The charm of Mother Ireland spreads far and wide in our little country and there are great Irish pubs all over the place.
Maybe you’re looking to paint the town green and sup a few Guinesses on St. Patrick’s Day or perhaps somewhere to have a few quiets after or work or to catch up friends. We’ve chosen a few places from north to south that we think will satisfy those requirements.
McMorrissey’s – Whangarei
McMorrissey’s has been called the “one-stop Irish shop” in Whangarei. They offer an extensive range of hearty Irish-inspired pub grub and quality Irish beers on tap. On St. Patrick’s Day this year McMorrissey’s is hosting a bit of a hooley. There will be drinks specials, costume competitions and Irish music playing throughout the day and they are even planning to close off part of Vine Street so you can really enjoy the festivities.
Hennessy’s Irish Bar – Rotorua
The Hennessy’s chain of pubs was founded in Dublin in 1905, and this pub, owned by the grandson of the founder, carries on a proud tradition of providing quality food, beer and entertainment. So sit back and let the sights, sounds, smells and tastes transport you back to old Ireland. Oh, and there’s also an onsite backpackers if you need somewhere to stay and to add to the party vibe!
Paddy Barry’s – Marlborough
Paddy Barry’s is a top spot for a knees-up. Soak up the sun and enjoy a drink on the balcony or in the garden bar, tap your toes to the sounds of top Celtic tunesmiths – Paddy’s is made for good craic. Make no mistake, if you’re in Marlborough on St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s is the place to be.
Pog Mahone’s – Queenstown
With its quality menu, excellent range of tap and bottled beers, breathtaking views over Lake Wakatipu, spacious upstairs bar and regular performances by Irish bands, Pogs has everything you could possibly want in a pub. It’s easy to see why it is such a favourite in Queenstown. Pog’s really is a genuine Irish pub – the bar itself was made in Ireland and shipped to New Zealand by the owners.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
28 February 2012