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.
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, butcher their own meat, and make their own butter! Ahhh-mazing.
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 and a cosy fireplace, this makes this list with flying green, white and orange colours.
If you’re looking for beach views and Irish brews, The Galway Hooker in Scarborough is the place to be. They’ve got a collection of 70 types of Irish whiskey, a cool room entirely dedicated to Guinness (kept two degrees warmer than other alcohol, in case you were wondering) and all of the interior decorations shipped in from Ireland–including The Galway Hooker boat right in the middle of the pub paying homage to its namesake.
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!
Taking over the old Rosie O’Grady’s site in Northbridge, Johnny Fox’s is the newest Irish pub offering around town. Don’t worry, though, while it may have had a fresh lick of paint and a refurb, this popular spot still offers the same classic Irish pub experience you know and love—especially with Irishman slash bar extraordinaire Paul Maloney at the helm.
With few pubs offering live sport in the CBD, Durty Nelly’s has a special place in any ball lover’s heart. Nelly’s is also 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.
Brought to you by the same team as Varsity, this Irish pub is a little different to the rest. As experts in all things American and sports, the Varsity group decided to run with the Boston-Irish theme. Expect great craft beer, whiskey and soul food, alongside a TAB and big screens for keeping up on whatever sport is playing.
J.B O'Reilly's | Image credit: Nancy Hanna