Food & Drink

The Best Irish Bars in Los Angeles

Published On 03/16/2016 Published On 03/16/2016
Rock n Reilly's irish pub
Courtesy of Rock n Reilly's

LA has never been a city with a huge Irish pulse, so with St. Patty’s Day fast approaching, you’ll need to know just which Irish pubs you’ll be spending the day in while you think about castles, magic, leprechauns, and Ice-T. Basically what we’re saying is, it’s up to you, faithful readers, to kick LA’s Irish scene into gear. Here are the best places to be blimey in LA.

Timmy Nolan's

Timmy Nolan’s

Toluca Lake

Big whiskey selection: nailed it. Guinness on tap: essential. Irish favorites like bangers and mash, Irish stew, and... uh... mozzarella sticks: always. Timmy Nolan’s kills it at being a traditional Irish bar with a contemporary approach (which is probably why many people consider them the best Irish bar in the entire city). One thing’s for sure: by our calculations, you owe them a visit right about now o’clock.

McG’s Irish Pub & Grill

Chatsworth

McG’s bustles with so much life you’d think you were really in the middle of Temple Bar in Dublin, darting around thirsty patrons as they run rampant with the luck of the Irish. They’ve got a ton of beer (including a ton of not-Irish beers, rotating guest taps, and IPAs) and all the fun pub gimmicks you crave, like karaoke, darts, pool, and big screens for sports. Add to that the smiling staff and cheap bar food and you’ve got yourself the best Irish bar in the Valley.

The Tam O'Shanter

Tam O’Shanter

Atwater Village

The Tam has been rockin’ the block for over 90 years now (and is a longtime favorite of Grandma Connie), so you know they’re doing something right -- namely, monstrously portioned carvery food, like top-notch prime rib cuts and corned beef sandwiches. Hit up their attached Ale & Sandwich Bar in the daytime for some discounted food and other goodies, like a deviled egg sandwich).

The Irish Times

Palms

Not to be a confused with an Irish newspaper, The Irish Times is as about as chill as an Irish watering hole can get; they’ve got pool tables (free on Sundays!), live music on the weekends, Wednesday night karaoke, Tuesdays and Thursday trivia nights, and, duh, Guinness. IT is the cruise-control to chill with its mostly regulars clientele and its mega friendly staff. Sláinte!

Casey's IRish Pub

Casey’s Irish Pub

Downtown

From tasty Irish fare (like homemade corned beef & cabbage), to live music on Fridays & Saturdays, to comedy shows on Wednesdays, to the tastiest damn picklebacks in LA, Casey’s is loaded with goodness. And wanna know what goes great with some iced Irish coffees while you play ping pong and darts on their huge patio? More iced Irish coffees. Many, many more.

Tom Bergin’s Public House

Tom Bergin’s

Mid-Wilshire

Though the wall-to-wall shamrock covered ceiling (adorned with names of the bar’s regulars) is the best ceiling in the city, don’t worry, there’s a lot more to fall in love with than clovers inside the legendary Tom Bergin’s: namely their Irish coffee, since the bar claims Bergin is the one who brought the coffee and whiskey concoction to America in the first place (though so does Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco -- we’ll have to ask Mr. Owl, ‘cause the world may never know). Either way, order a baker’s dozen of those bad boys, and follow them with the salmon Scotch eggs and corned beef & cabbage.

Shannon’s

Long Beach

Sure, they do standard Irish pub treats, but they also do breakfast (like omelettes, Benedicts, and even Mexican specialties), which is great when you’re up early to watch a soccer/rugby/professional horseshoe-tossing game on one of their many TVs. You’ll definitely want to experience one of their bar-exclusive specials like the “Shoot the Root” (a shot of root beer schnapps dropped into a tumbler of Coors Light). And whiskey aficionados need look no further, ‘cause they do tastings every other month.

Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub

Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub

West Hollywood

Between their own house “Reilly’s Mother’s Milk” whiskey blend (with the smoothness of Irish whiskey and the boldness of American bourbon), Monday karaoke nights, a multitude of parties (like St. Paddy’s day block parties), a famously good-looking staff, and slogans from their not-actually-a-real-person founder (“Sobriety is a treatable illness”), R&R’s is one of the most fun bars on the strip. Plus, they’ve got bottomless brunches on weekends and Irish nachos, aka Irish cheddar, scallions, peppered Irish bacon, and corn salsa over house-made kettle chips.

The Auld Dubliner

Long Beach

The food at the Dubliner is definitely not an afterthought, as can be the case at so many Irish pubs. This classic Irish haunt rocks everything from Guinness stew (with potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion) to shepherd's pie (ground beef and lamb with carrots, peas, and onions topped with Guinness beef broth and mashed potatoes) to an all-day full Irish breakfast (rasher, Irish sausage, pork pudding, tomato, mushroom, & baked beans). And if that ain’t enough for ya, they’ve got live music seven nights a week, and 16 beers on tap with almost 30 more in bottles. They’ve also got international rugby playing on the TVs, so thank your lucky charms for that.

Ireland's 32

Ireland’s 32

Valley Glen

If you crave a dive bar over a pub, Ireland’s is for you. You’d be wise to “dive” (GET IT???) headfirst into their extra long (2-8pm, Monday-Friday) happy hour for $3 beers, $4 wells, and $6 20z beers (not to mention $5 Whiskey Wednesdays) and even wiser to grab a $9 banger sandwich.

Also: we’d tell you that the “32” comes from the amount of counties in Ireland, but like, duh, everybody knows that.

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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who is currently salivating over the thought of a pickleback. Grab a few rounds with him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

This traditional Irish bar has a contemporary feel and is one of our favorite places to grab a pint in Toluca Lake. They have a large whiskey selection, Guinness always on tap, and Irish food favorites like bangers and mash. Locals believe that Timmy Nolan's is the best Irish bar in the city, so you should definitely stop by if you are in the area.

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2. McG's Irish Pub & Grill 21356 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Formely McG's, West End Tavern is a gastropub with a history of being a classic Irish pub.Here you have access to a variety of different beers, bar games like karaoke, darts, and pool, as well as big screen televisions to watch all of your favorite games, including Premier League soccer.

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3. Tam O'Shanter 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Los Feliz)

This Lawry's-owned barstaurant has been a Los Feliz staple for a long time -- great for a steak or a sandwich, and always good for a beer. You can enjoy huge portions of their food, or hit up their attached Ale & Sandwich Bar for some lighter fare during the day.

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4. Irish Times 3267 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

If you are looking for the rowdiness typically found at an Irish bar, The Irish Times is not for you. Here you can expect a mellow atmosphere complete with pool tables, live music nights, karaoke nights, trivia nights, and tons of Guinness. Their staff is friendly and inviting, making this a great bar to chill at after a long day or working or being a tourist.

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5. Casey's Irish Pub 613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

There is always something awesome going on at Casey's Irish Pub. Some of the things you can expect are delicious Irish fare, live music nights, comedy nights, iced Irish coffees, and a huge patio full of games like ping pong and darts. It is impossible to be bored at Casey's.

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6. Tom Bergin's 840 S Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Tom Bergin's is one of the city's most beloved bars, and perhaps the most legit Irish Pub on the planet (outside of Ireland, of course) what with being the inventors of the Irish Coffee. Head here for a classy, relaxing, and authentic Irish experience.

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7. Shannon's Bayshore 5335 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

This classic Long Beach haunt is a top notch spot to grab a drink and hangout. Locals love this dependable, dive-like spot, where you can counter cold beers and quality conversation 365 days, 7 days a week. Depending out how you want your night to pan out (wild or tame), we recommend Shannon's house special: a drink called “Shoot the Root”, which includes a shot of root beer schnapps dropped into a tumbler of Coors Light.

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8. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub 8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

With an interior filled with flat screens and a massive selection of whiskeys, this Sunset Strip Irish pub is a favorite because of its interesting backstory (the founder was born during a bar fight!) and their commitment to charity by hosting one nonprofit event per month. Now you can feel good about that extra drink. (It's for a good cause.)

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9. The Auld Dubliner 71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

The Auld Dubliner specializes in creative Irish-inspired fare as well as the classics like a full Irish breakfast or Guinness stew. If that doesn't convince you that Auld Dubliner is one of the best Irish bars in Los Angeles, be sure to check out their live music nights and televisions broadcasting various international sports games.

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10. Ireland's 32 13721 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Ireland's 32 is more of a dive bar than an Irish bar, but there is definitely some Irish influence here. They have fantastic happy hour deals every week on their beers, cocktails, and even some of their food options. We recommend Ireland's 32 to any dive bar lovers in the Valley Glen area.

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