Irish Times Hotel
The Times is possibly the smallest yet coziest pub in Melbourne, with the largest two-storey-high Irish flag outside, just so there’s no possible way you could mistake the place for anything else but an Irish pub. Step inside on a cold night and you’ll discover a blazing fireplace, dark wood paneling, a genuine Irish style wrap-around bar, and well-worn 110-year-old floorboards underfoot. The whole effect is cosy and charming, without being too much about leprechauns in top hats, and other Irish pub clichés.
However, no matter how tipsy you get, you won’t forget that you’re in an Irish pub - reminders are all around you. From the de rigueur stained glass windows advertising Guinness, to the Beef and Guinness Pie on the menu, and of course, on tap there is as much ‘Vitamin G’ as you can inhale. Other tap beers include Kilkenny and Stella Artois for those who like something a bit lighter. There’s also a nice array of red wines to quaff by the fireside if that’s more your style.
The kitchen does its best to offer imaginative takes on Irish food – if that’s possible! The selection is mainly classic pub grub – steak, stew, curries and the ubiquitous parma. Lunches are popular on weekdays, but the Times is popular so book just in case.
Live bands perform upstairs on Friday and Saturday nights, playing covers and golden oldies. The clientele is mostly inner-city workers looking for a cosy space on Friday nights, it does rock on until 3am though, so great if you want a long drinking session with your mates.
Meri Harli, Citysearch
August 14, 2008
unfortunately this place if filthy, toilets always dirty...do they clean??? lots of beer selection yes but staff never friendly and always seems a 'chore' to be served...not an irish welcome i'm afraid
July 04, 2009
I had one of the best meals in a long time at the Irish Times just recently. $20-odd for a Parmagiana, however I would have paid more! Dad had the Bangers and Mash washed down with a pint of Guiness and we would both recommend this place to anyone. Bookings on a Friday lunch are a must as it was busy!
July 28, 2011
Not a strange version at all. This is what Irish pubs are like; not the cattle marts with dance floors, pervs and animal behaviour on Friday and Saturday nights that goes on in the English-owned "Oirish" pubs. Listen for the Irish accents around the tables: that tell you something