What better way is there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than starting off the day with a full Irish breakfast, and finishing it with some fine Irish whiskey? The Plus Ones did just that this year, with experiences at P.J. O’Brien’s in Southbank and Loch & Key in the CBD. Read on for their adventures!
St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at P.J. O’Brien’s
A full Irish traditional breakfast is always welcomed, especially when its St. Patrick’s Day at P.J.O’Brien’s. Guinness Pint Man (who is P.J.O’Brien’s mascot) warmly greeted us at the door by doing some Irish inspired dancing.
I sat down to a delicious full traditional Irish breakfast that included: fried egg, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, toast with mouth-watering black and white pudding. I know this is not to everyone’s taste but I found it delicious. Of course it wouldn’t be an Irish breakfast without an Irish Coffee, which I raised to St. Patrick himself.
As I sat enjoying my Irish breakfast music was being played in the background by The Coogans who are an Irish duo on guitar and fiddle. This was an excellent way to start St. Patrick’s Day.
Angela is a lover of breakfast and all things Irish.
P.J.O’Brien’s has music 7 nights a week and other events throughout the year.
The venue is accessible.
Loch & Key’s St. Patrick’s Day Party with Teeling
Loch & Key get a lotta love from local hospo staff with their talented bartenders and late night hours. (Open until 7am on Fridays & Saturdays!) There’s been many a fine evening that’s ended here, but on St. Patrick’s Day I discovered the bar is also a quality venue to start of a night of celebrations. The team put on a festive evening filled with live music, whisky fuelled drinks, and Irish pub food.
Teeling Whiskey featured in everything from neat drinks to highball cocktails made with apple and elderflower. The specialty menu created by Mark O’Loughlin included chips & curry sauce, Guinness & beef pies, and Nana’s Irish Stew. My plus one gave Nana’s cooking a thumbs up and I embraced the restorative powers of the traditional Irish potato skins (crispy, greasy, and tasty). The kitchen crew clearly know their audience and also created the ‘Lamb on Franklin St.’ – a once-off Irish inspired kebab, served from 1am-7am.
St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year and Loch & Key made sure it was celebrated in style.
Jenny S. is an event adventurer. When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a creative cocktail.
Loch & Key
Upstairs @, 34 Franklin St
Melbourne VIC 3000