Three Cheers for Four Clovers – Coronado’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Top o’ the morning to Coronado!  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations abound and this year the March 17th celebration falls on a Sunday.

McP's. Photo: Joe Ditler
Photo: Joe Ditler

So, what is McP’s Irish Pub doing?

For starters, Guinness® is decorating so expect an involved and over the top look. There will be live music all weekend, with McP’s opening at 10am on Sunday. Featured grub is the Reuben Sandwich and Corned Beef & Cabbage (cooked and trimmed lean). Can’t miss drinks are the Moscow Mule, Dark and Stormy, and, of course, the coldest [green] beer in town. Looking to up your game? Try a round of Irish Car Bombs for you and your pals!

This marks the first St. Patrick’s Day at McP’s since the loss of Greg McPartlin. Ted Taylor shares that, “Greg started a good thing here. He called it ‘Cheers to the West Coast!’ He believed in making McP’s a friendly place where staff spoke to everyone and there was open conversation; create a place where people would want to come back.” Ted appreciates the recent dedication of one of the San Diego Trolleys in Greg’s honor. Read more about that here.

While McP’s is the undisputed party place on island on this day, it is not the only stop for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Bruegger’s Bagels begins selling their shamrock green bagels from the 15th through the 17th. Learn more about getting the big bag bundle at a discounted rated for the holiday here. Note that the corporate policy shows shamrock green bagels only available on the 16th and 17th but the Coronado store has extended the bagels to begin in time for your Friday treat.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Coronado’s own Celtic Corner (also known as Scottish Treasures) will have a booth at at 6th and Laurel during San Diego’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Owner, Tricia Logan-Locke, is chairman of the board for the Irish Congress who puts on the parade. At their location on Orange Avenue they offer a wide array of St. Patrick’s Day novelty items.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Photo provided by Bluewater Boathouse

Bluewater Boathouse

Bluewater Boathouse’s High Spot IPA Beer Battered Fish & Chips, served with a pint of High Point IPA, is just $17.95 for lunch and $20.95 for dinner on March 16 and 17. The restaurant will also serve pints of Guinness for $5, Bluewater Irish Coffees for $5 and Corned Beef and Cabbage with Boiled Potatoes for $16.95.


Celebrate the day where everyone is at least a wee bit Irish.

10 AM – 1 PM Steve Brewer (on the Paddy-O)
2 – 6  PM  Ron’s Garage (on the Paddy-O)
8 – 12 PM Misty & Moby (inside Da Pub)

Kids welcome, please leave pets and backpacks at home on Sunday! For more details visit their website here.

Nicky Rottens

Eat, Drink, and Be Irish – come in for Corned Beef Hash, $4 Jameson shots, $5 Green Beers, and $6 Irish Mules!

Village Pizzeria

You can enjoy $5 Guinness at both Village Pizzerias all day long!

Coronado Ferry Landing

2 PM – 5 PM Weekend Concert Series: Moonlight Miles. To learn more click here.

Monday, March 18, 2019

7:30 PM Voices of Ireland Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, Write Out Loud’s Annual evening of great Irish stories and music. To learn more click here.

What you can impress your friends by knowing:

  • St. Patrick’s Day falls during the Christian season of Lent and Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived.
  • The most well known legend is that St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.
  • As Irish immigrants spread out over the United States, cities developed their own traditions. One of these is the annual green dyeing of the Chicago River which uses 40 pounds of dye to turn the river green for several hours.

Learn more about the History of St. Patrick’s Day here.


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Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: