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The ultimate St. Patrick's Day dining guide

March 12, 2013|By Caitlin Keller
  • With St. Patrick's Day come dining and drinks specials across the L.A. area
With St. Patrick's Day come dining and drinks specials across the… (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year -- making everyone Irish all weekend long. Whether you’re on the Westside or downtown, there are plenty of late-night bars and early morning brunch spots serving traditional corned beef and cabbage, Irish Car Bomb concoctions and other Irish-inspired eats and drinks, Friday through Sunday:

Casey’s Irish Pub: Casey’s will be starting the festivities early, at 6 a.m., to host its annual St. Patty’s Day street festival in downtown L.A. The celebration will feature Irish fare and brews, giveaways and live music by tribute bands. Admission is free of charge before 1 p.m. and $8 per person after that, or $20 per person for a V.I.P. fast pass. 613 S. Grand Ave., L.A., (213) 629-2353, www.213nightlife.com.  

Cecconi's: The northern Italian restaurant in West Hollywood will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day brunch on Sunday only. The menu will feature "green eggs" -- poached eggs on a bed of sauteed spinach, avocado and basil pesto over an English muffin -- and Guinness on tap. 8764 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood, (310) 432-2000, www.cecconiswesthollywood.com.

The Cat & Fiddle: On Sunday, the Cat & Fiddle will be serving corned beef and cabbage all day long plus $5 Guinness from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 6530 Sunset Blvd., L.A., (323) 468-3800, www.thecatandfiddle.com.

The Churchill: Specials at the Churchill include $4 pints of green beer, $5 shots of Bushmills, $8 Irish Car Bombs and $15 corned beef hash from executive chef Bruce Kalman. 8384 W. 3rd St., L.A., (323) 655-8384, www.the-churchill.com.

Dillon’s Irish Pub: Dillon’s in Hollywood has a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on its website, which should be an indicator that it’s serious about celebrating Irish heritage this weekend. Angelenos can pick up St. Patrick’s Day swag Saturday to gear up for the daylong event Sunday, which will kick off at 6 a.m. and include bag pipers, a bangers-eating contest, green beer and a live DJ set. 6263 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., (323) 315-9744, www.dillonsirishpub.com.

The Original Farmers Market: Magee’s Kitchen, which opened in 1934, will be serving up the restaurant’s traditional corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes  Sunday at the Farmers Market while Glen the Strolling Bagpiper and Jerry McLean fill the market with sounds of traditional Irish music throughout the day. Green and imported Irish beers will also be available from 326 and E.B.’s Beer & Wine. 6333 W. Third St., L.A., (323) 933-9211, www.farmersmarketla.com.

Freddy Smalls: The West L.A. eatery will be opening its doors Sunday (a day the restaurant is typically closed) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef sandwiches and a “Shillelagh” cocktail, made with Irish dry whiskey, dry vermouth and mint syrup. Freddy Smalls will also be offering specials on all Irish whiskey, paired with stout beer. 11520 W Pico Blvd., L.A., (310) 479-3000, www.freddysmalls.com.

Magnolia Bakery: Starting Thursday, St. Patrick's Day baked goods are available at the West 3rd Street bakery and online: pistachio cupcakes with pistachio meringue buttercream ($3.50); St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes -- vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla and chocolate buttercream, decorated with luck-of-the-Irish shamrocks and clovers ($3.50); and chocolate wafer whoopie cookies sandwiching pale green mint-flavored buttercream ($9 for a bag of three). 8389 W. 3rd St., L.A., (323) 951-0636, www.magnoliabakery.com.

The Parish: On Saturday and Sunday, Casey Lane’s English gastropub will be offering a “bangers and mash” menu featuring housemade sausages and charcuterie. Dishes such as blood sausage with horseradish potatoes and cotechino with stewed potatoes and cabbage will be available for pairing with Irish-inspired drinks such as the O’Hara Irish Stout and Irish Old Fashioned. 844 S. Spring St., L.A., (213) 225-2400, www.theparishla.com.

Proof Bakery: The Atwater Village neighborhood bakery, available Friday to Sunday: traditional soda bread with golden raisins and caraway ($3.25); "black and mild" chocolate loaf cake with Eagle Rock Brewery's Solidarity Black Mild Ale and espresso, topped with Solidarity glaze and dark chocolate shards ($5); brewer's bread loaf made with Eagle Rock Brewery's Solidarity, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds and dill ($9, available after 1 p.m.); Irish rarebit of brewer's bread tartine topped with savory cheese sauce, tomato and sauerkraut ($5); corned beef and cabbage, a brewer's bread tartine topped with Bean & Thyme corned beef, sauerkraut and whole grain mustard ($6). 3156 Glendale Blvd., L.A., (323) 664-8633, www.proofbakeryla.com.

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