Look, far be it from us to stop you if dyed-green beer and preposterous hats are your thing, but those shenanigans are definitely not for everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems like St. Patrick’s Day rolling around is the only time we stop and remember that Los Angeles actually has some pretty fun Irish-style pubs.
Sure, we’re not a Boston or a Chicago, but if you know where to look, there are still places turning out pints of beer and plates of comfort-food fare that we would happily tuck into—just as soon as the unruly squad of St. Paddy’s revelers goes home and things return to normal.
There’s live Irish music three nights a week at this snug South Pasadena pub. Prices are old school (a 20-ounce Imperial pint of Guinness costs just $7) and they have all the foods that “pub grub” brings to mind, from shepherd’s pie to bangers and mash. 1007 Mission St., South Pasadena
Molly Malone’s is an L.A. institution, and has been owned and operated by the same Irish family for over 40 years. The band Flogging Molly got their start here, which is a thing of currency in certain circles, and they continue to book an eclectic mix of live music. There are darts, beers, whiskey, and a crowd of regulars who keep coming back for the throwback feel. 575 S. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove
You can drink a Guinness at Limerick’s if you want, but you’ll have 59 other beers to choose from, too. Both of this gastropub’s locations boast impressive tap lists, and the Irish-American food menu is slightly elevated; salads topped with strips of American Wagyu steak and old-school stews coexist here. 300 W. Main Street, Alhambra and 1234 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland
The Morrison may technically be more Scottish-ish than Irish-ish, but they also aren’t too proud to throw a Cinco de Mayo party, and what does authenticity even mean in 2018, you know? What’s more important is that the food at The Morrison is among the best of its kind in the city. Their pub burger is always a favorite, but don’t miss that butterscotch bread pudding. 3179 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village
A small chain with three L.A. locations (and plans to expand) Rock & Reilley’s describes itself as an “upscale gastropub.” Whichever outpost you choose, expect a family-friendly sports bar sort of feel, with bar snack faves from around the world—from corned beef hash to Bavarian pretzels and quesadillas—and an impressive array of Irish and Scotch whiskey. Locations including 8911 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood & 615 S. Flower St., downtown
For the moment, Tom Bergin’s remains open for business, but we wouldn’t suggest taking the place for granted. One of the oldest restaurants in L.A., Tom Bergin’s has been turning out their signature Irish coffees since 1936, but has been the subject of lots of turmoil and rumors of closure in recent years. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Mid-Wilshire