After weeks of seemingly unending rain, it’s supposed to be blue skies and high seventies all weekend. Perfect weather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday. All you need is a green shirt and some sunglasses to join in on any of the fun happening around San Diego County. You could head to Gaslamp for a day of debauchery and Irish car bombs, or up the coast to Encinitas for a laid back traditional Irish meal. As St. Paddy’s is on a Sunday this year, don’t forget to set your alarm for work on Monday!
Not for the faint of heart, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon will be one of the wildest pubs in San Diego this weekend. The Irish themed restaurant will be celebrating Friday through Sunday, so you can still enjoy the fun if you have work early on Monday. The bar will be serving $3 green beer, $8 Irish car bombs, and $8 Slane Irish whiskey to get you into the spirit. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there are multiple Irish-themed options to try. We recommend the Irish Tacos that come with shredded corned beef topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, homemade lime juice and cayenne pepper sauce. Another favorite is the Dublin Burger that’s topped with bacon, barbeque sauce, and an onion ring. We’re not sure what makes the onion ring Irish, but we’re not complaining.
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp district on 5th Avenue, The Field is a classic Irish pub and restaurant. On St. Patrick’s Day, The Field will open at 9:30 am for the Everton vs. Chelsea game. Not into football? Come for their Full Irish Breakfast, it’s like an American breakfast but with rasher, banger, black & white pudding, and Heinz baked beans. The Field has a full selection of Irish beers on tap; including Guinness and Harp Lager. If you are more of a whiskey person, The Field keeps 10 Irish whiskeys on hand at all times. When you get hungry, we recommend their famous Shepherd’s Pie, which is made with Angus beef, vegetables, and Guinness gravy. Another favorite of ours is the Guinness Beef Stew or the Fish & Chips, which both go great with an Irish Mule.
Start Sunday with our North Park Walking Tour and end the day at Encontro! Encontro will be celebrating from 11 am to close this Sunday. As is tradition, Encontro will be serving green beer on top of their other 27 drafts. Start the day with their Truffle Fries, shown above, before diving into one of their special Irish dishes. We’re excited to try the Cardiff Crack Sando, a sandwich filled with burgundy pepper tri-tip, gratin dauphins, dried tomato chimichurri and fava beans. If you’re looking for something more savory, you can never go wrong with the Truffle Mac N’ Cheese or the Fish & Chips.
Moving up the coast, Bier Garden Encinitas is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day if you’re in North County. All Sunday, Bier Garden will be serving $5 pints of Guinness, $5 Black and Tans, and $8 Irish car bombs. Don’t miss out on our favorite Irish meal, Corned Beef & Cabbage, which is on special for the holiday. If you’re over Irish food, Bier Garden has fantastic Baja Fish Tacos, battered or grilled, topped with cabbage, avocado sauce, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, with chips and habanero salsa. After you’re done, head down to the beach for sunset before the work week begins.
Undoubtedly the most famous breakfast and brunch spot in San Diego, Breakfast Republic, has locations all over the county. Breakfast Republic will launch St. Patrick’s Day drinks and dishes that they will continue to serve through the month. The drink specials include; the Luck of The Irish Latte made with Bailey’s Irish cream, and the Kiss Me Kiwi Mimosa, which is green to follow tradition. For food, they’ve created the King Cake Pancakes and Leprechaun Mac & Cheese (pictured above). The Mac & Cheese is made with pesto sauce, shrimp, asparagus, spinach and parmesan topped with three eggs cooked your way.
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and a sunshine-filled weekend!