Friday, August 14, 2020

McP’s Braces for St. Patrick’s Day

McP’s Irish Pub, located at 1107 Orange Avenue, prepares for next week’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Tuesday, March 17. Photo by Joe Ditler.

UPDATE March 15, 2020

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McP’s Irish Pub Cancels St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, McP’s Irish Pub will be closed this Tuesday, March 17, on St. Patrick’s Day.

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“Even though St. Patrick’s Day is our biggest day of the year, we feel cancelling the event is mandatory as we do whatever we can to help coral this Coronavirus,” said Pete Joseph, McP’s owner.

“It is our social and community responsibility to our customers and staff to play it safe by taking any and all precautions to maintain a safe environment,” said Joseph. “I apologize for any inconvenience to our loyal patrons who have traveled long distances to attend. Meanwhile, all of us at McP’s are asking our friends throughout the community to be safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands.”

McP’s has been an institution in Coronado since 1982 and is located at 1107 Orange Avenue. The restaurant and bar will continue to serve customers the rest of the week during regular hours of 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

For more information visit McP’s website at, or by calling (619) 435-5280.

Since Coronado was first introduced to McP’s Irish Pub, way back in 1982, the island has never been the same. “Entertainment Central,” is how many describe the Irish Pub on Orange Avenue.

McP’s Irish Pub will be the place to be this coming St. Patrick’s Day. Seen here are popular McP’s waitress Cassandra Berger and Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey. The Mayor’s favorite lunch is the McPhilly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Photo by Joe Ditler

This Tuesday, March 17, McP’s Irish Pub braces for the annual onslaught of everything and everyone Irish, as St. Patrick’s Day descends on Coronado Island, with food, drink and live music the rule of the day.

McP’s throws open its doors at 10 am Tuesday 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 am, or until the green beer ceases to flow.

This year, due to the current political climate in the country, certain restrictions will be in place. “We’re always hesitant to change things too much,” said Pete Joseph, owner of McP’s. “But we will be enforcing a few new rules on St. Patrick’s Day to make sure our patrons are safe.”

Those restrictions include not allowing backpacks, strollers or pets in the restaurant or on the outdoor patio throughout the day and evening.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Joseph, “but these restrictions are designed for all your safety.”

Nachos, always a favorite at McP’s.

The popular restaurant/pub has live entertainment throughout the day and night. Musical acts begin with “JG” (11-1), followed by Coronado favorites, “In Mid-Life Crisis” (2-6) and “The Alternatives” (8-12).

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.

The popular Coronado band, In Mid-Life Crisis, will be one of the groups performing at McP’s Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day.

As usual, 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 U.S. Navy SEALs.

Recently seen at the legendary Irish pub was actor Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood). A regular at McP’s is rapper, singer and actor Post Malone. Former Navy SEAL-turned politician Dan Crenshaw was spotted on the McPatio recently, as well as ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who is possibly the most well-known Navy SEAL at the moment.

Fish and Chips, one of many meals on the McP’s menu.

Fame, fortune and politics play no role at McP’s. The little pub is a comfortable hang-out for everyone, just as it has been for almost four decades.

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, and, as some say, McP’s was a valuable part of their training.

What would an Irish pub be without corned beef sandwiches?

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 and fish & chips. The full McP’s menu will be available to patrons.

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. McP’s Irish Pub also has a Facebook page.


By Joe Ditler and his promotions company, Part-Time PR, serving businesses throughout Coronado and San Diego for many years. For more information reach him at or (619) 742-1034.


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Joe Ditler
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) 742-1034.


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