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Best Orange County Irish Pubs

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Irish pubs are a symbol of American multiculturalism and a mainstay among the bar industry. While some communities, such as the O.C. beach city, Seal Beach, are home to more than others, there’s likely to be an Irish pub near you, no matter where you are in Orange County. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular and beloved Irish pubs in the O.C.

O’Malley’s on Main

Dubbed one of the top five Irish pubs in Orange County, O'Malley's stands out among the plethora of Irish bars in the sleepy city of, Seal Beach. As is typical of Irish pubs, the walls are decked out with Irish memorabilia, the lighting dim and the atmosphere casual. According to the O.C. Register's Food Frenzy blog, O'Malley's is the place to go if you want an authentic experience and more than just a raucous party.

Hennessey’s Tavern

This chain is known for it’s delicious Guinness pour, Irish-Americana fusion menu and has a popular location in the heart of Laguna Beach. While the food and decor aren’t the most authentic compared to a few others on this list, Hennessey’s in Laguna Beach offers great food and drink specials, excellent service and live entertainment in a casual and friendly atmosphere.

Shamrock Bar & Grill

Nestled among the upscale eateries, luxury car dealerships and yacht clubs in the Newport Beach Mariner’s Mile, is the unpretentious and low key Shamrock Bar & Grill. The food is mostly Americana with a few Irish dishes thrown in. Locals frequent Shamrock for its quiet atmosphere, delicious draught brews and friendly ex-pat staff. The one caveat is the no dancing rule, violators of which will be promptly ejected from the bar. But if you’re looking for a proper Guinness in a no pretense Irish pub, with good music and good food, Shamrock might be just the ticket.

O’Connell’s Sports Bar & Grille

Voted the best O.C. dive bar in the O.C. Weekly reader poll, O’Connell’s is an Irish style sports pub tucked away in a little strip mall off of Garfield and Bushard in Huntington Beach. During weekends and major sporting events -- both international and domestic -- O’Connell’s really gets hopping. And with TVs lining the walls, stiff drinks and a variety of draught brews, this is a local bar where the staff will remember your name and your drink if you come in more than once.

Auld Irisher

Standard Irish decor and live entertainment in the evenings make Auld Irisher in Orange a favorite among the locals. The draught Guinness, Smithwicks and other Irish brews and “classic Irish fayre” make for an authentic Irish pub experience. While the Auld Irisher isn’t known for it’s fantastic service, patrons rave about the fish-n-chips, seared ahi, corned beef and extensive selection of beers.

Silky Sullivan’s

From the vibrant and friendly happy hour, the strong drinks, the pub quizzes, the TVs with games always on and live music on weekends, Silky’s has become a favorite among Fountain Valley locals. In fact, you can expect Silky’s to be pretty busy all day Friday through Sundays, and even doubly so during St. Paddy’s or major sporting events.

Gallagher’s Pub & Grill

If you’re looking for a raucous party, live entertainment, daily drink specials and decent pub food to soak up all that alcohol, you’ll want to check out Gallagher’s in Huntington Beach. The location also makes it easy to hop over to other local pubs, including Perqs, which isn’t necessarily an Irish bar but is certain to be throbbing with a local crowd enjoying the St. Paddy’s festivities.
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