CORONADO, Calif. - A popular Coronado institution turned 30 on Monday, July 30th. McP’s Irish Pub on Orange Avenue has been serving military regulars and tourists alike for three decades.
“My name is Greg McPartlin. I'm a former Navy SEAL,” said the owner Monday afternoon. “After getting kicked out of every bar in town, I built this 30 years ago.”
The pub, known for its cold drinks and hot food, is chock full of history.
“We're kind of a little trademark,” said McPartlin’s son Gregory, who works as a manager. “We’re called the home of the Navy SEALs.”
The walls are adorned with pilots’ wings, a flag that flew in Afghanistan, pictures of SEAL teams from Vietnam, even a framed bar chip that was taken into outer space by Bill Shepherd. Regulars have their own mugs hanging above the bar.
“They are just enamored by all the different type of military groups that come in and out of here, especially the fact that the Navy Seals can't come in here until they're done with their training,” said McPartlin’s daughter and manager Jessica McPartlin of the patrons. “They find that really neat.”
The pub has also been frequented by many famous faces. Prince Harry hung out with his friends a few months ago. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited a few weeks ago. The establishment has also seen the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Rhea Perlman, and Danny DeVito. Many folks say the pub just feels like home.
“I walk in and my name gets yelled out, and everybody is excited to see each other,” said regular Kathi Patterson.
McPartlin said of the next 30 years, he hopes it will thrive in the capable hands of his kids.