Plenty of Irish Spirit: 8 Great Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown

On March 17 Casey’s Irish Pub will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day street festival, shutting down part of Grand Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard for an outdoor celebration.

In Downtown Los Angeles, St. Patrick’s Day starts early and goes late. Expect that to continue this year, in large part because March 17 is a Sunday.

Over the years Downtown has emerged as a destination for St. Patrick’s Day revelers. This year’s lineup is packed, with options that range from traditional Irish fare to Americanized twists featuring copious amounts of green beer. There are also some unconventional offerings.

Below, Los Angeles Downtown News runs down eight of the best events in the Central City. Please drink responsibly.

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A Block of Festivities: The biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place at Casey’s Irish Pub on Grand Avenue. The bar opens at 6 a.m. on Sunday, and a full-on street festival (with the road closed to cars) starts at 11 a.m. The party involves 550 kegs of beer and 1,200 bottles of Jameson, plus a large Astroturf stretch of Grand Avenue that will hold outdoor revelry and lawn games. Beverages will include green Guinness Blonde American Lager and IPAs. Visitors can enjoy all of the pub’s full menu, including shepherd’s pie and corned beef. There is a $20 cover after 11 a.m.

At 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or caseysstpatricksday.com.

Try Something New: Casey’s isn’t the only Irish game in Downtown. The former Rock ‘n’ Reilly’s space in the Financial District is still an Irish pub, now called Limericks. The bar with a street-facing patio was still determining its specials at press time, but expect discounts on Irish whiskey shots, Guinness and some appetizers. Limericks’ other locations in the Los Angeles area are known for their extensive tap list and Irish-American food, so expect something similar.

At 615 S. Flower St., (213) 537-0554 or limerickstavern.

Harder, Better, Faster, Irish-er: What does Daft Punk, a French house band that might be two robots, have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? Absolutely nothing. Despite that, the Arts District’s Resident is doing a St. Patrick’s Day edition of its semi-regular Daft Brunch party. The venue’s two bars will have a number of Irish-themed cocktails, and hungry partiers can grab some grub from an on-site foot truck. This will all happen while DJs spin Daft Punk and other dance acts. Resident also has an extensive beer list full of options from Downtown breweries to help get you dancing to “Get Lucky” and “Around the World.”

At 428 S. Hewitt St. or residentdtla.com.

Musical Showcase: Another Downtown St. Patrick’s Day mainstay is The Escondite. The Toy District spot will once again do a full day of live music and food and drink specials. Sunday will offer bands from noon-midnight, including regulars such as Jet Dread Stone and Joe Thalman & The Burden. The kitchen will have its regular burger options, plus corned beef dishes. Instead of green beer, grab something off The Escondite’s extensive draft and bottle list. There will also be plenty of Jameson, in case shots are your thing.

At 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com.

Seventh Street Specials: At Seventh Street’s Brack Shop Tavern, St. Patrick’s Day is not just a Sunday celebration. Starting on Friday, March 15, the Financial District spot will offer $5 pints of green beer, $12 Guinness-battered wings and, in a very Los Angeles-fusion move, $10 Irish nachos. There are also $9 Jameson shots and $12 Irish Car Bomb shots. On St. Patrick’s Day proper, Brack Shop will have live bagpipe music starting at 1 p.m. There will also be music from local club mainstays the Vignes Rooftop Revival from 3-6 p.m.

At 525 W. Seventh St., (213) 232-8657 or brackshoptavern.com.

Island Flavor: Since apparently everything is random and nothing matters, the Bootleg Theater is doing… wait for it… a tiki-themed celebration. The Freaky Tiki St. Patty’s Party takes place on Saturday, March 16, and features live music from ’90s cover band the Foo Flannels. There will also be acrobatic performances from Elevation Aerial and a plethora of specials, including, of course, some tiki drinks. Tickets are $15 and there will be a taco cart.

At 2220 Beverly Blvd. or bootlegtheater.com.

Dublin Down on Pizza: Little Tokyo’s Baldoria is not exactly a place that screams “St. Patrick’s Day,” but the pizzeria is getting into the revelry. On Sunday, diners can enjoy a corned beef hash pizza, plus drink specials including Irish Old Fashioneds for $8 and Jameson shots for $3. That’s on top of the bar’s many bottled cocktail options. So grab a slice, get a shot, and avoid traditional approaches to the holiday.

At 243 S. San Pedro St., (213) 947-3329 or baldoriadtla.com.

Irish Angels: The massive Angel City Brewery is again throwing a St. Paddy’s Day party. It runs from noon-8 p.m. on Sunday, and the Kilgary Mountain Band will perform a selection of Irish music from 3-6 p.m. Angel City is also bringing out its Imperial Irish Red Ale (aged in Jameson barrels for even more holiday-appropriateness) for one day on tap.

At 216 Alameda St. or angelcitybrewery.com.

nicholas@downtownnews.com