St. Patrick’s Day 2021 Celebrations And Specials Around San Diego
We could all use a little luck of the Irish right now! While the parties won’t be the same as years past, and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is canceled for the second year in a row, there are still some opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego this year, or at least enjoy a tasty, traditional Irish meal (you know…like the Irish Car Bomb sundae at Waterbar!) to mark the occasion and toast to a better year ahead!
Here’s a list of celebrations and specials around San Diego:
Yes, there are still some Irish pubs open to help you celebrate your St. Patrick’s day with a proper pint! Some of them aren’t the easiest to get ahold of – nor are they very active on social media – so do your best to call well in advance to see what they have going on. But The Field is open for business in the Gaslamp! And we’d image that The Ould Sod’s patio would be an option as well.
The Irish Julep: St. Paddy’s Day Pop Up
The Irish Julep is a St. Patrick’s Day-themed pop-up dinner taking place at JULEP venue located at the base of Mission Hills (we can’t wait!). Come hungry and ready to enjoy a live performance and to enjoy a uniquely San Diego Celtic dining experience. Experience live music coordinated by McFarlane Promotions, craft cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and a distinctly Irish retail experience curated by To Be Designed.
Book your reservations here!
Mavericks Beach Club
On Wednesday, March 17th Mavericks Beach Club will be celebrating with Jameson and Guinness specials from Noon to 11PM. The PB hangout will also have $50 Jameson “Go Hard” options for all coolers, along with Irish Coffee Slushies throughout the day! With plenty of outdoor, and socially distanced seating, Mavericks will also have a live band playing from 6PM – 8PM.
The Gaslamp’s beloved barleymash will be treating diners and drinkers to a specialty St. Pat’s Day dish this year! On Saturday, March 13th, they’re serving up a McBarley Reuben – housemade corner beef, green apple sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and 1000 Island Dressing on marble rye bread with fries. Enjoy with a Dew + Brew, a shot of Tullamore Dew and green Coors Light. The Rueben will also be available on St. Patrick’s Day, along with an Irish Whiskey Tasting Flight featuring Cider Finish, Rum Finish, The 12 Yr, Legendary Tully and a Snit of Stout.
The Presley, one of Liberty Station’s newest additions, is reigning in their first St. Patrick’s Day by inviting guests to keep the celebration going all weekend long, by indulging in a festive cocktail or two. Get in the spirit with the restaurant’s signature P’s Bee’s Knees, a refreshing cocktail that boasts a festive green hue. Made with Hendrick’s gin, simple syrup, cucumber, fresh lime juice, mint the P’s Bee’s Knees is the ideal way to get in your greens in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and their big beautiful patio is the perfect place to celebrate with some fresh air and social distancing!
Waterbar in Pacific Beach is gearing up to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with ocean views specials for the occasion. With plenty of outdoor seating by the beach, this neighborhood stop is featuring Bangers & Mash, prepared with handmade pork and veal spiraled sausage, Irish cheddar mashed potatoes, Guinness and onion gravy and beer-battered onion rings, as well as Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, comprised of house-cured, brined and roasted brisket, braised cabbage, roasted baby root vegetables, and confit fingerling potatoes with a horseradish-mustard sauce.
End your St. Paddy’s Day feast on a sweet note with an Irish Car Bomb Sundae touting Guinness gelato, Bailey’s whipped cream, Jameson salted caramel and chocolate-covered pretzels. Rest assured, there will be plenty of Green Budweiser, shots of Jameson, Irish Coffee and Car Bombs to go around!
Dates: March 13th, 14th & 17th. Pricing: Bangers & Mash $19.95 | Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage $24.95 | Irish Car Bomb Sundae $9.95.
Nestled in the heart of Pacific Beach, Backyard Kitchen & Tap will celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on March 13th, 14th & 17th with savory Irish food specials including Corned Beef Pot Stickers, a Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage Plate, Irish Lamb Stew and a Black & Tan Brownie infused with Guinness Stout, drizzled with Harp lager salted caramel, and topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream. The location features plenty of outdoor dining space, including their spacious Sideyard!
Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp is excited to be back up and running alongside its Encinitas counterpart, both with plenty of patio space to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day safely and with a cold beer in-hand. On March 17, head to either location to enjoy Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, showcasing house-cured, brined and roasted brisket, braised cabbage, roasted baby root vegetables, and confit fingerling potatoes with a horseradish-mustard sauce, or dig into a plate of Bangers & Mash with handmade pork and veal spiraled sausage, Irish cheddar mashed potatoes, Guinness and onion gravy, and beer-battered onion rings.
The Smoking Gun
Safely celebrate the luckiest day of the year with The Smoking Gun‘s St. Patrick’s Day brunch and dinner food and drinks! Available on both Saturday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 17th, the Gaslamp eatery will be kicking things off in the morning with dishes like a Corned Beef Breakfast Burrito, Lucky Charm Clover Pancakes, and Corned Beef Hash and Eggs. For dinner, dine on a specialty Corned Beef and Cabbage TV Dinner, Corned Beef Tacos, or Shepard’s Pie. Pair with a special Jameson Flight, with collectable paddle and glasses, or $10 Irish Mules. Those who feel comfortable can socially distanced dine on the patio/parklet. Or order any of the specialty dishes for takeout or delivery!
Throughout the month of March, all six Tajima locations will be featuring Lucky’s Green Coconut Curry Ramen in celebration of St. Pat’s Day. This tasty dish consists of Tajima’s original broth, coconut milk, green curry paste, spinach noodles, chicken chashu, fish sauce, half a ramen egg, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, basil, bean sprouts, lime wedge, and sesame seeds. You can even pair with the Liquid Gold Matcha Refresher, a delicious matcha iced tea that comes mixed with the refreshing fruity flavor of your choice. All Tajima locations currently have outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout.
Pacific Beach Fish Shop
Pacific Beach Fish Shop wants to remind you to wear something green, so you don’t get pinched when you come in to try their specialty Shrimp Pesto Pasta! You’re sure to love the combination of linguini pasta, tossed in a pesto crème sauce with grilled garlic butter shrimp. Enjoy the dish, only available the week of St. Patrick’s Day (from March 16th – March 21st), on Fish Shop’s patio, with a cold beer or glass of wine, or opt for takeout to enjoy at home.
The Gluten Free Baking Co.
Taste the rainbow, or what you might imagine it to taste like, at The Gluten Free Baking Co. this St. Patrick’s Day. The North Park bakery will be offering show-stopping, holiday-decorated cupcakes, cookies and donuts. Swing by The Gluten Free Baking Co. to get your St. Patrick’s Day treats between Tuesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 21.
What’s St. Patrick’s Day without Corned Beef? Head over to Ranch 45 in Solana Beach on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy homemade Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef Reubens and Corned Beef Fries, all made with locally sourced Brandt Beef, served all day on March 17. Additionally, Ranch 45 will also be offering Corned Beef by the pound and Irish Soda Bread.
Have a smokin’ St. Paddy’s Day feast at La Mesa’s Smokey & The Brisket, and gorge on Burnt End Shepherd’s Pie, served with your choice of Burnt Carrots and Cauliflower or Bacon Brussels Sprouts, or opt for the St. Patty’s Burger – a twist on their crave-worthy brisket burger topped with a green egg and smoked ham accompanied by a side of fries. Don’t forget to order a green beer to complete the feast!
Starting this Friday through Sunday, March 21st, guests and locals are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a specialty cocktail and corned beef brisket taco trio at the Pink Lady.
Peppered & Pink Cocktail made with locally-distilled, Slane Irish whiskey with grapefruit & pink peppercorns | $16
Corned Beef Brisket Tacos with cabbage slaw, caramelized onion and pickled crème | $19 for trio
Reservations encouraged but not required through OpenTable.
Soak up the sun and celebrate St. Patty’s Day by the beach at Duck Dive! From Friday, March 12th – Sunday, March 14th, and of course on the 17th, enjoy $5 green beers, Jameson Irish Coffees and Jameson Irish Breakfast shots. Duck Dive will also be featuring $12 Irish Slammers – Jameson, Irish cream, and stout beer – along with a $12 Corn Beef Hash breakfast.
The Holding Company, San Diego’s three-story restaurant, bar and music venue, will be hosting a long-awaited St. Paddy’s celebration on March 17 with all-day drink specials, Irish- inspired menu additions, extended restaurants hours and more!
The Holding Company’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration specials include:
$5 Classic Green Beer
$8 Irish Car Bombs and Peanut Butter Whiskey Bombs
$10 Guinness and Tullamore Dew
$50 GREEN St. Patrick’s Day 90 oz. Drink Towers
Food and snack specials throughout the day
Live-streamed Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphey concerts
Extended hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
These specials can be enjoyed on The Holding Company’s socially distanced rooftop with ocean views and second-story outdoor patio.
If nothing else, pour yourself a pint of Guinness and enjoy some rowdy Irish music from The Fooks!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, San Diego!
Stay safe and enjoy!