Local pubs are expecting a swell of patrons on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th, anticipating lots of the activity most commonly associated with the holiday — drinking. Pubs in the area open as early as 6 a.m. and plan to serve up green beer, corned beef and cabbage and lots of Irish entertainment during the day and evening. Special holiday events are also planned throughout the area.

FINN McCOOL’S — Finn McCool’s, a local bar designed with the remnants of a pub that actually existed in Ireland, will open its doors early on St. Patrick’s Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17th.

Holiday entertainment will include a live broadcast by Indie 103.1 FM from 10 a.m. to noon; a performance by Irish rock band La Rocca at noon; and traditional Irish music throughout the afternoon.

Every Sunday all year round, Gaelic jams and jigs can be experienced at Finn McCool’s open Irish music jam. The jam is hosted by a few regulars who show up with violins, banjos, flutes and other traditional instruments, according to Finn McCool’s. The regulars are joined by pub-goers who have at least a basic knowledge of Irish music. Approximate hours are 4 to 7 p.m. or until the musicians and dancers tire out, according to a pub spokesman.

Finn McCool’s is not just Irish in theme, but has authentic Irish roots. Entrepreneur Gerri Gilliland purchased her father’s pub in Ireland and proceeded to ship the bar, its furniture, fixtures, fittings and antiques to Santa Monica. The redesigned, relocated Irish pub opened its doors locally in 2002.

Finn McCool’s is at 2702 Main St., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 452-1734.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY YACHT PARTY — Singles and couples over the age of 35 are invited to take part in a holiday party and mixer aboard a luxury motor yacht in Marina del Rey. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17th, and will include a harbor cruise at sunset along with food and beverages.

Participants will meet at the docks behind the Harbor House Restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey to board the 58-foot yacht.

Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple, and advance registration is required. The event has been organized by Odyssey Yacht Charter.

Information, (310) 308-4643.

O’BRIEN’S PUB — St. Patrick’s Day celebrations get started at the crack of dawn as O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica opens its doors at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17th.

A St. Patrick’s Day Party is planned all day long with live Irish rock from 1 p.m. until closing.

The lineup includes Celtic rockers The Lads at 1 p.m.; Irish singer Andy Woods at 4 p.m.; and Slugger O’Toole from 9 p.m. until the 2 a.m. closing time.

The Lads have a repertoire of both rock originals and covers. The group migrated from Dublin in the 1980s to perform on the television show Star Search. Band members wound up staying in the United States, where they have continued to perform ever since.

O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is at 2941 Main St. in Santa Monica. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 396-4725.

BRENNAN’S — Brennan’s Irish Pub, known for its novel Thursday night turtle racing tradition for over 30 years, plans to rock St. Patrick’s Day with Led Zeppelin tribute group Dazed ‘n’ Confused sharing a bill with Good Cop Bad Cop, Cowspace and The Mandrakes.

Brennan’s is at 4089 Lincoln Boulevard in the Marina. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 821-6622.

PRINCE O’WHALES — Prince O’ Whales will host an all-day-long St. Patrick’s Day party beginning at 9 a.m. with live traditional Irish music and rock by Rigel Music and Maclear. The pub will serve up corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and green Guinness.

Prince O’ Whales is at 335 Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 823-9826.

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