Lift a pint of green ale on St. Patrick’s Day

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
IRISH PUB Tom Bergin’s.

IRISH PUB Tom Bergin’s.

Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. For those who wish to lift a pint for Erin go Bragh, there are several classic Irish pubs on the Miracle Mile to try.

For 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 continues until 2 a.m., and usually 5,000 to 6,000 people attend.

Shreck says there’s a DJ and, “We have corned beef sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, whiskey ice cream, Guinness, Harp.” They’ll be pouring Coors Light into special Coors cups that turn green when filled with beer.

“We have Irish in our family history,” said Dwayne Call, manager of Magee’s Kitchen in the Original Farmers Market and great, great nephew 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 market was a dusty field, and the Magees built a permanent stall to better serve the farmers who sold produce out of their carts.

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 a 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!”

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 till 2 a.m.

Brew-slinging starts at 6 a.m.

According to manager Ernesto Sanchez, about 1,200 people are served, fueled by corned beef and Irish stew!

By Helene Seifer

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