Dining and Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day in Long Beach

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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which will mean one of two things for most people: a low-key low-drinking celebration at home, or no working on Thursday. Of course, there is a third option—dinner. Long Beach has several pubs that also serve a pretty good lunch or dinner.

For those that decide a trip to the pub is in order, here are some Long Beach bars and restaurants that are uniquely suited to help you get in touch with your inner Irishman.

St. Patrick’s Day at KC Branaghan’s Irish Pub

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year at the legendary KC Branaghan’s in Long Beach with a special value menu featuring various Irish classics. Start early with an Irish breakfast complete with banger, blood pudding, and soda bread served from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The lunch menu will be served all day until closing, and feature such Irish specialities as potato leek soup, corned beef and cabbage, fish & chips, and shepherd’s pie.

To add to the festivities, Guinness specialists will be on hand to serve beer from four different taps to satisfy the pallets of every patron, from casual drinker to beer connoisseur. If Guinness isn’t your drink of choice, KC Branaghan’s is also proud to serve Smithwicks and Harp, as well as popular English, Belgian, and of course, American beers.

K.C. Branaghan’s is located at 5734 E. Second Street, Long Beach, 90803. Call (562) 434-3600.

Auld Dubliner has Music on the Menu for St. Patrick’s Day

Before setting out to do some serious liver damage, start at the Auld Dubliner for a real Irish dinner. The menu includes traditional Emerald Isle foods such as Irish beef stew or bangers and mash as well as the not-so-traditional corned beef and cabbage. After dinner, stick around for St. Patty’s party. The pub will have two bands playing throughout the day: Inishfree from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Hoist the Colors from 9 p.m. until close. Cover charge for the music is $5.

Auld Dubliner is located at 71 South Pine Street. Call (562)-437-8300.

Gallagher’s Keeps Irish on Tap Year Round

Gallagher’s is another pub known locally for its food. The sports bar has a similarly traditional menu of bangers and beef stew, along with some American favorites for the less adventurous. In spite of the good grub, at it’s heart Gallagher’s is still a bar with a selection of Irish beers on tap including Guinness, and Smithwick’s Irish Ale.

Gallagher’s is located at 2751 E. Broadway Avenue. Call (562) 856-8000.

New Belgium Brewer Beer Dinner at Hotel Maya

If you don’t mind mixing cultures, consider going to Hotel Maya’s restaurant Fuego on the day after St. Patrick’s. The restaurant will welcome New Belgium Brewing for its first Beer Dinner of 2010 with special guest Brewer Peter Bouckaert. Also featuring the food stylings and pairing creations of Chef Jesse Perez and Chef and Beer Sommelier Carlos Solis.

Yeah, we know it’s not really Irish, but it is beer and it is for a good cause. Part of the dinner proceeds will benefit the Freedom Writers Foundation.

The cost is $75 for 4 course dinner and beer pairings. New Belgium Brewer Beer Dinner takes place on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, 90802. Call (562) 481-3910.


2 Responses to “Dining and Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day in Long Beach”
  1. Elisabeth says:

    Shillelagh on 4th does an awesome 4 or 5 course authentic irish meal for only $20! the food at this place is much better than the pseudo irish fare out there. plus, they have majorly cheap drinks (guiness and harp!), as it is connected to the bar next door. Their breakfast is also delicious, in addition to being a great deal. Try the bloody mary!