Party Earth Review No matter the time, ’tis standard at O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant to find live Celtic beats blazin’ and a raucous young crowd knee-deep in Guinness and banger sandwiches. Sunny Santa Monica afternoons – all 360 of... ... read full review
2941 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Opens half-hour earlier for major soccer events and 9am on Sundays during NFL season
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
No matter the time, ’tis standard at O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant to find live Celtic beats blazin’ and a raucous young crowd knee-deep in Guinness and banger sandwiches.
Sunny Santa Monica afternoons – all 360 of them a year – lure local business types and casual shoppers to the small corner patio, where they indulge in Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie and a daily Happy Hour that runs from noon till 7pm.
Flat-screens around the central bar show diehard favoritism to rugby, but are tuned to other major sporting events when the lads aren’t on the field, while seemingly endless beer signs and Gaelic-themed posters cover the beer-stained wood-paneled walls.
A loud event is guaranteed every night, whether its Trivia Wednesdays, rock bands on Fridays, or the mix of live karaoke, ska, and country that sets up on Saturdays to blast the eardrums out of the frat boys and fun-loving groups of girls slinging pints and singing along.
Even acoustic guitar players and budding comedians can get in on the action during the week, when they take the stage with their home-spun acts to play to a mix of supporters and partiers who are just stumbling through on the way to the restroom.
Attracting lovers of Irish drinking culture and revelry since 1995, O’Brien’s Irish Pub keeps the fun going from the first whiskey-laced morning coffee to the final order of Smithwick’s at last call.
Mostly casual area business types and Main Street shoppers taking a break during the day, transitioning at night to young frat guys, rowdy drinkers, sports fans, groups of girls on a fun night out, and festive lovers of Irish bars, 20s to late 30s.
Live events nightly from around 9pm including rock bands, ska, traditional Irish ballads, country rock, and more.
Trivia nights and comedy shows follow live bands, usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Five flat-screens tuned to sports and a projector in rear room.
Caricature artist drops in twice a week or so during evening hours.
Check venue website for full details.
Menu of pub food includes traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as burgers, wraps, and quesadillas.
Happy Hour daily noon–7pm. Brunch served Su noon–4pm.
No cover charge. Brunch $10. Appetizers $4.50–$12, salads $8.50–$13.50, sandwiches and entrées $9.50–$17.50, desserts $6. Beer $4–$7, wine $7/glass or $28/bottle, mixed drinks $7+, cocktails $8–$10, brunch cocktails $5.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, tank tops, baseball caps, light button-downs, cute skirts, shorts, fitted halter tops.
Wednesdays for the festive trivia night, Thursdays for awesomely (bad) comedy, or Friday and Saturday nights for loud music to either prime or carry the night.
Circle Bar (2926 Main Street) kicks up the vibe after 10pm when lots of hotties and ex-frat boys flood the dance floor.