Molly Malone's

Irish Pub / Live Music Venue
Molly Malone's An updated take on a traditional Irish pub, Molly Malone's is an upbeat venue featuring a strong live music scene and a motley crew of outgoing regulars. Los Angeles United States 34.065287 -118.361697
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Molly Malone's - Irish Pub | Live Music Venue in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review An updated take on a traditional Irish pub, Molly Malone’s is an upbeat venue featuring a strong live music scene and a motley crew of outgoing regulars. Patrons stepping into the dimly-lit brick and wood venue will find... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–2am, Su 9:30am–2am during NFL season

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Molly Malone's Review

The Scene

An updated take on a traditional Irish pub, Molly Malone's is an upbeat venue featuring a strong live music scene and a motley crew of outgoing regulars.

An updated take on a traditional Irish pub, Molly Malone’s is an upbeat venue featuring a strong live music scene and a motley crew of outgoing regulars.

Patrons stepping into the dimly-lit brick and wood venue will find an Internet jukebox whose mainstream rock provides the soundtrack for the groups of casual, chatty twenty-somethings swigging Guinness at the long bar and keeping one eye on the TVs, a big draw on NFL Sundays.

Frat boys gather in the back to play darts or hover around the tables to flirt with groups on a girls’ night out, all under the watchful eyes of regulars captured in paintings that line one wall.

As the evening progresses, however, the typical neighborhood pub vibe gives way to an impressive live music scene as scruffy hipsters and music lovers slip through the short hall at the rear and into a cozy concert space.

A small stage at one end plays host to local bands on most nights, though veteran acts like Flogging Molly, Weezer, and Train have all dropped by in the past to get the tipsy crowd moving on the dance floor.

Unless it’s being screamed by the Irish punk band that frequents this neighborhood watering hole, patrons won’t hear “Danny Boy,” but they will share drinks and a great show with an unusual and easygoing cross section of LA characters.

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Tip from Jonah:

Parking at Molly’s is the worst. If you arrive after rush hour, park on Wilshire Boulevard and be prepared to walk, since most of the surrounding neighborhood is permit parking only.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, music lovers, locals, frat boys and sorority girls, and hipsters, 21 to 30.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music most nights ranging from indie singer/songwriters to Irish punk. TVs tuned to sports. Dartboard. Internet jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, and Irish dishes like fish and chips and hot corned beef sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $4–$15. Appetizers $4, sandwiches $8. Beer $5–$7, wine $6.50/glass, mixed drinks $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Jeans and button-downs or t-shirts for guys, hip jeans and t-shirts for girls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a dependable drinking crowd, and any night a band of interest is playing.

  • Close By

    Tom Bergin's Tavern (840 South Fairfax Avenue) plays to the same crowd but without the live music.

Molly Malone's User Reviews

Average rating:
its ok
Matt B. Jul 16, 2013
Id go here to meet up with people but not as THE place to be.
Save your money for Tom Bergin's instead
Ian C. Aug 21, 2012
The parking is horrendous as Jonah noted. The cover charge applies even when no band is playing. The venue is extremely small, but not in an intimate good way, and the food is average at best. Hugely disappointed, as I had just come from Tom Bergin's down the street the day before. I hate to compare the two, but when they are so similar in feel and close together, you can't help but notice the competition: it has a better atmosphere, its own parking lot, much tastier food and better beer selection. Yes there is not live music there, that is the one tradeoff, however, seeing as how you're close to the El Rey and a couple of other venues you can head on over afterwards. Worth only if you are a die hard fan of the band playing, oherwise save your money and go elsewhere.
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