Casey's Irish Pub
Casey's Irish Pub has been a part of downtown for so long, it's easy to pass by it in the after-office hunt for a good drink. But after almost fifty years, Casey’s still stands as a reliable, non-fussy standard. The crowd is packed with regulars. The bartenders wear jeans. It’s the opposite of many of the bars in the city, in a good way. "I've spent a lot of time working at places like Soho House, and my background is in mixology," says bartender Sarah Doyle, "but, you know, I just like it over here."
It's an easy, comfortable place to be--for happy hour, the game, dinner—and surprisingly one of a kind. It’s the only Irish pub in Los Angeles, the only remaining one-story building downtown, and source of the city’s only Pickleback--a shot of Jameson followed by a shot of unstrained pickle brine. It’s an all-around antidote for a case of the Mondays, the 5 PM’s, or just about anything (didn’t grandma ever tell you to drink a nip of whiskey for your cold?).
Their Pickleback is worth the trek to 6th and Grand in itself. The recipe is a bit of a secret (even the cooks weren’t sure of the exact ins and outs of the process), but it has a spicy, bread-and-butter sweetness, which compliments the flavors of the Jameson and cuts through the burn. It’s one of those things that’s better than it sounds, no matter how you think it sounds.
Casey’s offers plenty of Guinness concoctions, and the whiskey-based cocktails, too, are more than easy to drink. Try an Irish Goodbye, which includes a house crafted chamomile-honey simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and peated Irish whiskey. Or an Irish Hello: Irish coffee, demerara syrup, and Angostura-spiced cream. Plus, with Happy Hour all day Sunday and Monday, you can’t go wrong. Even if St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t just around the corner, there aren’t many better places to be.