Irish or not, there’s no denying the excitement that comes with America’s favorite libation holiday. And falling on a Saturday this year, St. Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to deliver, come rain or sun. For us residents of La Costa, there are some local pubs celebrating a day early, like Encinitas Ale House celebrating from March 16-18 with specials on Irish beer and food.Other St. Patty’s Day hot spots in the area include Mr. Peabody’s, Yogi’s Beach Bar and Bar Leucadian.
For the more die-hard Irish partiers, you can always head south to Balboa Park right next to downtown San Diego and enjoy Irish traditions put on by none other than the Irish Congress of Southern California. Events include a parade themed “Celebrating the Spirit of Ancient Ireland,” featuring bagpipes, dancing groups, celtic music, marching bands and plenty of well-decorated floats. Festivities kick off with a Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:45 a.m.in Balboa Park.
It wouldn’t be a complete list of San Diego St. Patrick’s Day activities if we didn’t include how La Costa will be celebrating – and we will the best way we know how – with food and drink specials. The weather doesn’t look like it’ll be cooperating with us this weekend, so if you’re closeby and need to get out of the house, stop into Diversions Sport Lounge for specials including Black Velvets, Irish Carbombs and Corned Beef Ruben Sliders. See below for our full list of specials. Take a stroll out onto the Plaza Shops for Coronitas and Popcorn from 2-5 p.m. and shop our GIGIchic and Marcia Moran Trunk Shows.
Diversions Black & Tan
Guinness and La Costa Lager
Guinness and Champagne
Guinness, Jameson, Bailey’s
Whiskey Brined Free Range Chicken Wings
Mustard Pretzel Crumbs, Cider Roast Shallot Creme
Corned Beef Ruben Sliders
Saurkraut Marmalade, Kerrygold Cheddar, Local Arugula, Chive Aioli
No Matter what you do to celebrate St. Patty’s, don’t forget to don your green, drink responsibly and have fun!