Granted, you probably won't find us suggesting a cosy old Irish pub in Perth when our mates ask us about the latest and greatest drinking holes in our fair city, but good Irish pubs certainly have their time and their place, and they also tend to dish out some killer pub grub at verrrry reasonable prices.
Whether you're after a pint of Guinness, a plate of potatoes, or you just want to get involved with some of the best banter in P-town, here are our favourite Irish pubs in Perth.
Rumour has it that the guys at J.B. O'Reilly’s sell more Guinness per year than any other bar in Australia, and based on the crowds, we'd be inclined to believe it. With live music, dinner deals almost every night (the $20 parmi and pint night is legit) and a cosy fireplace, this makes this list with flying green, white and orange colours.
If you've never stumbled out of The Garden and into Fibber McGee's, are you even from Perth? Leederville locals are all over their weekly dose of comfort food, round the clock live sport and a good selection of beers on tap. We also hear on the grapevine that the chefs bake the bread, cure their own bacon and make their own butter! Ahhh-mazing.
It’s a toss up as to whether the atmosphere at Paddy Malone’s in Joondalup is a result of the ten giant screens playing sport, the Sunday roast (two words: Guinness & yorky) or the insane list of events on most nights. They claim to be the best craic in the West and we’re not arguing!
We may have lost old time favourite Rosie O’Grady’s in Fremantle but the Northbridge location is still going strong. And why wouldn’t it with the winning trio of Monday to Friday $6 pints at happy hour, live music all weekend and round the clock atmosphere that is the Celtic supporters in full force!
With few pubs offering live sport in the CBD, Durty Nelly’s has a special place in any ball lovers heart. At $9, Nelly’s is offering some of the cheapest Guinness, Kilkenny and Magners in the city and the unpretentious suited crowd knows it. The proximity to Gami Chicken & Beer doesn’t hurt either. Just sayin’.
Nestled inside the Novotel Hotel on Langley Park, Fenians has been warming souls since 1987 and it's undoubtedly one of our fave Irish pubs in Perth. Go for the beef and Guinness pie and stay for the Irish charm.
You might love Paddy's it for the never-ending sport on the wee telly (except not really, it’s huuuge), but we’re in it to claim the top prize every Monday at quiz night (matched with $10 pizza, it’s a no brainer!) This warm and cosy nook in Subaco is the perfect combo of a traditional Irish pub and the classic Aussie watering hole. Their $7 pints of the month don't hurt either.
J.B O'Reilly's | Image credit: Nancy Hanna