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P.J. O'Brien's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southbank
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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Southgate | Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9686 5011
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11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in here for dinner and a pint (or two) before a show at the nearby Hamer Hall. I had Beef and Guinness Pie and my wife had Steak and Wings. I had no complaints with my meal and she said hers was "yummy". I tried one of her chicken wings and found them overly spicy for me (bloody hot,... More 

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Thank Badger-acpr
Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a good pub meal, you cant go past this. Food is good. need to get in early as it gets very busy. Because of its popularity the food is a bit slow coming out, but worth the wait. Tends to be noisy when the band starts up

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Thank boothcam
Singapore River, Singapore
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37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice, friendly pub. The staff were run of their feet due to a reception at the same time, but always kept a smile.

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Thank MarkMtrips
Launceston, Australia
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying n the Langham Hotel above and used PJ's as a social outlet for the evening at the end of a busy conference day. Accommodated us with drink tickets which made for a fun night out

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Thank SASolutions
Melbourne, Australia
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110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped in for a drink great music great beer and the food looked very good a tad loud for us oldies but love a PJ OBriens pub

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Thank Freddy19612014
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the atmosphere of this place and visit regularly when in town. The Guinness is always a standout and the service friendly and efficient. Can get noisy in the evening though and there is good live music. Tried the black pudding salad for a light lunch and it was divine. The apple cider dressing was perfect with the salad.

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Thank Robyn E
Surrey, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really recommend this pub on the Southbank - excellent service v v good menu for lunch or dinner - and they know how to keep a pint of Guinness. It doesn't get better!

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Thank TibetTrader
AoifePJs, General Manager at P.J. O'Brien's, responded to this review

Hi TibetTrader, Thank you for recommending PJ's, we are delighted you enjoyed the overall experience and most importantly the Pint of Guinness. See you next time your in. Slainte. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We visited from overseas on a Thursday night to meet local friends. It was a busy place but we found the last table and ordered the steak sandwiches with fries with a few pints of Kilkenny. The old style interior was very true to an Irish themed pub. There was a two piece band playing who were very good. The... More 

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Thank Nigel2312
AoifePJs, General Manager at P.J. O'Brien's, responded to this review

Hi Nigel, Thank you for your detailed review and for choosing PJ's to meet with friends. Its great that you enjoyed the atmosphere, drinks & food. I am however disappointed the staff let us down during your visit. We do have a large turnover and can only think they may have been new additions to the team. Customer service is... More 

Pakenham, Australia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A lovely place to have an Irish meal and a pint of Guiness and to listen to the Irish music. the staff are wonderful

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Thank holidaysfor2
AoifePJs, General Manager at P.J. O'Brien's, responded to this review

Hi holidaysfor2, Thank you for your positive review, its is always good to hear our customers enjoyed the whole PJs experience. next time your around pop in we have Irish music every night of the week. Slainte. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

A group of us came for food and drinks and it was more or less what you would expect. Not amazing food but not bad and the drinks were reasonable.

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Thank Antonio G
AoifePJs, General Manager at P.J. O'Brien's, responded to this review

Hi Antonio G, Thank you for your review, at PJ's we do all we can to be the best Irish bar around, we will take your feedback on board and hopefully we will amaze you next time your in. Slainte. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$23
Cuisine
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 03:00
Saturday
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Southgate | Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Southbank
  • Neighbourhood: Southbank
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 5011
Description
Located in the heart of Southgate, P.J.O'Brien's is one of Melbourne's favourite destinations for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a couple of quiet ones in a cosy snug or get right into the atmosphere with a mix of traditional and contemporary live music every night of the week.
In P.J's Sidebar you can enjoy some freshly shucked oysters with a nice glass of wine. P.J's Sidebar is available for private and corporate events with a private upper area perfect for intimate occasions or meetings. Check out our Function Page for more information on events on P.J's Sidebar and Main Bar.
Open every day for lunch, dinner or just drinks with live music every night.
Lunch and dinner bookings recommended, group bookings essential.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?