Looking for leprechauns, shamrocks and lassies in Los Angeles? Step dance your way into these popular Irish pubs for a pint o’ Guinness and some laughs!
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Tom Bergin’s Tavern (840 S. Fairfax Ave.)
Named #1 Irish establishment in America for the fourth year in row by Tom Horan’s Top Ten Clubs in 2010, Tom Bergin’s continues to lead the lucky Irish pack in L.A. Housed in a quaint Irish-style cottage since 1949, the pub/restaurant was the inspiration for the show “Cheers” and was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. In addition to standard items like sandwiches and burgers, Irish pub grub includes fish and chips, Gaelic beef, and vodka-cured salmon with potato pancakes.
Molly Malone’s (575 S. Fairfax Ave.)
Owned and operated by the same Irish family for 32 years, Molly Malone’s boasts a spacious back room showcasing some of L.A.’s finest musicians. Initially featuring Irish troubadours, the stage now graces up and coming singer-songwriters with strong vocals like my personal favorites, Justyna Kelley and Sara Routh. Try the traditional Irish staples like the Molly Burger or corned beef sandwich, served during lunch from 11am-2pm. Pull up at a stool at the dark oak bar and transport yourself to Dublin without running into airport security.
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Dillon’s Irish Pub & Grill (6263 Hollywood Blvd.)
Hollywood and Vine welcomed Dillon’s in 2009, the newest addition to the Los Angeles Irish pub scene. With over 30 beers on tap, this central Hollywood pub is a hotspot for ex-fraternity types, aided by its popular $3 pints special everyday. Striving actresses sport plaid green skirts as they bring you your drinks and your choice of comfort food. Try the avocado fries and Irish bread pudding if you’re feeling adventurous, otherwise stick to the mouthwatering mac ‘n cheese and pork chops. Get here early on game days to secure your spot at a table to cheer on your favorite team.
O’Brien’s Pub (2941 Main St.)
A Santa Monica staple, O’Brien’s serves brews, whiskies, and spirits, along with good old-fashioned Irish cuisine. Filled with local regulars and rowdy tourists, the friendly atmosphere features traditional and welcoming décor inside the Live Room which hosts Trivia, bands, and comedians, to the outdoor patio stocked with heat lamps for those cool Santa Monica nights. Happy Hour runs daily until 7pm, with discounted beers from $3.50 to $5 and fried finger foods to ease the hunger pains. Irish favorites on the menu include Bangers and Mash (sausages on mashed potatoes with gravy), Guinness Pie ( a beef and vegetable stew pastry pie), and classic fish and chips.
May these fine and fancy Irish pubs of Los Angeles bless you with a pot o’ gold or better yet, the perfect brew. Cheers!