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Santa Monica’s Wearin’ O’ the Green this St. Patrick’s Day



By Melonie Magruder
Lookout Staff

March 16, 2012 -- Whether your name is O’Toole, Moskovitz or Ibrahim, Santa Monica will offer plenty of opportunity to get your Irish this weekend, with a number of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations around the city.

One can start early Saturday with traditional Irish breakfasts (heavy on the steel cut oats) and traditional Irish music to go with traditional Irish grub and acquire more than a passing acquaintance with that time-honored Irish tradition of learning to hold your whisky.

Whatever your fancy, with the “Buy Local” citywide celebration ongoing, Saturday might be a day to park the car in the garage, grab your shillelagh, and enjoy Santa Monica from a festive pedestrian’s point of view.

Saint Patrick was a 5th century British missionary who was captured by Irish raiders while a teenager. Eventually, he escaped his captors and fled to England, but was bidden in a dream to return to Ireland and convert the pagans there to Christianity.

Patrick shrewdly was able to appeal to Irish culture through mixing native rituals with Christian symbolism. The oft-repeated claim that he also chased all the snakes out of Ireland seems to be apocryphal, however.

So, whether saint or sinner, there will be a number of ways to celebrate the life of a 1600-year-old Gaelic holy man. And don’t forget to wear your green!

Finn McCool’s Irish Pub (2702 Main St) opens at 8 a.m. till the wee hours of the morn. From opening till 1:00 p.m., they’re offering free treats and give-aways ($10 cover the rest of the day). Cocktail shooters and specials, traditional Irish breakfasts and a St. Paddy’s Day special menu served all day. Traditional Irish music in the afternoon with Marian Tomas Griffin and Friends. And, appropriately, The Drunken Monkeys are playing from 9 p.m. till closing.

O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2226 Wilshire Blvd) opens at SIX a.m. to serve traditional Irish breakfast and other Irish fare all day. Live music after 4 p.m. with The Praties and The Shamrock Apostrophe’s.

Ozumo (Dining Deck, Santa Monica Place) is serving complimentary Tyku “pattys” from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sonoma Wine Garden (also at Santa Monica Place) is serving corned beef and green cabbage specials, with a specialty green cocktail for $6.

West 4th and Jane (1432-A 4th St) – This New York style gastropub is serving $10 corned beef and cabbage sliders and $5 Guinness pints and Snakebites (a UK cocktail of equal parts beer and cider) all night. Costume contest and giveaways at midnight.

Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub and Boston-themed bar (2615 Wilshire Blvd) opens at 9 a.m. for Irish-style breakfast, with multiple bands all day, a beer garden with 36 taps, holiday-themed menu, and a limerick contest that will snare a $50 gift certificate to whoever best taps their gift of the blarney.

The Daily Pint (2310 W. Pico Blvd) is a bar specializing in craft beers and single malt scotch. Open noon till 2 a.m. with drink specials, Irish karaoke, corned beef sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage after 4 p.m.

The Yard (119 Broadway St). This neighborhood gastropub is pouring Guinness, Harp and Jameson Irish Whiskey at a discount of  $5. You’ll also find Irish grub, March Madness on the telly and “A Different Shade of Green” cocktail.

Ye Old King’s Head British Pub (116 Santa Monica Blvd) is long a crowd-pleaser in Santa Monica. This Saturday, a bagpiper will pass by during the day, there’s a DJ on music at night, and lots of Irish feasting. Expect a crowd.

McCabe’s Bar & Grill (2455 Santa Monica Blvd) will offer traditional Irish dishes, with Guinness, Heineken and other Irish beverages (like Smithwick’s). $5 cover after 5 p.m.

Thirty One 10 Lounge (3110 Main St) is the site of the official afterparty of the St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl. DJ Dr. Coolwhip plays Irish hits, with party favors and beer stations with shots of Jameson.

But for those who would like to mix in a little culture with their partying, there’s plenty of entertainment.

Bruce Molsky & Ale Moller are playing at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club (1210 4th) at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $39 for traditional fiddle music exploration, from Appalachia to Sweden.

“Spectral Scriabin” unveils at SMC Performing Arts Center, Broad Stage (1310 11th st) at 7:30 p.m. Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and lighting director Jennifer Tipton join for a multimedia presentation of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s “Poem Languide in B Major” and other works. Tickets start at $32.

M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater (1323-A Third Street Promenade) presents “Grand Theft Audio Live!” 8 p.m. Stand up at its greenest.

Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Pier presents Sweet Eve with Minus Ned for some rocky blues, starting at 9:15 p.m.

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