St. Patrick’s Day Holidays – food and entertainment along Fairfax Avenue: Larchmont Chronicle
According to United States Census Bureau data released in 2021, only 3.6% of Los Angeles County’s population claim Irish ancestry, and yet a walk along Fairfax Avenue on March 17 proves that everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
by Tom Bergin an irish pub, is one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles and a popular St. Patrick’s Day watering hole. Lawyer Tom Bergin opened The Old Horseshoe Tavern, as it was originally called, on Wilshire Boulevard in 1936. It has operated under various names and owners in its current Fairfax Avenue location since 1948.
The Irish Party traditionally draws thousands of customers to Bergin’s indoor/outdoor festivities, but even with the easing of masking restrictions, Omicron is still in the air. Tom Bergin and all the locations preparing for the beer-soaked assault were unsure of their crowd-capacity policies at press time, but they all plan to follow county-recommended protocols.
St. Patrick’s Day lasts all day at by Tom Berginstarting with a full Irish breakfast at 6am and continuing until midnight with bagpipes, Irish bands, plates full of corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches and plenty of Guinness Stout and whiskey Irish Tullamore Dew fueling the fun.
That of Tom Bergin. 840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151.
If you want to take a break between two beers, go to Petersen’s Motor Museum. From St. Patrick’s Day to Sunday March 20, enjoy the “Hoods Up! ” of the museum. event: Selected cars will have their hoods open so visitors can admire the inner workings of the vehicles.
Soon the museum will be ready to announce the arrival of a new restaurant for the space vacated by Drago Ristorante. The new operator aims to open by the end of April and will offer premium family restaurants at an accessible price.
Petersen’s Motor Museum. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-931-2277.
Molly Malone, owned by the same family for 50 years, is another traditional Irish bar. It features live music year-round, but on St. Patrick’s Day pipers, Irish bands and possibly Irish dancers will entertain patrons from 3:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. They will welcome revelers from 6:00 am for a wide selection of Irish. beers and whiskies. Irish stew will be a featured menu item, along with classic corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.
That of Molly Malone. 575 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-1577.
Before looking for more corned beef and beer, note that the former Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is under new ownership and has been completely renovated to become the Short Stories Hotel. Gone are the kitschy throws and ruffles, replaced by soothing colors, premium linens and a chef-led restaurant.
Those tired of St. Patrick’s Day food and excess could try the hotel’s Short Stories restaurant, run by three-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Ricardo Zarate. Those who have dined at Rosaliné, his terrific restaurant on Melrose Avenue, know Zarate’s blend of Japanese-tinged Peruvian dishes.
Hotel short stories. 115 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-605-2135.
Just in front of the hotel, the original farmer’s market will offer some Erin will brave of its own. Although unconfirmed, the market hopes to have buskers and fixed Irish bands in the common areas. A range of Irish beers will be served at Bar 326 and EB’s beer and wine.
The Original Farmers Market establishments that will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day are:
Mage’s Kitchen is the oldest food service in the market, having set up a stand in 1934 to feed farmers selling their wares on carts in an otherwise empty field. Corned beef is still on the menu at Magee, but on March 17, the corned beef, cabbage and potato platter will be offered at a special price.
Restaurant Du Par and Bakery will also offer this popular corned beef combo.
market tavern goes all out with shepherd’s pie, sausages and mash and Irish beers. There will be music from 5pm to 10pm, including DJ Dandy Randy and the band Celtic Camerata. Owner and musician Gary Twinn could also perform.
Most canine companions would agree that Fido deserves to be included in the fun, and The Dog Bakery will have Irish-themed cookies for the pooches.
Those wishing to bring home some Irish luck can purchase Shamrock Stickers at Planet Sticker, a celtic music t-shirt from Sports Fashion or a range of home decorations from Global cost-plus marketincluding pixie table runners, four leaf clover beaded placemats, and clover and sour cream chips, made with real clover extract!
The original Farmers Market. 6333 W. Third Street. 323-933-9211.
On St. Patrick’s Day, raise a glass and a cloverleaf chip to the Emerald Isle and toast with this Irish saying: May your blessings outnumber the clovers that grow / And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.