Best Irish pubs in Los Angeles to raise a pint

A great Irish pub in LA means quality music, a friendly crowd and—of course—that perfect pint to sip at the bar

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Sonny McLeans Irish Pub

Sonny McLeans Irish Pub Photograph: Joshua Thaisen


When it comes to authentic Irish pubs, what could matter more than the availability of Guinness? A lot, as it turns out, from great Irish cuisine to quality Celtic music. Whether you're a fan of whiskey bars or beer bars, there's nothing quite like a dive plastered in shamrocks. So quit wondering where to drink in Los Angeles tonight: lace up your Riverdance shoes and clink pints at one of our throughouly Irish watering holes.

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Sonny McLeans Irish Pub

Sonny McLeans Irish Pub Photograph: Joshua Thaisen

Sonny McLean's

  • Price band: 2/4

There are 3,000 miles between Boston and Los Angeles, but that doesn't keep Sonny McLean's, an Irish pub in Santa Monica, from losing team spirit. Throughout the week, the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins can be found playing on one of the bars mutliple TVs, while East Coasters in low-slung Sox caps reminisce about Dunkin' Donuts and the T (the older-than-dirt metro system, for the uninitiated). The menu boasts New England and California fare, but the best dishes here are of British and Irish descent—the Banger Sandwich, a hearty sausage served with sauteed onions on a baguette, is a stick-to-your-bones revelation. When it comes to clinking glasses, choose from a list of highly curated ciders, stouts and IPAs.

  1. Santa Monica
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Jameson's Irish Pub

Jameson's Irish Pub Photograph: Courtesy Jameson's Irish Pub

Jameson's Irish Pub

  • Price band: 1/4

An Irish pub in the middle of Hollywood may seem like a boozy tourist trap, but we're not complaining. Jameson's Irish Pub has one of the best happy hours on the Walk of Fame—2-for-1 drinks, Monday through Friday, noon to 8pm. What's more, their namesake liquor is featured in over half the drinks on the cocktail list, making this pub a whiskey-lover's haven. Try the classic Jame-O pickle back shot, the Jame-O' Rita or the Irish Hooligan (featuring a little bit of everything, from Jameson to vodka to peach schnapps...heyo!). The booze carries over to the food menu as well, where diners can order Guinness beer-breaded chicken tenders or apple and Irish whiskey sausage. This is one tourist trap we wouldn't mind being stuck in.

  1. Hollywood
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Molly Malone's

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Molly Malone's

  • Price band: 1/4

There are Irish pubs that feature music, and then there are music venues that happen to live in an Irish pub. Molly Malone's has been brewing up its own little pint of Dublin in LA since 1969 and showcasing musical talent (and a great beer list) every step of the way. Rock, Irish folk, country—the lineup spans the genre gamut, and with Molly's stellar acoustics, it's one of LA's better pubs for catching a show. Dinner and a show, in fact—on nights with live music, their kitchen is open until 10pm. True, the menu sometimes reads as less than traditional—ask for O'Brien Fries and you'll get a plate of French—but the Kildare Hot Corned Beef Sandwich is as Irish as they come. Plus, you'll need some sustenance while you dance the night away by the main stage, also known as The Snug.

  1. Mid-City
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The Auld Dubliner

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The Auld Dubliner

  • Price band: 2/4

Here is what we love about The Auld Dubliner: The menu doesn't dabble in Irish dishes, it full-on embraces them. Bangers and champ, Irish ham and cabbage, the Boxty (a traditional Irish potato pancake) and an all day, full Irish breakfast are just a few of the plates that'll have you breaking out in a jig. Their drink selection is nothing to scoff at either—The Auld Dubliner is known for pouring the perfect pint of Guinness Draught (and did we mention they have apple cider on tap?). Stop by on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for live music, dominated by Celtic "Shamrockabilly" artists.

  1. Long Beach
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The Irish Times

The Irish Times Photograph: Joshua Thaisen

The Irish Times

  • Price band: 2/4

Your eyes may need some adjusting once you enter The Irish Times, a divey, dimly lit Irish pub, but give it some time and you'll soon find yourself comfortably immersed in your surroundings. That's because comfort is key at this Culver City bar, where regulars gather for trivia on Tuesdays while noshing on bangers and mash or beef and Guinness pie. There is authentic Celtic music that plays throughout the pub on weekdays and live bands that perform on the weekends (no cover!), but both are secondary to the noise coming from tables of regulars who've camped out at the pub since noon. Not a regular yet? Order a pint of Strongbow Cider, pick up a pool cue, and you'll be sure to make friends in no time.

  1. Culver City
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