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The Drunken Poet

One of the best Irish pubs located out of the homeland.
By Andrew Zuccala
May 01, 2023
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By Andrew Zuccala
May 01, 2023
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Often touted as the best Irish pub outside of Ireland, this tiny spot located at the top end of Queen Vic Market is easy to miss. But once you find it, head inside for the live music five nights a week (both traditional and contemporary), genuine Irish charm and the perfectly poured Guinness — important for those who know what a good dry stout should taste like.

We also love that The Drunken Poet isn't kitsch or gimmicky like many other Irish pubs you find around the world. What you do get is incredibly warm hospitality, great beers and whiskies and the occasional fiddle playing in the corner.

But do note that this pub is mostly a drinking destination. It does serve some toasted sandwiches, packets of chips and pickled eggs, but we see it as more of a spot to head to either before or after a meal in West Melbourne.

Images: Anna K Photography

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The Best Pubs in Melbourne for 2023

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