McP’s: Coronado’s “Headquarters” For St. Paddy’s Day

McP’s, an institution in Coronado since 1982, will become the loudest and most popular restaurant on the island this coming St. Paddy’s Day, Sunday, March 17. Photo JD.

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, certainly left his mark on the world. And, yes, it’s that time of year again. On Sunday, March 17th, millions of Americans embrace their hidden Leprechaun and celebrate this occasion. In Coronado, McP’s Irish Pub becomes the most popular place on the island with food, drink and loud music the rule of the day.

Ron’s Garage Band is but one of the acts performing St. Paddy’s Day at McP’s Irish Pub. Photo JD.

McP’s throws open its doors at 10 a.m. Sunday morning to greet the multitudes of patrons eager to put winter behind them and leap forward into spring. McP’s will serve customers until 2 a.m., or until the green beer ceases to flow.

The popular restaurant/pub has live entertainment throughout the day and night. Outdoors on the patio the music agenda includes Steve Brewer (10-1) and Ron’s Garage Band (2-6). Then, moving inside the restaurant, Misty and the Moby will perform (8-12).

The late Greg McPartlin, founder and owner of McP’s. This will be McP’s first St. Paddy’s Day without him.

The McP’s store will offer up its regular fare of collectibles. They have a full inventory of shirts, hoodies, hats and beer mugs, while the supply lasts.

Inside and out the pub will reflect the patronage that has made it so successful since opening in 1982. Mingling among the guests will be locals, tourists, politicians, celebrities and SEAL Team members. McP’s is, after all, the unofficial hang-out of the Navy SEALs.

At McP’s, people dance inside and out. Sometimes they dance on the sidewalk. Photo JD.

The late Greg McPartlin, founder and owner of McP’s, was a former Navy SEAL corpsman himself. The Irish pub has long been a popular haunt for both active and retired SEALs who performed their basic underwater training in Coronado. The walls of the restaurant pay tribute to our SEAL Team warriors.

McP’s staff will be running at full steam to serve food and drink. Chefs will serve traditional Irish fare such as lean corned beef, Mulligan stew and Shepherd’s Pie, as well as a variety of other items such as burgers, salads, sandwiches, nachos and fish & chips. The full McP’s menu will be available to patrons.

The beer isn’t the only thing that’s green on St. Paddy’s Day at McP’s. A full menu will be served throughout the day.

McP’s Irish Pub is located at 1107 Orange Avenue, at the corner of C Avenue, in Coronado. For more information, menus and hours visit their website at, or call (619) 435-5280.

Growing up, the old saying was, “If you don’t wear green on St. Paddy’s Day, you get pinched.” These young ladies will have no problem come Sunday. Photo JD.


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Joe Ditler is a professional writer, publicist and Coronado historian. Formerly a writer with the Los Angeles Times, he has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout North America and Europe. He also owns Part-Time PR (a subsidiary of Schooner or Later Promotions), specializing in helping Coronado businesses reach larger audiences with well-placed public relations throughout the greater San Diego County. He writes obituaries and living-obituaries under the cover "Coronado Storyteller." To find out more, write or call, or (619) 435-0767.