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Our Picks: Irish Pubs

Hanging out at an Irish Pub is a great idea for experiencing traditional music, a warm atmosphere and believing in ‘Thank Goodness for Guinness’. Here are a few of our favourite Irish Pubs where you can enjoy a good ol’ Irish Knees Up – to be sure, to be sure!



McMorrissey’s Irish Pub & Eatery

At McMorrisey’s Irish Pub in Whangarei, they like to call themselves the best little Irish Pub in town, which is probably due to their traditional look and feel. Great for sitting back and enjoying a drink or two and catching up with good mates.



Clare Inn Irish Pub
Mt Eden

Full of atmosphere and charm, the Clare Inn is a traditionally relaxed Irish bar with classic good-time vibes. There is a great outdoor area upstairs, with plenty of live entertainment most days. One of my favourite pubs to pop into on St Patrick’s Day, to be sure.


Claddagh Irish Pub

Oh yes, the Claddagh in Newmarket certainly hosts a traditional form of Irish warmth, welcoming you with their delightful ambience. This is one pub you must definitely check out.


Customs Street, The Viaduct

Located in the heart of the Viaduct, this Irish pub delivers a great night out thanks to its atmosphere, fine food and friendly staff. Plenty of seating available inside and out, O’Hagan’s is very popular.


Danny Doolan’s
Quay Street West, The Viaduct

For a true slice of Ireland with all the frivolity, live music and charm you could wish for, head to Danny Doolan’s in The Viaduct. A fantastic spot on a Friday or Saturday night with live traditional music.


The Dogs Bollix

With its laid back happy-go-lucky atmosphere, this popular pub is always humming. Be sure to pop in for some live Irish music, a pint or two of the black stuff, and plenty of good craic with your mates.


The Bog Irish Bar & Restaurant

Another fantastic and popular Irish pub in a central Auckland location. Great food, good times and plenty of traditional Irish music jams.



Finn MacCuhal’s Irish Pub

A traditional Irish Pub in the heart of Lake Taupo district! With fantastic pub grub, and a huge night life, this pub is one worth checking out. Head on down!



Molly Malones Irish Pub
Te Aro

This is a neat little pub in Te Aro. Molly Malones has plenty of live music and entertainment, played inside where it’s warm, as well as outside on the balcony. Their upstairs Red Head Restaurant offers amazing meals, while authentic Irish bar food is on standby downstairs to satisfy your needs.


Murphy’s Law Irish Bar

They say when Murphy’s Law occurs, it is when anything that could go wrong, probably will – but at Murphy’s Law Irish Bar, they live by the slogan ‘There’s no law against having the time of your life’. With good old fashion hospitality, a hearty menu and a fantastically friendly atmosphere, it’s most certainly the place to be.



Pog Mahones Irish Pub & Restaurant
Queenstown Lakes

With it’s sunny beer garden, cosy upstairs bar and lovely balcony overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Pog Mahones is a grand bar, to be sure. A bit of a Queenstown icon, it wouldn’t be the original Irish bar it’s known for without its Celtic music and authentic cuisine.


Editorial by Katherine Robinson
2nd March 2011

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