Time Out Melbourne

Compose a limerick over a beer at this haven for artistic folk

The words “Irish Pub” can conjure some pretty bad images: green-tinted beer, cardboard shamrocks, red-faced backpackers and Guinness that tastes like wet dog. But here to save Melbourne from these horrors is Siobhan Dooley and her spectacular recreation of the real deal – the Drunken Poet. Siobhan and her friendly staff are quick to learn your name, strike up a conversation, and pour you the best pint of Guinness or Kilkenny in the city, matched only by sister venue The Last Jar.
There’s nary a TV to be seen, but entertainment consists of live music five night a week including Irish traditional and female performer nights, as well as poetry readings and weekly trivia. This is a place built on the regular patronage of local tradies and artsy types that makes this a down-to-earth, creative and hugely inviting little pub. 

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The Drunken Poet details

65 Peel St, West Melbourne 3003

Telephone 03 9348 9797

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Tue-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm

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