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300 kegs of Guinness: Casey's Irish Pub to open at 6 a.m. for St. Patrick's Day

Casey's Irish Pub is in the midst of getting ready for its fourth annual St. Patrick's Day street festival, which takes place Monday and is expected to draw 10,000 to 12,000 people to downtown's Grand Avenue for Guinness and green beer. 

"We just got 120 cases of Jameson delivered," said Jeff Marino, Casey's general manager. "Tomorrow we'll have about 300 kegs of Guinness delivered." The entire Casey's staff will be working, Marino said. "Nobody gets the day off."

Casey's, located in a 1916 building that originally housed a general store upstairs and a Turkish bath house downstairs, will open at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. "People will start showing up about 5:45 and line up." And because it's a weekday, Marino expects customers on their way to work. "I don't want to get any businesspeople in trouble, but I know they'll come for a couple of beers before they go to work." 

For early morning attendees, Casey's will serve breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.: Lucky Charms, bacon, eggs and toast.

The street fest will start at 11 a.m., extending for three blocks with entry on Wilshire Boulevard. Casey's lunch and dinner menu will be available from 11 a.m., with Reubens and corned beef sandwiches. Food vendors also will set up on the street, including the Palm restaurant and Pellicola Pizzeria.

The 10,000-square-foot "super pub" -- an Irish bar since 1969 -- has lined up festivities that include DJs playing classic rock and '80s hits, green beer, pickle back shots made with Casey's house-made pickle juice, and specialty dishes that include more than 200 pounds of corned beef. The green beer will flow until 2 a.m.

The ticket price is $10. VIP tickets are available for $30 at Casey’s, allowing separate entry without lines and access to a designated VIP area.

613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 629-2353,


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