2700 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.000952 -118.482536
Neighborhoods: Ocean Park, West LA
Sometimes all you want is a Guinness. Big bar with lots of seating. Fun, eclectic patrons. Live Music.
Worst service of my life - don't waste your time – I visited Finn McCool's on Main Street and experienced the worst service of my life. The waitress was slow, stuck up and the bar was obviously understaffed.
I, along with other patrons, waited 20 minutes for each drink and at least 30 minutes for my check. In my opinion, since tipping is not a requirement in the United States, the service deserved nothing. I come to look at my bank statement to find that the arrogant jerks charged me a $7 tip.
Not only will I never attend this establishment again, but I recommend you not wasting your time here. I live in Santa Monica and there are FAR too many spots to waste your time here...
RIp off – Seriously, I ordered two shots of Jim Beam (well bourbon in most normal bars) and a pint of Bud Lite. $21.00. Without tip. What is that, $5 BL and two $8 shots? I could buy a BOTTLE of Jim Beam for the price of 2 shots there. Spend your hard earned dollars elsewhere (just dont make it O'Briens; they arent any cheaper).
good Beer, Wings and Chips! – Our favorite place to hang out. Good staff and we love the Harp, wings and chips. Sounds good now!
Best for a REAL Irish experience – Finn McCool?s has been my local for well over a year now and as a direct import from Ireland myself, this alone is testament to the authenticity and quality of the Irish bar. The fact that 98% of the staff are directly from Ireland gives this pub a genuine Irish feel that you will be hard pressed to find in many other places this side of the Atlantic. Always friendly and up for a bit of ?craic?, their charm and efficiency makes your drinking/dining experience that wee bit more special. The vast menu offers everything from the original and unique Celtic Quesadilla and Irish Boxty (large, stuffed potato pancakes) to the ever popular (and for very good reason), Fish and Chips and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Not only does the Guinness flow like water, but Finns also offers on tap Harp, Smithwicks and Magners Apple Cider- all exclusively Irish, as well as many more imported and domestic beers. With live music Tuesday through Thursday, a DJ on Saturdays and a live Traditional Irish folk session every Sunday afternoon (can you tell I?ve spent some time here?), no matter what day of the week, there?s entertainment for everyone. Whether you?re alone or part of a group, you are guaranteed to have a brilliant time here. They say everybody?s Irish on St.Patrick?s day. Well whether that?s true or not, you are guaranteed the 100% Irish pub experience 364 days of the year at Finn McCool?s!!
A taste of Ireland, here in LA – Ever dream of going to Ireland? Well, you can come just as close, without taking the overnight plane ride, by visiting Finn McCool's. The atmosphere is authetically...Irish! The food is nothing like any other place out here. Good ol' Irish home cookin', yum! There is a vast variety of drinks, from their beers to their wide array of hard alcohols. Speaking of wide variety, you'll always find a mixed group of patrons on any given night You have your regulars, like Park Meeke (don't be surprised if he asks you to give up your seat) and Art, who won't bother anyone. He'll just sit in the corner and do his crossword puzzles. Also, there's always a good group of friendly, young people who visit the pub. All in all, it's an awesome experience.
Come one down, cheers!
This Irish Girl Was Very Impressed! – LA can be overwhelming in the best way possible. The sun, the sights, the shopping. So while perusing the boutiques on Main Street in Santa Monica, we were delighted to find a little bit of home away from home where we could sit down and reflect on our fabulous holiday. Finn McCool?s offers all the warmth and character of a proper Irish pub but with the space and airiness only an LA restaurant and bar could afford. We only had time for drinks; my friend and I had a lovely wine and my dad was very pleased with his pint of Guinness (he was also very tempted by their impressive whiskey selection), but I?ll definitely be back for a meal on my next trip. The menu is extensive and totally authentic right down to the full Irish breakfast and the curry chips! If you?re looking for a proper Irish experience: good beer in a friendly atmosphere, then Finn?s is the place to be.
The best chef in town! – If I feel like eating a healthy, tasty burger, I think first of Finn McCools pub on Main Street in Santa Monica. The burger here is even better than the highly rated Father?s Office burger, in my opinion! The chef at Finn McCool?s, Hector, is a highly trained expert in fine cuisine, having learned his skills at the tender age of 16 years of age, prepping at Gilliland?s Restaurant, an upmarket, highly successful restaurant opened in 1984, attracting Hollywood stars like Madonna, Lauren Bacall, James Garner and even Shirley Temple...or Mrs. Black. This ?pub? food is well beyond ?pub? expectations.
There?s music and fun, and people laughing, and people talking with Irish accents. This pub is genuine! There are big comfy wooden booths to sit in, and startling beautiful stained glass art to be seen. There are bodhrans and pewter pitchers and whiskey and Guinness and best of all, a hearty piping hot cup of Irish tea, if that is what you prefer.
This is where I go to have great food, and a laugh, or a bit of craic as we say in Belfast.... and to remember that it is fun to be Irish!
Easy place for lunch with a baby in tow – Stopped by for lunch with a friend and her baby-plenty of space for a stroller and the nicest wait staff who let us take our time choosing from the large menu. I had the fish and chips which was so much better than that at a British pub in the area and we also had the Irish combo plate which gave 3 items to sample. Don't know which was better out of the shepherd's pie,Guiness beef stew or the boxty with Chicken and basil-definitely all worth trying again the next time we visit-but as I am reliving the meal I think the sauce with the boxty was the best..We unfortunately didn't have room for dessert.
Best rhubarb crumble; even better than my gran's (sorry gran!) – It's not the excellent service, the beer, or the fantastic menu that have kept me returning to Finn's for so long... it's the rhubarb crumble. Can't find good rhubarb crumble any where else, and this is even better than my gran's back home. Is Eugene back from Ireland yet? The staff make you feel welcome, but Eugene is truly a gem.
Best Authentic Irish Pub in Los Angeles this side of the Liffy – Hello There,
Just wanted to thank all of your staff at your bar on my recent visit there. Having beeon on the road and away from home in Ireland for a long time, your girls behind the bar really made me feel welcome. It's a great establishment and the food and the entertainment was top notch. And Iloved my time there. A special thanks for helping me get a cab back to Hollywood at the end of the night. That was a life safer!
Again Many Many Thanks and best wishes to all at Finn Mc Cools Barry from Ireland
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