How is it already March again!? Looking for a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What about a place to enjoy a well poured pint of Guinness or a nice selection of Irish Whiskey any time of year? These Irish pubs are some of the best Los Angeles has to offer.
O’Brien’s 2941 Main St., Santa Monica – O’Brien’s stays true to the traditional pub culture with a very laid-back atmosphere, well-stocked bar, and Irish bands frequently playing in the back lot. They have live music and entertainment 7 nights a week including comedy and trivia nights. Check their website for St. Patrick’s Day information.
Finn McCool’s 2702 Main St., Santa Monica – The City of Los Angeles named Finn McCool’s Chef Geraldine Gilliland “2015 Irish Woman of the Year” In 2001 Gilliland arranged for her late step-father’s pub in Ireland to be painstakingly dismantled and shipped through the Panama Canal to Santa Monica, where Irish craftsmen reconstructed the entire pub. More that 18 Irish beers and 200 whiskeys, an amazing menu and traditional Irish music makes this spot a must-go for anyone looking for a real, authentic Irish experience. Check out this video tour of Finn McCool’s and be sure to stop by in person the next time you’re in Santa Monica.
Rock & Reilly’s 8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood – Rock & Reilly’s leans towards hipster a bit more than it does traditional Irish pub, but with a great menu, a calendar full of fun events and a big commitment to giving back to the community, we can forgive the hipster vibe. Since it opened, Rock & Reilly’s has raised more than $78,000 for charitable organizations and has a set a goal to host at least one charity event each month. We’ll raise a glass to that!
Tom Bergin’s Tavern 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Mid-Wilshire – Hands-down the oldest Irish pub in L.A., Tom Bergin’s Tavern opened in 1936 and has a long, wonderful history. This famous horseshoe bar that attracts locals and tourists alike has also seen its fair share of Hollywood glamour. Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Cary Grant to many of today’s celebrities have their names written on shamrocks and posted to the walls, and regular patrons the Charles brothers utilized the famous Horseshoe Bar as inspiration for their TV show Cheers. Be sure to sample the Not-Your-Father’s Root Beer Float, made with hard root beer and Guinness Ice Cream. Yum!
Molly Malone’s 575 S. Fairfax Ave., Miracle Mile – For more than 40 years, this pub has been providing a platform for some of the best local and Irish music in the city. Probably one of the best places for live Irish music in the city, troubadours, up-and-coming artists and well known special guests have hit the stage at Molly Malone’s. Check out their calendar for upcoming shows and enjoy a game of traditional game of darts, great food and a few pints in between bands.
Do you have a favorite Irish pub?