When the weather outside is dreary, there's nothing better than cosying up in a warm Irish Pub with a pint and some Irish grub. And you don't have to go all the way to Ireland to experience it. Perth has Irish pubs a plenty scattered all over the city.
So find yourself a skipper, and get along for an arvo out, sure to turn in to a warm and cosy dinner with friends.
One of my dead set favourite pubs in Perth, you'll find this little gem hidden down Shafto Lane off Murray Street in the city.
Durty Nelly's reminds me a little bit of that old train you used to have birthday parties in at McDonalds. It's narrow, but in no way too small. In fact, it's just right. It's extremely quaint with all the feel of a genuine Irish pub.
The only bar I can think of with a verandah, you can choose to sit outdoors and watch the people pass by, or stay snugly indoors.
At Durty Nelly's, you enjoy a mixture of contemporary Irish dining, fine ales, lagers and stouts, live entertainment, and a genuine Irish atmosphere. And it really is genuine. Awarded the biggest seller of Guinness in Australia in 2010, the locals obviously think so too.
You'll also be kept pretty happy with the Durty Nelly happy hour, every Monday to Friday from 5-6pm. Selected pints of beer and house spirits are $7.50, and glasses of house wine and sparkling are just $5.50.
And you won't want to forget some traditional Irish food with that Guinness. Enjoy their tasty Bangers and Mash, a Beef and Guinness Pie, or hearty Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Pie.
The only bad thing about this place is trying to pry yourself from there. If it wasn't for work, I would happily cuddle up in there until the wee hours of the morn.
Fenian's is Perth's original authentic Irish Pub. Since 1987, Fenian's has been serving up a range of ales, lagers, ciders, and stout on tap.
Conveniently located in the Perth CBD below the Novotel Langley Hotel, you're sure to have passed this pub on a fair few occasions.
You can bundle yourself and a bunch of your closest in to a booth, and order up some traditional pub grub. A notable favourite of mine is the Fenians Chunky Steak and Guinness Pie served with fries and salad. What more could you want on a cold Sunday arvo?
The eatin' and drinkin' emporium located in West Leederville, J.B. O'Reilly's is really brought to life with the traditional music and entertainment. Each Wednesday night from 8pm, folks are welcome to bring along an instrument to play and give a song, or can just sit back, relax, and enjoy.
One of the best parts of their extensive menu is the Puddings. Devour a Steamed Treacle Pudding, Double Chocolate, or Bread and Butter to name a few. Talk about the ultimate indulgence.
And as Irish tradition goes, you won't be short of a brew. To name a few on the cards, you'll find Guinness Stout, Murphy's Stout, Caffery's, Wexford Cream Ale, and Kilkenny Ale.
A Northbridge hot spot amongst many, Rosie O'Grady's is certainly one of the most well known and visited Irish Pubs in Perth.
If you're up for something a little livelier, Rosie's is the go.
Known for it's weekly entertainment, Monday to Friday is full up with open mic nights, Irish music, and some of Perth's best live bands.
And Olde Irish Fare is a plenty, with Irish Stew and Bacon and Cabbage among the favourites on their menu. So when you're up for a pint with a bit of fun and entertainment, don't go past Rosie's.
Paddy's is my favourite pub in Subiaco. It's steers clear of the pretentious crowd, and provides a warm and welcoming true Irish feel. Tucked down a side street away from the hoo haa of an average Saturday night in Subi, you can cosy up with a few pints of Guinness with friends here and enjoy some live sport on the screens.
I also enjoy Paddy's before a show at the Regal Theatre. You'll usually find your ticket stub gives you the benefits of happy hour. There's entertainment six nights a week, including quiz nights, poker nights and live bands. So next time you're in Subiaco and feel like steering clear of stiletto land, try this one, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
So, there's no need to travel half way across the globe to get the best in Irish food and beer. Try one of the pubs in our city, you'll be surprised at how it can make you feel like you're not even in Perth.