BY: JESSICA LAVAZZI
No matter what your heritage, on March 17, everyone's Irish. On this year's St. Patrick's Day, pull out your green clothing and get ready to search for your pot of gold as you celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you're ready to pub crawl through all the Irish bars in the area, sampling the best Irish food and beers, or you'd rather just guzzle Guinness at one place all night, DIG scouted out the three best Irish bars and restaurants in Long Beach. Our advice for all of them though is to make sure you get there early, unless you want to spend all night in line - Everyone's Irish on St. Patty's, even if they don't hale from the Emerald Isle, and are ready to celebrate. K.C. Branaghan's Pub & Restaurant 5734 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803
The St. Patty's Day celebration will start early at K.C. Branaghan's, the Irish Pub and Restaurant located on Naples Island. This true Irish establishment, whose interior mirrors a traditional cottage pub, will begin serving a delicious Irish breakfast at 8 a.m. including traditional breakfast Boxtys. Then throughout the day, they will serve a customary menu of foods such as Irish Boxtys, Fish and Chips, Shepherd's Pie, Irish Stew, Bangers and Champ and Burgers and Curry Chips.
Later on, the pub will also have some beer brand representative girls to promote their different brews. You can have your picture taken with the beer girls as well as tap (pun intended) into their giveaways and receive discount coupons. K.C. Branaghan's is well-known for having some of the best brews on tap in town. On this holiday, you can indulge in some of their premium tap beers like Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Stella Artois and Pyramid.
The Auld Dubliner 71 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
If authentic Irish music is what you want to hear on this holiday, the Auld Dubliner is the place to go. This pub, located in the Pike, is a popular nightspot ordinarily but is known to always be completely packed on this holiday. This year they will have live music beginning at 3 p.m. with the folk rock, celtic band, Hoist the Colors. Their set ends at 7 p.m. and punk, celtic band, Craic Haus, takes over from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.
Also known for their traditional Irish fayre and premium beers and liquors, the Dubliner has a full menu filled with the customary Corned Beef and Cabbage and Beef Stew to name a few. If you're looking for something strong to get in the spirit, they have several choice Irish Whiskies including Jameson, Jameson 1780, Bushmill's, Bushmill's Black Bush and Midleton.
Gallagher's Pub & Grill 2751 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
This family-owned restaurant and bar is a mix between an Irish pub and sports bar and another prime choice of where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This neighborhood hangout had a party called "St. Practice Day" exactly one month before the big day on February 17 so the actual holiday will sure to be a big, lively bash.
Their menu is also jam-packed with traditional appetizers and entrees that will perfectly complement your Guinness or Irish brew. Some favorites include the Shepard Fries, leprechaun's favorite Garlic Mushrooms, Bangers, Mash & Onions and Traditional Irish Stew. If you're looking to celebrate this green holiday under the stars, Gallagher's outdoor patio seating and area is a local favorite.