During the cold months, there may be no better place to go for warm atmosphere and a hot cup of Irish coffee than the International Pub and Platter.
The International, situated in the Plaza de Cafes at 4881 Birch St., Newport Beach, is an Irish bar wedged among several other international restaurants. The pub is usually going strong long after the other places have closed, so if it looks deserted from the front door of the plaza, peek inside anyway.
If you happen by on a weeknight, don't be surprised if yours is the only American accent in the place--Irish expatriates are legion there.
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, crowds enjoy live Celtic guitar and fiddle music in the tavernlike atmosphere. Beer prices range from $1.75 for domestic brands to $2.50 for imported beers, among them Irish-label Guinness as well as English and Scottish beers.