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Saint Patrick’s Day San Diego 2013 and Irish Bars in San Diego

February 20, 2013
St. Patrick's Day San Diego 2011

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

Erin Go Bragh!

San Diego has a large Irish-American population that shares their Irish pride every year with a parade, a festival, and numerous other special events.

There are two major events associated with St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego, one is family-friendly and the other is a 21 and up block party in Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Saint Patrick’s Day without a wearin’ of the green and going to one or two of San Diego’s many Irish bars located around the county.


33rd 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. Make no mistake, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.

This year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating the Gaelic Athletic Association.”

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. Feel free to bring a beach chair or a picnic blanket and watch the parade. It is a very festive time and it doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not. All are welcome!

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.

In order to do their part to help the less fortunate, the organizers of the parade and festival are asking people to support the San Diego Food Bank by bringing canned food to the Festival. Please look for the collection barrels in the Festival area.

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


ShamROCK in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter ShamROCK is a big green block party in the Gaslamp Quarter that happens every St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday so this year’s ShamROCK will be on Sunday, March 17th from 2:00 p.m. until Midnight. ShamROCK is a benefit for the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and the Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House.

This year, ShamROCK 2013 will take place in the Gaslamp on F Street between 5th and 7th Avenue’s and 6th Avenue between G and E Streets. The main entrance is located at 5th and G Street, which has served as the gateway into a celebration of green for over a decade with sell out crowds topping over 20,000 attendees. Live music, dancing, and Irish merriment are on tap for the day and night.

Please keep in mind that this is a ticketed event for 21 and up colleens and lads. Tickets range in price from $35 in advance to $45 at the gate as well as VIP tickets from $55 in advance to $65 on the day of the event. All the ticket information is available on the ShamROCK website. Click here.

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 a celebration of Ireland and St. Patrick in their own way.

We are including bars that are Irish, not generic bars that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to get in on the Irish business.

Did we miss your favorite Irish 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

McFadden’s (731 5th Avenue)
For more information: (619) 795-2500

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blarney Stone Pub (388 North 2nd Street, El Cajon)
For more information: (619) 328-5403

However you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego, we hope that you have a great time and that your Irish & non-Irish eyes are a smilin’!

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  1. June 4, 2013 2:52 pm

    My boyfriend’s Irish, so you can bet we’re going to be spending a lot time in San Diego’s Irish Pubs. The information here will be a huge help when it comes to deciding where to go. So many pubs, so little time!

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