Beer with a Blogger: O’Brien’s in Santa Monica

You know what I love about L.A.? There are so many bloggers here!

Which means this Beer with a Blogger series is turning out to be a regular thing. This month, I met up with a blogger whose site I only discovered within the past few months and quickly came to be one of my favorites. Meet Erin, who suggested we meet up at an Irish pub that shares her last name.
Erin O'Brien


Erin O’Brien, a SoCal native who blogs at Modern Notebook. She writes about life, music, fashion, books, food and more, and she’s just about to wrap up her undergraduate degree in Journalism. Recently, Erin recapped her trip to Coachella, and in another post, she wrote a love letter to L.A. She’s super sweet, smart and easy to talk to—probably because she’s always smiling. You can follow Erin on Twitter here.

O'Brien's Irish Pub


O’Brien’s on Wilshire in Santa Monica. (There are two unrelated O’Brien’s in Santa Monica, so don’t get them confused!) This Irish pub and restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary last month. Just the vibe you’d expect—friendly and casual. The hockey game was on TV, so the other patrons were pretty animated (i.e., excited and drunk). While Erin and I were taking photos of the pub, the owner, William O’Sullivan, came out to meet us. He was incredibly friendly and told us he hoped we’d come back again soon.


Smithwicks Irish Ale for Erin (fitting) and a Lagunitas IPA for me. (Not exactly Irish, but hey, it’s one of my favorites!)

William O'Sullivan

I love any excuse to hang out on the West Side, and meeting up with Erin turned out to be a great one. We had a lot to talk about, especially since she and I are both in school for Journalism. Erin also gave me a couple of book recommendations—beer, blogging AND books? My kinda night.

Cassie & Erin

Thanks for hanging, Erin! Can’t wait to get together again soon.

Are you a blogger living in (or visiting!) L.A.? Do you like beer? Shoot me an email at wittycassiehere (at) gmail (dot) com, and let’s go to happy hour!