Ireland is well-known for its pubs and bars, and in Australia, you’ll find a good range of traditional Irish restaurants and pubs where great food is naturally part of the deal. Irishman and sharepoint developer MARCUS DERVIN shares his picks for the best places in Australia where real Irish food comes to life.
The Quiet Man Irish Pub
271 Racecourse Road, Flemington Ph: 03 9376 6232
Award-winning Irish Pub, The Quiet Man is one of Melbourne’s favourite hospitality venues often described as a Little Piece of Ireland in Australia. The pub is known for its genuine Irish food, music and ambience which captures the essence of friendly Irish hospitality. The kitchen serves a great selection of traditional Irish foods including a variety of steak dishes. Meals are complimented with a great selection of fine wines or a choice of 12 local & international beers on tap.
The Snug Public House
68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick Ph: 03 9388 8756
The Snug Public House is a little bit of Ireland in the heart of Brunswick. Here you’ll enjoy authentic Irish cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The Snug Public House is famous for their regular live music sessions and entertainment events. They serve really good food and the ones to try are the Stout and Beef Pie and Mrs Brown’s Beef Stew.
The Corkman Irish Pub
160 Leicester Street, Carlton, Melbourne Ph: 03 9347 1772
The Corkman is a great bar with a live traditional Irish music session on Thursday nights and live music on Friday nights. Irish Head Chef, James Russell’s menu boasts of the Aussie classics and traditional Irish fare with a modern twist. The lunch special is at $10 and you can choose from Chicken Schnitzel with chips, Beer battered Fish and chips or B.L.T with chips.
Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro
89 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022 Ph: 02 9389 3004
One of Sydney’s favourite Irish pubs is Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro. Popular among youngsters and backpackers, this pub serves some of the tastiest traditional Irish food and drinks. The pub also offers live entertainment and Irish sessions featuring some of the most talented Irish musicians and bands. Swing by Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro for great craic and great entertainment.
Mulligan’s Irish Restaurant
137 Cleveland St Chippendale NSW 2008 Ph: 02 9319 5582
Multi award winning Irish restaurant Mulligan’s is an all-time favourite among Sydneysiders and tourists alike. The restaurant is well-known for its hearty, authentic Irish fare and real Irish hospitality. The small, cosy restaurant specialises in classic home style Irish food and nothing beats their Braised Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce and Baked Barramundi Soaked in Guinness. The menu also includes the famous Beef and Guinness Pie and the Traditional Boxty Pancakes of Ireland.
The Irish Times
427 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Ph: 03 9642 1699
Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, The Irish Times Pub has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere which also provides a nostalgic feel of classic pubs in Ireland. The pub serves authentic Irish and Aussie pub food and a drinks menu offering an extensive range of beers on tap (Kilkenny, Stella and Heineken) plus an array of spirits and quality wines.
97 Gordon St Port Macquarie Ph: 02 6583 4646
Finnians Tavern is a Port Macquarie local traditional Irish Pub that offers a live music venue and features local, national and international bands on Friday and Saturday nights. The tavern is famous for its delicious quality meals at a decent price and perfectly poured pints of the traditional Irish Guinness and Kilkenny.
711 Newcastle St Leederville, WA Ph: 08 9227 0800
Fibber McGee’s serves authentic Irish drinks, food and some of the best steaks in Australia – great classic food cooked in the modern style at decent prices. It’s also highly suitable for vegetarians and they’re going to love the very famous Caesar Salad at this pub. Drop by Fibber McGee’s and have the best Irish feeds in Perth.
Murphys Irish Pub
43 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210 Ph: 08 9535 2666
Murphy’s is located on the Mandurah Foreshore overlooking Mandjar Bay. You’ll experience old fashioned Irish hospitality at this pub, plus delicious offers of hearty meals far from the norm “pub grub”. The pub also serves the best Guinness in town plus a large selection of beers & ciders on tap and serves wines, cocktails and coffees too. Drop by for free nightly entertainment as they feature soloists, live bands and Karaoke nights.
Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge
205 James St Northbridge WA 6003 Ph: 08 9328 1488
One of Perth’s first Irish pubs, Rosie O’Grady’s is situated in the heart of Perth’s entertainment district, Northbridge. This pub is famous for its energetic atmosphere and live entertainment and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The highly recommended dishes are Rosie’s Irish Chicken Curry, Big Irish Breakfast and the Dubliner Burger.
3A & 3B Building 1 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin Waterfront NT 0800 Ph: 08 8981 2222
Topnotch Irish restaurant Fiddler’s Green is perched in the gorgeous location of Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct. This cosy and relaxing place serves rich and robust home style Irish fare and modern Australian cuisine. They also offer craft beers plus a good selection of wine. Fiddlers Green is a good place to enjoy time with friends or family.
The Cure Tavern
73 Francis St, Northbridge WA 6003 Ph: 08 9227 9055
The Cure Tavern is located in the heart of bustling Northbridge. A wide variety of foods from the traditional Irish pub fare to classic Australian dishes are on the offer at this tavern. Their full bar boasts an extensive and carefully selected whiskey list, as well as local and international beers, wines and liquors.
Marcus Dervin is the Director and Senior Consultant of WebVine, a SharePoint development consultancy based in Sydney, offering consulting, development and support in SharePoint, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.