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Top Spots in Melbourne To Celebrate St Patricks Day

CBD/ Southbank

  • Boilermaker House (209-211 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) – Boilermaker have got Stomping Ground Snakes Out Chocolate Stout on tap and house-made Guinness pies to match their special St Paddy’s Whisky Flight ($42). Four Irish Whiskeys to get you started on a big night.
  • Elephant and Wheelbarrow Bourke St (94-98 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Come down to your favourite british pub in the CBD for breakfast on this most Irish of days for only $20, a pint of the nectar of the gods included. Or if you cannot make breakfast, come down later in the day, and enjoy classic Irish grub, wash it down with a Guiness or two and enjoy give aways throughout the day. To book your spot, call 9639 8444.
  • Fed Square Good Beer Week Showcase (Fed Square, Melbourne)- Over two huge public sessions on Thursday and Friday evening, 36 breweries from Victoria and beyond will showcase their beers. As the official launch of the Good Beer Week 2017 program, it will also serve as a sneak peek to the ten-day beer festival in May, with food vendors from Good Beer Week serving up some of the best dishes they have to offer. nce again, there will be free masterclasses, meet the brewer sessions, and attendees will have the chance to vote for the Bintani People’s Choice beer and brewery of the Showcase, to be announced at the final Friday evening session. Tickets are just $50 a head.
  • Irish Times Bar (427 Little Collins St, Melbourne) – Looking to head to a real Irish pub this St Patrick’s day? Then look no further- The Irish Times with it’s genuine Irish pub style wrap-around bars, traditional dark wood interiors, cosy fireplaces, beautiful stained glass windows and rugby memorabilia’s is the perfect place to be this 17th of March! Kick start your day with a Scrumptious Full Irish Brekky for only $20. Enjoy the best Guinness in town along with green giveaways, all-day Irish menu, Bagpipers and Live Irish Music all day!
  • The Last Jar (616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne) – Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day the traditional way at The Last Jar, starting with a big Irish breakfast from 8am, live Irish music all day, and of course, Guinness, Kilkenny, Magners & craft beers flowing on tap! There’ll also be live Irish music all day with two separate stages for live music.
  • Loch and Key (L1/34 Franklin St, Melbourne) – Loch & Key and Teeling Whiskey are throwing the BIGGEST party of the year to date. Come rekindle your inner Irish and celebrate St Patricks Day in style away from those jam packed Irish bars. Kicking off at 5pm, join Loch & Key where they are certainly not short of all things Irish, not to mention the staff. With a fine selection of Irish Whiskey on the wall, come enjoy some Teeling Whiskey Cocktails on the balcony and Listen to some Celtic Punk from The Ramshackle Army kicking off the event from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, with more traditional Irish tunes playing out throughout the evening. Chow down on an Irish inspired menu by in house Chef Mark (Santos) O’Loughlin from 5pm – 10pm. Drinks Specials will be running the entire Day, Night…and  morning …Slàinte Mhath
  • Meat Market (54 South Wharf Promenade. South Wharf)  – Join Meat Market & Jameson’s Whiskey ambassador, Max Hart for an evening of exceptional food & whiskey. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival followed by a 4 course meal matched with 4 outstanding whiskey’s including 2 of Jamesons newest additions from the “whiskey makers series”. Tickets are $79 a head and you can buy them here.
  • P.J. O’Brien’s (Southgate, Southbank) – P.J’s will be hosting a Big Irish Breakfast from 8am ’til 11am which includes a Pint of Guinness or Glass of Sparkling $25 per person or $12 for the wee ones. They will be open from 8am until late with Live Irish Music, Irish Dancers and Pipers and plenty of Guinness flowing throughout the day and night!
  • The Turf Sports Bar & Grill (131 Queens St, Melbourne) Come celebrate St Patricks Day at Turf Bar this year with food specials with an Irish twist all day. Irish Drink specials from 5pm. Irish music from 5pm till late.
  • Young and Jacksons (1 Swanston St, Melbourne) – St Patricks day party falls on a friday, which is very dangerous for those of us who like to raise a glass (or ten…) to the emerald isle.  This year Y&Js will have no less than 12 hours (with breaks; for beer of course) of live music! Jig your little heart out to some traditional Irish music, before setting in with Stuie Music and then rockin’ out to Mamma Jam through to the early hours. There will be extra Guinness on tap, and more than enough Jameson Irish Whiskey to match demand, and they have a heap of merch to give away! They even have a special Paddy’s day menu, and yes, there is colcannon, Irish lamb stew, and even a chocolate & guinness cake (yuuuummmmm)!


  • Bridie O’Reilly’s Brunswick (29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Doors will open at 9.00am for a full on Irish breakfast. You receive a free Guinness with every breakfast ordered between 9-12pm. With pipers and fiddlers from noon till 3pm and live music from 7pm-3am, plus a bunch of prizes and give aways.
  • Dan O’Connell (225 Canning St, Carlton) – The doors swing open at 7am for brekkie, and it’s food, drink and entertainment from then on. Later in the evening, the U2 Show Achtung Baby are ready to rock out on the main stage, along with The Ramshackle Army, Tim Scanlan, The Lawnton Bowls Club & Fishermen’s Friend. They’ve got Irish dancers from The Christine Ayres school of Irish Dancing, the kitchen will be serving up some traditional Irish cuisine, and of course the finest Guinness money can buy. Free before 3pm, 9 bucks after. Get your tickets here.
  • The Drunken Poet (65 Peel Street, West Melbourne) – The Drunken Poet is open from 12pm and will be serving their famous toasted sandwiches and live music from 5pm. Entry is free but get in early, its a small, intimate venue. They will be serving Guinness, Kilkenny, Magners Irish cider, a great selection of Irish whiskeys & Taytos on the day as well.
  • The Lomond Hotel (225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick) – Come on down to the Lomond Hotel this St Patties day and celebrate the special occasion as they will be offering great Guinness give aways all day with the purchase of their lovely Guinness off tap. There will be live music from The Gin Club Two from 8.30 onwards which promises to be a great show. Last and not least there will be three Irish style dishes served from our kitchen.
  • The Quiet Man (271 Racecourse Rd, Flemington) – It’s happening again! Melbourne’s favourite St Patrick’s Day Street Party will be kicking off again for 2017. Indoors, there will be live entertainment as well as food from 9am. Outdoors, the street party kicks off at midday with live bands, food vans, entertaiment and drink stalls.
  • Parkview Hotel (131/137 Scotchmer St, Fitzroy North) – Come join in the fun at The Parkview Hotel, as they celebrate St Pat’s Day. Irish eyes were certainly looking down, when the day just happens to finally have fallen on a Friday.That means after work drinks, Friday member’s draw and much much more. Get together your mates, and come join in for a craic. Kilkenny, Guinness, Irish Car Bombs, or why not a Black Velvet? They’ve plenty to keep you occupied and if you’re so inclined, They’ll even turn your beer green!
  • The Sung (68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Yes that is right….. Its our favourite time of year again! The Guinness will be flowing, and the craic will be mighty! We are open from 10am serving Breakie Rolls and Pints of Guinness! Live music kicks off in the early afternoon right through to the wee hours of the night!


  • Beer Deluxe (329 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn) – It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish by decent or at heart. Come and celebrate Ireland’s national day with Beer Deluxe. With $8 Guinness Tins, $8 Magners Cider Bottles, $8 Midori Mixers,$8 Agwa Bombs, and $12 Irish food specials, prizes to be won including best dressed, plus live music from 6:30pm. You’ll be green if you miss it.
  • Elephant and Wheelbarrow St Kilda (169 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – The Elephant & Wheelbarrow St Kilda are serving breakfast from 10am with $8 pints of Magners & Guinness all day plus live entertainment and much more.
  • Freddie Wimpoles (125 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Everyone is embracing the famous Irish holiday at Freddies. The Irish love a beer and so do they! To get into the spirit, they will be tapping Guinness, but will be taking this one step further though and shucking fresh oysters for $1 on the day too. Something that Freddie when named “Melbourne Winerooms” back in the day was famous for. They will also be tapping a special collaboration beer on the day too, I’m “stomping” my feet and “teeling” the frustration as I cant say anything more about it…
  • The Great Britain Hotel (447 Church St, Richmond) – Get on your best outfit and join The GB as they get into the spirit and celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. Enjoy $8 pints of Guinness, plus sausage, Colcannon and Guinness gravy for $12. You’ll be sure to have a whale of a time! For more information call 03 9810 0082
  • The Local  (22-24 Bay St, Port Melbourne) The Local are going green for Paddy’s Day!  Join them as they serve up $8 pints of Guinness, $5 Irish tasters and $5 shots all day.  Sláinte!
  • Windsor Ale House (42 Punt Rd, Windsor) Join the Windsor for $8 Guinness pints from 5-8pm as well as $15 Irish stew ALLDAY.  Live music from 6pm – The Carry Ons- classic irish covers – Richie McKay- rolling in the rebel tunes

Moo Cage at The Dan

For the very first time The Dan O’Connell get a little bit fancy on St. Patrick’s Day with the Moo Cage – a VIP tent sponsored by our very good friends Moo Brew. Join the best and brightest as they sip on exclusive Moo Brew beers, Guinness, spirits and sparkling while the masses party to the best St Paddy’s Day lineup in Melbourne.

Here’s the deal:

  • Canapes from 2-6pm
  • The best premium beer in Australia by our friends at Moo Brew
  • 3 drinks on arrival
  • The best view in the house (okay, it’s a park, don’t be precious)
  • Damien Leith launches his new album ‘Songs from Ireland’ in Melbourne and famous Celtic act Claymore rock out ’til close.
  • Dress code is casual cocktail. Or something.

The Dan O’Connell is the biggest St Paddy’s day festival in Melbourne and the Moo Cage is the best way to enjoy all of the atmosphere and excitement with premium beer, food, and good old craic.

Coffee, Pop ups and all things green

I was going to bore you all again with a list of things I like (you can never have too many lists) but it turns out that there are far too many interesting things going on in Melbourne at the moment so I thought I’d tell you about them instead.

What’s coming up

One of the biggest things happening soon is MICE, the Melbourne Intentional Coffee Expo is on once again from the 13th-15th March at the showgrounds. Watch the coffee competitions with baristas from around the country and the world plus get the chance to sample some of the best coffees as pronounced by the Australian International Coffee Award panel of judges. There are a range of ticket options from 1 day passes to showcase passes starting at $25 a head.


Noisy Ritual is Melbournes first interactive winery and they are bringing the mysteries of the wine world to 130 High St, Preston. Every Saturday night until the 4th of April, they will be hosting their very own pop up bar with snacks, beers and of course their own wine.

Photo by Tajette O'Halloran
Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

A new pop up out north has popped up in the most surprising of places. Pentridge Prison are hosting the Hope Thief Bar in the old D division each Friday from 3pm till 10pm. With pulled pork rolls, steak sandwiches, beers and more, it’s the kind of bar you’ll want to be behind.

One of Australia’s most love craft brewers Feral brewing are taking over the taps at Forster’s Hall in what will be known as the Festival of Feral. On the 27th and 28th March, all the taps will be given over to Feral beers, many of which have not been seen in Victoria before. Bluebonnet will be there providing food and there will be prizes, line dancing, giveaways and more.

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One of my favourite groups, Scarf, have announced their Autumn Dinner series to take place at Green Park in North Carlton. Scarf are a group that  train, and mentor young refugees and asylum seekers in hospitality skills with the view to them gaining ongoing employment. Dinners at Green Park start on the 17th March and take place every Tuesday until 12th May and are just $40 for 2 courses which is stunning value. For bookings to the dinner simply email bookings@scarfcommunity.org but be quick, they do book out.

On the 21st of March, Prahran Market are hosting a Greek Fiesta. Enjoy roving musicians playing a range of Traditional Greek Music, Greek Cooking demonstration in the Blanco Kitchen, Greek Dancing and Greek Band in the Market Square 1pm to 3pm, kids activities at Harvest Hall, Greek Street Food in the Market Square including: Hellenic Hotdogs ,Taki’s Balls and Sweet Greek.

Last but not at all least, the 17th of March is St Patrick’s Day, one of my favourite days of the year. With all kinds of places trying out their luck, I’ve put together a list of where to go and what to do on the day. With events such as breakfast at The Last Jar or P.J. O’Briens, Whisky tasting at Left Bank or a VIP tent at Dan O’Connells, you’ll find something that makes you smile.


17th March – 23rd March 2014

Monday 17th March

  • St Patrick’s Day Breakfast at P.J. O’Brien’s (Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank) – Once again, P.J. O’Brien’s is hosting their famous (or maybe infamous) St Patrick’s Day breakfast. Come in for a delicious Full Irish Breakfast, some Irish Dancing & Live Music. $25 per person includes a glass of Sparkling or a Pint of Guinness.  Childrens price is $12 and includes a Juice (12 years & under). Join in the Craic at P.J’s – the best way to start your St Patrick’s Day. To book, call  9686 5011.
  • Huxtabook and Dinner at Huxtable (131 Smith St, Fitzroy) – Huxtable invite you to the launch party for their new book, Huxtabook. See what all the fuss is about (and their is fuss and the fuss is well deserved) for just $100 a head which includes dinner and a signed copy. For bookings email bookings@huxtablerestaurant.com.au or call 9419 5101.

Tuesday 18th March

  • Taste of Campania at Osteria la Passiona (486 Bridge Road, Richmond) – Here’s one for the cheese lovers, a multi course cheese based menu in collaboration with Twelvebottles and That’s Amore Cheese. Dinner is $80 a head and includes wines. To book, call 9428 2558.
  • Pierre Yves Colin Morey Burgundy Tasting and Dinner at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – PWS presents  the extremely limited Pierre Yves Colin Morey St Aubin 2012s followed by a two course dinner featuring vintage Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chassagne Montrachet Baudines & Chenevottes Premier Crus from 2008 & 2010, followed by a bracket of 2011 red burgundies from Denis Mortet and Robert Chevillon. Dinner and tastings are $150 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Make your own Sangria Class at Bar Nacional (727 Collins St, Mebourne) – Bar Nacional is not willing to be done with summer yet and are putting on some classes to help you to make one of the best summer drinks, the Sangria. Join them for an after-work Sangria workshop led by wine & spirits experts Jeff Salt and Prue Naidu, complete with Spanish snacks and free-flowing Sangria. Classes are $10 a head andyou can book by emailing info@barnacional.com.au or by phone on 9252 7999. Be quick, only 25 seats for the whole class.
  • Absinthe Appreciation Society at Eau de Vie (1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne) – The green fairy, the liquid muse, join Eau de Vie Melbourne for an enlightening experience looking at the controversial past of absinthe. Separate myth from fact and showcase this beautiful, misunderstood spirit in all it’s glory in true EDV fashion. Cocktails, theatre, and absinthe inspired food. Brought to you by Eau-de-Vie in association with La Fee absinthe, Think Spirits and Cerbaco. Tickets are $70 per person with inquiries and bookings to melbourne@eaudevie.com.au

Wednesday 19th March

  • German and Austrian Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High Street, Armadale)-  Germany, with Riesling being the dominant grape and lesser varietals such as Gruner Sylvaner, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) also being planted across the country. Austria’s varietals go even further with most wines only just becoming available on Australian shores in the last couple of years, and indigenous varietals such as Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent showing great character and beauty.  There’ll be 8 wines to taste from a variety of regions all matched to delicious cheeses and charcuterie boards. Tickets are $30 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Bio-Dynamic and Organic Wine Tasting with Max Allen at Syracuse Restaurant (23 Bank Place, Melbourne) – Award winning wine writer Max Allen and Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar have crafted a unique wine dinner featuring a fully catered menu presented by Head Chef Hugh Sanderson. This is the perfect partnership between Hugh Sanderson and Max Allen, as both have a passion for using all organic produce. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked via enjoy@syracuseresturant.com.au or by phone on 9670 1777.

Thursday 20th March

  • Tahbilk Pop Up Open House at Melbourne Wine House (133 Queensbridge Street, South Melbourne) – Bring a friend and join with Hayley and members of our Cellar Door staff in the wonderful and historic surrounds of The Melbourne Wine House for our Tahbilk Cellar Door ‘Pop Up’ A full range of wines will be on tasting including the just released 2005 ‘1927 Vines’ Marsanne, the stunning 2008 vintage ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ Reds and even our iconic ‘1860 Vines’ Shiraz! These will be joined by a jam-packed selection of Cellar Door only Tahbilk and Dalfarras wines to give you a complete tasting experience. There is no charge to be there on the night but numbers are limited, so please contact Chelsea Kennedy ckennedy@tahbilk.com.au or  call (03) 5794 2555) to register for the event.
  • Jim Barry Dinner at Church St Enoteca (527 Church St, Richmond) – Jim Barry wines, established in 1959 by the late Jim Barry, recognised today as one of Australia’s twelve ‘First Families of Wine’. This dinner, hosted by the incomparable, second generation patriarch ‘Peter Barry’, is an opportunity to sample the current full range, together with the specially selected ‘2005 Florita Riesling’ and 1999 Armagh’, matched to the delectable cuisine of one of Melbourne’s finest venues. The 3 course dinner is $130 per person and can be booked via toorak@vintagecellars.com.au or by phone on 9826 1476.
  • Flavour Exchange at Fed Square (Federation Square, Melbourne) – Get your tastebuds ready to celebrate Victoria’s finest Autumn flavours. Enjoy tastes from artisan food makers, boutique wineries, craft beer and cider breweries. Chat with the producers behind them and buy direct and save, all in the one place, in The Atrium at Fed Square. Tickets are $25 pre sale and $30 on the door. You can book online here.

Friday 21st March

  • Flavour Exchange at Fed Square (Federation Square, Melbourne) – Get your tastebuds ready to celebrate Victoria’s finest Autumn flavours. Enjoy tastes from artisan food makers, boutique wineries, craft beer and cider breweries. Chat with the producers behind them and buy direct and save, all in the one place, in The Atrium at Fed Square. Tickets are $25 pre sale and $30 on the door. You can book online here.

Saturday 22nd March

  • Rose and Pinot Noir Yum Cha at David’s (4 Cecil Pl, Prahran) – David’s Restaurant and Australia’s Top Wines have got together to bring you a wine tasting with a difference. Along with all you can eat dim sum, you’ll be offered a tasting of 8 different wines, 4 Rose and 4 Pinot Noir. This is the second of such events to take place with the first selling out so best to book your place quickly. Lunch is $69 a head and you can book online and see the full menu here.

Sunday 23rd March

  • Lara Food and Wine Festival (Pirra Homestead 108 Windermere Road, Lara) –  Lara invite you to come to their festival to taste produce you have not sampled before. Enjoy a great social day with friends, food and wine and see what is produced in the local area. Our program is choc full of celebrities, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Entry to the festival is free and you can find out more information here.
  • Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar (Queen St Melbourne) – The Turkish Pazar Festival (‘pazar’ means both Sunday and market in Turkish) transforms the Queen Victoria market into a traditional Turkish bazaar. The festival offers the opportunity to taste a variety of Turkish foods, including everybody’s favourite gozleme (savoury stuffed pancakes). Visitors will also be able to socialise Turkish-style in a traditional tea garden while enjoying simit (crusty sesame-covered bread rings) or having their fortune told over a cup of Turkish coffee. Stalls will provide the opportunity to buy a magic Turkish carpet or colourful lamp or ceramic plate, and the traditional art of paper marbling (ebru) will also be on display.An all-day stage program features Sitki Akin and Mihriban Turkmen Guzel, special guest performers from Turkey, supported by accomplished musicians from the Ankara State Folk Music Chorus, plus local musical groups and folk dancers. Entry to this event is free.