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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.