Fancy a pint of Guinness? Maybe some live music? Or a classic Irish meal? These Irish pubs in Melbourne have everything you need!

Guinness lovers, you won’t need a shamrock to feel lucky. Although Melbourne may be a long way from Ireland, it is home to plenty of traditional Irish pubs where pints of Guinness and authentic Irish meals are on offer.

So if you’re searching for that famed homely atmosphere, traditional Irish cooking, raucous live music nights or just a friendly pubs for you and your mates, there’s an Irish pub in Melbourne for you.

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or not, now has never been more of a better time to visit one of these traditional institutions. So read on through and be sure to grab a Guinness at one of Melbourne’s best Irish pubs in 2024!

<strong>Bridie O'Reilly's</strong>
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Bridie O'Reilly's

Fancy a pint? Maybe traditional Irish restaurant meals? How about trivia nights? Or a dog friendly beer garden? Bridie O’Reilly’s serves up all of this and more. Located in South Yarra on Chapel Street, Bridie O’Reilly’s is more of an institution rather than your typical Irish pub in Melbourne. With stained glass, wooden bars, a fireplace and plenty of TV’s to watch the latest game on, Bridie’s is famed for their expansive menu including traditional Irish dishes amongst many other classic pub meals. They also serve up the best Guinness in town too!

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462 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC 3141
<strong>The Drunken Poet</strong>
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The Drunken Poet

Located a skip and step away from Queen Victoria Market, The Drunken Poet is a lyrical adventure through Irish culture and cooking. This cosy authentic Irish pub lets you pull up a bar stool and enjoy a charming night of relaxing drinks with friends and co-workers. True to its name, portraits of famous Irish writers and poets dote the walls while enjoying a pint or three. The Drunken Poet is also one of Melbourne’s most unique live music venues, hosting local artists six nights a week, including traditional Irish music events.

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65 Peel St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003
<strong>The Irish Times Pub</strong>
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The Irish Times Pub

Described as a piece of Ireland in Melbourne, The Irish Times Pub offers Melburnians a taste of genuine Irish style. Absorb the unique atmosphere with their traditional dark wood interiors, a cosy fireplace, and beautiful stain glassed windows. So grab a pint of Guinness at The Irish Times Pub, one of the best traditional Irish pubs in Melbourne you must visit in 2024.

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427 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>The Last Jar</strong>
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The Last Jar

If you’re searching for one of the best Irish pubs in Melbourne, we must introduce you to The Last Jar. Hanging off Elizabeth Street, The Last Jar is best described as an Irish oasis that’s traditional, warm, rustic and serves some of the best homemade butter in town. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, here you’ll find traditional Irish music nights, stellar service and a happy hour from 4pm – 7pm. Whilst you’re here be sure to try the Spice Bag, Beef & Guinness Pie and the Breaded Brie!

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616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>P.J. O'Brien's</strong>
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P.J. O'Brien's

Located in Southbank, P.J. O’Brien’s is considered as one of the most famous Irish pubs in Melbourne. This old-fashioned watering hole has all of the highlights of a traditional Irish pub: Guinness on tap, classic Irish food and, most importantly, live music. Appease your appetite with their specials including freshly shucked oysters and a $30 Sunday Roast. Pulling in crowds every week regardless if St. Patrick’s Day is coming up or not, P.J. O’Brien’s is always our go-to for a pint and an overall great time.

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16/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank, VIC 3006

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