Everyone know you don't have to be even a little bit Irish to knock back a whiskey and a Guinness on St Patrick's Day. Melbourne's pubs and bars will be getting into the St Paddy's spirit with plenty of Irish pub grub and pints upon pints of Guinness, Kilkenny and Magners. Wear your greenest outfit and head to these pubs, they'll be putting on the best parties for St Patrick's day.
Where to drink on St Patrick's Day
One of Melbourne's premier Irish pubs, you won't do much better than PJ O'Brien's for a good time on St Patrick's Day. You'll find the walls splashed with Irish paraphernalia, suspended TV screens playing the rugby, live music, and Irish grub (expect Tayto chips, big Irish brekkies and plenty of McDonnell's Curry Sauce). Naturally, the bar will also be pulling perfect pints of Guinness, which they'll be serving alongside plenty of Teeling whiskey.
North Melbourne pub The Last Jar is such good craic. The pints of Guinness or Kilkenny you get here are among the very best in town: yeasty and sour-sweet rather than bitter and metallic. And there's Magners on tap There’s also live Irish traditional music on Sundays, which they'll no doubt crank up on St Patrick's Day. But the real draw here is the food. The beef and Guinness shepherd's pie is a hearty dish that will line your stomach for their beautiful pours.
Complete with beer garden and tables out the front for the smoking and sunshine inclined, the Dan O'Connell Hotel is a classic local boozer. Expect good tunes, a crowd full of uni students and locals, and a special breakfast menu. The best part is, on St Pat's Day the party usually spills out on the streets and the conveniently adjacent park (read: grassy patch).
This is one sports pub that knows how to cook up a great pub meal. We're not just talking steaks (although the steaks are great too), but their pork belly is to die for and the classic parma will keep you well fueled. They're all about the craic on a normal weekend, so you know you'll be in for some great live music and classic Irish pub food on St Paddy's Day.
This classic pub is one of those venues that really crank up the craic on St Patrick's Day. They serve a mean beer-battered chips with McDonnells curry sauce, and a great beef and Guinness pie if you like to eat your Guinness as well as drink it. On a normal day though, the Irish Times Pub has a quiet atmosphere and a relaxed attitude, often with entertainment such as comedy and live bands.
The Celtic Club will be celebrating St Patrick's Day with lots of craic agus ceoil (fun and music!). They'll pour plenty of Guinness to chase your whiskey tastings, and serve up their signature parmas to keep punters fed. If you're a sports fan, the CBD pub is also a prime location for after-work drinks and for watching high-tension sports action, so there's plenty of reasons to come back after St Pat's Day.
In an ode to the Emerald Isle and the "stately, plump Buck Mulligan" of James Joyce's Ulysses, Northcote's boutique bookshop and bar represent the glorious union of Irish whiskey and literature. By day, Buck Mulligan's is a bookshop and café. By night, the bar's Irish whiskeys gets a good workout. Pair your whiskey with quality Irish staples, including black pudding, smoked salmon, pork pies and ploughman's platters for a taste of Celtic nostalgia.
A little bit of Ireland right here in the heart of Chapel Street, Bridie O'Reilly is a hub for good times and decent beers. They're serving a full Irish breakfast all day on St Pat's, but if you've had one too many pints you'll want to order a plate of their cheesy chips slathered in melty cheese and Irish curry sauce.
Micheal and Kim Lynch's bar has an unquestionable Irish heart, yet it deftly avoids all the fiddle-de-de shamrocks and tat. It's here you can get a killer fish finger sandwich, soda bread and stew and steaks with Jameson butter. This is huge food that could almost take a pot shot at the Napier's enormous eats.