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“Excellent food, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of P.J. O'Brien's

P.J. O'Brien's
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Ranked #61 of 4,060 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $22
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Australian
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Southbank
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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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Excellent food, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had a late lunch here after a long day traveling. The bartender was helpful in selecting a local brew. The server has very nice the the food served quickly. The prices are resaonable. It is located in a shopping mall but the place has a great atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2012
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food. Great music. Great atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

I've been here for food and for a night out. The food was excellent, slightly pricey but you're paying for the location - on Southbank by the river - we went for a night out also, a live band was playing and it was absolutely packed out. Not badly priced drinks considering it's a Saturday night in Melbourne CBD!

Visited September 2012
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Atmosphere, Fun, Lively, Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Traditional irish bar/pub. Great food selection, quick service, and if you catch a night with live entertainment you are in for a treat. It almost forces you to jump up and do a jig it is so infectious! (especially after a few pints!)

Our team love going here and try to each time we come to Melbourne, easily enjoy a few hours in this somewhat dim, but open environment where it all fits together in the best way.

Bar seating, Tables and chairs, booths, private corners, many options to suit all comers.

Visited March 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A cracker little pub!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

We dined as a family @ PJ O'Briens Southbank in September (went there after reading reviews in trip advisor) and can highly recommend it. We arrived early before dinner service had started and the lovely waitress seated us and served drinks then took our food orders a bit early which was appreciated as after long day was starving. Highly recommend the Beef & Guiness Pie which was served with the best mash and also had vegies which is impressive as everywhere else you had to pay extra for this. Also recommend the Salmon & Greek Salad, and the Steak sandwich was so good too...and to finish off a great meal the Sticky Date Pud was to die for.

Visited September 2012
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Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“If you like whiskey...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

I had dinner here alone because I was craving some scotch. The staff was very helpful and friendly when I asked about their scotch selection. I wanted to get the oysters but they sold out early because of their 1/2 off deal on Friday's. I actually went again on Sunday before taking off for another taste cause I enjoyed my first visit. Perfect for business travelers going solo.

Visited August 2012
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