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Casey's Irish Pub. Photo by Architectural Resources Group.

Casey's Irish Pub

Casey’s Irish Pub opened its doors in 1971, when the surrounding area was coming of age as Downtown Los Angeles’s modern-day Financial District. Casey's was designed to resemble a turn-of-the-20th-century Irish pub, and initially catered to nearby working professionals in search of respite, a light meal, and libation, after work. Today, it draws a diverse and loyal clientele, especially for its hugely popular annual St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, the largest of its kind in Los Angeles.

In 2020, Casey's St. Patrick's Day Festival was set to take place off Grand Avenue and at Union Station's Imperial Hardware for the first time in eleven years. Due to COVID-19 and public health concerns, the event has been cancelled.

Located in the basement-level of a 1926 single-story commercial building at 613-615 South Grand Avenue, Casey's was originally owned and operated by Lawry’s Associated Restaurants, a restaurant company with deep roots in Los Angeles. Inside, its hand-pressed tin-clad ceilings, lacquered floors, dark stained wood trim and casework, and 60-foot-long mahogany bar were deliberately intended to appear older than they were, and represented the Lawry’s company’s endeavor to create “an elaborate reconstruction of an old New York saloon. In 1976, Lawry’s sold a number of bars and restaurants in its portfolio, including Casey’s. However, the sale of the business did not inhibit its popularity and success. 

Over the years, the weathered interior of Casey’s has also become memorialized in popular culture due to its reputation as a popular location for filming. Filmmakers and television producers have often utilized the establishment’s unique ambiance as a backdrop for their productions. Among the multiple movies that Casey’s has appeared in include Fallen (1998), The X Files (1998), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), 16 Blocks (2006), and Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). The bar and restaurant was also used as a filming location in multiple episodes of Mad Men.

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