2700 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.000952 -118.482536
Neighborhoods: West LA, Ocean Park
Sometimes all you want is a Guinness. Big bar with lots of seating. Fun, eclectic patrons. Live Music.
FindACool Finn McCool's in UNITED STATES Vacations – I love Santa Monica. Go to this Irish Pub all the time with Denise Klein and her Husband "Ira Todd Klein". Mick Ryan thought he saw some IRAgents. LOL. Gets rowdy fun.
Stick to the Guinness – I put up with Finn's high prices because they pour the most decent pint in town. But when I order $9 chicken wings and they give me four (4!) it's just silly. The wings were displayed prettily on a tiny sushi platter. It's a pub not a french restaurant. Bring me a basket you cheap bastards.
Finn McCool's – The sound in the place had great acoustics. The music sounds very live, almost as live as a small- scale Staple's Center. The food was very tasty, and the waiters and waitreses were very friendly. Finally, many people hang out there, as it is a very popular venue. We can't wait to play there again. Have a Great Week.
great live music and friendly atmosphere – I’ve always enjoyed going to Finn McCools pub mainly for the live music and friendly atmosphere. I can honestly say that I have only ever had positive experiences at Finns.
The area where the band set up usually turns into a lively session on weekends, or, having performed there myself, a cozy friendly session during acoustic nights. It’s cool because people can still enjoy their quiet drink on the other side of the bar if they prefer. Marion runs the open mic on Wednesday nights for all us musicians out there!! It’s definitely worth checking out. I personally love the acoustic nights- Wed and Thurs nights. Nothing like having a beer while listening to great live music (said in true irish style!!!)
The first thing I noticed about Finn McCools (besides the irish celtic décor!) was its extremely welcoming atmosphere. I find the staff to be most helpful and pleasant, it’s also nice to sit at a bar and have the barperson make genuine conversation with you!!! That’s the way it’s done in Ireland!!
As far as their menu goes, they have great variety and great food. You gotta try the traditional irish soda bread…tastes just like home-no joke! I usually order lots of the starters with my friends during happy hour and it makes for the perfect night!!
Great live music, warm & friendly atmosphere and staff, topped off with good food and drink… you can’t go wrong!!
Real Irish Music at Last! – Has anyone been to Finn McCool's Irish Pub-Santa Monica lately? We dropped in last Sunday afternoon for a pint and some Fish and Chips. Holy Moly! Marian Tomas Griffin and friends were performing. This is some of the BEST Irish music I have heard since our trip to the West of Ireland last year. And the staff are even Irish as well. The fish and chips ( served in newspaper) was a huge portion and delicious, as was the Seafood Boxty ..I hear she is playing on Saint Patrick's Day. I for one will be in line to see that performance. PS The Guinness was the best I have had in the States. Poured by a system imported from Dublin.
Finn McCool's is soooooooooooo cool! – McCool's has it all! Great food, authentic Irish pub atmosphere, full bar, friendly servers, and great music! A real friendly Irish experience in Santa Monica.
A great bar, even for a vegan! – Most people are surprised when I tell them that Finn McCool's has vegan options, but believe it or not they are incredibly accommodating. Their menu lists vegetarian and vegan items, and they are all great (you can check out my review of them by Googling "Eco-Vegan Gal Finn McCool's"). They also have some vegan beer, such as New Belgium Fat Tire (which is eco-friendly too) and Sierra Nevada (not all beers are vegan).
And I'm sure that if you're not vegan you'll love this place and their food.
The atmosphere is great too. I love the variety of seating, especially the "private" sections next to the bar. I also enjoy the live music when it's there.
BEST IRISH PUB I'VE FOUND OUTSIDE IRELAND – I love love LOVE this place. I can bever find good Vegetarian food in pubs but Finn McCool's has so many great Veggie-friendly dishes - and the best french fries. Recently checked out their new Comedy Night which was a scream - and they have so many talented performers sheduled throughout each week (Michael Kelly plays EVERY week).
Best Irish Pub in L.A. Happy Hour from 1-7pm !!! – Their food is fantastic and reminds me of being back home in Dublin. I can't believe they have such an enormous collection of whiskey (my weakness). Great performers every week - and with a Happy Hour from 1-7pm you can't go wrong. Waiters were really friendly and actually Irish.
Awesome Vegetarian Menu – Just ate at Finn's yesterday and sampled some of the vegetarian menu, flat bread with pesto and some awesome dumplings. Just great. Not like some typical restaurants bland version of veggie cuisine.... this was first rate. I'll be back soon....
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