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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. O'Sullivan's Irish Pub Escondido

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118 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 737-0954
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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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2. Poway's Irish Pub

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13314 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 486-0764
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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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3. Hennessey's Tavern

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7811 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-8772
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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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4. McGregor's Grill

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10475 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 282-9797
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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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5. Hooley’s Public House

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5500 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 713-6900
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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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6. The Ould Sod

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3373 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 284-6594
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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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7. The Harp

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4935 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 222-0168
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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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8. Stout Public House

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1125 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-7933
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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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9. Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

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428 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-3077
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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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10. Henry's Pub

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618 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-2389
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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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11. barleymash

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600 Fifth Ave #6916
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-7373
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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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12. The Field Irish Pub

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544 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-9840
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This Gaslamp Quarter pub features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew.

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13. McP's Irish Pub

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1107 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-5280
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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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1. O'Sullivan's Irish Pub Escondido

118 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
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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. 

118 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025

2. Poway's Irish Pub

13314 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064
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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. 

13314 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064

3. Hennessey's Tavern

7811 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
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This Irish tavern has been around since 1976, and actually has locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas. 

7811 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. McGregor's Grill

10475 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
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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. 

10475 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108

5. Hooley’s Public House

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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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. 

5500 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

6. The Ould Sod

3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
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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.  

3373 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

7. The Harp

4935 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
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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. 

4935 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

8. Stout Public House

1125 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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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. 

1125 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

9. Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

428 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
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This Gaslamp bar has been in San Diego since 1933, known for its live music and lively atmosphere. 

428 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Henry's Pub

618 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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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. 

618 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

11. barleymash

600 Fifth Ave #6916, San Diego, CA 92101
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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. 

600 Fifth Ave #6916
San Diego, CA 92101

12. The Field Irish Pub

544 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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This Gaslamp Quarter pub features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew.

544 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

13. McP's Irish Pub

1107 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
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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. 

1107 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

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