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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019 the Santa Barbara Way


4 LEAF CLOVERS INSIDE A HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY MESSAGEHead’s up St. Patrick’s Day 2019, Irish-for-a-day revelers who live in Santa Barbara. The time is nigh to make your plans and enjoy some green shenanigans. I’ve done the research for you on 5 ways to channel your inner Irish magic and celebrate right here in Santa Barbara. But, before you head out to find your pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, impress your family and friends by memorizing these 10 Irish slang terms:

  • Acting the maggot
    You can put an annoying person in their place with this quip. Even if they’ve never heard the phrase before, the irritating person will automatically know what you mean.
  • Scanger
    This word is defiantly not a compliment. It is used to describe someone who is (in your view at least) an inferior person, whether that’s intellectually, socially, morally or financially.
  • Banjaxed
    This term can be used when something is really, really broken. One example? Lance Armstrong’s chances in next year’s Tour de France? Banjaxed.
  • Fluthered
    To describe yourself as having been fluthered is to suggest you know you have behaved foolishly but are trying your best stay away from any trouble caused by your antics. Who can truthfully say they have never been fluthered?
  • Boxing the fox
    If you are planning a fruit raid at a local orchard, you are about to commence boxing the fox, or scrumping, as the English would call it. Not that your plans include raiding an orchard but then again, the produce in Santa Barbara is pretty tasty!
  • Chiseller
    In Dublin, a chiseller is a small child. In other countries, the word can refer to a woodworker or a swindler or cheat.
  • Foostering
    This charming term is used to affectionately describe all your non-essential activities. That means if you’re pulling yourself together on March 18, after a big night of St. Patrick’s ceiliúradh (Irish for celebration), you would be foostering.
  • Reddener
    If you blush at a compliment, then you are taking a reddener.
  • Chancer 
    A chancer is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not. The word refers to someone who is a risky character.
  • Culchie
    There are many culchies here in Santa Barbara. That is because Dublin folk refer to anyone from outside Dublin as a culchie.

Now that you know the lingo, here are 5 of the city’s liveliest Irish-themed activities where you can show off your new Irish slang vocabulary and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019 this weekend:

  • Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    March 17, 2019
    Noon-2PM and 4 PM to 6 PM

    On St. Patrick’s Day 2019, enjoy traditional, live Irish music from the band Dannsair. By combining jazz, classical and traditional Irish sensibilities this group pushes the envelope into completely new territory. The members of Dannsair have been performing together for seven years now. Their music features the emotional Irish melodies melding into jazzy undertones, classical phrasing and danceable rhythms. The orchestrated arrangements, combined with emotional fiddle and flute playing accompanied by excellent percussion and bass bring a unique sound to customary Irish folk music. Enjoy traditional Irish meals and beverages in this warm Irish Pub where you can also play billiards and darts.
  • Santa Barbara Newcomers Club Pub Crawl
    Starts at Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant ends at the James Joyce
    Get to know your neighbors in Santa Barbara while attending lively social events with The Santa Barbara Newcomers Club. Of the many fun get-togethers every month, the March St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl on State Street is one of the most popular. The crawl starts at Dargans and ends at the James Joyce, a local Pub named after the Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. The popular establishment, located at 513 State Street, was the first Irish bar in Santa Barbara, opening in 1996. This venue offers live music six days a week and serves your favorite Irish beers and ale on tap.
  • Paddy’s Day Rooftop Celebration at the Canary Hotel
    31 West Carrillo St 
    Santa Barbara, CA
    March 7, 2019
    1:00PM – 5:00PM
    On the day we celebrate all things green, why not head to Canary’s rooftop where Finch & Fork, a favorite amongst local foodies, will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 2019 celebration? Nosh on Irish-inspired bites while sipping on specialty cocktails and dancing to Santa Barbara native and on-air radio personality, DJ Darla Bea. You’ll be celebrating on top of the world, the perfect location to take in the 360-degree views that sweep from the sea to the Santa Ynez mountains.
  • SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
    1221 State Street
    Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
    March 17, 5:00 PM / Show 5:30 PM

    As Santa Barbara’s premier live music venue for more than 20 years, Soho presents Spencer & the Worried Lads for a St Patty’s Day Bash you will never forget. For the occasion, the front room at SOhO will be turned into a Dublin like pub where the Lads will entertain, carry forth, and hold court. Featuring guitars, bongos, congas, trumpets, saxophone, bass, drums, and even an accordion. Combined, the instruments and the musicians who play them make up a California sun-kissed, Latin-tinged, genre-bending, big band Surf Mariachi indie pop affair.
  • Bluewater Grill
    15 E Cabrillo Blvd 
    Santa Barbara, CA
    March 16 and 17
    Bluewater may not be an Irish establishment, but the restaurant has always been a St. Patrick’s Day favorite in Santa Barbara. This year, Bluewater is extending St. Patty’s fun from one day to two. That gives you two days to enjoy Bluewater’s High Spot IPA Beer Battered Fish & Chips, served with a pint of High Point IPA, or imbibe in pints of Guinness, or Bluewater Irish Coffees. The restaurant’s Corned Beef and Cabbage with Boiled Potatoes will make you feel like you’re in Cork, Ireland.

It is iontach (Irish for wonderful) to live in a place with so many things to do on St. Patrick’s Day 2019. Looking to celebrate your culchie status with a new home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or another of the Santa Barbara area’s upscale communities?  Just give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Beannachtaí na Féile Padraig Ort, which means blessings of Patrick’s festival upon you.


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