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14 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day This Year in San Diego

Find golden opportunities with these dining deals and happenings from now until the 20th. Sláinte!
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Green Velvet cupcakes at Susiecakes



For a tasty treat to pair with your bottles of Jameson and Guinness, head to SusieCakes in Carmel Valley. Their holiday selections include green frosted sugar cookies and chocolate Guinness cupcakes made with Guinness stout and a Baileys buttercream. To get in on the fun, take home a St. Patrick’s–themed decorating kit with buttercream and sprinkles for you and your loved ones to put together. Available now through St. Patrick’s Day.

3705 Caminito Court, Carmel Valley 

Lucky’s Lunch Counter 

For the entire month of March, Lucky’s is making everyone feel like they found gold at the end of the rainbow. Highlights from their special menu include a housemade corned beef breakfast served with hash browns and eggs; and the Reuben sandwich with corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on marble rye.

338 Seventh Avenue, East Village  

March 17 

Irish 4 a Day

Head to the Gaslamp to check out the Irish 4 a Day bar crawl. Hop in and out of over 15 local bars, including The Shout! House, Tin Roof, Whiskey Girl, and Vin de Syrah, all within walking distance. Rock out in your green garb to DJ sets and enjoy drink and dining specials, face painting, and more.

628 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

St Patricks Day Guide - PB Bar Crawl

Pacific Beach Bar Crawl

Pacific Beach St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl & Block Party 

Show up for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl in Pacific Beach. Nearly a dozen participating bars include Break Point and Cabo Cantina, which will be offering $5 margaritas and tequila shots. After checking in, receive drink coupons, free welcome shot vouchers, and a map of all participating locations. Also, grab a complimentary St. Patrick’s Day necklace and get free entry into any after-parties following the crawl.

809 Thomas Avenue, Pacific Beach

Nason’s Beer Hall and Fifth & Rose

Find an abundance of cocktail options at Pendry San Diego on March 17. The menu at the hotel’s sports-themed Nason’s Beer Hall includes green drinks like Irish I Had a Mule, which pairs Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice. Their special St. Patrick’s Day menu offers classic Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie and chocolate stout cake. Pendry’s elegant Fifth & Rose bar has more cocktails, like the Irish Maid with lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber, and mint.

550 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter 

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

With enough surrounding greenery to remind you of the Emerald Isle, select from Lakehouse’s special St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring $25 corned beef and cabbage plates from The Grill. Other special deals include their $16 Guinness-and-Jameson special, promoting two Irish party essentials.

1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos

Mavericks Beach Club

Head to Pacific Beach for live music and an Irish-inspired menu at Mavericks Beach Club on St. Patrick’s Day. Highlights from their holiday menu include mashups like corned beef tacos, corned beef nachos, and Irish coffee slushies. DJs will be providing a soundtrack throughout the evening, but when they’re not spinning, catch acoustic trio the Thundercock jamming from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach 

The Smoking Gun

The Gaslamp’s favorite sports bar, arcade, and smokehouse combo is opening early at noon for St. Patrick’s Day. Mix and match or try the Irish nachos, their take on meaty Irish treats combined with classic salty goodness. Other standouts include the corned beef tacos and the Irish TV Dinner with corned beef, braised cabbage, and roasted baby potatoes. Talk about a healthy Irish meal.

555 Market Street, Gaslamp Quarter

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St Patricks Day Guide – Hooleys

Hooleys Public House

Feel the rhythm all day at Hooleys Public House with their live music lineup: In El Cajon they’ll have Joey Harris and the California Celts; in La Mesa will be Raney & Butler, Rebel Celts, and Bagpiper Ben; and Tony Cummins is playing both locations. The pubs will be offering a special Wee Folks menu for the kids, and their Smithwick’s shepherd’s pie for anyone searching for a traditional Irish feast.

2955 Jamacha Road, El Cajon; 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa

Shakespeare Pub

This British bar is offering a traditional take on St. Patrick’s Day, including a live piper and drummer performance at 6 p.m. Their menu for the day includes corned beef sliders and traditional Guinness Irish stew. They’ve been celebrating Irish culture on March 17 at Shakespeare’s for over thirty years, so expect a good time.

3701 India Street, Middletown

March 19

St. Paddy’s O’Beach Party

For an Irish celebration that’s distinctly San Diego, check out the first annual St. Paddy’s O’Beach Party on Saturday, March 19. Starting at 11 a.m. there’ll be live music from local bands like reggae outfit Doah’s Daydream and Band of Gringos, a rock trio from Ocean Beach. Expect themed games like Leprechaun Limbo and a corned beef cornhole tournament. They’ll be keeping it green with their debut Guac Off, where partygoers can sample guacamole from 10 local vendors and vote for their favorites. Pair that with their over-21 beer garden and you’ve got a distinctly San Diego St. Patrick’s Day.

5099 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach

March 20 

The Real Irish Comedy Fest

It’s an all-Irish night at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, where the lineup will be Martin Angolo, Sean Finnerty, and Dave Nihill, accents and all. General admission is $20.

916 Pearl Street, La Jolla

By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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