2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040533.998942 -118.480464
Neighborhoods: Ocean Park, West LA
great weekday hangout – I went on a random Wednesday night after just missing happy hour. The evening started out slow but then a local soccer team came in a liven things up. Unlike some of the reviews, I found this place to be unpretenious with friendly regulars and a great bar staff. And yes, Irish people really go here. Plus, they have Stella on top---can't beat it. The musician playing/singing was also a nice touch. Very nice, local feel.
You'll have a jolly good time – Yes, real Irish people actually go to this bar! A great spot in SM/Venice for drinks, socializing and good cheer. The location tends to pull in a relaxed and happy crowd who are mostly in their 20s. On occasion they will have a live band in the back of the room. Bartenders make good drinks, and you can also get food if you come by the early evening. Make sure and stop here while you party it up on Main Street.
Best place for any mood – The atmosphere is so polymorphic you can find exactly what you are looking for any day for any mood.
The staff is awesome and friendly!
great music – O'Brien's was a great night out. Lots of people, the bartenders made some great drinks, and the live music was amazing. It's a little loud in there, but it's worth it for the atmosphere you get when everyone's really enjoying a band.
And I always see a lot of girls there. That other guy must have just been unlucky.
What a Blast! – Not my first time at this place, but this weekend was the best. Aside from the doorstaff being sticklers for ID, the place is a haven for the 'authentic Irish pub'-seeking crowd. Heck, most of the bartenders are Irish.
After a couple drinks and enjoying the live band, I have nothing but compliments to the staff on taking care of their customers! I look forward to going again, hopefully I can get in for St Patty's Day.
Great Pub – Get there early, and it's not too crowded, a great place to grab dinner and a few beers. Get there later, after things pick up, and it's a great time. The staff is friendly, the food is good, the drink selection is great, I highly recommend it.
RIDICULOUS. – What kind of "authentic" pub is out of the first two beers I order? A lack of libation coupled with an unbelievably rude staff at this WAY overcrowded bar made for a lousy night out. It took me 10 minutes to navigate through the crowd of wanna-bes to reach a bar to ask for my non-existent beers of choice.
Maybe after the fire department arrives to ticket them for going over capacity, the guys who run that place will cool their jets and treat the paying customers with a little respect.
I'd rather go to the dentist. – Seriously don't waste your time going to O'Brien's. It's a crappy little bar with bad atmosphere and over-priced drinks. There's about 10 bars that surround this place, and they're all WAY better. The service at O'Brien's was so bad and unfriendly, I left early- amazed that they're still in business. Another fun fact was that on a Friday night, this place was over-crowded with 15 men for every woman there. To my surprise, I noticed a line full of women outside waiting to get in. Way to go, O'Brien's.
Can't be uptight – The live music rocks, and I've seen several celebs lately!!!
Short wait in line. I saw a girl get told she wasn't going to get in, but she was rude to the bouncers. Friends of the owners will get in ahead of you. When I got to go in the guy that checked my I.D. smiled, thanked me for being patient and called me by my first name. I thought that they were pretty cool.
After I got a drink, I went back outside to have a smoke. The line was gone. Probably like 15 - 20 min. later. I guess that's what happens when everyone comes out at the same time.
If you come out on the weekend between 10:30 and 1:30 you might have to wait for a few minutes to get in. Bouncers play by the rules and are hard on I.D.'s but are friendly.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. – the cocky doormen will make you wait all night while they let in their "boys" ahead of you. even if you are a group of women.....who are normally quite welcome in bars. and if you inquire about their admission choices, you will be banned from the bar all together.
it's a typical L.A. scene right out of a bad movie made by a self-important USC film student.
if you do make it in, the drinks are overpriced and weak. there are way too many friendly bars in the area to tolerate this place.
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