Irish ale and food is enjoyed the world over. Here are some Irish pubs in Johannesburg to head to the next time you're looking for a cold one.
The Irish Club
When it comes to Irish pubs in Johannesburg, The Irish Club springs top of mind. This simple local Linden drinking hole that overlooks a sport field has its focus on cold beers on tap and warm company. For regulars, The Irish Club has become a home away from home where everybody knows your name. The unpretentious bar doesn’t offer anything fancy – you’ll find toasties and chicken schnitzel on the menu - but what it does promise is cheap drinks and a chilled atmosphere for a nice afternoon or great night out.
A favourite among patrons is the R50 breakfast. A stand-out event is the weekly Sunday boot market where you can spend the afternoon thrifting second-hand goodies out of car boots and vendor stalls. The Irish Club is also known for their St Patrick's Day celebrations every year.
Where: Corner Salerno Road & 5th Avenue, Linden | Contact: 083 267 6327
The Irish Rock
This 20-year-old friendly pub in the West Rand delivers on Irish family charm with a wide menu to cater to different tastes, weekly entertainment and various beer options on offer. The Irish Rock blends South African and Irish charisma and flavours, like their tasty Guinness Stew Bunny Chow. General knowledge buffs will want to come through on a Tuesday for quiz night, and if you're looking to spoil your parents or grandparents for a discounted price, the pub has a daily ‘Seniors Day Out’ special from 11am to 5am with 25% off the lunch menu. The kids can also get creative making their own finger food baskets.
Contact: 079 430 5414 | Where: 1212 Opera Rd, Radiokop
If you’re looking for hearty Irish dishes and a crowd, Brazen Head Fourways is where you’ll want to be. Beer battered fish and chips, steak egg and chips, bangers and mash (the best outside of Ireland), and beef Guinness kidney pie are just some of the dishes that keep this pub busy. That, and the fact that it’s the official Arsenal Supporters club, so expect to see red during football season!
The rustic space offers a great place to grab a beer and meal with mates or the family, and the portions are big! Whiskey connoisseurs should come through for discounted whisky Wednesdays, and popstar hopefuls have a chance to show off tgeir vocals for Karaoke night Tuesdays. As a franchise, there are also branches in Sandton, Boksburg and Edenvale.
Contact: 011 465 5318 | Where: Leaping Frog Center William Nicol Drive Fourways
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This great traditional pub is situated within a modern mall, but it still retains that good old “Irish Craic”. McGintys is characterised by friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere, a wide selection of beers and decent portions of food. A great place for a drink with friends or meal with family, the fairly priced-menu offers Irish dishes as well as more modern menu including ribs, surf and turf, steaks and nachos. Its also the perfect place to catch a weekend Rugby game over a pint.
Contact: 011 425 6091 | Where: Northmead Square, Benoni
With its many plasma screen TVs, Molly Malone's in Fourways is the quintessential Irish pub to catch the big game. The grub is also rather good with Eisbein, Steak & Guinness pie and lazy-aged steak. Molly's also offers good quality live entertainment, check their page to find out about events. Definitely a spot to visit if you're into Irish pubs in Johannesburg.
Where: Sunset Ave, Pine Slopes AH, Fourways
Paddy's Corner Restaurant
Whether you're looking to play a few rounds of pool, hang out with your mates, grab an ice-cold beer or catch some sporting action on their screens, Paddy's in Ferndale is just the place to be. It's chilled by day, but as soon as the sun sets this spot becomes rather rowdy, especially over the weekend and during sport seasons like the FIFA World Cup.
Where: Braam Fischer Drive, Ferndale
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Written by Thami Mbekwa.
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