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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


shamROCK in the Gaslamp | Photo courtesy of shamROCK

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


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