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St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2016

San Diego's best dining events, drink specials, and more for the luckiest day of the year
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By Jessica Weinberger

Dining Specials


Get your fill of corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes, and satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate cherry soda bread with Bailey’s whipped cream.

Date: March 17

Location: 672 5th Avenue, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-595-0123

Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

The Oceanside eatery will be serving traditional Irish shepherd’s pie made with Irish stout. Wash it down with $6 drafts all day and an Irish whiskey cocktail special.

Date: March 17

Location: 208 South Coast Highway, Oceanside

Phone: 760­-231-6278

Matt Gordon’s Urban Solace and Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at both hot spots. Stop in at Urban Solace for Chef Gordon’s St. Patty’s Day special of brined corn beef, whiskey braised cabbage, currant bread, and potatoes, or grab a beer at Solace & The Moonlight Lounge in North County.

Date: March 17

Locations: Urban Solace, 3823 30th Street, North Park; Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, 25 East E Street, Encinitas

Phone: 619-295-6464; 760-753-2433

Pacific Beach Alehouse

St. Patty’s Day-themed food specials include corned beef and cabbage slow cooked in their rockfish red ale and Irish lamb stew with potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, soledad stout, and Irish soda bread. Drink specials include $5 Guinness, $8 Car Bombs, and $5 Jameson. There will also be a DJ from 10 p.m. to close.

Date: March 17

Location: 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: 858-581-2337

The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar

Enjoy Executive Chef Miguel Valdez’s version of a traditional Irish corned beef plated with napa cabbage, mashed red door garden turnips, and potatoes with braising jus.

Price: $21

Date: March 17

Location: 741 West Washington Street, Mission Hills

Phone: 619-295-6000


The gastro-lounge is offering their “Tin Whistle” cocktail featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, Famous Grouse Scotch, Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao, and St-Germain. Feast on biscuits with bacon and jam or shrimp and grits.

Date: March 17

Location: 1047 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-515-3003

Whiskey Girl

Whiskey Girl is offering a corned beef and cabbage special, green beer, and one of the top selections of whiskey in Gaslamp with more than 70 to choose from. There will also be live music with DJ Marc Thrasher.

Date: March 17

Location: 702 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-236-1616

Drink Specials

Barbock & Story at Hotel del Coronado

Available only on St. Patrick’s Day, the Lucky Leprechaun is a seasonal cocktail with vodka, midori, triple sec, and citrus.

Price: $17

Date: March 17

Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Phone: 619-435-6611 ext. 7919

Double Deuce

Trying to get you green beer fix? Get your glass of Green Bud Light Draft on tap or Jameson Original. Don’t forget to take a ride on the mechanical bull!

Date: March 17

Location: 528 F Street, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-450-6522

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge

Enjoy Irish music while celebrating with green beer, car bomb specials, and $30 green mule pitchers.

Date: March 17

Location: 722 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: 858-274-3100


Back by popular demand is Jsix’s infamous boilermaker—a shot of house blended Woodford Reserve paired with their own IPA from 32 North Brewery. Pair it with fried squash blossoms, lobster BLT rolls or lettuce wraps.

Date: March 17, 4 – 7 p.m.

Location: 616 J Street, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-531-8744

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Sip St. Patrick’s Day-themed beer such as Green Miller Lite Draft and Green Pacifico Draft.

Date: March 17

Location: 1 Market Place, Seaport Village

Phone: 619-232-1234

Pacifica Del Mar

Celebrate at the Ocean bar with B-52 Bombers, a blend of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and espresso, or with an Irish Mule, a combination of Tullamore Dew Whiskey, fresh lime, and bitters.

Date: March 17

Location: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Phone: 858-792-0476

Sweet Treats

Bliss & Baker’s Lucky You Gift Box

Pick up your St. Patty’s Day treats at this mother-daughter owned baking company. Choose from five different flavors for a box of artisan crispy treats adorned with gold tinsel and St. Patrick’s Day décor.

Price: $16 per gift box of 4 crispy treats

Heaven Sent Desserts’ Pot ‘o Dessert Gold

Test your Irish luck for a chance to win an array of prizes at Heaven Sent Desserts. Find a gold coin beneath one of their Irish desserts (Irish Angel, Guinness Cake, or Bourbon Street Bread Pudding) and you could win prizes that range from two dozen free cookies to a custom cake valued at $250 and more.

Date: March 17

Location: 3011 University Avenue, North Park

Phone: 619-793-4758

Events & Specials

Blink Lash Boutique

Bat you eyelashes for good luck! Blink Lash Boutique is offering a special of $75 for a bashful set of lashes.

Date: March 1-31

Location: 665 San Rodolfo Drive, Solana Beach

Phone: 619-964-6082

Blush Tan

Only on St. Patrick’s Day, buy four full body natural sunless tans and get one free.

Date: March 17

Location: 7450 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Phone: 818-412-4029

Elle Bridal Boutique

Elle Bridal is hosting their “Lucky You” special this month. Enjoy free gifts with the purchase of a gown.

Date: March 10-20

Location: 1133 Columbia Street, Downtown

Phone: 619-326-8034

Harrahs Resort Southern California

Listen to traditional Irish jams and entertainment at the Promotions Center with local San Diego Celtic band Silverwood accompanied by traditional Irish dancers from the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance.

Price: Free

Date: March 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center

Phone: 760-751-3100


The 22nd annual outdoor party will bring more than 22,000 revelers to the Gaslamp for Celtic music, traditional Irish dancing, DJs spinning, and more.

Price: $40 before March 17, $50 on the day of the event

Date: March 17, 4 p.m.–midnight

Location: G and F Streets between 5th and 7th Avenue and on 6th Avenue between E and G streets

St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon at The Commons Bar

Spend your St. Patty’s day giving back and participate in an annual head shaving fundraiser to aid childhood cancer research. Head shaving will commence at 12:30 p.m. and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Price: $10 donation for admission, $20 donation for admission, T-shirt, and raffle ticket

Date: March 12

Location: 901 4th Avenue, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-255-7069

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival in Balboa Park

Enjoy live entertainment in the Beer Garden, Irish food, and a festival atmosphere fun for the whole family.

Date: March 12

Time: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (parade starts at 10:30 a.m.)

Location: Balboa Park

Phone: 858-268-9111

The US Grant

Celebrate within a secret location on property during The US Grant’s Rendezvous Lounge St. Patrick’s Day party. The cocktail-focused event will offer Irish beers, whiskey, Irish-inspired premium craft cocktails, and an exclusive Irish whiskey tasting bar, accompanied by traditional Irish cuisine and live music.

Price: $75 plus tax

Date: March 19, 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: 326 Broadway, Gaslamp

Phone: 619-232-3121

Vom Fass in Hillcrest

Get in the spirit for a whiskey tasting event. Enjoy trying four different Irish whiskeys while learning about the distilling process, then snack on Guinness cupcakes with Irish whiskey frosting.

Price: $35 per person

Date: March 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: 1050 University Avenue, Hillcrest

Phone: 619-534-5034

St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2016

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