St. Patrick's Day may be a holiday for the Irish, but there are plenty of ways for everyone to celebrate with great food, drinks and sweets this March 17. Here are just a few:
--Magnolia Bakery will be offering its classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with festive green decorations on top. Magnolia Bakery, 8389 W. 3rd St., (323) 951-0636; www.magnoliabakery.com.
--All Jarred Up, which sends mini pies baked in jars to points all over the U.S., will be creating a special flavor for the day: apple with Jameson Whiskey and a shamrock-shaped crust. www.alljarredup.com.
--From noon to 2 a.m., the recently opened Maui & Sons Bar & Grill will participate in a St. Patrick's Day Beer Festival in Hollywood, along with Pig 'n Whistle, in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard. Sip $3 drafts and $5 mixed drinks while enjoying a live U2 cover band and DJ. Maui & Sons Bar & Grill, 6708 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 463-3130; www.mauiandsonsbarandgrill.com.
--Lola's in West Hollywood will be serving Irish-inspired dishes and drinks on St. Patty's Day from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can fill up on Irish potato soup, beef stew and whiskey bread pudding, among other dishes, and wash them down with a "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" martini, a pint of Guinness or a mug of Irish coffee. Lola's, 945 N. Fairfax Ave., (323) 654-5652; www.lolasla.com.
--Casey's Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles is going all out to celebrate its patron saint. To start, it will offer sunrise service beginning at 6 a.m., with a flow of green beer, Jameson-enhanced Irish coffee and, of course, Guinness. More food and drinks, live bands and DJs will follow throughout the day and night, along Grand Avenue all the way from Wilshire to 6th. Casey's Irish Pub, 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353; www.caseysirishpub.com.
--A few days early, on March 12, help raise money for the Hollywood Arts Council by taking part in St. Patty's Fest, where beer, wine and spirits will be offered along with lots of activities and entertainment, including Irish dance. (213) 915-8003; www.stpattysfest.com
If you know of any other eating and drinking festivities in honor of St. Patrick's Day, let us know in the comments section below.
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--Poll: Would you eat 'breast milk' ice cream?
--From the archives: Chocolate cheesecake
Photo: Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery