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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego

The city’s Irish pubs are prepped with corned beef and lots of Guinness

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St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and while the holiday might look a little different this year, it’s still possible to celebrate with some corned beef and cabbage and pint of Guinness at one of San Diego’s Irish pubs.

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O'Sullivan's Irish Pub Escondido

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The Taste of Ireland is a top menu pick for those looking for an authentic experience. For $22.50, you can get a cup of shepherd’s pie, Irish whiskey chicken boxty, corned beef & cabbage, and a cup of Irish stew. Gotta love Irish cuisine. 

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Poway's Irish Pub

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Bar favorites on the menu include gravy cheese fries and quesadillas, while the Paddy Balls are a signature item unique to Poway’s Irish Pub. 

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Hennessey's Tavern

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This Irish tavern has been around since 1976, and actually has locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas. 

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McGregor's Grill

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While this restaurant features local specialties like tacos and fish sandwiches, they stick to their Irish-inspired roots with a Hangover Hash for brunch, featuring corned beef and potatoes. 

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Hooley’s Public House

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Enjoy Irish Thursdays at Hooley’s, where you can get a $5 pint and $12 a la carte boxty for dine-in. 

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The Ould Sod

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This Normal Heights eatery typically has karaoke (in non-pandemic times), as well as weekday happy hours and whiskey specials on the weekends.  

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The Harp

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Found in Ocean Beach, this Irish pub offers Celtic-inspired dishes as well as bar food favorites. And of course, Guinness is on tap. 

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Stout Public House

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This Irish pub features an expansive breakfast menu with black and white puddings, potatoes, and of course, baked soda bread. They also serve lunch and dinner. 

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Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

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This Gaslamp bar has been in San Diego since 1933, known for its live music and lively atmosphere. 

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Henry's Pub

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This pub’s menu features a variety of options that will please everyone for dinner, but their particularly Irish-inspired Ol’ Hank’s Rueben is sure to be a pleaser. The sandwich includes Guinness-soaked corned beef. 

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barleymash

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This Gaslamp Quarter bar features American cuisine with beer and bourbon specialities, but they’ve always got a St. Patrick’s Day celebration going on, so we figured we’d include it. This year, they’re featuring a McBarley Reuben, which includes corned beef on marble rye. 

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The Field Irish Pub

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This Gaslamp Quarter pub features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew.

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McP's Irish Pub

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Outdoor dining, live music, sports and a Yappy Hour for your four-legged friends make this Coronado pub a local favorite. 

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O'Sullivan's Irish Pub Escondido

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The Taste of Ireland is a top menu pick for those looking for an authentic experience. For $22.50, you can get a cup of shepherd’s pie, Irish whiskey chicken boxty, corned beef & cabbage, and a cup of Irish stew. Gotta love Irish cuisine. 

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Poway's Irish Pub

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Bar favorites on the menu include gravy cheese fries and quesadillas, while the Paddy Balls are a signature item unique to Poway’s Irish Pub. 

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Hennessey's Tavern

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This Irish tavern has been around since 1976, and actually has locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas. 

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McGregor's Grill

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While this restaurant features local specialties like tacos and fish sandwiches, they stick to their Irish-inspired roots with a Hangover Hash for brunch, featuring corned beef and potatoes. 

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Hooley’s Public House

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Enjoy Irish Thursdays at Hooley’s, where you can get a $5 pint and $12 a la carte boxty for dine-in. 

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The Ould Sod

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This Normal Heights eatery typically has karaoke (in non-pandemic times), as well as weekday happy hours and whiskey specials on the weekends.  

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The Harp

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Found in Ocean Beach, this Irish pub offers Celtic-inspired dishes as well as bar food favorites. And of course, Guinness is on tap. 

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Stout Public House

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This Irish pub features an expansive breakfast menu with black and white puddings, potatoes, and of course, baked soda bread. They also serve lunch and dinner. 

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Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

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This Gaslamp bar has been in San Diego since 1933, known for its live music and lively atmosphere. 

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Henry's Pub

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This pub’s menu features a variety of options that will please everyone for dinner, but their particularly Irish-inspired Ol’ Hank’s Rueben is sure to be a pleaser. The sandwich includes Guinness-soaked corned beef. 

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barleymash

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This Gaslamp Quarter bar features American cuisine with beer and bourbon specialities, but they’ve always got a St. Patrick’s Day celebration going on, so we figured we’d include it. This year, they’re featuring a McBarley Reuben, which includes corned beef on marble rye. 

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The Field Irish Pub

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This Gaslamp Quarter pub features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew.

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McP's Irish Pub

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Outdoor dining, live music, sports and a Yappy Hour for your four-legged friends make this Coronado pub a local favorite. 

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