Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego

Party hop with your friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the 2018 IRISH 4 A DAY event.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego with block parties, Irish fare, free flowing Guinness and more.


2018 IRISH 4 A DAY
Mar. 16-17. Kicks off the holiday weekend at McFadden’s with live music, a DJ, leprechauns, green beer, J-Mo, Irish Car Bombs, body painting of Downtown Dolls by Cj Martinez and more shenanigans. This premier event includes 23 of Gaslamp’s top nightclubs and bars including Parq, Omnia, SideBar, F6ix and more. 21+. F 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $29+. McFadden’s San Diego, 731 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.944.8900. nightout.com


38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Mar. 17. Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi with the Irish Congress of Southern California. Expect a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, a Celtic village, dancing and kids’ activities. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Sixth Ave. & Laurel St., San Diego. stpatsparade.org


Mar. 17. The Gaslamp turns green for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party featuring DJs and Irish bands on three stages, plus Irish fare and drinks at dozens of participating bars and restaurants. 4 p.m.-midnight. $40-$80. Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, 410 Island Ave., San Diego, 619.233.5008.  sandiegoshamrock.com


St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run & 2-4 Mile Run/Walk
Mar. 17. Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run & 2-4 Mile Run/Walk. Highlights include Domino’s Pizza, beer from Stone Brewery, Ballast Point and Coronado Brewery, and more. 7:45 a.m. $20-$45. Mission Bay Park, 2688 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego. active.com


St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Pub Crawl
Mar. 17. Don’t miss out on San Diego’s largest St. Patrick’s Day crawl from the Gaslamp Quarter to Pacific Beach. The crawl kit includes drink coupons, free welcomes shot vouchers and a map of all participating bars and nightclubs. 1 p.m.-2 a.m. $18. Gaslamp: Smoking Gun, 555 Market St.; Pacific Beach: Bub’s at the Beach, 1030 Garnet Ave., 619.718.0996. clubcrawlsandiego.com



Backyard Kitchen & Tap
Mar. 17. Pacific Beach-dwellers can start St. Paddy’s Day off with brunch featuring corned beef hash, crafted from potatoes, peppers, onions, poached eggs and a chive hollandaise. For the late-risers, Backyard will keep the festive spirit alive with an offering of Leprechaun poutine, a heaping plate of fries piled high with crispy corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, Jameson cheddar and scallions, as well as classic beef and cabbage served with roasted baby carrots and confit fingerling potatoes, all bathed in mustard cream sauce. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 832 Garnet Ave., San Diego, 858.859.2593. backyardpb.com


Breakfast Republic
Mar. 17. If a vibrant green libation (that isn’t foamy green beer) is in order this St. Paddy’s Day, look no further than Breakfast Republic. Treat yourself to a boozy morning indulgence with their March Kiss Me Kiwi Mimosa, a sparking libation infused with crisp kiwi notes and garnished with a fresh kiwi wedge. A spritely libation with a truly Insta-worthy green hue, this month-long special is well-suited to the occasion. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Multiple locations. breakfastrepublic.com


Pacific Beach AleHouse
Mar. 17. Indulge in delectable bites and house-brewed beers at this neighborhood staple. Enjoy a special brunch including smoked corned beef and eggs served with two eggs any style and breakfast potatoes, followed by a hearty St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 2 p.m. to close, consisting of smoked corned beef and cabbage served with boiled potatoes and Irish soda bread. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 721 Grand Ave., San Diego, 858.581.2337. pbalehouse.com


Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas
Mar. 17. Celebrate in North County, where Union Kitchen & Tap will be serving brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be offering a corned beef hash, prepared with house-cured brisket, breakfast potatoes, peppers, caramelized onions and two eggs any style. Pair this with the special brunch cocktail, the Morning Joe, infused with Bushmills, Nola coffee liqueur, cold brew and Branca Mentha whipped cream. Stick around for Union’s shamrockin’ dinner menu, available from 4 p.m. to close, featuring shepherd’s pie, corned beef and bangers and mash. 9 a.m. to close. 1108 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2337. localunion101.com


Stop by Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp for delicious food specials and drinks at the Guinness Party.

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp
Mar. 17. If the energetic Gaslamp District is more your style, join Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp for their Guinness Party. Get a true St. James’ Gate Brewery experience with a slew of brews, and whet your appetite with corned beef glazed in mustard and Guinness. Pair food and drink specials with a live DJ spinning tunes from 10 p.m. to close, and you’re in for an unforgettable day brimming with St. Paddy’s Day festivities. 9 a.m. to close. 333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.795.9463. gaslampunion.com


Mar. 17. Elevate your St. Paddy’s Day celebration with a trip to Pacific Beach’s newest oceanfront addition. Aside from its stunning views of the Pacific, Waterbar will be offering $5 Irish coffees from 9 a.m. to noon along with $10 Jameson Caskmates all day long. Start the day off strong by rooting for your favorite teams during the England v. Ireland rugby match, which will be shown on Waterbar’s large flat screen TVs, and end the day with some traditional Irish tunes from a sunset bagpiper. 9 a.m.-noon. 4325 Ocean Blvd., San Diego, 858.888.4343. waterbarsd.com

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