Painter Irish Step Dancers will perform at Anaheim Packing House this St. Patrick’s Day.

From green beer, themed cocktails and traditional Irish fare to Painter Irish Step Dancers and action-packed parties, we’ve rounded up the best Orange County St. Patrick’s Day events.

By Laura Okey

Malarky’s Irish Pub
March 17. Head to Newport Beach’s iconic Irish pub, Malarky’s for the longest continuing St. Patrick’s Day party in the city. Beyond all the beer and Irish whiskey you can drink, expect professional bag pipers and Irish tunes, complimentary corned beef hash sandwiches while supplies last and a special Irish limited menu. Arrive early, the doors open at 6:30 a.m.! 3011 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.675.2340.


PLAID: Painter Irish Step Dancers
March 17. See Painter Irish Step Dancers from the Painter Larson Academy of Irish Dance take over the Mezzanine Stage at Anaheim Packing House this St. Patrick’s Day. Satisfy your semi-Celtic cravings with IPA Irish nachos from the Iron Press, fish n’ chips from the Chippy and hearty stew from Mix It Up. Sip on Irish whisky, stout and cider from one of the many Packing House bars. Don’t forget to wear green! 7-9 p.m. Free. Anahiem Packing House, The Mezzanie Stage, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.533.7225.


Silky Sullivan’s
March 17. Arrive early and avoid the lines because for over 30 years Silky Sullivan’s is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a party tent outside complete with green beer, live music and bagpipes. Performers include Rick Bagby and Echo Love Chamber. 10201 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, 714.963.2718.


March 17. Rally all day for a St. Patty’s Day party of epic proportions. The full day of festivities includes live entertainment, a DJ, Irish fare and libations including fine Irish beers on draft and more. Taking place at Macallans pub and adjacent VIP Guinness Sky Lounge, the celebration begins at 10 a.m. and continues to wee hours of the morn’. Only steps away, the Guinness Sky Lounge will be transformed into a VIP party with fun photo ops, an Irish buffet, Guinness beer, music and more. Macallans menu will include traditional Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage, as well as a featured limited-edition, high-end offering from Jameson Irish Whiskey—Cooper’s Croze. 10-2 a.m. Guinness Lounge admission $25; includes buffet and one cocktail or beer. 330 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.529.1224.


St. Paddy’s Day Party at Skyloft
March 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a giant bagpiper’s live music event, beginning with a stoic march from the roof deck throughout the restaurant at sunset. Indulge on standard lunch specials starting at $10, and sip on Irish drink specials into the night. After the bagpipers exit, the live music party will begin and carry on until 1 a.m. Skyloft’s Roof Deck will remain open until midnight, and the main dining and live music lounge doors open until 2:00 a.m. The Bracken Band begins 9 p.m. Doors open 11 a.m. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.


Killarney Pub & Grill
March 17. Don your best leprechaun attire for one of the most happening spots in Huntington Beach. The only Irish pub on Main Street will offer flowing green beer, an open outdoor patio and classic Irish fare. Doors will be open at 8 a.m. 209 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.536.7887.


Selanne Steak Tavern's Irish Maid
Selanne Steak Tavern’s Irish Maid

Selanne Steak Tavern
March 17. Channel your inner-leprechaun with two drink specials at Selanne Steak Tavern—the Irish Maid and the (N)atcha Irish coffee. The Irish Maid features Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, muddled Japanese cucumber and garnished with fresh mint leaves and a cucumber slice. The Irish coffee, cleverly named “Natcha” in likeness with Matcha green tea, incorporates fresh Matcha-infused whipped cream to top off the classic cocktail made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, espresso and hot water. 1464 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881.


The Bungalow
March 17. Not a green beer fan? The Bungalow is mixing it up this St. Patrick’s Day with green sangria and green margaritas. Sip them on the outdoor patio with a gorgeous unobstructed panoramic view of Huntington Beach. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0399.


Cruisers St. Patty’s Day Party & Beer Pong Tournament
March 17. Beyond an abundance of green beer and Irish whiskey specials, participate in the annual beer pong tournament this St. Patrick’s Day. The party will be one of the biggest celebrations on the Balboa Peninsula! 801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.220.9414.


March 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Matador Cantina’s corned beef tacos, quesadillas and tortas, plus beer specials served in pint glasses and milk jugs. Don’t forget Matador Cantina’s award-winning craft margaritas. $5 food specials. 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714.871.8226.


Yard House Tap O’ The Morning to You
March 13-19. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Yard House with a week long Irish-inspired menu. Featured cocktails like the Dublin mule (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Guinness dry Irish stout, housemade ginger beer and fresh mint), plenty of green beer and specialties like corned beef brisket and shepherd’s pie are sure to bring out your inner-Irishman. See website for all Orange County locations. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.642.0090.


Party on the Patty’O
March 17. Come get your Irish on at Pizza Lounge with Irish music, Irish food and Irish attire. The patio opens at 11 a.m. 301 Main St., Suite 107, Huntington Beach, 714.374.0200; 29971 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.495.1453.


Aqua Lounge
March 17. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with The Blind Irish cocktail (or three) at Aqua Lounge. Featuring Jameson whiskey, Angostura bitters, cinnamon apple simple syrup and an orange peel and Luxardo cherry garnish, the cocktail is sure to bring you the luck o’ the Irish. Island Hotel Newport Beach, Aqua Lounge, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0808.


Tilted Kilt
Through April 2. Enjoy seasonal specials—The Hooley Menu— in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, available all month long. Specials include the Irish chip dip with chilled corned beef and creamy horseradish served with pub-made potato chips; corned beef and cabbage; and corned beef hash and eggs. 1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.633.5458.


370 Common’s Spicy Seamus St. Patrick’s Day cocktail

Three Seventy Common
March 17. Spice up your St. Patty’s Day with the Spicy Seamus cocktail at Three Seventy Common. Toast to Ireland with this concoction of ghost chili-infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon and lime juice, cucumber puree, fresh muddled lime and mint, a dash of crushed black pepper and a float of Bundaberg ginger beer. 370 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686.


Hands-On Cooking Class: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 16. Learn the tips and tricks to make an authentic Irish dinner—from corned beef and cabbage with herbed root veggies and Irish soda bread to mouth-watering champs (mashed potatoes) and shamrock pie. Sip on a pint or two of Guinness while you watch. 21 and over. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $65. Surfas Culinary District, SOCO, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


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