If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County, you’re certainly not alone. You have lots of options for places where you can drink Guinness and Irish whiskey to your Irish (at least for one day) heart’s content. From a place that opens at 6am to a traditional Irish pub, here are some of the best places for your St. Patrick’s Day revelry.
Patsy’s Irish Pub
28971 Golden Lantern St., Suite 108
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
You won’t find a place in Orange County where the holiday atmosphere of St. Patrick’s Day is more apparent than at Patsy’s. The doors open early on St. Paddy’s, and you’ll want to get there as early as you can as this popular spot fills up on the day that celebrates all things Irish. No matter what time you get there, you can enjoy not only a great selection of beer and Irish whiskeys, but also pool and darts. If you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you should do it at an Irish pub.
207 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
No one says you need to wait until after work – or even noon – to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. At Paul’s, you can start celebrating the occasion as soon as the sun rises at 6am. That’s right, you can start your festivities first thing in the morning. Some people might say it’s irresponsible, but if you want to celebrate, you might as well start early. Plus, the prices here are pretty reasonable, so you can while away your entire St. Patrick’s Day without feeling like you need to take out a loan.
The Auld Dubliner
2497 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
When you visit The Auld Dubliner, it doesn’t take long to realize that the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is ever-present. The running countdown to St. Patrick’s Day is a constant here and the Dubliner carries a good selection of Irish beers and ciders to help you with your revelry. It also carries a good selection of Irish whiskeys to enjoy. Bands regularly play here, and you can expect some good Irish tunes on the day where everybody can at least pretend to be a little Irish.
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The Shamrock Bar and Grill
2633 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Some Irish pubs can seem a little inauthentic, and it can seem like you’re paying for the decor or that fancy little shamrock in the head of your Guinness. While this place is called The Shamrock, you won’t find one decorating your beer. This place in Newport Beach is a true Irish pub right down to the Irish flag flying out in front of the place. Bands play at The Shamrock on weekends, and you can bet there will be live music on the most important day of the year for an Irish pub.
Branagan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
213 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, you probably look for Guinness, which you can find anywhere. You probably think that the ideal on St. Patrick’s Day would be to pour your own pint. Branagan’s has a draft table where you can do just that. In addition to Guinness, Branagan’s carries other Irish beers like Kilkenny and Smithwicks. If you’re looking for Irish whiskey, this place boasts a pretty impressive selection that rivals what you might find on the shelves of your local BevMo.
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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.