A genuine Irish pub in the heart of Perth in Western Australia, Durty Nelly’s was designed and hand-crafted in Ireland before being shipped to Perth, where it now serves up some of the best beer in the city. With Guinness, Kilkenny and Magners all available, Durty Nelly’s also has a great range of local beers, should you want to try something new on your travels. With three distinct areas, the ancient brew house inspired Brewery Bar is popular with many locals, and a great place to relax over a pint of stout. The Victorian and General Merchant bars provide a different ambience, and all three work together to provide a rather unique Irish pub experience on Australia’s west coast.
Finn McCools is stunning modern Irish bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and is also the largest Irish bar in the city. The interior of the bar will take your breath away, while the outdoor Causeway Bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a few drinks with friends. There’s a great atmosphere at Finn McCools, and from the food and drink to the live music and the overall ambience of the place, it could quickly become your go-to spot when visiting Brisbane. ‘Finn’s’, as it’s known to many, is the perfect venue for watching live sports, with big-screen TV’s dotted around the main bar and outdoor Causeway bar.
Voted by the Irish Times in the top 10 Irish pubs outside of Ireland, the Drunken Poet is a cosy pub on Peel Street that serves up arguably the finest pint of stout in this part of the city. This is a no frills, authentic Irish bar that puts on some of the best traditional music sessions outside of Ireland; the sort of sessions that wouldn’t be out of place in Doolan. Indeed, music is the draw for many to the Drunken Poet, and when you go through the front door, you’re guaranteed great booze, great music, and new friends just waiting to be made.
A truly authentic Irish pub in Brisbane’s busy Queen Street Mall, you’ll find they do things differently at Mick O’Malley’s. When it comes to food, the guys have you sorted as the pub serves up a huge selection of your favourite pub grub meals and offer daily specials like the popular Sunday and Monday roast dinner offer. With a cool gaming area and popular whiskey room with a great selection of whiskies from Ireland and Scotland, and the famous Tuesday trad session, it’s easy to see why Mick O’Malley’s is a favourite with Brisbane’s Irish community.
Founded in 1998, on the outskirts of Sydney near Emu Plains, O’Donoghues is an Irish Pub with a reputation for lively pub events, and a great venue for watching live sports. With a good selection of popular pub grub to choose from, O’Donoghues has something for all tastes, ranging from the popular Tuesday trivia quiz and musical bingo sessions to the famous karaoke nights. A great place to watch the racing, O’Donoghues is a family friendly Irish pub with face painting and a petting zoo every Sunday. The bar also has a play area for those of you travelling with kids.
If it’s a party bar you’re after when visiting Sydney, then look no further than Scruffy Murphy’s, right in the heart of the city’s backpacker area. With four bars including a downstairs nightclub, Scruffy Murphy’s is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If it’s a pint of Guinness in a quiet pub that you’re after, then Scruffy’s probably isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for an Irish bar that knows how to throw a party, then look no further. Scruffy Murphy’s attracts a mix of city workers, students, backpackers, tourists, while the locals also flock to enjoy some of the best live entertainment in Sydney.
With pubs in Brunswick and St Kilda, The Snug aims to provide an authentic Irish pub experience, and one that is as the name suggests, a snug one. The small candlelit tables and the exposed brick walls which are adorned Irish memorabilia, all help to create an ambience that will take you back to your favourite country pub in Ireland. With the head chef and co-owner hailing from Armagh (Kerri-Anne McConville), you know you’re guaranteed a real taste of home at The Snug. With open mic sessions every Tuesday, live music on Saturdays, and an all day music session on Sunday, The Snug delivers on three levels – good food, good music and great company.
Australia’s first Irish Club, The Celtic Club has been welcoming the Irish to Melbourne since 1897 and is often the first starting point for many Irish visitors to the city. The Celtic Club boasts separate bar and restaurant areas, and still to this day remains a meeting point for many Irish and Australians in Melbourne. With regular Irish music sessions every Thursday and Friday, you can relax quietly in the bar with a pint of stout, as you listen to your favourite songs from home get blasted out.
P.J. O’Brien’s is a long-standing chain of Irish pubs, with two pubs in Melbourne (Southbank and Melbourne Airport), and locations in Sydney, Adelaide and Cairns. Located in the heart of Southgate, P.J. O’Brien’s Southbank is one of the longest running Irish pubs in the city, with live music seven nights a week. Adjoining the Southbank bar is P.J.’s Sidebar which is a popular oyster bar open all week. You’ll find all the usual Irish beers, ciders and whiskies at P.J’s, and if you are looking to branch out and try something different, the guys have a great range of Japanese Whisky.
Built in Dublin and constructed in Melbourne, The Quiet Man is the bar of choice for many Irish now living in Melbourne. Located on Racecourse Road in the Flemington area of Melbourne, The Quiet Man is anything but quiet come race day, especially when the Melbourne Cup is on. Famous for its genuine Irish look and feel, the food, drink and music have all helped position The Quiet Man as one of the best Irish pubs in Australia. With a variety of events throughout the week, you’ll not be long finding something that tickles your fancy.
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