O’Brien’s Pub & Restaurant

2941 Main St., Santa Monica

2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

(310) 396-4725; www.obriensonmain.com

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the young crowd that’s gathered at one of the city’s newer Irish pubs. Founded in 1995, it has nonetheless climbed its way up the ranks of the best pubs in town, thanks to its rock ’n’ roll atmosphere and lack of cover charge.

Trivia nights are Wednesdays from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., and every Sunday the bar hosts a stand-up comedian from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.

Finn McCool’s

2702 Main St., Santa Monica

(310) 452-1734; www.gerrigilliland.com/finn

With a name like Finn McCool’s, you’d think it’d be one of the newer pubs in town, but they have made every effort to reproduce that authentic Irish feel. Regular trivia nights are on Mondays beginning at 8:30 p.m., but don’t expect St. Patrick’s Day to offer the usual fare.

Sonny McLean’s

2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

(310) 449-1811; www.sonnymcleans.com
For a bit of a change, feel free to visit Sonny McLean’s. With a quiet evening planned (but only quiet for St. Patrick’s Day), this pub might be a great place to recharge your batteries before heading out to some of the louder, more raucous celebrations.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub

575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles

(323) 935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com

Head on down to Molly Malone’s if you’re looking for a myriad of Celt-inspired entertainment on your St. Patrick’s Day. The celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. when bagpiper Thomas Allen takes the stage, and continues ’round-the-clock as pub favorites The Dirges perform sets at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The lineup is rounded out by Slugger O’Toole’s performance at 3:30 p.m., the Mighty Regis at 8 p.m. and Carney at 9:30 p.m. A $6 cover charge is standard fare, but well worth it.

Tom Bergin’s

840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles

(323) 936-7151; www.tombergins.com

It just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a trip to Tom Bergin’s, the oldest and most celebrated Irish pub in Los Angeles. Founded in 1936, their large selection of whiskey is their most famous draw, but they also provide the usual, such as Guinness or Smithwick’s. Tom Bergin’s also introduced Irish coffee to the United States, so make sure to take theirs on, if only for tradition’s sake.