16 February 2017
The St Patrick’s Day parade may be on hold this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab a pint and settle in for the craic. Here are three of the best bars in Sydney to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick on March 17. So clad yourself in clover green and wander on down to one of these three great locals for a Guinness or two.
Taking its name from a popular Irish drinking song, this small bar/ale house located on Campbell Street is pretty nondescript from the front, but inside it’s all plush booths, friendly locals, and freshly-poured pewter mugs of ale. There’s usually Guinness, Rover Golden Ale and a guest ale, as well as more than 40 Irish whiskies; not to mention Scotch, American, Japanese, Australian and even French varieties. Food-wise, you can snack on freshly-shucked oysters or house-made sausage rolls. Upstairs, you’ll often find live music.
In the south-west corner of the Entertainment Quarter, PJ Gallagher’s is known for its friendly Irish hospitality. Make your way to Moore Park for live Irish Music, a special St Patrick’s Day menu, and black velvet cocktails all day (that’s Guinness and sparkling wine). Settle in on your cushion-topped bar stool, prop your pint up on a giant lager barrel and get celebrating!
The Porterhouse is a proper Irish pub smack bang in the middle of Surry Hills. On St Patrick’s Day, the place is packed and the vibe is contagious, so pull up a bar stool and grab yourself a Guinness, Magners or Kilkenny. The Porterhouse serves pub classics all day, so you can fuel the St Paddy’s Day revelry, and they’ve also got a great bottlo, in case you’re keen to continue the party at home.
One of the Rocks’ oldest pubs, The Mercantile claims to be Australia’s longest-trading Irish pub, and it’s certainly Sydney’s best known. This cosy, traditional Irish pub is minutes from the Sydney Opera House and seconds from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and also offers good value accommodation. There’s live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The menu here is pub food with a decidedly Irish bent, with classics like steak and guinness pie, bangers and mash and, of course, Irish stew.
Not in the mood for Guinness? Head to The Tea Cosy for freshly-baked scones and a pot of tea. This Irish-Australian family-run tea room has been running for more than 10 years. You’ll find it out the back of the Irish Design Shop, an 1870s heritage-listed building in The Rocks. Their scones are made to a secret family recipe and served with double-thick cream and your choice jam.