Burns Night Dinner at the Tam O’Shanter

Atwater Village institution hosts event to honor the 254th Birthday of the Famous Scottish Poet

tam-o-shanterTHIS YEAR sees the 254th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the venerable LA restaurant the Tam O’Shanter is celebrating over two nights later this month.The Atwater Village institution, one of the longest-standing restaurants in Los Angeles and now part of the Lawry’s Group of restaurants, is offering two seatings each on January 23 and 24, 5:30pm and 8:15pm seating).

The Tam’s celebration will feature over 40 varieties of single malt scotch on display and available for tasting, specially prepared Haggis, and performances by authentic bag pipers, drummers, Scottish sword dancers, and more. Close to 1000 guests, many bedecked in plaid, come every year to The Tam to partake in this annual event, which always sells out. Burns introduced the character of Tam O’Shanter in a poem in 1790, and the term came to be associated with a large Scottish-style wool hat worn by men. Burns also is known throughout the world for writing the Scottish folk classic, Auld Lang Syne. Dr. Neil MacLeod hosts the event at The Tam and has been doing so for 32 years. During the celebration, the Haggis is served using a sword to cut the meat and guests drink out of goblets. There will be a playful take on Burns’ poetry, as read by actress Koni McKurdy.

Tam O’Shanter is located at 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039. For reservations and information, please call (323) 664-0228 or visit TamO Shanter.com.