For those who wish to lift a pint for Erin go Bragh, there are several classic Irish pubs around the Miracle Mile to try.
For more than 80 years, crowds have flocked to Tom Bergin’s for St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Derek Schreck tents the parking lot so up to 1,000 people can attend at a time. “At 6 a.m., we start serving a full Irish breakfast, with bangers, eggs, beans, roasted tomatoes—and Irish coffee!”
The party goes until 2 a.m., and usually 5,000 to 6,000 people attend. There is no parking, so Uber and Lyft get a workout.
Schreck says there’s a DJ and “We have corned beef sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, whiskey ice cream, Guinness, Harp.”
Come back the next day, Sat., March 18 at 4 p.m., for the “Hair of the Dog” party and have breakfast for dinner.
“We have Irish in our family history,” said Dwayne Call, manager of Magee’s Kitchen in the Original Farmers Market and great, grandnephew of original owner Blanche Magee, “but we’re known as Irish primarily because we serve corned beef and cabbage every day.”
Back in 1934, the Farmers Market was a dusty field, and the Magees, whose business dates to 1917, built a permanent stall to better serve the farmers who sold produce out of their trucks and carts. It was the Market’s first eatery, and Magee’s is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Magee’s serves corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a few sides from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. “We serve over 1,000 pounds of corned beef that day!”
The Farmers Market goes full Irish, as Call explains, “There’s live music (bagpipes) and green beer!” Imported Irish beer will also be on tap at both E.B.’s and Bar 326. Stuart Marks and the Paddy O’Dors Band perform from 6 to 9 p.m. in the West Patio.
Established in 1969, Molly Malone’s is known for live music, but on St. Pat’s, they really rock — with a bagpiper and live bands playing rock ‘n roll from noon ‘til 2 a.m.
Brew-slinging starts at 6 a.m., with doors opening for the music at noon. Ken O’Malley, who’s been playing at Molly Malone’s off and on for 40 years, will be playing his authentic Irish music from 1 to 3 p.m. Los Angeles band Howl n’Wake will be playing a blend of blues, Cajun and Celtic music from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jimmy Paxson takes the stage at 6 p.m. Talkback takes over at 8:15 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
According to manager Ernesto Sanchez, about 1,200 people are served at Molly Malone’s on St. Patrick’s, fueled by corned beef and Irish stew!
This article has been updated from last year.
By Helene Seifer