That’s SoCal: 10 Places to Drink Like the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s not easy being green? Sorry Kermit, but we beg to differ. Stick with The Event Team, and we’ll show you how to have the best beer-drinking, pint-clinking St. Patrick’s day in Southern California! Here are Taryn and JC’s selections for 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, SoCal style!

San Diego

shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party:
Come to San Diego and join one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parties on the West Coast. Over 20,000 attendees have traveled to downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter to be a part of this extravaganza for over a decade. Enjoy the likes of Irish punk rock, step, and Celtic bands.
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Rendezvous #2 – St. Patrick’s Pop-Up Party:
If you’ve still got enough gas in your St. Patty’s party tank after shamROCK, we recommend The Rendezvous Lounge, a pop-up cocktail event series hosted by Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto, within a secret location at The US Grant Hotel. Tickets for Saturday’s event include hosted Irish beers, whiskey, and craft cocktails, traditional Irish Cuisine, and a fusion of traditional and modern music provided by The Lean Fish of Galway.
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Los Angeles

St. Patrick Swayze Day v. March Madness Mashup:
If you’re too stressed out about your bracket to bother with wearing green, check out The Greyhound Bar & Grill’s 3rd Annual St. Patrick Swazye Day. Enjoy March Madness games starting at 11am accompanied by a Swayze movie marathon, live DJ sets, and all-day drink specials. Because nobody puts March Madness in the corner.
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Tom Bergin’s:
A veteran to the L.A. Bar scene for over 80 years, Tom Bergin’s has been the go-to place in the city for an Irish Coffee for years, and was in fact one of the first pubs to serve the warming beverage. In celebration of St. Patrick’s day, the renowned pub will be serving Irish Breakfast starting at 6am followed by a full outdoor festival from 11am-midnight. Did we mention Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers will host games during Shamrock Hour? Here’s hoping you get lucky and win lots of prizes!
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Orange County

Irish Bites and Flights:
For a classy take on your St. Patty’s Day festivities, head to the hills of Newport Beach and enjoy a day at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Sample a selection of Irish beer along with a special menu highlighting Irish cuisine favorites. At the Coliseum Pool & Grill on property there will be iconic dishes such as corned beef hash for breakfast, potato and leek soup for lunch, and Guinness pie with your Bailey’s Irish cream coffee for dessert.
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Macallans Public House St. Patrick’s Day Party:
You know a bar is serious about St. Patrick’s Day when it dubs the days prior to the holiday as “St. Practice Days” Located in the heart of Brea Downtown, Macallans Public House brings the best selection of scotch and whiskey in OC, with great menu for all appetites! This Thursday, you can enjoy live Irish bands, a bagpiper, a full Irish buffet, and a $100 bar tab to one lucky costume contest winner! To accommodate the crowds, Macallans will take over Sky Lounge – an adjacent, open-air venue in Brea Downtown. The party kicks off at 10 in the morning, so get ready to cock-a-doodle drink.
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Santa Barbara

Dannsair at Dargan’s Irish Pub:
What better way to celebrate the Irish than putting back a cold pint of Guinness at one of Santa Barbara’s favorite Irish pubs? Dargan’s Irish Pub has been serving traditional Irish fare for the better part of the last 20 years, continuing an age old Dargan tradition spanning over multiple generations. In charge of the St. Patrick’s Day entrainment is Dannsair, a traditional folk music group who plays traditional, world, and Irish music.
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The James Joyce:
As Santa Barbara’s first Irish pub, The James Joyce holds a special place in the pints of locals. With a welcoming atmosphere and ambiance, it is easy to see why many rate it as one of the most authentic Irish pubs outside the motherland. Local live music will be the entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day, with darts and billiards also available for patrons. Combine that with some quality Irish whiskey and you have yourself a one heck of a celebration!
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Palm Springs

Carolyn Martinez Trio at Vicky’s of Santa Fe:
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day desert style in Indian Wells. Vicky’s of Santa Fe is serving up traditional Irish dinners complete with beautiful desert views. After dinner, head to the Music Lounge for traditional Irish tunes performed by the Carolyn Martinez Trio.
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Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Shamrock’n’Roll:
You read that right.  This 21+ event kicks off Thursday night at downtown Palm Spring’s Spa Resort Casino. The outdoor festival features a beer garden, food specials, live entertainment, and a souvenir cup. Which is excellent considering you’ll probably want a keepsake memento from the night you taught yourself how to drunkenly dance to “bag rock” music.
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