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St. Patrick’s Day Deals: Your Guide to Grubbing and Guzzling All Weekend Long

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For some, green beer goes hand-in-hand with St. Patrick’s Day, while for others corned beef & cabbage are much more essential. Whether you’re celebrating with family or seeking a party with your friends, San Diego offers plenty of both, and so much more. St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, so that means two full days to enjoy pints of beer, shots of whiskey, bagpipes, and leprechauns. For the Irish by blood and the Irish at heart, here’s a roundup of a few of the best places in San Diego to dance a jig and celebrate the greenest day of the year.

Brunch

Fig Tree Café (Multiple Locations)

Get figgy with it this St. Patrick’s Day at Fig Tree Café, and sip on their two March drink specials, including their Matcha Green Tea Latte, a creamy intermingling of sweet matcha green tea and milk, topped with whipped cream, and their End of the Rainbow Mimosa Flight, a colorful collection of tasters complete with Strawberry, Orange-Cranberry, Kiwi and Blueberry flavors. Be sure to order the March special of the month to ring in the luck of the Irish – with their Irish Coffee Pancakes. A heaping stack of coffee-infused pancakes, sweet cream filling and topped with a Whiskey Glaze – can’t go wrong with that flavor combo!

Irish Coffee Pancakes, Courtesy of Fig Tree Café

Breakfast Republic (Multiple Locations)

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Start your St. Paddy’s day off right at one of Breakfast Republic’s seven locations, and enjoy drink specials such as their Kiss Me Kiwi Mimosa, crafted from kiwi, sparkling and a splash of orange juice, garnished with a fresh slice of kiwi, and their Luck of the Irish Latte, brimming with Bailey’s Irish Cream, whiskey, espresso and milk, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of mocha and mint. Also appearing on the menu will be the Leprechaun Mac & Cheese, comprised of shrimp, garlic, onion, asparagus, spinach, and parmesan, all in a creamy pesto sauce, topped with 3 eggs any style.

Leprechaun Mac & Cheese, Courtesy of Breakfast Republic

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day all weekend long at Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, and kick off the festivities Dublin-style at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with $5 Jameson shots and Breckenridge Stout until close, plus a DJ spinning from 10 p.m. – close. Keep the party going on St. Patrick’s Day with live music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and get your drink on with green beer and Jameson specials available all day. Foodies can get their fill of St. Paddy’s Day eats with Corned Beef Hash & Eggs until 2 p.m., followed by Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner from 2 p.m. – close on both Saturday and Sunday.

Story house Spirits — East Village

Share your best St. Paddy’s day tales at San Diego’s newest craft distillery, restaurant and bar now open in the East Village, Storyhouse Spirits. Just in time for green-spirited revelry, Executive Chef Nick Paulerio is rolling out their inaugural weekend brunch menu from 10 AM- 3 PM on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The menu features a selection of food and drink specials including $15 bottomless Prosecco MimosasHouse-Cured Pork Belly Chilaquiles, Duck Hash & Eggs, and a Breakfast Flatbread. They’ll also be serving up specialty cocktails to bring out the Irish in you all weekend long.

Story House Spirits (Photo courtesy of Haley Hill Photography)

Farmer & The Seahorse — Torrey Pines

The airy brunch spot in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood will offer two festive specials including Homemade Corned Beef Hash and Eggs, which is crushed potatoes served with Cabbage, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Herbs and Sunny-Side-Up Eggs ($14). Replace your coffee with a Gentleman is a Boilermaker — otherwise known as a shot and beer — to transform it into a complete Irish meal. Left Hand Brewing’s Coffee-Based Milk Stout is served with a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Salted Caramel and Kalani Coconut Liqueur ($14).

Notorious Burgers — Carlsbad

This speakeasy-style burger hub is perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner with the entire family. Embrace St. Patrick’s Day with What a Reuben, one of Notorious Burgers’ signature sandwiches. Two slices of Toasted Marbled Rye with Sliced Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and Dill Pickles ($13.50). Pair with one of the many locally sourced craft beers on tap.

Drinks & More

7 Mile Kitchen — Carlsbad

It’s easy to go green at 7 Mile Kitchen in Carlsbad. Overlooking seven miles of Carlsbad’s coastline, this one of a kind casual dining space at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa offers a new American menu featuring gourmet pizza and burgers, crafted to perfection by award-winning chef, Gil Manipon. For a touch of green on St. Paddy’s Day sip on their delicious “Cool As A…” Cocktail ($11) celebrating the colors of the Emerald Isle. The libation is mixed with Nolet’s Gin, cucumber-mint infused syrup, lemon, St. Germain, and sparkling wine, and you’ll be ready for another before you can say, “Sláinte!”

7 Mile (Photo courtesy 7 Mile Kitchen)

Moonshine Beach & Cerveza Jack’s — Pacific Beach

Looking for a spot to day drink on Saint Paddy’s Day? Moonshine Beach and adjacent Cerveza Jack’s have you covered. Aside from great deals, Moonshine Beach will also have a DJ set promising a day of great music and dancing. The bar will pour plenty of discounted festive drinks, including $7 Jameson Shots, $10 Irish Car Bombs, $3 Green Jello Shots, and more! Play all the essential drinking games like beer pong, flip cup and cornhole. The daylong party kicks off at Cerveza Jack’s at 11 a.m., and Moonshine Beach opens its doors at 1 p.m.

PB Shore Club — Pacific Beach

Where else can you sip on green Red Bull Vodka Slushies than Pacific Beach’s favorite hangout, PB Shore Club. This beach bar, with an open-air patio and unobstructed views of the ocean, opens at 8:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day so you can get the party started early. Be sure to check out their breakfast menu, which includes omelets, burritos and benedicts, to fuel up for a long day of celebrating.

Mavericks Beach Club — Pacific Beach

This beach bar hot spot will be the official sponsor of the San Diego Leprechaun Run on Saturday, March 16th. After participants cross the finish line, they can enjoy a Lucky Charms cereal bar (FREE for all runners). On Sunday, March 17th, the club will be decked out with bagpipers, leprechauns, an awesome photo bus photobooth, special St. Patrick’s Day menu with Corned Beef Tacos and many other surprises.

Duck Dive— Pacific Beach

This beach bar will be sham-rockin’ all weekend long with the best drink specials in PB! During St. Patrick’s Day weekend, celebrate with $10 Irish Car Bombs and $5 green beers from open ‘til close. And on Sunday, March 17th, Duck Dive will be toasting to good ol’ St. Paddy’s Day with $3 Jell-O shots. Fill you belly with any of their scrumptious brunch dishes, including a Chorizo Potato Hash, pancakes and French toasts or a variety of omelets.

The Deck at Moonshine Flats — East Village

Another haven for partygoers, The Deck at Moonshine Flats is opening its doors at 11 a.m. offering Saint Patrick’s Day specials. Enjoy $5 Shots of Jameson, $5 Guinness Pints and $1 Corned Beef Sliders all day. Enjoy The Deck’s arcade games and variety of classic bar games, such as pool, shuffleboard and foosball.

The Corner Draft House — Banker’s Hill

You’ll find Irish eyes smiling at Corner Drafthouse, the unofficial headquarters of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. With more than 30,000 participants, the hometown parade is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. If you find yourself at the starting line on Fifth Ave. and Laurel St. march your way on over to Corner Drafthouse, where you can choose from 70 taps of Southern California’s best beers and beyond. And, if you want to keep the suds flowing all weekend, grab your fellow party-goers because they’ll also host one of biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around on Sunday, March 17.  Guests will enjoy beer specials as well as corned beef tacos, corned beef sliders, and corned beef and cabbage specials all weekend long or until they’re all gone.

Corner Draft House (Photo courtesy of Haley Hill Photography)

The Whiskey House Gaslamp

No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without whiskey and beer. Sidle up to the bar at The Whiskey House, the Gaslamp’s premier whiskey bar and lounge! Recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the most commercially available whiskeys in the world (yes, you heard that right!), The Whiskey House is home to over 2,800 unique whiskeys along with eclectic craft cocktails, international draft beers and a delectable menu of house-made fare specializing in fresh ground sausages and burgers. All evening long, enjoy a $1 Tullamore Dew shot special with the purchase of any beer to get your St. Paddy’s party started!

Osetra Seafood & Steaks Gaslamp

Elevate your Irish-inspired celebrations at Osetra Seafood & Steaks, the elegant and sophisticated staple of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Boasting a menu of gourmet seafood, aged meats and handmade pastas, Osetra’s enticing menu is matched with a three-story wine tower surrounding their full bar. Featuring upscale signature craft cocktails, specialty beer and wines and a stellar happy hour food and drink selection that will be sure to put a jig in your step! Fire up your festivities with a $5 special bartender shot along with $7 house wines, well drinks, draft beers and an extended all-day happy hour to fuel your fun ‘til the sun goes down.

barleymash Gaslamp

If you’re looking to go big this year for St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than barleymash, a Gaslamp District iconic restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th and Market Street. Not only will they be serving green beer all day long, but Executive Chef Kevin Templeton will also be whipping up a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dish. You can also sip specialty whisky cocktails, like the Human Torch made with Jack Daniel’s, chai and honey, while enjoying live music from a local DJ promises you’ll be entertained all day long!

Bier Garden — Encinitas

Whether you’re celebrating Ireland’s national holiday or you just need a little bit of liquid luck, head on over to Bier Garden in Encinitas to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on the coast. They’ll be offering $5 pints of Guinness, $5 Black and Tans and $8 Irish Car Bombs as well as a classic corned beef and cabbage special.

Bier Garden (Photo courtesy of Haley Hill Photography)

The Loma Club — Liberty Station

Join San Diego’s historic golf club in its annual Saint Patrick’s Day Tournament with Carlsberg Beer and Second Chance Brewery. The Shamrock Shamble Tournament features a nine-hole shamble format with prizes for low score and the best costume. Tickets are $45, which includes Irish breakfast and beer, nine holes, and lots of St. Patrick’s Day fun! Check in begins at 8 a.m. and tee-off is at 9 a.m.

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