There’s no place like an Irish pub for a good knees-up and fortunately Wellington has a fair number of decent ones – whether you’re celebrating that festival of all things Irish, St Patrick’s Day or just having a weekend session with mates, the places on our list fit the bill.
With its reputation for proper Irish cheer, excellent range of Emerald Isle brews and Irish whiskies, Molly Malone’s is a favourite amongst those who enjoy a hooley. Molly’s offers a great bar menu, and, if you prefer something more substantial, three course meals upstairs at The Red Head.
The Innkeeper in Johnsonville is great for catching up with friends and family for a Guinness or two, watching the game or enjoying a meal. They also have gaming machines for those that want to try their luck. St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so if you are in the neighbourhood, why not call in and enjoy the festivities?
OK, we’re bending the rules a bit including this one as The Backbencher isn’t really an Irish pub, but it is a damn fine place for a party. As its name states, The Backbencher is a testament to the nearby corridors of power with its puppets of politicians on the wall and political satire-themed menus. If you like a healthy debate over a few beers with your honourable friends, then The Backbencher could be your kind of place.
JJ Murphy & Co in Cuba Street is a traditional Irish pub serving the famous Murphy’s Irish Stout and Murphy’s Irish Red beers of its namesake. JJ Murphy’s conjures up the essence of Mother Ireland through this excellent range of real Irish beer, hearty pub fare and the Irish bands that perform there. There’s also an upstairs functions area with a capacity of up to 80 people and a balcony, if you want to organise a hooley. If you’re on a mission to paint the town green, on St. Pat’s Day or any other day, don’t go past JJ Murphy.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
27 February 2012