As one of the most fun holidays of the year, St. Patrick’s Day is all about wearing green, drinking a pint or three of Guinness, and taking part in Irish food. We’ve rounded up some of the best specials LA restaurants and bars are offering this year.
3319 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hache LA, a new age burger stand which features everything from triple cooked fries and homemade drinks to frozen custards, will be helping Angelenos make St. Patrick’s Day fun this year! Before a long night of drinking green beer, head to this Silver Lake establishment, where you can not only build your own burger with classic accompaniments like lettuce, tomato and onion and more, but also kick it up a notch with other toppings like bacon, avocado, caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms and a fried egg. But, the fun doesn’t stop three. Hache LA offers a gluten-free bun, along with a delicious homemade veggie patty made from toasted barley and leeks. Want to drink? Their craft beer is offered in five different choices, including three drafts of Belgian Wheat, IPA and Amber along with two bottles, one Stout and one Pilsner. Keep the green going with their mojito iced tea mixed with lime, mint, green tea and sugar poured over ice. Then, for something sweet, dig into the Habanero thin mint custard made with your favorite Girl Scout cookies and a dash habanero pepper! It’s a great way to start your St. Patrick’s Day off right!
HACHÈ LA will be open on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, 2016 from 11:30am to 11pm.
12775 Millennium Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094
At Sol Cocina’s Playa Vista location, stop by in your green outfits and drink a bevy of cocktails, like their delicious margaritas. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, you can sip on a bevy of ice-cold, green margaritas and other frothy brews with friends. Their Beverage Director Colin Pflugradt will be shaking up the lucky green shade in the spicy Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita muddled with cucumber and jalapeño, Corralejo blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Tip back a few suds with an extensive selection of beers to choose from as well, including a seasonal Mexican microbrew, and even a big bottle of Corona Familiar 32 oz. Caguama. For the best of both boozy beverages, try their SOL signature frozen margarita mix topped with an ice cold beer of choice. When you get hungry, Chef de Cuisine Tia Baker will be cooking up hearty Baja-Mexican-style dishes like the Grilled Kobe Skirt Steak with jade-shaded accompaniments; Wagyu-style skirt steak with cilantro sauce, Tomatillo salsa, grilled cebollitas and avocado. Opt for a Specialty Taco or two, like the Sweet Potato & Black Bean Taco with roasted Poblanos and caramelized onions or the Short Rib Taco with tender short ribs, red chile salsa, guacamole, lettuce, pico and cotixa on corn tortillas. Mix a little Mexican into your Irish day celebration with SOL Cocina this St. Patrick’s Day.
The Raymond 1886
1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
At The Raymond Restaurant, 1886 Bar is a huge hit. And, not surprisingly, they will be offering great specials for the holiday as well. Inside this cozy craftsman cottage in the sunny Pasadena foothills, they will have everything you need to ring in the Irish holiday, beginning with a specialty cocktail from Barman Peter Lloyd Jones. A lucky libation, The Tipperary is crafted with Tyrconnell Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse and Carpano Antica. As for a little Gaelic-like grub, Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan will be serving up hearty dishes that are a perfect fit for St. Patrick’s Day. Indulge in the pork, apples & bourbon plate, or their crispy pork belly served with masa pudding, apple salsa and a splash of aged bourbon. Other options include hearty dishes of succulent roasted duck with fermented black bean jus, smoked onion, grilled Kai-Lan and creamed broccoli and the Marinated Young Lamb with pepperoni roasted Brussels sprouts and horseradish-Pecorino mashed potatoes.
The Raymond 1886 will be open on St. Patrick’s Day for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm, with Bar 1886 remaining open until Midnight.
1412 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Located on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Bruxie is known for their delicious gourmet waffle sandwiches. This year, for St. Patrick’s Day, find the luck of the Irish here as they will be offering deals up until March 20, 2016! The 3rd Street Promenade waffle shop will be serving up Irish-inspired specials from Owner & Executive Chef Dean Simon including a Corned Beef Bubble & Squeak warm waffle with Boar’s Head corned beef, crushed potatoes and braised cabbage sandwiched between a crisp and airy BRUXIE waffle. Irish Nachos are another must order. These crispy waffle cut fries are topped with BRUXIE cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, sour cream and chives. Thirsty? Sip on the Lucky Shake, which is blended with real Wisconsin frozen custard, peppermint, fresh whipped cream and a lucky four leaf clover garnish.
18636 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91356
LA’s favorite raw, vegan food restaurant is serving up something special for St. Patrick’s Day! While you might not think of vegan food when it comes to this Irish themed holiday, try something healthy, and enjoy a myriad of delicious dishes from Owner and Executive Chef Jenny Ross at this Tarzana outpost. Swap out green beer for a Super Green juice blended with banana, kale, super greens, coconut and your choice of mango or pineapple. Emerald emerges in vitamin and nutrient packed plates like the Marinated Kale Salad with chopped, marinated kale, olives, avocado, walnuts and a creamy garlic Dulse dressing and the Lemon Pesto Pasta is tossed with strips of zucchini (in lieu of pasta), lemon pesto, marinated mushrooms, tomatoes and basil. For a bit more of that jade shade, enjoy their incredibly tasty fried avocado rolled tacos. They’re not technically “fried,” but these tasty bites of avocado, joined by tahini cheese, cucumbers, baby mixed greens and Tomatillo salsa, are rolled in a flax seed batter with spices and dehydrated for three to four hours, creating a crispy appearance and texture. Want something sweet? Their Fresh Fruit Cobbler may not be green, but it sure is incredibly delicious. Served warm with a pecan or walnut crust and fresh vanilla crème sauce, it’s a must order!
Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen
1542 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Start off your St. Patrick’s Day perfectly at Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen in Hollywood. Enjoy hot cups of house-roasted, ethically sourced coffee, savor refreshing Shims and order up a few delectable dishes from Executive Chef Jeff Lustre. Begin with their tasty fennel soup with a pistachio condiment, blood oranges and cremá, followed by tender Creekstone Farms Brisket served on a soft Brioche bun with caramelized onions and Chimichurri. Next, sip on a shamrock-colored Shim called the Green Arrow. It is crafted with Dolin Blanc, mint, Kyoto iced coffee and honey cream and is the perfect drink to go along with your food. Enjoy all food and drinks on their patio, which comes complete with a great firepit!
10 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
There’s no doubt at this point that Venice is a hot spot. Part of the charm of the neighborhood is the beachside-boardwalk restaurant known as The Venice Whaler. On St. Patrick’s Day, ring in the Irish holiday with tasty Emerald Isle specials from Executive Chef Nick Liberato like their Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef, English peas, carrots and tomatoes topped with whipped potatoes. Pair that with the decadent short rib grilled cheese sandwich with jack, cheddar and pickled onions or opt for something a bit more green like the winter wedge salad with bleu cheese, bacon, cherry tomatoes and chives, and you’ll be in St. Patrick’s Day heaven! Add a few drinks from Bar Manager Brittini Rae and you’ll be even more impressed. Rae will be pouring Irish whiskey cocktail specials all day and night. From a traditional Irish punch mixed with whiskey, lemon juice, nutmeg, ginger syrup, spices and an orange peel to an Irish Maid drink crafted with Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, lemon juice, elderflower, agave and fresh cucumbers with a salted cucumber garnish, you’ll undoubtedly know you made the right choice visiting this Venice locale. Feel like some suds & beer? Choose from over thirty draft, bottled and canned beers of Pilsners, Ales, Lagers, Ciders, IPAs, Stouts and more.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dates: March 17, 2016 – March 20, 2016
LA’s modern American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, with locations on Sawtelle Downtown LA and elsewhere around the city, will be taking part in the festivities by serving shamrock-centric specials for Angelenos. In the past, St. Patrick’s Day is usually honored with a brined and braised brisket (a.k.a. corned beef), but from Thursday through Saturday however, Executive Chef, Ernesto Uchimura goes the extra mile and double-smokes Plan Check’s corned beef until it becomes pastrami. Plan Check’s reimagined St. Patrick’s Day menu items will feature their Pastrami Nosh with double-smoked pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, and a sunny fried egg, as well as a Pastrami Burger, made with a delicious beef patty, pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, kimchi mustard, and a panko-crusted crunch bun and their tasty pastrami gravy fries. The fries are made with pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted Swiss cheese, and chopped pickles. Thirsty? Plan Check will also be offering a Jameson Grasshopper Milkshake, which blends vanilla ice cream with Jameson, minty grasshopper cookies, and plenty of whipped cream.
221 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Take in the fun of St. Patrick’s Day at one of Downtown L.A.’s hottest craft cocktail lounges, Bar Mattachine. The bar will be serving a myriad of creatively playful and tasty green libations, including green beer and wine as well. Owner Garrett McKechnie is shaking up festive whiskey-based sippers like The Green Old Fashioned with Kin White Whiskey; a green cocktail shaken up by your favorite bartender. Get lucky with the Frozen Grasshopper cocktail made with Aviation Gin, Strauss Family Creamery Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Luxardo Fernet, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, crème de menthe and cream. The bar will also also help you toast the Irish with a few frothy green beers too! Enjoy a draft of Telegraph Flotsam Dry Hopped Amber Lager, sip on a pint of How Do You Like Them Apples Cider or opt for a can of good old-fashioned Pabst Blue Ribbon. The bar offers plenty of spaces for any of your needs, too. Cuddle up in the cozy upstairs bar, hit the dance floor beneath the glittery disco ball while getting down to the beats of DJ Smedium or post up on the patio to high-five all of the green-clad “Irish” party goers. Make sure to try a signature Bar Mattachine cocktail in hand on St. Patricks Day to toast with though!
840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
At one of the most iconic Irish bars in the city, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with specials starting at 6am! Opening for a traditional Irish breakfast (eggs, bangers, beans, bacon, a grilled tomato and more) and, of course, Irish coffee, you’ll be pleasantly surprised visiting here. And, from 11am to 11pm, their parking lot will turn into a party full of Guinness, whisky, beer, ciders, beer pong, DJs and more fun. The event is free also!
Casey’s Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
For St. Patrick’s Day, head downtown for a street festival which begins at 6am and includes everything from DJ’s spinning throughout the day, to beer, pizza, corned beef and reuben sandwiches. The festival entry is free if you get there before 3:30pm, and just $10 after.
Salt & Straw
240 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Salt & Straw, the Portland ice cream joint that has taken over as the new and most popular ice cream spot in the area, will be offering a scoop (or three) of their special Pots of Gold & Rainbows ice cream at the Larchmont and Venice stores. The Technicolor ice cream will be filled with Lucky Charms’ marshmallows and is available throughout March.