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A Quick Lesson in Irish Authenticity: L.A. Style

Just beyond the glitz and glam of Hollywood’s nightclubs, tucked into neighborhoods off the less famous boulevards, you’ll find locals and strangers sharing stories and shots at some of the most beloved Irish pubs outside of Dublin. Most of them look the same today as they did decades ago, when stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age might stop in for a bite, or hold court from a favorite booth. And while today’s A-list celebrities still regularly drop in, these establishments don’t tout their famous customers or bow to Hollywood’s mercurial whims. They are safe havens from show business in the middle of Tinsel Town, unfamiliar with the concept of the velvet rope, where anyone can find a well-loved seat, a warm plate of fish and chips, and a shot of Jameson poured neat. On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a quick lesson in what makes an Irish pub Irish.

Photographs by Lisa Corson

1. Horseshoes

If you want the luck of the Irish, you’ll have to catch it in a horseshoe—or so the lore of the Emerald Isle tells us. Just make sure to orient the horseshoe’s opening toward the ceiling, lest your good luck spill out like so many drams of well whiskey.

2. Wear & Tear

An Irish pub is built to last, and so it’s only built once. The place should show its age with visible scars. Its well-worn wooden beams, its copper surfaces muted by decades of pint-nursing, and its deeply bowed bar benches should cause you to ponder whether the place has been here forever.

3. An Irish Flag

Duh.

4. A Well-Marked Exit

Because even the most regular of regulars may need some help way-finding when the masses crowd the place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

5. Jameson

A shot, made by the folks who have brought you centuries of distilled smoothness, will do just fine. #longlivetheshot

6. Legendary Regulars

If it doesn’t have regulars, it’s not a true pub. These loyal congregants don’t just spend time and money in these establishments, they are the establishment. The spirit they bring and the community they’ve built should be recognized, celebrated, and nurtured. And there's nothing like a warm hearth and a comfortable couch to ensure that the regulars feel like they own the place.

A Quick Lesson in Irish Authenticity:

L.A. style

Just beyond the glitz and glam of Hollywood’s nightclubs, tucked into neighborhoods off the less famous boulevards, you’ll find locals and strangers sharing stories and shots at some of the most beloved Irish pubs outside of Dublin. Most of them look the same today as they did decades ago, when stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age might stop in for a bite, or hold court from a favorite booth. And while today’s A-list celebrities still regularly drop in, these establishments don’t tout their famous customers or bow to Hollywood’s mercurial whims. They are safe havens from show business in the middle of Tinsel Town, unfamiliar with the concept of the velvet rope, where anyone can find a well-loved seat, a warm plate of fish and chips, and a shot of Jameson poured neat. On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a quick lesson in what makes an Irish pub Irish.

Photographs by Lisa Corson

1. Horseshoes

If you want the luck of the Irish, you’ll have to catch it in a horseshoe—or so the lore of the Emerald Isle tells us. Just make sure to orient the horseshoe’s opening toward the ceiling, lest your good luck spill out like so many drams of well whiskey.

2. Wear & Tear

An Irish pub is built to last, and so it’s only built once. The place should show its age with visible scars. Its well-worn wooden beams, its copper surfaces muted by decades of pint-nursing, and its deeply bowed bar benches should cause you to ponder whether the place has been here forever.

3. An Irish Flag

Duh.

4. A Well-Marked Exit

Because even the most regular of regulars may need some help way-finding when the masses crowd the place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

5. Jameson

A shot, made by the folks who have brought you centuries of distilled smoothness, will do just fine. #longlivetheshot

6. Legendary Regulars

If it doesn’t have regulars, it’s not a true pub. These loyal congregants don’t just spend time and money in these establishments, they are the establishment. The spirit they bring and the community they’ve built should be recognized, celebrated, and nurtured. And there's nothing like a warm hearth and a comfortable couch to ensure that the regulars feel like they own the place.