The St. Paddy’s Go Go: 20 Hour Irish Parties, An Annual Pogues Tradition, and St. Patrick Swayze Day

Tom Bergin's Public House: L.A.'s oldest Irish bar.
Tom Bergin’s Public House: L.A.’s oldest Irish bar.

“You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.” – Irish proverb

Wondering where to get your Irish eyes smiling and a green drink sweating in your hand?

Ms. Paddy O’Go Go has your back.

Sláinte mhath!

TOM BERGIN’S PUBLIC HOUSE – L.A.’s oldest Irish pub celebrates its 80th St. Patrick’s Day  with a 20 hour, NO COVER bash starting at 6:00 a.m.  Have a hearty Irish breakfast at the Horseshoe Bar before moving out to the tented patio for a day of  festivities: a Guinness selection, Magners Irish Cider and Coors Lite ($8 a pint); Tom Bergin’s iconic Irish Coffee, Old Fashioneds, and Irish Car Bombs ($10); pub fare from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm and a Shamrock Hour from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Why: A chance to possibly peep Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers and Mayor/occasional guest bartender Eric Garcetti under the shamrocks while drinking from cups that turn green when filled with beer.

Tim Herliky, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore DEW, at Tom Bergin's Public House at the start of the #50state30days tour.
Tim Herlihy, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore DEW, at Tom Bergin’s Public House at the start of his #50State30Days tour.

Tom Bergin’s also has the distinction of being chosen as the official starting point of Tullamore Dew Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy’s “50 states in 30 days” Irish Pub tour, which ends on St. Patrick’s Day  in NYC.  Celebrate Tim’s pub tour feat with Tully specials: Whiskles (a pickleback with Tullamore DEW and house-made pickle juice) and Tullamore DEW ice cream…not necessarily together.  WHY: Treat yourself to Tullamore DEW, Tullamore DEW 12 year old, the Tullamore DEW Phoenix, or the just-released Tullamore DEW 15 year old Trilogy.

CASEY’S IRISH PUB – ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL — Looking for an Eastside St. Paddy’s Day party?  Head downtown to Casey’s Irish Pub, which also kicks off its all-day/all-night 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  Start in the cozy pub then move out to the street/block party, which is FREE to enter before 3:30 p.m. and lasts until 2:00 a.m. with games and live DJ’s.  Why:  A chance to get a tan while getting your Irish on with  $5 Jameson shots, $8 Guinness and corned beef sandwiches.

OLLIN’S 14TH ANNUAL ST. PATTY’S DAY Want to indulge your black Irish heart?  The Satellite presents the iconic Eastside punk rock band Ollin’s annual tribute to the Pogues: a full-length performance of their album  Rum, Sodomy and the Lash with Jon Wahl and the Amadans.  Why: Watching a band whose name translates to “earthquake” power-driving through a punk classic in a classic Hollywood music venue.

The golden-haired St. Patrick....
The golden-haired St. Patrick….

THE GREYHOUND PRESENTS ST. PATRICK SWAYZE DAY — Nobody puts Baby in a corner at The Greyhound Bar & Grill. The Metro adjacent, Highland Park neighborhood hang presents their 3rd annual St. Patrick Swayze Day celebration with all-day food and drink specials and Power 106 DJ Medek spinning tunes.  And since it’s also the March Madness tip-off, you can watch all the games.  No green attire required.  Why:  Having the time of your life celebrating the triple threat of St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and Dirty Dancing.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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