Get Your Irish On at Orange County’s Irish Pubs

Beth Fhaner
 | Mar 06, 2020

The Irish comedy Outside Mullingar, playing on the Argyros Stage now through March 29, presents the perfect opportunity to don your best green outfit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For theatregoers looking to get their pre- or post-show Irish on at a place featuring authentic Irish fare and Guinness on tap, several establishments in ​Orange County honor the Emerald Isle with a cheerful ambience. Here are a few of our favorite OC Irish pubs. Sláinte!

​Muldoon's Irish Pub

*See Mullingar and Save at Muldoon's

Keep your Outside Mullingar ticket stub to enjoy 10% off food and beverages at Muldoon’s Irish Pub. For more than 40 years, the pub has been committed to Irish culture and is an iconic gathering spot in Orange County. See a show at SCR and then enjoy a meal at Muldoon’s.

NOTE: This offer is not good on March 17. Discount applies only for in-pub dining; it may not be used for take-out or delivery. Muldoon’s is closed on Mondays. The pub is located at 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Muldoon’s is an Outside Mullingar partner with SCR. This offer is good through March 29, 2020.

Harp Inn
​The Harp Inn
O' Malley on Main
O'Malley's on Main
McCallans Public House
​Macallans Public House
Dublin 4
Dublin 4 Gastropub
Silky Sullivan
​Silky Sullivan's Restaurant and Irish Bar
Blooms Pub
Molly Bloom's Irish Restaurant & Bar
Durty Nellys
Durty Nelly's 

Muldoon’s Irish Pub

Located near Fashion Island in Newport Beach, this inviting, upscale pub has been committed to Irish culture for more than 40 years. With an extensive menu featuring American comfort food and Irish cuisine such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, house-made corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and Irish soda bread, there’s something for everyone here. Guests can enjoy lunch, dinner, Wilde (happy) hour or Sunday breakfast on Muldoon’s charming open-air patio, or in one of their three indoor spaces. On St. Paddy’s Day, Muldooon’s will offer live music throughout the day and evening with two bands; no cover charge. *See offer ​at right. 

The Harp Inn – Costa Mesa

An OC institution in Costa Mesa for more than 30 years, The Harp Inn is a popular gathering spot for the local Irish community. At this authentic Irish pub, patrons can enjoy live music, watch sports (rugby, soccer, NFL) games live on TV and engage in the Irish art of having the craic. Diners can indulge in an all-day Irish breakfast, which includes sausage, black-and-white pudding, eggs, potatoes, beans and toast; a brunch menu is also available on weekends. The regular menu features American comfort food and traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and more. For those looking to quench their thirst, there’s Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Strongbow Cider, Kilkenny and Sculpin IPA.

O’Malley’s on Main

Located on Main Street in Seal Beach, O’Malley’s features an upscale pub ambience and an extensive selection of Irish whiskeys and beers, in addition to a full menu including burgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads, and traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, salmon boxty and more. O’Malley’s also serves an all-day Irish breakfast and brunch on the weekends. Don’t miss the live music every Wednesday through Saturday evenings, too. With its cozy vibe, fireplace and private outdoor courtyard with a wishing well and mural of the Emerald Isle, O’Malley’s is the ideal place for a St. Patrick's party.

Macallans Public House

At this award-winning, downtown Brea restaurant, guests can indulge in a special dining menu that features high-end comfort food and traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips in an inviting tavern setting. Additionally, a full Irish breakfast is available on the brunch menu. Macallans regularly features an extensive selection of more than 200 types of Scotch, whiskey, and bourbon, and drink specials include 23 Irish whiskeys, four Irish beers on tap, and the pub’s signature Irish coffee. Patrons enjoy the live music, pub trivia nights and Wednesday night whiskey classes, too.

Dublin 4 Gastropub

Located in Mission Viejo, Dublin 4 Gastropub will celebrate their eighth anniversary on St. Pa​ddy’s Day. Owned by Irish expats, this pub features flavorful, chef-driven small plates like D4 Reuben rolls and Tipperary Irish cheddar mac and cheese, in addition to Irish gourmet fare such as Dublin 4 Irish “pork banger” sausages, house-cured corned beef Reuben sandwiches and Dublin lawyer lobster pie, among other dishes. Guests can also enjoy a premium selection of Irish beers (Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Kilkenny) as well as an extensive selection of whiskeys, spirits, liqueurs, wines and their authentic and signature Irish coffee.

Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub

In Fountain Valley, get your shamrock on at Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub with their 7-day St. Patrick’s celebration—featuring live music, green beer and daily festivities—starting Wednesday, March 11 and concluding on Tuesday, March 17. At this popular establishment, patrons can enjoy 17 beers on tap including Guinness, Smithwick’s, Sculpin, Newcastle and Magners Irish Cider, along with traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips, bangers and champ, shepherd’s pie and Sullivan’s Irish sundae—a baked potato stuffed with chunks of prime rib and mushrooms, topped with au jus, melted cheese and sour cream (a veggie option is also available). Fun fact: This pub is dedicated to “Silky Sullivan” (1955-1977), the greatest “come-from-behind” stretch runner in horse racing history.

Molly Bloom’s Irish Restaurant & Bar

Located in San Clemente, Molly Bloom’s is the place to go for St. Pa​ddy’s Day revelry in south Orange County. With its authentic Irish pub décor, this friendly establishment offers several Irish beers and whiskeys and a menu featuring American pub food and hearty, traditional Irish dishes such as cottage pie, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Guinness Irish stew. For starters, Irish-themed appetizers include Reuben egg rolls or Irish nachos—wedge fries topped with diced corned beef, cheese, sour cream and green onions. The only Irish-owned bar in south OC, Molly Bloom’s also features billiards, live music every weekend and a free comedy show on Wednesday nights.

Durty Nelly’s

Located close to SCR in Costa Mesa’s Stonemill Design Center, Durty Nelly’s is a convivial Irish bar and restaurant featuring pub food, an upright piano for patrons to play, weekend karaoke and trivia nights in a casual setting. Diners here can indulge in American comfort food such as sandwiches, soups/salads and gourmet pub burgers, as well as traditional Irish dishes including bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew. Quaffers have their choice of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Newcastle, among other beers, in addition to a selection of wines and cocktails. So, this St. ​Patricks's Day, come see Outside Mullingar and then get your Gaelic on at nearby Durty Nelly’s.

Orange County has many other Irish pub options including The Shamrock Bar & Grill in Newport Beach, The Auld Dubliner in Tustin, The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub in Laguna Niguel, The Irishman, Killarney Pub & Grill and Gallagher’s Pub—all located in Huntington Beach and Hennessey’s Tavern in multiple OC locations.

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