The Go Go: Shamrock Cheat Sheet + the Weekend

My what a big shamrock you have....
My, what a big shamrock you have….

Was your leprechaun count lackluster last year?

For better luck with the wee folk…or your fave pair of smilin’ Irish eyes, try one or more of Ms. Go Go’s St. Paddy’s Day picks.

Be safe.  Have fun.

And while one Irish saying opines that “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures,” you might want to stock up on hair of the dog, just in case.

Pub Crawls

Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl  A dozen+ pubs!  Drink specials! After-party at Outpost! March 14 (noon – 2am) and March 17 (2pm – 2am)

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl — Santa Monica’s only pre-St. Paddy’s Day Pub crawl!  A dozen+ venues!  Drink specials!  Wear green or get booed.  Sat, March 14 (2pm – 10pm)

Pre-St. Paddy’s Day Parties

Rock & Reilly’s 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party —  100 kegs of green beer and a bounce house????  May the luck of the Irish be with you at this mad hooley: an afternoon benefit for House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Also food trucks & DJs for max bounce energy. March 14 (1 – 10pm; entry not guaranteed after 3pm)

Paddy O’ PartyWear your best leprechaun attire for Irish jig contests at Whiskey Red‘s in  Marina Del Rey!  It’s a waterfront…pretend you’re in Galway! Live music & DJs!  Food & drink specials!  Sat, March 14 (5 pm-midnight) 

Smart Drinking: Pre/Post St. Patrick’s Day

Angel City Brewery —  Are you more of a thoughtful suds sipper than a green beer guzzler?   The monthly “Ale Academy” at everyone’s favorite DTLA brewery is going Irish on the eve o’ St. Paddy’s with a “Slainte!” to Irish styles.  For a nominal fee, study up on everything from stout to the modern-day Irish lager and wow your soused friends.  Mon, March 16 (7-9 pm)

Drinking Hibernia: Irish Whisky in Cocktail and Song — If you’re still craving a bit o’ the green post-Paddy day, Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Touring the Cocktail program will highlight Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers portfolio.  Grab your ticket to learn about Jameson, Redbreast, the rare Green Spot, and the even rarer Yellow Spot.  Trad Irish music from L.A. folk musicians help bring the Gaelic to General Lee’s in Chinatown.  Wed, March 25 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Tom Bergin's and green signAll Day St. Paddy Parties

Tom Bergin’s — Tom Bergin celebrates 79 years of St. Paddy’s Days with a 20 hour indoor/outdoor bash!

Irish breakfast runs from 6 to 10:30 a.m.; pub fare from 11am to 11pm.

A Guinness-on-tap truck will pour Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager; four satellite bars will pour beer and Irish-inspired cocktails like “Whiskles” (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and housemade pickle juice). Shamrock Hour (3-5pm) special: $6 Miller Lite.  Plus Music!  DJs!  Tues March 17 (6am – 2am)

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival — Head to DTLA where Casey’s Irish Pub hosts its 42nd annual, all-day-and-night  street festival with St. Paddy’s Day staples like Reubens, corned-beef sandwiches, Jameson and green beer.  Sign up for Curb ride service to drink safely and win prizes. Tues, March 17 (6am – 2 am)

Tam O’Shanter – The Tam O’ Shanter is one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants and throws one of the biggest — and most schizophrenic! Gaelic bashes in the city. There’s Jameson, kegs of Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage for purists, flashing shamrock necklaces and sugar shamrock cookies for the frat crowd, and Jameson and Guinness girls, in decidedly non-trad outfits, for…well, everyone. Plus live music, swag, merch, drawings and prizes. Tues, March 17 (noon until “late night”)

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!
St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound!

Odd But Great St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick Swayze Day at the Greyhound — One of the best and most oddball Gaelic bashes in town — at the Greyhound in Highland Park — features a marathon of Patrick Swayze movies, corned beef cabbage, DJs and specials on Irish Whiskey shots and draft beers from Moylan’s Brewery.  No cover and no shaming if you’re dressed head to toe in black instead of green.

At the Greyhound, nobody puts Baby in the corner.  Tues, March 17 (noon – 1:00 am)

The Weekend Go Go – FREE Events!

ArtNight Pasadena —  FREE! Art!  Music!  Museums!  Fri, March 13 (6-10pm)

Claremont Pi(e) Festival – FREE celebration of Pi with Pie to eat and make!  Sat, March 14 (11am – 4pm)

A Week of French Language Cinema — Films from Canada, Switzerland, Ivory Coast, Belgium and France; some nights sold out. FREE with RSVP (click link above) Sun, March 16 – Sat, March 21 (7:30pm)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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