When the new and improved Tom Bergin’s Tavern on Fairfax Avenue debuted back in May, everyone wondered what happened to its shamrock program. For those not familiar, for decades the 76-year-old bar would reward its regulars by hanging up a shamrock with the patron’s name on it on its walls. For the renovation the old shamrocks, some of them cigarette smoke stained, were dusted off and painstakingly returned to their spot on the wall. What L.A. drinker hasn’t wished to be immortalized with a shamrock at Tom Bergin’s Tavern?
Now the tavern has announced that it’s starting up the shamrock selection process again! And as before whether you get a shamrock is up to the bar staff who will meet each month to submit their nominations. A lucky winner will be picked and then get a party to celebrate their indoctrination into the exclusive shamrock club.
The bar is being coy about how you can increase your chances of getting nominated other than to say “you just need to stand out to the staff, which will most likely involve making regular appearances.”
But I decided to come up with my own suggestions on how to do just that at Tom Bergin’s, and it doesn’t include simply tipping well or wearing a rainbow ‘fro to stand out.
- Show up when they’re airing football games at the bar and always root for the New Orleans Saints…even when they’re not playing. Who dat?
- Don’t just show up for the drinking, they also have Tuesday night specials and weekend brunch.
- Order their Irish coffee every time you go in and declare it’s the best you’ve ever had anywhere and mean it.
- This is a no-brainer but get on a first name basis with everyone who works there, from the bus boys to the hostess to the servers to the bartenders.
- Commit their Irish whiskey list to memory and be able to order without looking at it.
Updated: I asked Director of Operations Kat Witt for suggestions on how folks can win a nomination and she replied:
I asked around and I got a few good answers: a regular known to several members of our team (coming in at different times); a good story teller; a day drinker; an adventurous eater/ drinker; likely to come in when it’s slower (not getting lost in the crowd). And then there were obvious answers: bribery (candy was mentioned 3x) and being nice. Plus, we have a group of about 30 Saints fans coming in regularly. At the start of the season I promised a shamrock to anyone who was here for every game. We are down to two Who Dats still working on perfect attendance.