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St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego 2012 and Irish Bars in San Diego

February 20, 2012
St. Patrick's Day San Diego 2011

(Courtesy Photo- St. Patrick's Day Parade San Diego )

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in San Diego and everyone gets in on the act. San Diego has a sizable Irish-American population that shares their Irish pride every year with a parade, a festival, and numerous other special events. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Saint Patrick’s Day without a wearin’ of the green and going to one of San Diego’s many Irish bars located around the county.

Erin Go Bragh!

32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Diego San Diego’s observance of St. Patrick’s Day officially begins when the Irish community parades struts their stuff on Sixth Avenue near Balboa Park. Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, we expect that this year’s attendance will be a record-breaking year.

In 2011, parade organizers reported that they had more than 120 parade entries and thousands of people attended the Parade and Festival, making it one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.

This year, the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2012. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating the Spirit of Ancient Ireland.”

The parade officially begins at 10:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. The parade route starts at Sixth and Juniper, continues north on Fifth Avenue, hooks a right at Upas, proceeds south on Sixth Avenue and ends at Laurel.

The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 6:00 p.m. The festival takes place on the west side of Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue between Laurel and Upas. Irish dancing, Irish music, and Irish fare and Irish beer are offered throughout the day. Picnics are encouraged and welcomed.

Please note that the parade and the festival take place rain or shine.

ShamROCK in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter The good folks at the Gaslamp Quarter Association never let a fun holiday escape the Gaslamp. Since the Gaslamp Quarter is home to a good number of Irish pubs, party in one spot and only park your car once. If you park a meter before 6:00 p.m., keep a look-out for the parking enforcement officers. They have a job to do and won’t be in the same festive mood as you. Please, plan ahead.

ShamROCK is a big green block party in the Gaslamp Quarter that happens every St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. The party gets started at 2:00 p.m. and ends at Midnight. The main entrance is at 5th Avenue and G Street. The Gaslamp gets covered with over 40,000 square feet of Astroturf, bands play live Rock & Roll music, DJs spin records, vendors sell Irish ‘stuff’ and food. All the Gaslamp’s restaurants in pubs in the Green Zone get in on the act with special entrance tickets.

Please keep in mind that this is a ticketed event for 21 and up colleens and lads. Proceeds from the benefit go to the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Foundation. There are three ticket prices: advance pricing starts at $35, increasing to $40 and $45 at the door. According to the organizers, your wristband into shamROCK will also get you in-and-out privileges, as well as, no cover and food and drink specials at dozens of the Gaslamp Quarter’s hottest nightclubs and restaurants. For more information, please call the ShamROCK hotline at (619) 233-5008 or visit

A Decent List of San Diego’s Irish Pubs

Aside from the special events aforementioned, you can bet your sweet green bippy that EVERY Irish pub in San Diego is planning their a celebration of Ireland and St. Patrick in their own way. We are including bars that are Irish/British, not generic bars that are also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to get in on the Irish action. As we were updating our list of Irish bars in San Diego, we were sad to see that between 6-8 Irish bars have closed in the county since last year. Even the popular Gaslamp Quarter lost the Blarney Stone. More than ever, we ask that you please support San Diego’s Irish/British pubs!

Did we miss your favorite Irish/British watering hole? If so, please let make a comment and let us know.

Downtown San Diego

The Field (544 Fifth Avenue)
For more information: (619) 232-9840

Patrick’s II (428 F Street)
For more information: (619) 233-3077

Stout Public House (1125 6th Avenue)
For more information: (619) 702-7933

Downtown Johnny Brown’s (1220 Third Avenue)
For more information: (619) 232-8414

Hennessey’s Tavern (708 Fourth Avenue)
For more information: (619) 239-9994

Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill (554 Fourth Avenue)
For more information: (619) 239-5818

Maloney’s Tavern (777 Fifth Avenue)
For more information: (619) 232-6000

The Tilted Kilt (310 10th Avenue)
For more information: (619) 814-5458

Central San Diego

The Ould Sod (3373 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights)
For more information: (619) 284-6594

Rosie O’Grady’s (3402 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights)
For more information: (619) 284-7666

O’Brien’s Pub (4646 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa)
For more information: (858) 715-1745

Kelly’s Pub West (222 San Diego Avenue, Old Town)
For more information: (619) 543-9767

McGregor’s Grill & Ale House (10475 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley)
For more information: (619) 282-9797

The Tilted Kilt (1640 Camino Del Rio North, Mission Valley Mall)
For more information: (619) 299-5458

Callahan’s Pub & Brewery (8111 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa)
For more information: (858) 578-7892

Blarney Stone Pub (5617 Balboa Avenue, Clairemont)
For more information: (858) 279-2033

McMurphy’s Pub (6344 El Cajon Boulevard, College)
For more information: (619-229-6699

San Diego Beach Area

London’s West End Pub (5157 La Jolla Boulevard)
For more information: (858) 488-1191

Hennessy’s Tavern La Jolla (7811 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla)
For more information: (858) 551-8772

McP’S Irish Pub & Grill (1107 Orange Avenue, Coronado)
For more information: (619) 435-5280

Hennessy’s Tavern Carlsbad (777 Roosevelt Street)
For more information: (760) 729-6951

O’Sullivan’s Pub (640 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Carlsbad)
For more information: (760) 729-7234

Churchill’s Pub & Grille (887 West San Marcos Boulevard, Carlsbad)
For more information: (760) 471-8773

Gallaghers Pub & Grill (5046 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach)
For more information: (619) 222-5300

The Harp (4935 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach)
For more information: (619) 222-0168

Finnegan’s Pub & Grill (1814 Marron Road, Carlsbad)

CJ Delong’s Sports Pub (5806 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad)

San Diego’s South Bay

McDini’s (105 East 8th Street, National City)
For more information: (619) 474-6771

East County

Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill (2955 Jamacha Road, Rancho San Diego)
For more information: (619) 670-7468

Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill (5500 Grossmont Center Drive #277, La Mesa)
For more information: (619) 713-6900

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