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Best Irish bars in Australia

Let’s face it, the Irish know how to have themselves a bloody good time! No matter where you venture in the world, you’re guaranteed to stumble across a friendly Irish bar, with lively tunes (who can resist the diddly-eye music?) and Guinness aplenty that’s too good to refuse. Thankfully, finding a good Irish bar in Australia’s top cities is easy (hurray!) and we’ve made it all the easier by listing some of them below. Now, all that’s left to do is let the craic (Irish slang for tremendous fun) commence!

Maloney’s Hotel - Sydney

Despite its name, Maloney’s isn’t a hotel but you will most likely end up spending the whole night here at this fantastic Irish clad bar smack bang in where it’s all happening in Sydney. This is the spot to go for pub grub served all day (we’ll take alllll the mash potatoes, thank you), perfectly poured pints of Guinness (creamy moustaches are a cert’) and plenty of laughs.

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Close by accommodation: Sydney Railway Square YHA is a 9 minute stumble away.

PJ O'Brien's - Melbourne

In the heart of Southgate, this bar is one of Melbourne’s longest standing authentic Irish bars and is a much-loved destination - perfect for dropping in for a few cold ones. Serving up a plentiful food menu and live music on the regular, you’ll find it hard to resist hitting the dance floor at PJ’s. The atmosphere is cosy and feels like you could be sitting in a cute watering hole in the Emerald Isle itself. Take advantage of their private snug sections for ample mingling time with friends and new ones you're bound to meet here too.

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Close by accommodation: Cross the river and in 15 minutes you’ll reach the funky Melbourne Central YHA.

Finn MacCool’s - Adelaide 

With a name like Finn MacCools, how could you not want to stop by this bar to check out what it’s all about? It's close by Adelaide CBD and has everything you would expect from a good Irish bar - tasty booze and an inviting open fireplace. Oh, and of course a menu with lots of Irish favourites, like the signature Beef and Guinness pie - yassssss, please!

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Close by accommodation: With public transport, it'll take you less than 20 minutes to Adelaide Central YHA.

Irish Murphy’s  - Hobart 

With a building dating back to 1812, Irish Murphy's is a haven situated in the Northern end of Salamanca. While we normally think of Irish bars as cute indoor settings, at this bar you can enjoy its large outdoor seating area and local Tasmanian produce. We love that this bar takes a contemporary spin on a traditional Irish pub. Same same but different!

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Close by accommodation: A 9 minute stroll will take you to the door of Hobart Central YHA.

Shenanigans - Darwin

Located in the heart of Darwin, you’ll find Shenanigans or “shags” as the locals refer to it. This pub has been a favourite for over 21 years and is a great place to sink a pint with mates or try some of the Irish pub classics from the extensive menu. You’re in for a good time here, with live music happening 6 nights a week. Oh, did we mention, there's trivia and karaoke nights too?!

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Close by accommodation: Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell is literally next door. Hot damn - that's convenient!

J.B O’Reilly’s - Perth

We heard that the guys at J.B’s sell more Guinness than any other bar in Australia. Holy guacamole - that’s quite the achievement! They obviously have the best Guinness and all the other Irish essentials here too. So, what are you waiting for?! Get yourself to J.B’s to see what all the fuss is about.

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Close by accommodation: Jump on the Fremantle train line heading for the city and stop off at Perth City YHA. Trip total of 16 minutes.

Irish Murphy’s - Brisbane

The biggest Irish bar in all of Brisbane - get yo booty in the door of Irish Murphy’s. With a superb atmosphere and an endless supply of Irish knick-knacks, this is the place to have yourself a good time. There’s 3 bars across 3 levels, now that’s a whole load of Irishness waiting to be soaked up.

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Close by accommodation: Brisbane City YHA is a mere 19 minute stroll away. 

Well mates, all that’s really left to do is get the dancing shoes on, wear your finest green ensemble and rock into one of those bars to Slainte (Irish for cheers) the night away. Wahoo!



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