The renovation has taken the edge off this place a bit, but with some great specials (look at Tuesday's $1 taco night) and the compulsory poetry readings, we like it a lot. 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. Will be showcasing live music and giveaways. We hear this place is for sale, so get in while you can.
The Quiet Man Pub, 271 Racecourse Rd, Flemington.
A savior 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 and easily the best option this side of town. A member of our 2014 Top 50 list.
The Last Jar, 616 Elizabeth St, Carlton
From the team at The Drunken Poet. Has a strong food focus with perhaps the best pub grub in town. A pick for the foodies.
O'Sullivans Irish Pub, 914 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon.
Known as the locals local, O'Sullivan's first opened its doors in 1998 and has been a hub of activity ever since.
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. Not much choice down south.
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. Their food specials during the week are mad.
Despite the homogenised Southbank location, this dark shopping centre type pub actually creates a great atmosphere where sobriety is frowned upon.
The Snug, 68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Small lounge type feel. Very intimate. Make a great roast and pour a decent Guinness. Rated number 3 in our 2014 Top 50 pubs in Melbourne.
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.
Wee Chief, 2/12 Fitzroy St, St Kilda.
Popular with the backpacker crowd. Try the Irish parma!
Drunken Poet, 65 Peel Street West Melbourne.
Resembles an actual Irish pub the most. We can't celebrate St Pat's day without stopping here.
Newest on the scene. Interior is pretty sharp and the stew in loaf is a thing of beauty.