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Best Rainy Day Bars In OC

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Southern California doesn't get a lot of rain, but there are days when it happens. With the way residents drive in the rain, no one can blame you for wanting to go to a bar and wait it out. If you're looking to do just that, try these bars. They will help you forget all about the rain (and the bad drivers) outside. Just make sure you're finding a sober ride home.

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Malarky's Irish Pub
3011 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-2340

If one of the qualities you look for in a rainy-day bar is windows so you can look out on the rain (and enjoy the fact that you're not in it), Malarky's is a good place to visit. Windows in front of the bar look out onto Newport Boulevard so you can see those poor unfortunate souls driving in the rain while you remain dry. While you remain dry, you can enjoy a good selection of beers and Irish whiskeys. Plus you'll find a very good beef stew here that is sure to warm you up on those cool, rainy days.

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The Swinging Door
355 N El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 508-9928

People have different approaches to rainy days. Some folks like to watch the rain. However, if you want to find a place where you'll forget all about the rain, The Swinging Door is a great place. It is a dark bar without windows so you don't have to see the rain coming down. Plus, the crowd here is always lively and the jukebox is always turned up. You'll find a full bar as well as a full menu, including some wings that are sure to take the chill off of any rainy day.  

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Patsy's Irish Pub
28971 Golden Lantern St., #108
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 249-2604

On a rainy day, if all you want is a few drinks and some food that will warm you up, Patsy's is the perfect destination. This place has no windows, so you might even forget it's raining outside. Furthermore, the selection of beers and whiskeys are sure to be just the ticket to help improve your day despite the weather. That being said, the real draw here on a rainy day is the clam chowder - either in a regular bowl or a bread bowl. Pair it with a couple drinks and you've got a cure for the rare rainy days. 

Related: Best Irish Pubs In Orange County

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The Olde Ship
1120 W 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550-6700

There's something very fitting about going to a British pub on a rainy day. The Olde Ship offers plenty of reasons to visit when it's raining. First, you'll find a selection of 20 draft beers as well as a good array of single-malt whiskeys. In addition, you'll find a lot of menu items like cottage pie and clam chowder that are sure to take the edge off of any rainy day. 

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Swallow's Inn
31786 Camino Capistrano St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-3188

Some places are great for a rainy day because they have good drinks and food that will warm you up. Other places are good simply because of the atmosphere. The Swallow's Inn is a place where you'll find a lot of people that just want to have a good time, which is easy to do because the drinks are affordable and you're likely to hear country songs (live or on the jukebox) that will get you moving. This is especially a good place on a rainy Sunday afternoon when you can forget about the rain with some great live music.

Related: Gone Country: Best Southern-Style Bars In OC

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on
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