For friendly atmosphere and good Irish fare this St Patrick’s Day, head down to one of these popular Irish pubs where the banter flows as freely as the Guinness. This year, St Patrick’s Day lands on a Friday (17 March), so celebrations are sure to continue through the weekend. Get your drinking boots on!
The Mercantile Hotel
25 George St, The Rocks Sydney
For Guinness and good times, The Mercantile Hotel is the place to be. Enjoy live music performed by Irish bands on the eve of St Patrick's Day (Thursday 16 March) or for a hearty brekky that’ll get you through a day of drinking pop in from 7am for their annual breakfast and an all-star music line up.
The Wild Rover
75 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Spuds with Guinness gravy and steak and Guinness pies will tie you over between drinks at The Wild Rover this St Patrick’s Day. Head to the bar with $5 Guinness until 6pm and sip on Jameson cocktails crafted especially for the day. Then dance to live music care of The Sweet Jelly Rolls until late.
The Rag & Famish Hotel
Cnr Miller St & Berry St, North Sydney
Known affectionately as 'The Rag', North Sydney’s oldest trading pub is full of Celtic charm. The interior features low ceilings and dark wallpaper typical of more traditional Irish pubs while offering all you need to celebrate St Patrick’s Day - great Irish food, live music and giveaways.
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The Irish Times Pub
427 Little Collins Street
Reminiscent of classic pubs in Ireland with its genuine Irish style wrap-around bars, dark wood interiors, cosy fireplaces and rugby memorabilia, this little gem is a favourite haunt all year round. This St Patrick's Day expect the usual warm atmosphere, but with Irish music, bagpipers and all day Irish menu.
The Drunken Poet
65 Peel St, West Melbourne
The Drunken Poet was the only pub in Australia to make the list of the 10 Best Irish Pubs In The World (outside of Ireland) by The Irish Times, so you can expect great Guinness, the finest selection of Irish whiskey and a cosy and authentic atmosphere.
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Mick O’Malleys Irish Pub
171-209 Queen Street, Basement level Wintergarden Centre
For some Celtic hospitality, Irish charm and an impressive range of Irish and Scottish whiskeys, make a bee-line to Mick O’Malleys. Their food menu won’t disappoint either with a hearty Guinness pie and good ol’ Irish stew topping the list.
Gilhooleys Irish Pub & Restaurant
Cnr Albert & Charlotte St Brisbane
One of Brisbane’s most loved Irish taverns will kick off every morning between 11-17th March at 8am with its famous Irish breakfast. Stay for lunch and enjoy a steak or lamb shank with your Guinness and join in their annual Leprechaun tossing competition.
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Shafto Lane, 397 Murray St, Perth
If you want to enjoy craic at a genuine Irish pub, then pop into Durty Nelly’s. The pub was designed and constructed in Ireland by Irish architects, using local materials then disassembled, and transported to Shafto Lane where it was reassembled and has become a favourite watering hole amongst locals.
99 Cambridge St, West Leederville
Make yourself at home in the warm surrounds of JB O'Reilly's where great local live bands and an extensive food and wine list keep people coming back. This Irish pub is the perfect place for enjoying a few rounds with friends, a lazy lunch or a cosy dinner for two.
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14 East Terrace, Adelaide
In the heart of the old East End Market Precinct near Rundle Street, P.J.O'Brien's is famous for its traditional Irish pub grub and a great line up of regular entertainment such as live bands, DJs and traditional Sunday Sessions.
Main South Road, Hackham, SA
Stay the night or spend the day in the Irish themed exterior of Mick O’Shea’s Irish pub which combines Irish tradition with a contemporary twist. Located 10mins from McLaren Vale wine region, in picturesque surroundings, it’s the perfect place to dine outdoors and enjoy an a-la-carte meal.
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