The Ten Best Irish Bars in San Diego

Get ready to experience the luck of the Irish with a pint of Guinness and a bite of traditional Irish grub at any one of the best Irish bars in San Diego – we’ve got ten of them picked out for you!

The Field Irish Pub – Gaslamp

For a truly authentic Irish experience where you’ll hear an accent from everyone on staff, visit The Field in the Gaslamp. Each piece of their decor has been shipped directly from Ireland to recreate a turn-of-the-century Irish pub.

For a taste of Ireland, try the Irish sampler, which includes Guinness stew, Shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, or give the whiskey chicken boxty (a homemade potato pancake) a whirl.

The Ould Sod – Normal Heights

The Adams Avenue pub has been serving Irish beer and whiskey since 1989, and has captured the essence of a true Irish bar.

Stop by to partake in an Irish whiskey for just $4.50 on Saturdays until 6pm or all day on Sundays. Want the really good stuff? You can also get $2 off premium Irish whiskey! If Irish music is more to your liking, visit between 7pm and 11pm on Tuesday nights for a traditional Irish jam session.

Bonus: it has a great outdoor patio!

Blarney Stone Pub – Clairemont

While the Blarney Stone’s strip mall location may not look like your standard Irish pub, the flowing pints of Guinness and a live band that is known to play rowdy Irish drinking songs will quickly have you singing its praises. Be sure to eat beforehand as you won’t find any food on the menu at this pub.

O’Sullivan’s – Escondido

O’Sullivan’s is the go-to option for the North County Irish pub scene located in Escondido. Founded by Dennis O’Sullivan, a practicing lawyer that is also the ‘Publican’ of both locations, and has been honored as the ‘Publican of the Year’ by the Irish Pubs Global Association.

Hooley’s Irish Pub – El Cajon and La Mesa

With two locations in San Diego, Hooley’s Irish Pub doubles the fun! Both pubs feature authentic decor from Ireland, including polished brass whiskey stills and old church pews that have been repurposed to create the bar.

Celebrate Irish Thursdays at Hooley’s with $5 Irish beers and $5 off boxty plates or visit on the weekend to experience a traditional Irish breakfast.

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub – Gaslamp

Patrick’s has been serving Guiness and live music seven nights a week in the Gaslamp since 1933 – long enough to be considered an institution in San Diego!

The bar was acquired by Good Time Design in 2022, adding it to the growing portfolio of one of San Diego’s most success restaurant and bar operators. Patrick’s opens at 11am on St. Patrick’s Day, and features live music performances from acts like The Trey Hill Trio, DJ Juni, and Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas.

Stout Public House – Downtown

Not only is Stout Public House known for being a go-to Irish bar downtown, but it’s also at the top of the list of places to watch hockey games in the city.

With a daily happy hour from 4pm to 8pm that features select $4 pints and a menu with traditional Irish food, you’ll feel like you’re practically in Ireland!

Mc P’s Irish Pub – Coronado

Founded in 1982 by former Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin, Mc P’s Irish Pub has served Coronado with the heartiest food, drink & entertainment for almost 40 years, earning repeated Best of Coronado Awards.

Rosie O’Grady’s – Normal Heights

You can tell a good bar by the number of locals that consider it a second home. Rosie O’Grady’s has a lot of loyal fans!

Long Story Irish Pub – Point Loma

Any Irish Bar that opens at 6am on St. Patrick’s Day deserves to be on this list!

Stop in any one of these bars for a pint of Guinness and enjoy the hospitality of the Irish!

See you there!

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