too many.
Unless you see wee, green fairies, you are not hallucinating.
You may, however, see little people; the New L.A. Folk Fest event, featuring music by Triple Chicken Foot and RT N’ The 44’s, is an all-ages event. Green attire suggested.
You don’t want to clash with the forest.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY SQUARE DANCE — Sat, March 17th, 9pm-12am; all ages/$10 — Center For the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, 90041; these tix are GOING FAST so hurry up and get yours!
If St. Patrick’s Day Gets Too Irish…
Despite your best efforts, your St. Patrick’s Day has too many shamrocks and Celtic knots and not enough snakes and sinners.
How did THAT happen?
No matter, here’s an antidote: Ollin‘s 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Tribute to The Pogues at the Satellite in Silverlake.
The Latino Irish tribute band, which has opened for the Irish punk rockers at their request, will be playing the band’s “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash” album in its entirety plus other Pogues and Ollin classics.
Serpents WILL be cast out….
OLLIN’S 10TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY TRIBUTE TO THE POGUES –Sat, March 17th; doors open @ 8:30 pm; show @ 9pm; $10/21+ — The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, LA 90026; Street/valet parking; 323.661.4380
The Morning After the Day Before
You Guinnessed, you danced, you Lucky Charmed, you stepped on neither snake nor wee folk, you Tullamored, you lived to tell the tale.
Today? A nice boxty.
The traditional Irish potato cake is the perfect choice to sop up all that alcohol and Finn McCool’s — Belfast lass Geraldine Gilliland’s Irish hero-named gastropub — has the best Gaelic grub this side of the pond and the accolades to prove it.
Not that you’ll need persuading on a
morning noon like this.
You’ll lean your weary drinking arm on the bar that Gilliland shipped over from her late stepfather’s Dublin pub.
Hair of the dog? How about Irish wolfhound-strength — say, the newly released 80 proof, Black Bush from Bushmill’s — or Irish setter mellow — a Magner’s draft apple cider?
You’ll begin the monumental task of deciding between the Boxty Breakfast (Gilliland’s includes Irish bacon and Blarney cheese), the Traditional Irish Breakfast (includes smoked Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black pudding, and soda bread) and the Soda Bread French Toast (no explanation needed — you’re in love.)
Further decisions? You’ll need to decide between Sticky Toffee Pudding and Rhubarb Crumble with Homemade Custard.
It’s a challenge. But as you raise your glass to your lips with an only slightly shaking hand, you realize it’s official….
Finn McCool has nothing on you….
FINN McCOOL’s IRISH PUB — Noon – 1:30 a.m.; $10-$16 — 2702 Main St, Santa Monica, 90405, 310.452.1734, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….