When it comes to cheery drinking spots, those Irish definitely know what’s what. Find a pub where the tunes are lively, the Guinness is top-notch, and the kitchen’s serving up an authentic taste of Ireland, and you’ve got yourself an absolute winner. Get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit any night of the year, with our pick of Melbourne’s best Irish pubs.
The Last Jar
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The Last Jar
MELBOURNE CBD
The Last Jar Irish Pubs
Over the years, The Last Jar’s rustic charm and top-notch grub have cemented its status as one of Melbourne’s best-loved Irish pubs. Here, you’ll discover a quaint and cosy space, where the menu swings to the traditional and the atmosphere’s always lively. Drop in for a few pints of Guinness on the sunny rooftop terrace, or to enjoy one of Wednesday’s popular Irish live music sessions.
Bridie O'Reilly's South Yarra Irish Pubs
With its sprawling, ever-bustling, streetside beer garden, South Yarra’s Bridie O’Reilly’s is one of the city’s most iconic Irish pubs. Its offerings are largely traditional, mixed in with a few contemporary touches – expect authentic dishes from the kitchen, a combination of homeland and local favourites at the bar, and a diverse range of live sports and live music happening each weekend.
The Fifth Province Irish Pubs
A huge hit with St Kilda’s booming Irish population, The Fifth Province offers a proper taste of home, mixed through with some modern, Melbourne-style extras. On the taps, classics like Guinness and Kilkenny sit alongside local craft labels, just as the kitchen’s plating up a hearty mix of Irish and Aussie pub favourites. Settle in for some live tunes, happy hour sips (4-7pm weekdays), and sports on the big screens.
P.J. O'Brien's Irish Pubs
The Southbank outpost of one of Australia’s best-loved Irish pub groups, this cheery spot delivers an authentic taste of the homeland, from its traditional food and booze offering, to the inviting, rustic decor. Pop in and catch some great live music, big screen sporting action across each weekend, and happy hour specials (including $7 pints of Guinness) every Friday afternoon.
The Snug Public House Irish Pubs
This family-owned Brunswick spot certainly lives up to its name, serving up an authentic Irish experience, within a space that’s downright cosy. Step through the door and you’ll feel right at home, thanks to the vintage memorabilia, the friendly staff and the small bar atmosphere. Feast on classic Irish fare and Guinness, or something from the huge vegan-friendly menu, while treating to your ears to some live Irish tunes.
The Quiet Man
Flemington
The Quiet Man Irish Pubs
Known for its epic, annual St Patrick’s Day street party, The Quiet Man has long been Flemington’s go-to Irish pub. Here, expect a warm, rustic fit-out, a menu packed with hearty eats, and a cheery atmosphere, no matter when you drop by. It’s loved by expats and locals alike, offering a diverse entertainment line-up, sports on the big screens and a buzzy beer garden tucked away out back.
The Irish Times Pub Irish Pubs
A little slice of Ireland, nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, The Irish Times is about as cosy as they come. Step inside and you’ll discover a warm, timber-heavy space, with rugby memorabilia lining the walls and both Irish and local pub classics on the menu. Escape downstairs with a few pints of Guinness while you catch some sport on one of the many big screens.
The Drunken Poet
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The Drunken Poet
NORTH MELBOURNE
The Drunken Poet Irish Pubs
Sitting just opposite The Queen Victoria Markets, this pint-sized Irish pub is a favourite for those who love their tunes, serving up live music six nights a week. A traditional-leaning spot, from the atmosphere to the decor, it’ll make you feel right at home, sipping Guinness while you enjoy a spot of entertainment. There’s happy hour specials every Friday afternoon (5-7pm) and a popular open mic night twice a month.