Whether you're looking for a place to be Irish one night a year on St. Patrick's Day, or a taste of Ireland any time of year, these are the top Irish pubs and bars around Orange County. There are many more than this, some even next door to these, but based on decor, food, service and welcome to newcomers, these are the tops.
O'Malley's is the most authentic and most popular of the Irish bars on Main Street in Seal Beach and frequently voted number 1 in Orange County. It has upscale pub décor and an extensive offering of Irish whiskeys and beers as well as a full food menu including American pub food and international selections as well as Irish specialties.
Muldoon's is actually two separate bars. An indoor dining room and a courtyard patio. The original Dublin Pub is an ivy-covered brick building, built in 1974, which also holds the tavern dining room. Across the courtyard patio dining area is The Celtic Bar, which was added in 2000. They have a more extensive menu than most Irish bars, and live music Thursday through Sunday.
Molly Bloom's Irish Bar and Restaurant
Molly Bloom's prides itself on being the only Irish-owned bar in south Orange County. Authentic Irish decor, plenty of Irish beers and whiskeys, a full menu of Irish and American pub food that gets mixed ratings, live music every weekend and comedy on Wednesdays make this one of the top Irish bars in Orange County.
Hennesy's is a popular Irish franchise with locations all over Southern California all with dark wood décor, a full bar and an eclectic food menu with a few Irish offerings, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Seal Beach location has sidewalk tables.
Malarky's is a popular spot in Newport Beach right where Newport Blvd (AKA Rt 55) enters the Newport Peninsula, about a block from the beach. It's as beloved for breakfast as it is crowded on a Saturday night. Expect lines on weekend nights. The menu is more American and Mexican than Irish, although you'll find an Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Guinness beer battered fish & chips on the lunch and dinner menu.
The partner pub of the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, also with lots of décor from the homeland. The Tustin version is more sports bar and doesn't have nearly the Irish beer or food selection of Long Beach.
The Laguna Beach branch of Hennessey's has red brick décor and a nice patio.
Another town, another Hennessey's! You'll feel right at home if you've been to one of the others.
San Juan Capistrano is the latest addition to the Hennessey's franchise. It's located right across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano and a block from the Metrolink station, so if you're taking the Metrolink down to see the Mission, you can stop in for a pint.
A divey and extremely popular local sports bar and restaurant in a strip mall on Bushard near Garfield in Huntington Beach. It's also one of the best bargains for weekend brunch in Orange County. Weekday lunch specials are a steal.