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 Sydney’s best Irish pubs.
Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pubs
A lively irish pub with a little something for everyone, Scruffy Murphy’s is a tried-and-true favourite for international visitors. It’s best loved for its cranking entertainment program, running from karaoke and trivia nights, through to a hefty lineup of live music. The sports bar screens all the biggest matches from across the globe, while weekend DJ’s will have you partying until the wee hours.
Surry Hills
O'Malley's Irish Pubs
Situated in the heart of Kings Cross, this long-standing Irish pub proves a popular haunt for locals and visitors alike, pulling the crowds with its good times vibes and broad lineup of weekly fun. Belt out some tunes at Monday night karaoke, test your smarts during Wednesday’s pub quiz, or simply kick back with a few pints of Guinness while enjoying some live tunes.
Norton's Irish Pubs
If you’re after a more traditional-leaning Irish pub, put Leichhardt mainstay Norton’s on your radar. The comfy space is decked out in a nod to the homeland, the menu is peppered with classic Irish fare and there’s always a great pint of Guinness to be had. Settle in to catch some sport on the big screens while you tuck into a hearty Irish stew.
The Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks Irish Pubs
Claiming the title of the country’s most historic Irish pub, The Mercantile has been kicking around since way back in 1915. It’s a comfy sort of spot, where classic Irish fare is served alongside contemporary local dishes, Guinness is the star of the tap list and the live music line-up is nothing short of impressive. Expect a lively atmosphere and a range of top-notch weekly specials.
P.J.O'Briens Sydney Irish Pubs
With outposts across the country, P.J. O’Brien’s is the old faithful of Australia’s Irish pubs, delivering spaces that are warm, lively and authentic. The CBD venue is a firm favourite for punters of all persuasions, offering traditional feeds alongside Aussie-inspired dishes and all your favourite brews on tap. There’s sports on the telly, an oysters-and-Guinness deal every Friday, and live Irish music to get you smiling on Sundays.
P.J. Gallagher's Irish Pubs
Part of one of Sydney’s best-known Irish pub groups, P.J. Gallagher’s at The Criterion leans to the authentic, boasting plenty of heritage touches and a warm, cheery feel. Pull up a seat in the front bar to enjoy pints of Guinness and some honest Irish fare, or head downstairs to catch some live sporting action. There are great food specials throughout week, plus a daily happy hour between 4-6pm.
The Porterhouse
Surry Hills
The Porterhouse Irish Pubs
A classic Irish pub that’s steeped in tradition, The Porterhouse is a longtime Surry Hills favourite. Step through the door and you’ll feel instantly at home, thanks to the cosy interiors, the merry crowd of regulars and a menu that’s heavy on the comfort food. There’s a top-notch Thursday steak night, plus $7 pints of Guinness, Kilkenny, and Magners, on offer every day of the week.
Trinity Bar
Surry Hills
Trinity Bar Irish Pubs
With a look that’s plucked straight from some cosy drinking den of Dublin, this Surry Hills Irish pub leans to tradition, though that heritage charm’s mixed through with a few modern touches for good measure. Guinness pours alongside a rotation of local craft brews, the food menu boasts both Irish classics and Aussie pub favourites, and the big screens show a broad range of live sporting action.
The Fiddler
Rouse Hill
The Fiddler Irish Pubs
A classic taste of the homeland, served with a modern twist, The Fiddler is the ultimate mix of old and new. Here, you can embrace the contemporary, sipping cocktail jugs in the stylish beer garden, or kick it old-school in the cosy bar they call The Irish. A nod to the past, this little spot is your go-to for live entertainment, fireside hangs and a downright impressive selection of fine whisky.
The Grand Bondi
The Grand Bondi
The Grand Bondi Irish Pubs
A rollicking Irish pub where the good times and Guinness flow freely, the Cock’n’Bull is always up for a bit of fun. The menu boasts a solid selection of traditional farmhouse-style fare, there’s live music every night of the week and the dance floor’s a hopping place when that weekend rolls around. Visit for hearty mid-week feeds, late-night merry-making, and everything in between.