The renovation has taken the edge of this place a bit, but with great specials (look at Thursdays) and the compulsury poetry readings, we like it alot. Goes crazy on St Pat's day with 5000+ expected.
The Corkman Irish Pub, 160 Leister St, Carlton.
Hidden backstreet pub, known mainly to the Melbourne Uni students nearby. If you're after a little nook that won't be overrun by crowds, this is the ticket.
The Quiet Man Pub, 271 Racecourse Rd, Flemington.
A saviour for those that live in the West, this well managed pub certainly has a bit of craic to it. Expect 1000+ over st pats day.
The Last Jar, 616 Elizabeth St, Carlton
Opened last year from the team at The Drunken Poet. Has a strong food focus. We like it alot!
The Clifton Hill Hotel, 89 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.
Doesn't advertise it much, but the Clifton is the home away from home to many Irish expats who love their Gaelic football. Add a good spacious interior, Irish bands and good location, you'll find that the Clifton punches above its weight.
Limerick Hotel, 364 Clarendon St, South Melbourne.
A local favourite which hasn't gone down the "South of the Yarra - Sydney's newest district" just yet. Easily the best option in the area and has the runs on the board with cracking past St Patties.
Bridie O'Reillys, 463 Chapell St, South Yarra.
Seems kinda wrong that an Irish bar would be on Chapel St, but Bridie's has been an unpretentious oasis for all those that can't starch their collars enough or wear Paris Hilton sunglasses.
Bridie O'Reillys, 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Arguably the best of all the Bridies, this one offers a great outdoor area and a reputation for getting the younger brigade in. Especially on Saturdays.
Despite the homogenised Southbank location, this dark shopping centre type pub actually creates a great atmosphere where sobriety is frowned upon.
Pugg Mahones, 106 Hardware St, CBD.
The pick of the CBD pubs, with cracking specials.
The Snug, 68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Small lounge type feel. Very intimate. Make a great roast and pur a decent Guinness.
Irish Times, 427 Little Collins St, CBD.
If I did better at school and got a higher ENTER SCORE I might be one of those smartly dressed workers that come here and buy pints with $100 dollar notes.
Pugg Mahones Irish Pub, 175 Elgin St, Carlton.
Popular place that has a comfy booths downstairs but ample room to party upstairs. Good food too. Attracts the younger student crowd that like to party and swap spit on Thursdays.
Drunken Poet, 65 Peel Street West Melbourne.
Though it's actually closed for St Pat's day, we still saved the best to last. While it doesn't have any drink specials, the free music is enough to warrant a visit. It also resembles an actual irish pub the most.