St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, and if you’re planning on celebrating, you’re in luck! SoCal has plenty of authentic Irish pubs. We’ve searched high and low, queried all of our Irish friends (plus a few who just do their best impression of being Irish every year at this time) and came up with these 10 Irish pubs you should definitely check out.
As you make your way from one pub to another, remember this old Irish proverb: “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”
The Harp Inn
Located in Costa Mesa, The Harp Inn is about as authentically Irish as you can find and they plan on ensuring everyone has a good time on St. Patty’s Day. Opening at 9 a.m., they’ll be serving an Irish breakfast until 11, and corned beef and cabbage all day, with several drink specials. Cillians Bridge will start playing at noon, followed by Swagger, out of Park City, Utah, who comes on at 5 p.m. and will be going strong until closing.
130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa
(949) 646-8855 or harpinn.com
Located in Newport Beach, Malarky’s will be offering Leprechaun shots starting at midnight on Thursday to kick off the celebration. They will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. As they say, get there early and avoid the lines as it’s a popular place and you’ll have lots of company and similarly clad celebrants. Make sure and try their beer battered fish and chips in between pints of Guinness.
3011 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach
(949) 675-2340 or malarkyspub.com
Open for over 50 years and located in Van Nuys is Ireland’s 32. Where does the “32” come from? Just so happens there are 32 counties in Ireland and the name seemed a natural. Don’t expect fancy bells and whistles, but do expect an authentic Irish pub experience. Opening at 8 a.m., there will be plenty of traditional Irish fayre, Guinness & Harp, and traditional entertainment.
13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys
(818) 785-4031 or irelands32.com
Located in Huntington Beach, The Irishman is one of those smaller pubs you might overlook, but it would be your loss. With lots of friendly faces among the staff, they’ll be opening at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and will more than likely be going long after midnight. My sources tell me several pub-crawls have this one on their agenda, so make sure you get there early and grab a table or a seat at the bar. There’s also a little seating out front if you’re lucky enough to get there while still available.
424 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach
(714) 536-6776 or theirishman.com
The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub
Calling it the biggest party of the year, The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub in Laguna Niguel is starting things off early with a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party starting on Thursday at 5 p.m. and going until 1 a.m. Then, starting at 11 a.m. on St. Paddy’s Day, there will be bagpipes, karaoke and plenty of drink specials. Lots of good Irish music can also be heard and with the Old World look of this pub, you’ll have to remind yourself you’re not in Ireland.
28971 Golden Lantern #108, Laguna Niguel
(949) 249-2604 or patsysirishpub.net
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
A true LA landmark, Molly Malone’s is kicking off their St. Patrick’s Day celebration by opening at 6 a.m. Due to the popularity of Molly Malone’s, tickets are being sold and are available at $10 per person. There will be plenty of corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew to go around, not to mention the authentic sounds of Ken O’Malley from 1 to 3 p.m., Howl’n Wake from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Jimmy Paxson from 6 to 8:30 p.m. – to name just a few. Featured in movies such as “Patriot Games” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” stop by and see why Hollywood uses this Malone’s whenever it’s looking to portray an Irish pub.
575 South Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 935-1577 or mollymalonesla.com
Macallans Public House
Styled as a “new” type of Irish pub, and wildly popular, Macallans Public House in Brea is planning a big St. Patrick’s Day blowout starting at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. VIP tickets are being offered, while supplies last, for $25 per person. Included in that price is admission to the Guinness Sky Lounge, the Macallans Buffett, and well drinks or beer. With over 250 types of scotch, whiskey and bourbon available, as well as all of the authentic Irish beer you’d expect, Macallans is going to be one of your must stops for St. Paddy’s.
330 W. Birch St., Brea
Jameson’s Irish Pub
Located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jameson’s Irish Pub is kicking things off on St. Patrick’s Day at 6 a.m. Offering drink specials and green beer all weekend long, this place can get a little packed, so make sure you get there early to avoid the lines. And if you’re looking for something to keep all those beverages company, try the Jameson Rolls. Four Irish rolls filled with a blend of prime rib, sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, fried, and served with a trio of sauces including a creamy horseradish, mustard and their secret sauce for dipping.
6681 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
(323) 798-5360 or jamesonsirishpub.com
Opened in 1936, and if those walls could talk, Tom Bergin’s has a long and rich history. Slated to close in 1973, Jordan Delp, a former manager, and regular Derek Schreck, learned of its impending closure and came to its rescue making it what it is today. Named by numerous publications as the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over the years, we’re in agreement and will be heading that way come March 17. If you’re of like mind, be sure to try Tom Bergin’s famous Irish coffee, made of Tullamore, DEW Irish whiskey, dark roast coffee, simple syrup and Irish cream. A perfect way to start a St. Patrick’s Day!
840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 936-7151 or tombergins.com
Established in 1972, Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey, home of Turtle Racing where you can bring your own or rent one of theirs, is kicking off their St. Paddy’s Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. Offering corned beef and cabbage, Irish coffee, green beer, and lots of other surprises, both their indoor and outdoor stage will be going strong. Featuring Dinosaur Tooth, Black Hips and The Dair Band, a good time should be had by all!
4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey
(310) 821-6622 or brennanspub-la.com