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Go green or go home: Celebrating St. Patrick's day in DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, March 09, 2012, at 08:20AM
Flickr via Simon Hucko

DTLA does St. Patrick's day with Little Tokyo treats and an abundance of classic rock cover bands.

St. Patrick's day in Downtown means plenty of green beer, green tea and green...plum wine? Here's a list of events for the Irishman (or woman) in all of us to prepare for the festivities on March 17th.

Casey's Irish Pub: Perfected after 40 years, this appropriately rambunctious 20-hour-party starts at 6 a.m. for maximum Guinness-guzzling. The festival spans two Downtown blocks and according to Casey's, attracts more than 20,000 party people. Green Beer, live music, Bushmills and food come together in the true spirit of St. Patty's. Performances include the Young Dubliners and three tribute bands heralding U2, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

3rd Annual L.A. Live St. Patrick's Day Festival: This Downtown party is a newbie. L.A. Live unites actual sports with the sport of St. Patrick's day drinking. A beer garden, cover bands and L.A. Kings Fan Fest take over this commercial square. Surrounding bars and restaurants like the Yard House and ESPN Zone also offer special Irish food and deals on drinks.

Shamrocks and Green Shots: Think of this drinking and dining green-themed crawl as a warm-up for the main event. Taking place on Friday, Mar. 16, this march through Little Tokyo and the Arts District includes tasting 10 different St. Patrick's Day specialties. Selected stops along the route include: Café Dulce where you'll snack on a green tea donut before moving on to District Lounge, to wash down the colored pastry with some colored Hite beer. Further on down the line is pesto pasta, green iced plum wine, a "green beer cocktail" and finally, some buttered, garlic bread rounds to soak it all up.

Backyard Blowout at The Escondite: A $5 cover charge for this fundraising St. Patty's event buys access to eight bands, five food trucks and plenty o' drink specials. This rustic cowboy-esque burgers, brunch and cocktail spot is located at 410 Boyd St. It includes a long sleek wooden bar dotted with antler lamps, cushy booths and an expansive outdoor patio.

Shakespeare and Singing on Grand Avenue: The women's group Vox Femina is combining Shakespeare sonnets with authentic Irish music (and Gaelic) for a new twist on the age old St. Patty's Day. They'll sing traditional and folk songs from England, Scotland and Ireland at the Colburn School of Music event.

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