Five Top Irish Watering Holes

Rebecca Varidel
20th Jul 2023

Football fans are taking over Sydney! With Sam Kerr and the CommBank Matildas taking on Ireland in their opening fixture on tonight, here are a selection of the best Irish pubs in Sydney to watch the action. So pull on your jersey, wrap a scarf around your neck, grab yourself a Guiness and escape the winter chill in one of these cosy establishments.

The Mercantile Hotel - As Sydney’s oldest Irish pub, the historic The Mercantile Hotel in The Rocks is a great spot to catch the World Cup action. Its well-stocked bar and hearty pub grub will keep you fuelled throughout the game, and it’s sure to have a lively matchday atmosphere with fans of both Ireland and the CommBank Matildas.

Scruffy Murphy's - The legendary Irish-themed Scruffy Murphy’s in Haymarket is a great place to watch live sport and soak up the atmosphere. With four bars, a bistro menu, and a vibrant crowd, this lively venue could be just the spot to get together with friends.

Molly Malone’s Irish Tavern - Molly Malone’s serves up a little taste of Ireland in Surry Hills and offers a cosy setting to watch the game. With a welcoming atmosphere, plus traditional Irish dishes and drinks, it’s a great option that’s just a short stroll from Central Station.

Temple Bay - Coogee’s Temple Bay is an Irish bar and restaurant that’s as well known for its food as its perfectly poured pints of Guinness. This beachside venue has multiple screens for those wanting to watch the game and offers a homely atmosphere and a selection of traditional Irish dishes.

Norton’s (pictured) With a history dating back to 1926, Norton’s in Leichardt is a popular Irish-style pub that’s benefited from a modern makeover. Settle in to watch the game with a drink and tuck into tasty meals like fish and chips, Irish beef stew, Irish curry or beef and Guinness pie.