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Best Santa Monica Irish pub grub on-the-go

Veggie sandwich at Finn McCool's Irish Pub.
Veggie sandwich at Finn McCool's Irish Pub.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub

St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to enjoy Irish food, drink and music delights in the company of friends.

Celebrate the holiday in Santa Monica at one of these fine Irish pubs – with healthy menu options, traditional Irish specialties, and plenty of charm and good cheer.

Get your green on and eat well on-the-go!

Finn McCool’s Irish Pub
Restaurateur Geraldine Gilliland has been serving acclaimed meals on Main Street for 30 years. Her authentic Irish pub Finn McCool’s celebrates its 12th anniversary this St. Patrick’s Day.

Along with a full bar and traditional Irish fare like boxtys (filled potato pancakes), look for vegetarian options including the spicy black bean burger and grilled vegetable sandwich. Try the “kaesar” salad (a Caesar with a twist of kale and Irish cheddar), too. Much of the produce is sourced from Gilliland’s Malibu ranch, and the pub is expanding its use of sustainable seafood, as well as gluten-free and vegan selections.

For dessert, pick the chocolate boxes filled with Belgian chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. Or, indulge in a Jameson Irish Whiskey milkshake with Fosselman’s locally-made ice cream.

Takeout is available; order online here for pickup or delivery.

2702 Main St., 310-452-1734,

O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Main Street is also the home of this popular spot, where one can enjoy live Irish music throughout the holiday weekend. The walls here are lined with vintage Guinness posters and Irish art, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Enjoy a pint or mixed drink inside or out on the patio. On the menu, select items such as the organic mixed baby green salad, veggie burger or sustainably-raised salmon wrap. Irish favorites include Guinness pie. Check out the lunch specials and daily happy hour, too.

Takeout is available.

2941 Main St., 310-396-4725,

Sonny McClean’s
New England natives like to gather at this mid-city pub to celebrate the holiday, savor multi-regional cuisine, and cheer on their favorite Boston area sports teams.

Menu options include an arugula and chickpea salad, New England clam chowder, Sonny’s Irish potatoes (with Waygu corned beef and lime-infused crème), and more. The bar also has an extensive beer, wine and liquor list.

Takeout is available.

2615 Wilshire Blvd., 310-449-1811,

O’Brien’s Irish Pub
Visit O’Brien’s Irish Pub on Wilshire Boulevard for live Irish music, bagpipers and menu specials on St. Patrick’s Day.

Choose hearty selections such as the California turkey burger, blackened salmon with garden vegetables and mashed potatoes, or traditional lean corned beef and steamed cabbage – alongside beverages like Irish and local craft beers.

Takeout is available.

2226 Wilshire Blvd., 310-829-5303,

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