They say everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Many restaurants and bars claim the same about their March 17 fare, but some are more Irish than others. San Diego County has its fair share of Irish eateries and pubs. While we can’t vouch for the authenticity of the food and drink they serve, we tracked down a sampling of those that offer “green” experiences. Decide for yourself it it’s the real deal or just a bunch of malarkey.
The Field: This turn-of-the-20th-century Irish country pub was shipped literally piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Most popular with patrons: Draught Guinness beer, Irish coffee, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, full traditional Irish breakfast. Check their website and Facebook page for St. Patrick’s Day specials.
544 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Dublin Square: An exact replica of Tynan’s, a 313-year-old pub in Dublin, this San Diego favorite was manufactured in Ireland, shipped across the Atlantic, and assembled in the Gaslamp Quarter in 2001. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are on the menu, and live soccer and other sports are shown on the tellies daily. St. Patrick’s Day starts at 8 a.m. with an Irish breakfast and live, high-energy Irish music.
554 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
McP’s Irish Pub: The only Irish pub on Coronado, McP’s is a popular place with U.S. Navy Seals stationed nearby. Families are welcome too and a children’s menu is available. Open for lunch, dinner, late-night entertainment, and breakfast on Sundays. Live entertainment nightly ranging from jazz to blues to traditional Irish folk music. McP’s is one of the largest retailers of Guinness stout beer in California. Check their website and Facebook page for St. Patrick’s Day specials.
1107 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
Gallagher’s: Green beer will be flowing and corned beef sandwiches served all day March 17 at this popular Ocean Beach pub. Two live bands will entertain beginning at 5 p.m. and play until the wee hours. Just about every night is party night at Gallagher’s, so check their calendar online for details.
5046 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107