Here’s 3 Irish pubs serving traditional fare to fuel your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick’s Day is more than an excuse to drink, although it is that. But there are other aspects of getting in touch with your real or imagined Irish roots. One is standing around the family piano with pints of Guinness or tumblers of Jameson while singing exquisitely mournful Irish songs, like “Danny Boy” and “Carrickfergus” with tears streaming down your ruddy cheeks, and another is indulging in food from the Emerald Isle. And you can likely do some singing, and certainly do some dining at your favorite Irish pub on Thursday’s St. Patrick’s Day.

The Auld Dubliner: We’ll start you at this popular and ultra-authentic Irish pub, which is going perhaps even greener than usual on the good saint’s feast day. There’s the full menu of Irish meals available including, of course, corned beef and cabbage, along with Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, a whiskey chicken boxty (a traditional potato pancake with chicken and mushroom cream sauce) and bangers and champ (Irish sausage and mashed potatoes with scallions). The entrees are $17 each, save for the whiskey chicken boxty, which is $18.

Shepherd’s pie, just one of the many Irish offerings at the Auld Dubliner. Photo courtesy of Auld Dubliner.

And, lest you stray from the Irishness of the day, the Auld Dubliner will be bringing in Gaelic entertainment: The McNulty Irish Dancers will perform at 1 p.m.; the Whooligans perform lively Irish tunes from 3 to 6 p.m. and, from Wexford, Ireland, singer songwriter Niall Cash will play from 11 p.m. to closing, around midnight.

The Auld Dubliner is at 71 S. Pine Ave. 562-437-8300. Open 4 p.m. to midnight.

EJ Malloy’s Pub: Like the Auld Dubliner, Bixby Knolls’ favorite pub, EJ’s is going to be swamped on Thursday, and with good reason. The Knolls nightery serves true Irish food every night, and, while it’s serving from a limited menu on busy St. Pat’s, there’ll still be everything you’ll need to go green.

EJ Malloy’s Pub’s bangers and mash with garlic toast, an Irish favorite. Photo courtesy EJ Malloy’s Pub.

EJ’s specialties include traditional style corned beef and cabbage ($15), as well as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash (both $14) and Irish egg roll appetizers ($9).

And if your allegiance is torn between your rich Irish heritage and an equally avid appreciation for college hoops, you can pair a platter of bangers with first-round NCAA tournament action. Is this going to be a glorious night, or not?

EJ Malloy’s Pub is at 4306 Atlantic Ave. 562-424-5000. St. Pat’s hours are 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Kitchen closes at 9:45 p.m.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille: Celebrate the feast of St. Patrick on the water at this Shoreline Village pub with a nice view of the marina, perhaps while nursing a Guinness and cozy warm dinner of Irish cheddar grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato basil soup. Or kick off your festivities with a breakfast of an Irish hash burrito or a banger breakfast with sausage, eggs and baked beans.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille’s corned beef and cabbage. Photo courtesy of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille.

And, of course, the official St. Paddy’s meal—corned beef and cabbage (and mashed potatoes). Enjoy the festivities and the view at this popular seaside pub.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille is located at 423 Shoreline Village Drive. 562-437-3734. St. Patricks Day hours 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.
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