Long Beach, CA seems to have almost as many Irish pubs, bars and restaurants as there are Mexican restaurants - almost! And definitely more than any other Southern California city. There are a couple Irish bars on Long Beach's Dive Bar Row on 4th Street and a few in Downtown Long Beach and scattered around the city, but a one mile stretch of 2nd Street through Belmont Shore and Naples has the greatest number of Irish pubs per yard.
Of all the Irish bars in Long Beach, Auld Dubliner reminds me most of Ireland, although the food is better than most of what I ate in Ireland. They bring in a variety of Irish and cover bands/soloists, but the acoustics are all hard surfaces so it's really loud, even before the music starts.
Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille
Shenanigans is a waterfront Irish pub and restaurant at Shoreline Village open at 9 am for breakfast through 2 am close. Live (usually not Irish) music most nights.
Quinn's Pub and Grill
Quinn's is a small neighborhood bar just off of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore that's popular with locals. It's more of a sports bar now than an Irish bar. They even took the "Irish" out of their name and website. They close earlier than most bars, so if you're on a pub crawl through the Shore, you might want to start here.
Shannon's Bayshore Irish Pub & Sports Bar
A dive bar, known for having strong, cheap drinks. It get's overcrowded on weekends. There's an offshoot Downtown on Pine.
A smallish Irish pub with decent food.
A franchise of the Celtic-themed Las Vegas restaurant with scantily kilted waitresses.
6575 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Murphy's Irish Pub above the Belmont Athletic Club
You can miss this one walking by since it's up a stairway in front of the Belmont Athletic Club
Gallagher's is farther west on Broadway at Temple. It's more of a divey sports bar than a typical Irish pub. They have live music, a fun karaoke night and popular Sunday sports brunch.
Pub and sports bar with a nice back patio that's a local neighborhood hang out.
The northern extension of the Belmont Height's favorite with the same neighborhood bar feel, this one with sidewalk tables.
A local hang out with multiple TVs, a couple pool tables, a juke box, some video games and cheap, strong drinks. There's a parking lot behind the bar off Temple.
Note: Cash only
In the heart of the Pine Avenue entertainment district. Shannon's Downtown has a full bar with a game room featuring shuffleboard, pool, poker, Wii game systems, XBOX, and board games.
Off the main entertainment corridor in Downtown Long Beach, Clancy's has great drink specials, live music, DJs and karaoke.
A pleasant surprise in an unlikely neighborhood. Decent food, no TV distractions, limited beer and wine selection, closes at 10.