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9 Irish Pubs in San Diego Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

These Local Watering Holes Guarantee a Shamrockin’ Good Time!

Finally, it’s your time to boast the small percentage of Irish your recent ancestry test opened your eyes to, and we’ve found all of the best spots in San Diego for you to flaunt it. Find food specials, live music and classic Irish coffees made with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey at these pubs spanning from Escondido all the way to Coronado. As always, this one goes without saying: go green or don’t be seen this St. Patrick’s Day. Pinch-proof yourself and prepare to drink up on March 17! Best Irish Pubs San Diego


Hooleys Public House

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Officially become a Hooley hooligan when you join the celebrations at Hooleys Public House this St. Patrick’s Day! Cozy in among beer-themed, rustic decor while you try your hand at the beloved dartboard. And if you’re looking for something to sip on, the Irish Maid with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, honey simple syrup, lemon juice and muddled English cucumber is a must! Enjoy free entry all day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and let the sweet sounds of live music fill your cup! Permission to double-fist, granted.

Locations: El Cajon and La Mesa

Best Irish Pubs San Diego

The Field Irish Pub

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Get up in your Irish feels at The Field, located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Join the party and enjoy Irish brews and delicious eats among a crowd of happy faces on St. Patrick’s Day! Or, get a head-start on March 12 when you purchase tickets to ShamROCK, where The Field will be participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day block party complete with traditional Celtic bands and dancers on the streets of the Gaslamp.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter


Henry’s Pub

Shamrock the house down at Henry’s Pub, where you can find it all—depending on what time you get the paddy started. A classic laid-back Irish pub by day turned live music joint by night, this spacious pub’s extensive food menu and fully-stocked bar make it the perfect spot to celebrate. Arrive a little early if you’re in for a late-night vibe—there’s usually a line out the door.

Local Insight: Henry’s has over 35 bourbons and whiskies to choose from! But for an authentic, Irish sip, order your cocktail of choice with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey for a drink with the perfect combination of depth and balance.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

The Ould Sod

It’s time to experience this karaoke hot-spot in a whole new light (and the most Irish way we know how). With the name meaning “one’s native country,” you’ll feel right at home among the communal-feel bar and comfortable outdoor patio complete with friendly games of ping pong and foosball. Dance and play the night away with $2 off draft beer, well drinks and Fireball shots during their 4-6 p.m. happy hour!

Location: Normal Heights

Best Irish Pubs San Diego


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If you woke up feeling lucky today, prepare to feel even luckier when you spend your St. Paddy’s Day at O’Sullivan’s. Grab your best lads and lassies and even your little lab—this pet-friendly, traditional pub is filled with good vibes, live Irish music and a homey vibe. Put on your best green and get a head start on everyone’s race to the pot of gold! Doors open at 11 a.m.

Location: Escondido

Best Irish Pubs San Diego

Stout Public House

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If you’re looking for tasty Irish stouts with a side of sports, we’ve found your pot of gold. No Irish celebration is complete without a pint of beer or an authentic Irish coffee made with Tullamore D.E.W., which is why Stout Public House is the ideal place to stop on your bar-hopping extravaganza. This spacious pub doubles as a hockey bar, so your sports fanatic friends will be equally as pleased as your beer lovin’ buds.

Location: Downtown


Half Door Brewing Co.

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The door might be half-open, but your glass will always be at least half full with the stocked bar and wide selection of beers on tap at Half Door Brewing Co.! With an entryway reminiscent of Ireland’s classic doors meant to keep fresh air flowing and farm frenzy out, this door is making an exception to the rule and letting the party slip through on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Location: East Village

Best Irish Pubs San Diego

The Harp

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Stouts, sports and savory delights await you at The Harp, a classic Irish pub in the heart of Ocean Beach. Their casual, traditional setup makes anyone and everyone feel welcome—even your furry friends can snag a seat on the spacious outdoor patio. Welcome the heavenly sounds of the harp as you indulge in out-of-this-world burgers and award-winning authentic Irish fare paired with your choice of 24 beers on tap!

Location: Ocean Beach


McP’s Irish Pub

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Oh my Guinness, where do we begin? There’s truly something for everyone on the island of Coronado and at McP’s Irish Pub. Tasty, traditional Irish fare fills your belly while the 19 big screens on display fill your need for entertainment. Catch live music on St. Patrick’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the San Diego Padres game kicking off at 1:10 p.m.! And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, order the McP’s Irish Coffee made with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, brown sugar, fresh coffee and whipped cream.

Location: Coronado

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Jaclyn is a sunshine chasing San Diego native with an extensive writing background. When she isn’t word-smithing, you can find her playing beach volleyball, skating the boardwalk, or on a rooftop enjoying a drink in the sunshine with her pals.


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