Best Irish Pubs in California

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish pubs, California is probably not the first place that comes to mind. However, we did some searching and found a few of the best Irish pubs across the Golden State.

Limerick’s Tavern — Upland

Limerick’s Tavern takes pride in serving up traditional Irish food and craft beer every day of the year, making it the perfect spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Stop in for their Irish nachos; homemade potato chips covered in corned beef, bacon, pastrami, cheese, sour cream, and scallions—or choose more traditional fare with bangers and mash. Not in the mood for food? Their beer selection is quite diverse too, with 60 kinds of beer on draught.

Boondocks Pub & Grill — Corona

Looking for live music, pub food, and green beer? Boondocks is just the place! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Boondocks Pub & Grill in Corona—with a large selection of Irish beer and liquor. Head on down to the corner of Main St. and E. Harrison for Irish-inspired dishes like Reuben Sandwiches and Shepherd’s pie.

Auld Dubliner — Long Beach

If your idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is partaking in good old-fashioned Irish comfort food, look no further than the Auld Dubliner. The menu captures the essence of a real Dublin establishment. Serving Irish ham and cabbage, the Boxty, bangers and champ, corned beef and cabbage, and full Irish breakfasts, this place is sure to surpass the normal expectations. The Dubliner is also known for their amazing Guinness draughts, a wide range of whiskeys, and their ciders on tap.

Ireland’s 32 — Van Nuys

Though it might not look like very much on the outside, Ireland’s 32 attracts one of the best crowds in the LA area. Ireland’s 32 opened more than 50 years ago—and boasts the same jovial hospitality, a large selection of Irish beers and ciders, and live music five nights a week. On most days, this dive bar is full of regulars and locals, but on St. Patrick’s Day Ireland’s 32 celebrates long and hard—so be sure to get there early if you’re partaking in this year’s festivities.

Johnny Foley’s — San Francisco

Located in one of the busiest sections of the city, Johnny Foley’s is expected to be packed with revelers for St. Paddy’s Day. Johnny Foley’s is a classic replica of a traditional Irish pub. Visitors can enjoy traditional Irish foods such as corned beef and cabbage, cottage pie, bangers and mash, and lamb stew, as well as a nice selection of Irish beers, including Smithwick’s Ale, Guinness Stout, Murphy’s Irish Stout and Magner’s Cider.

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant — San Jose

The vibrant nightlife at Santana Row is always multiplied on St. Patrick’s Day—and the liveliest spot is expected to be Rosie McCann’s. Rosie’s is a family-owned business founded in Santa Cruz before adding a second pub and restaurant in Silicon Valley. Excellent traditional foods will be served all day, along with comfort food such as fried calamari, hot wings, quesadillas and pizza, and flavorful entrees like coriander wild salmon, free-range chicken parmesan, and filet mignon. Rosie’s has more than 25 beers on tap, including a nice selection of craft and Irish draft beers in addition to several Irish whiskeys, local wines, and specialty cocktails.

The Starry Plough — Berkeley

Something seems to be happening every night at The Starry Plough and this popular East Bay pub will have some very special entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day. Only beer, wine, and wine liquors are served here, along with teas and non-alcoholic beverages. The regular menu doesn’t have a wide selection of traditional Irish fare, instead concentrating on common comfort foods like buffalo wings, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. However, on Sundays and Mondays, The Starry Plough offers corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, two traditional dishes likely to be offered come St. Patrick’s Day. First opened in 1973, The Starry Plough has hosted several high-profile music acts over the years, like Cake, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Rambling Jack Elliott, and Ani DiFranco.

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