St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year, and with it comes the much anticipated mug of green beer. As if parading around dressed head to toe in green garb isn’t enough, bar patrons have the added option of being green on the inside. It’s like eggnog on Christmas Eve or chocolate on Valentine’s Day; the homage to the Irish just isn’t the same without it. While quite a number of establishments choose to stay away from the gimmick, there are some great local places that proudly let the green suds flow.

Lunch Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Brunch: Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m./Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m./Saturday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m./Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Hours: Beer Tent will be up until 1 a.m.

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Irish or not, Tam O’Shanter is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day. Technically a Scottish pub, Tam O’Shanter goes all out with live music, bag pipers and a tented parking lot for other festivities. The full menu is available with an added special Irish menu for the day. Reservations will be required for dining room seating.

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Hours: Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m./Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: noon to 11 p.m.

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The Oaks will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend, starting with karaoke on Friday, March 15 from 9:30 p.m. till 2 a.m. and continuing with music from DJ Jason Edward from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. On Sunday, March 17, The Oaks opens at noon with $5 green beer, Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp and more all day. There will also be plenty of corned beef and hash to help you keep up your Irish cheer.

Hours: Mon to Wed—11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thurs to Sat—11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun—11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.


For the die-hard St. Patrick’s Day fanatic, Casey’s Irish Pub opens at 6 a.m. so you can keep the celebration going from the night before. The iconic pub will have live music and face painters with reubens and corned beef and cabbage as sustenance for a long day of celebrating. And to reduce some of the chaos, the bar is cash only so make sure you bring plenty of that green, too. Entry is free before 1 p.m. and $8 after. VIP tickets are available for $20.

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Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m./Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.


If you’re looking for a nice Irish bar to call home for the day, O’Brien’s Irish Pub is where to go. No gimmicks here, just good food, good service and lots of green beer and Irish whiskey for everyone. They open at 8am so grab your morning shillelagh and get there early.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m./Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.


The phrase “Crazy Irish” and Dillon’s Irish Pub go hand in hand and if you’ve ever been there on St. Paddy’s Day, you know why. From green beer to bag pipers, shot specials to scantily-clad servers, a bangers-eating competition to a real live leprechaun running around. Dillons does Irish one way: full throttle. Can you?

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

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