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St Paddys in the South Bay

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Along with the Westside, the South Bay is one of the best places to bar-hop on St. Patrick's Day.

Auld Dubliners in Long Beach was already packed by 3pm on Tuesday. The 'Dub' is a fave where I've often toasted the Irish New Year (3pm pst). Last Paddy's Day we gave up even trying to get in. This year without my 72-year-old mother along I could be more aggressive. Having friends in low places helped and I was able to inch my way to a Guiness "built, not poured" by Collin Barry.

Says Collin, "The Dub and maybe O'Brien's on Wilshire are the most authentic [Irish pubs] in LA. The bar is made and shipped from Ireland, and everything about dis place is like back home", by which Collin means North side Dublin.

On to the next bar. As the sun went down the Rock cranked up at Keegan's Pub & Grill in Old Torrance. Lines were already formed, and bands were already moving out as others moved in. Chef Miguel and crew were cranking out Corned Beef/cabbage and Fish n Chips. The patio already featured Keegans girls with Green hats bigger than their green shorts and kilts.