Celebrate The Luck of The Irish
Everyone is Irish at heart on St. Patrick’s Day! Shamrock ‘n roll around San Diego with an impressive lineup of food and drink specials to inspire the luck of the Irish in you. Don’t settle for the usual yearly routine – think outside the box and get in the spirit with these spots serving up St. Paddy’s Day specials on Sunday, March 17th.
7 Mile Kitchen: It’s easy to go green at 7 Mile Kitchen in Carlsbad. Overlooking seven miles of Carlsbad’s coastline, this one of a kind casual dining space at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa offers a new American menu featuring gourmet pizza and burgers, crafted to perfection by award-winning chef, Gil Manipon. For a touch of green on St. Paddy’s Day sip on their delicious “Cool As A…” Cocktail ($11) celebrating the colors of the Emerald Isle. The libation is mixed with Nolet’s Gin, cucumber-mint infused syrup, lemon, St. Germain, and sparkling wine, and you’ll be ready for another before you can say, “Sláinte!” (5420 Grand Pacific Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 827-2514
St. Patrick’s Day Cruise at the Bahia Resort Hotel – aboard the William D. Evans sternwheeler: Guests can jig and swig all night long with $5 Guinness and $4 Jameson drink specials, plus two floors of DJs aboard the Bahia’s William D. Evans. The classic sternwheeler will be cruising around Mission Bay offering spectacular views from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with an additional stop at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa at 11:15 p.m.
- $15 per person via Groupon | Purchase tickets HERE
- Saturday, March 16 | 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Café Bahia and Tangier Bar All St. Patrick’s Day weekend guests can celebrate with corned beef and cabbage sliders, as well as Guinness beef stew in a sourdough bread bowl, which will be available for dinner at both Café Bahia and Tangier Bar. Guests can also enjoy live music Friday night and karaoke Saturday night at Tangier Bar. (Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17)
Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa The Sunday Champagne Brunch gets a St. Patty’s twist with free-flowing ‘Lucky Charm-pagne,’ champagne dyed a festive green, paired with Oceana’s decadent brunch buffet. The buffet includes braised duck chilaquiles, prime rib, waffle Romanoff, Alaskan king crab legs, and much more! This local favorite is priced at $62 for adults and $28 for children ages 5 to 12.
- ‘Lucky Charm-pagne’ at Oceana Coastal Kitchen
- Sunday, March 17 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will bring the spirit of an Irish garden to the glass with the Irish Garden cocktail. Created by lead bartender Elizabeth Farrell, who has a background in horticulture, the cocktail is inspired by botanicals that were heavily forged as sources of daily nutrients during the ancient Celtic era. Showcasing an appreciation of Ireland’s unique vegetation, the Irish Garden is made with Dingle Irish gin, house-made nettle and barley cordial, house-made apple and nasturtium green juice, Bigallet China-China, honey and lime, and is available for $12.
barleymash: If you’re looking to go big this year for St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than barleymash, a Gaslamp District iconic restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th and Market Street. Not only will they be serving green beer all day long, but Executive Chef Kevin Templeton will also be whipping up a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dish. You can also sip specialty whisky cocktails, like the Human Torch made with Jack Daniel’s, chai and honey, while enjoying live music from a local DJ promises you’ll be entertained all day long! (600 5th Avenue)
- Date: Sunday, March 17th
- Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m
Bier Garden: Whether you’re celebrating Ireland’s national holiday or you just need a little bit of liquid luck, head on over to Bier Garden in Encinitas to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on the coast. They’ll be offering $5 pints of Guinness, $5 Black and Tans and $8 Irish Car Bombs as well as a classic corned beef and cabbage special. (641 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, (760) 632-2437)
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Start your St. Paddy’s day off right at one of Breakfast Republic’s seven locations, and enjoy drink specials such as their Kiss Me Kiwi Mimosa, crafted from kiwi, sparkling and a splash of orange juice, garnished with a fresh slice of kiwi, and their Luck of the Irish Latte, brimming with Bailey’s Irish Cream, whiskey, espresso and milk, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of mocha and mint. Also appearing on the menu will be the Leprechaun Mac & Cheese, comprised of shrimp, garlic, onion, asparagus, spinach, and parmesan, all in a creamy pesto sauce, topped with 3 eggs any style.
Bub’s @ the Beach in Pacific Beach will celebrate the lucky day with their Corned Beef & Hash Sandwich, plus festive drink specials including Green Mimosas and their Cup of GoldMule of the Month, comprised of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, fresh lime and bitters, garnished with a rainbow gummy and gold coins.
Cafe 222, frequently named the “best breakfast spot” in downtown San Diego, will offer lads and lasses a hearty start to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a signature dish: corned beef hash. Diners will feel like they struck gold after indulging in the breakfast made with braised and shredded corned beef, shredded potatoes, onions, peppers and garlic, topped with two eggs prepared any style and served with toast and breakfast potatoes.
Corner Drafthouse: You’ll find Irish eyes smiling at Corner Drafthouse, the unofficial headquarters of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. With more than 30,000 participants, the hometown parade is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. If you find yourself at the starting line on Fifth Ave. and Laurel St. march your way on over to Corner Drafthouse, where you can choose from 70 taps of Southern California’s best beers and beyond. And, if you want to keep the suds flowing all weekend, grab your fellow party-goers because they’ll also host one of biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around on Sunday, March 17. Guests will enjoy beer specials as well as corned beef tacos, corned beef sliders, and corned beef and cabbage specials all weekend long or until they’re all gone. (495 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 255-2631)
Curadero: The downtown Mexican eatery and bar is always a good choice for those wanting to hhave a agood time and great food and drink. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Head to the restaurant for Corned Beef Tacos from Chef Kraten, and Irish-inspired drinks from Alex Gregg. Curadero also has an extensive selection of Agave spirits, so come celebrate over something tasty! www.Curadero.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks: Head to the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla where the bar will be offering Bubbly Around the Clock. Glasses of bubbly with a hint of Irish spirit will start at $4 at 4pm, and go up $1 every hour. www.CuspRestaurant.com
Duck Dive: This beach bar will be sham-rockin’ all weekend long with the best drink specials in PB! During St. Patrick’s Day weekend, celebrate with $10 Irish Car Bombs and $5 green beers from open ‘til close. And on Sunday, March 17th, Duck Dive will be toasting to good ol’ St. Paddy’s Day with $3 Jell-O shots. Fill you belly with any of their scrumptious brunch dishes, including a Chorizo Potato Hash, pancakes and French toasts or a variety of omelets.
- Date: Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th
- Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Address: 4650 Mission Boulevard, 92109
Say ¡salud! and sláinte at El Chingon. GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass Mexican” restaurant will toast to the holiday with the Irishman Abroad. The cocktail, priced at $12, is made with Tullamore D.E.W., El Jimador tequila, fresh lime juice, Cointreau and R&D house bitters.
Farmer Boys: Test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day with scratchers from Farmer Boys! From Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 17, participating Farmer Boys locations will be handing out scratch-off coupons with each purchase. The coupons must remain unscratched until returning to Farmer Boys between March 18 – April 5, where guests can scratch in-store to reveal an offer for a discounted purchase or free select menu item. Want to know a lucky little secret? Everyone is guaranteed to win! View list of participating locations here.
Get figgy with it this St. Patrick’s Day at Fig Tree Café, and sip on their two March drink specials, including their Matcha Green Tea Latte, a creamy intermingling of sweet matcha green tea and milk, topped with whipped cream, and their End of the Rainbow Mimosa Flight, a colorful collection of tasters complete with Strawberry, Orange-Cranberry, Kiwi and Blueberry flavors. Be sure to order the March special of the month to ring in the luck of the Irish – with their Irish Coffee Pancakes. A heaping stack of coffee-infused pancakes, sweet cream filling and topped with a Whiskey Glaze – can’t go wrong with that flavor combo!
Havana 1920, GBOD Hospitality Group’s intimate Cuban restaurant located in the Gaslamp Quarter, will offer a refreshing alternative to green beer with a reimagined mojito. The Sunburnt Irishman, priced at $12, is made with Jameson Caskmates, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, fresh blood orange puree, demerara syrup, fresh sugar cane and R&D sarsaparilla bitters.
Mavericks Beach Club: This beach bar hot spot will be the official sponsor of the San Diego Leprechaun Run on Saturday, March 16th. After participants cross the finish line, they can enjoy a Lucky Charms cereal bar (FREE for all runners). On Sunday, March 17th, the club will be decked out with bagpipers, leprechauns, an awesome photo bus photobooth, special St. Patrick’s Day menu with Corned Beef Tacos and many other surprises!
- Date: Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th
- Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. daily
- Address: 860 Garnet Avenue, 92109
Monkey King, GBOD Hospitality Group’s Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant, combines ingredients from the Emerald Isle and the islands of the South Pacific for its celebratory cocktail, the Whisky Mai Tai. Priced at $12, the Whisky Mai Tai is made with whisky, toasted cashew orgeat, lime, dry curaçao and R&D house bitters.
Elevate your Irish-inspired celebrations at Osetra Seafood & Steaks, the elegant and sophisticated staple of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Boasting a menu of gourmet seafood, aged meats and handmade pastas, Osetra’s enticing menu is matched with a three-story wine tower surrounding their full bar. Featuring upscale signature craft cocktails, specialty beer and wines and a stellar happy hour food and drink selection that will be sure to put a jig in your step! Fire up your festivities with a$5 special bartender shot along with $7 house wines, well drinks, draft beers and an extended all-day happy hour to fuel your fun ‘til the sun goes down.
Pacifica Del Mar: Pacifica’s bustling Ocean Bar will be celebrating by pouring their Pineapple-Chipotle Margarita and Green Flash Cocktail, both naturally green in hue and oh-so delicious. www.PacificaDelMar.com
PB Shore Club: Where else can you sip on green Red Bull Vodka Slushies than Pacific Beach’s favorite hangout, PB Shore Club. This beach bar, with an open-air patio and unobstructed views of the ocean, opens at 8:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day so you can get the party started early. Be sure to check out their breakfast menu, which includes omelets, burritos and benedicts, to fuel up for a long day of celebrating.
- Date: Friday, March 15th – Sunday, March 17th
- Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Cost: $12, $14
- Address: 4343 Ocean Boulevard, 92109
Point Loma Fish Shop: Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with some of the luckiest deals in San Diego at Point Loma Fish Shop! From Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 17th, the casual spot for fresh fish, located at the corner of Rosecrans and CañonStreet, will be offering a specialty Fish N’ Chips with a pint of Second Chance Beer Company’s Mulligan Irish Red Ale for only $18. Enjoy the combo of grilled or fried Alaskan cod with fries, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, paired with the smooth, caramel flavor notes in the ale.
- Date: Friday, March 15th – Sunday, March 17th
- Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily
- Cost: $18
- Address: 1110 Rosecrans Street #100 92106
Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s underground speakeasy located in the Gaslamp Quarter, will mix Jameson with a dash of Guinness for a cocktail that’s double the trouble. The Irish 2-for-1, priced at $13, is made with Jameson Black Barrel, Guinness demerara reduction, R&D aromatic #7 bitters and R&D cherry apple bitters.
Primavera Ristorante, located in Coronado, is “Dublin” the fun with two vibrant cocktails to get guests into the Irish spirit. Both created exclusively for the holiday, the St. Paddy’s Sour is made with Jameson Irish whiskey, lime juice, lemon juice and simple syrup, garnished with a lime wheel and mint spring. The Grasshopper is made with green crème de menthe, half-and-half, white crème de cacao and garnished with green sprinkles.
Storyhouse Spirits: Share your best St. Paddy’s day tales at San Diego’s newest craft distillery, restaurant and bar now open in the East Village, Storyhouse Spirits. Just in time for green-spirited revelry, Executive Chef Nick Paulerio is rolling out their inaugural weekend brunch menu from 10 AM- 3 PM on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The menu features a selection of food and drink specials including $15 bottomless Prosecco Mimosas, House-Cured Pork Belly Chilaquiles, Duck Hash & Eggs, and a Breakfast Flatbread. They’ll also be serving up specialty cocktails to bring out the Irish in you all weekend long. (1220 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 241-2780)
Tajima: Follow the rainbow to the pot of gold at Tajima’s Mercury location, where the March’s Cocktail of the Month will be a Shamrock Sour. A playful take on a classic whiskey sour, this green treat is made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Midori and citrus, finished with fresh lime and sprinkled with gold flakes. Stop into the Mercury location, just off Kearny Mesa Road, to get lucky with this cocktail for only $10 all month long.
- Date: March
- Time: Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
- Cost: $10
- Address: 4111 Mercury St, Ste 110, 92111
Wake up feeling lucky this St. Patrick’s Day at The Morning After, the Gaslamp Quarter’s new over-the-top brunch spot, which will offer two celebratory featured offerings, The Leprechaun Special and St. Paddy Cakes. The Leprechaun Special will pair The Morning After’s signature breakfast burrito, made with eggs, choice of sausage or bacon, cheddar cheese, house potatoes, pico de gallo and sour cream; with a pint of green lager. Created exclusively for the holiday, St. Paddy Cakes will include a stack of four pancakes topped with Lucky Charms cereal, served with butter and syrup.
No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without whiskey and beer. Sidle up to the bar at The Whiskey House, the Gaslamp’s premier whiskey bar and lounge! Recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the most commercially available whiskeys in the world (yes, you heard that right!), The Whiskey House is home to over 2,800 unique whiskeys along with eclectic craft cocktails, international draft beers and a delectable menu of house made fare specializing in fresh ground sausages and burgers. All evening long, enjoy a $1 Tullamore Dew shot special with the purchase of any beer to get your St. Paddy’s party started!
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day all weekend long at Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, and kick off the festivities Dublin-style at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with $5 Jameson shots and Breckenridge Stout until close, plus a DJ spinning from 10 p.m. – close. Keep the party going on St. Patrick’s Day with live music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and get your drink on with green beer and Jameson specials available all day. Foodies can get their fill of St. Paddy’s Day eats with Corned Beef Hash & Eggs until 2 p.m., followed by Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner from 2 p.m. – close on both Saturday and Sunday.
While pizza may not be what first pops into your head for St. Patrick’s Day, it should be, because…pizza. Traditional or not, Woodstock’s Pizza near SDSU and Pacific Beach is celebrating all the fun that is St. Patrick’s Day with a Bangers & Tots Pizza, a cheesy pie loaded with nitrate-free sausage and whole tater tots for an outside-the-box St. Paddy’s Day meal. A hometown favorite of college students and locals alike, Woodstock’s Pizza is dishing up amazing pizzas using Grandma Woodstock’s secret signature sauce, fresh hand-tossed dough, locally-sourced organic toppings, and a unique folded-over crust with sauce inside. Why drink green beer, when you can drink good beer and eat pizza? Sweeten the deal with free tots as a topping on any pizza of your choosing with code SHAMROCK, available in-store and online