Looking for good craic? St Patrick’s Day is all about good craic and if you’re not entirely sure what I am talking about, well, craic is an Irish word for a good time! All around Australia on Tuesday 17th March, Irish expats and Irish loving Aussies gather around for a pint of Guinness and a good reason to get the craic!
Here’s the best Irish pubs around Australia to get down to this Tuesday:
The Last Jar – Melbourne
If you’re looking for an authentic Irish experience in Melbourne without all of the Gaelic cliches and Guinness-swigging leprechaun posters, The Last Jar is the place to head. For St Paddy’s Day this year they’ll be putting on a great spread of Irish favourites including a full Irish breakfast and live Irish music at night. Plenty of Guinness and plenty of craic.
Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub – Perth
Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub in Perth claims to be the only authentic Irish pub in Perth and with good reason. The building itself was constructed in Ireland, designed by Irish architects and disassembled and shipped to Shafto Lane in Perth. talk about a dedication to the Irish way! Durty Nelly’s is a great place to get your authentic Guinness fix this St Paddy’s Day.
PJ O’Briens – Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns
PJ O’Briens is an Australian-wide chain of Irish pubs, with two locations in Melbourne and pubs in Cairns, Adelaide and Sydney. Here’s one of the PJ’s clan teaching us how to pour the perfect pint!
The Mercantile Hotel – Sydney
Sitting in George Street in Sydney’s CBD, The Mercantile Hotel is Australia’s oldest Irish pub. Opened in 1915, The Mercantile has made a name for itself in the Sydney music scene as the home of Irish music. Even famed Irish rockers, U2 held a press conference on the stage of the pub’s Molly Malone bar, their only media appearance for their tour in the 80s.
The Quiet Man – Melbourne
The Quiet Man gets our vote this year as the place to be in Melbourne for St Patrick’s Day, hosting Irish dancers and Irish acoustic performances in an all day indoor-outdoor street festival! Most patrons will be heading over to the food and drink stalls for a good Irish feed and kids will enjoy magicians and face painters!
JB O’Reilys – Perth
If you like the sound of an Eatin’ and Drinkin’ Emporium in Perth this St Paddy’s Day, JB O’Reily’s in the finest place for good craic! Known for having an awesome atmosphere, JB O’Reily’s claims to be the biggest seller of Guinness in Australia for seven years in a row! That’s a lot of stout!
Fibber McGee – Perth
For a genuine Irish steakhouse experience in Australia, you can’t go past Fibber McGee in Perth! They own their own farm, Drumlane Organic which produces all of the steak and dry aged meat served at the steak and stout famous restaurant.
Mick O’Malleys – Brisbane
For our Brisbane friends looking for a pint this St Patrick’s Day, you’ll find one down at Mick O’Malleys. Keep your eyes out for a St Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday!
Paddy’s Irish Pub – Port Douglas
Even all the way up in Port Douglas, there’s never a shortage of ale to go around at local favourite, Paddy’s Irish Pub. Drawing in the Port Douglas crowd and loads of backpackers living in the beautiful Tropical North Queensland, if you find yourself in FNQ this St Patrick’s Day, there’s simply no where else to be!
PJ Gallagher’s – Sydney
With six locations in Sydney, PJ Gallagher’s is a big player in the Irish Pub scene of New South Wales, focusing on hearty meals, good Irish pours and a great atmosphere. St Patrick’s Day at this year at PJ Gallagher’s means drink specials, competitions and Irish cheer.
Mick O’Shea’s – Adelaide
OK, So Mick O’Shea’s in Adelaide doesn’t boast the most outrageous Irish experience or traditional menu, but they do go all out for St Patrick’s Day, so why not try your luck at this establishment who turn it on for the most iconic event of the Irish calendar. There will be Irish dancing, music, pipers and drummers and not to mention free giveaways all day. Plus they are putting on a BBQ smokers menu that sounds pretty darn delicious!
Finn Macool’s – Adelaide
This Irish Pub in Adelaide is going all out for St Patrick’s Day this year with live music, Irish breakfasts, giveaways and drinks specials on Guinness, Jameson and Kilkenny! There’s also a good incentive to get some four-leaf clovers painted onto your face with proceeds from face painting and raffle sales going to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Irish – Tasmania
Founded by an emancipated convict Josiah Pitcher over 170 years ago, The Irish, as it is known today, is a well known Launceston establishment which runs deep with Tasmania’s colonial past and Irish connections. A great Irish pub with an awesome story! Check it out here at the Irish 1835.
So if you’re in the mood for some luck on St Paddy’s day this year, head down to your local Irish pub to celebrate all that is Irish, from Guinness to Gaelic.
What’s your favourite part of St Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments?