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Paint the Town Green for St. Patrick's Day

Studio City pubs and bakeries get into the leprechaun spirit.

St. Patrick's Day has become a universal holiday when friends gather at local watering holes to toast the luck of the Irish, while certain foods are also turned green. Studio City hosts two specialty bars—one Irish and another English—where the celebration gets extra special treatment. Plus some food destinations are conjuring up a little green magic in the kitchen.

is the sole Irish bar in Studio City—and just for St. Patrick's Day, they are serving up free corned beef and cabbage all day long until it runs out. And of course, there's also free popcorn from a  flowing machine. Add no cover charge,  darts, pool and trivia games to the mix and you might just want to settle into one of their comfy sofas early. Beer is in bottles and a few on tap are headlined by Guinness, Smithwicks and  Blue Moon. They open at noon and the Dublin Four start kicking out the tunes live aroundaround 3 p.m.

Jet over to which takes up the corner across the street. This is a favorite place for British ex-pats mixed with locals with no cover charge. Traditional pub fare includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and a special for St. Patrick’s Day — Corned Beef and Cabbage— that can be enjoyed inside ot outside on the wrap around patio. Open at 11 a.m. Live music by the Dick Pistols starts around 9 p.m. Breakfast is also served all day here, including the English version of the Irish breakfast called The Full Monty. Sixteen beers on tap and more in bottles and cans.

If you're looking for some green treats for a litte luck of the Irish, a few bakeries will do the trick. 

Newly opened will sprinkle some leprechaun dust and turn their signature 'red velvet cookie' into 'green velvet'  for one day only on St. Patrick's Day. Another cookie with the theme is 'thin mint' with a clover on top.

will be offering their traditional green bagels starting Monday. Be sure to special order in advance if you need a large amount.

will have an array of sweets available on Monday, including guinness, mint chip and green velvet cupcakes; green donut muffins and shamrock cookies.

If you want to take a short drive to neighboring Noho,  r is offering a special St. Patrick's Day menu with a twist—special appetizers are Irish Nachos (waffle fries, corned beef, cheddar cheese and sour cream); Green Spinach Hummus; and Beer, Beef and Barley Stew. For entrees, choose from Corned beef, salt baked potato and braised cauliflower or Guinness braised beef pot pie. Desserts take on day's theme further with Bailey's cheesecake or a Peppermint Shake.

And not to be forgotten, the St. Patrick's Day classic—who can forget the Shamrock Shake at ?

Carol Spaulding Eiseman March 11, 2011 at 09:49 PM
We celebrate at home with all the kids, and friends and family.. always so fun and we aren't even Irish.. here are some of the fun stuff we have done in the past.. Lucky Leprachaun game was a favorite of all: http://www.celebrationideasonline.com
Jack McGrath March 12, 2011 at 04:57 AM
The former owner of the Fox and Hounds in past St. Pat's day would open the restaurant and bar at 8:00 AM. One could have some breakfast, an Irish coffee, and have some fun. I have a group I play raquetball with four mornings a week. We are showered and dressed and ready to roll at 8AM. Karen-Do you know any place which could accomodate 8 characters trying to enjoy our Irish heritage.

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