O'Donoghue's Irish House
The trouble with a lot of so-called Irish pubs is you never know what to expect. Will it be decked out in Irish junk in an attempt to be kitsch? Will the bar staff actually know how to pour a Guinness that doesn't have more head than the AVN Awards? Will you be able to move around without your feet sticking to the carpet? Well, that last one can sometimes be a good sign, but luckily for us, O'Donoghue's Irish House in Emu Plains avoids the cliches and puts on a pretty good show.
Despite numerous name changes since the late 19th Century, O'Donoghue's has always been a house of fine repute, with a grand selection of tap beers and a half-way decent atmosphere to spend your night in. Dominated by a wooden decor - wooden tables and chairs, floors and walls - and sporting traditional Irish wall prints and light fittings, this pub sits on the nice end of the charm scale, and thankfully comes without the requisite ?pub smell'.
Tap beers will see the Irish backpacker (or ex-pat) pleased as much as the local folk, with Tooheys and Carlton Draught thrown in the ease the glut of Guinness and Kilkenny. There may be a cocktail list floating about, but in an Irish pub, who really needs it? And as for entertainment, well, they've got you covered with trivia, poker nights and live music on weekends. Just get in early for a seat on any weekend night; this place packs ?em to the rafters.
David Nichols, December 2007
March 14, 2008
Had a great st Pats day in 2007 even though it was raining its the place to be in the western suburbs on st pats day or any day