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P.J. O'Brien's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Perth, Australia
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344 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a airport bar it is first class great selection of beers all around the $10 mark. We were served by Carmen a most delightful girl with a constant smile for all customers. As we only had drinks so I can only comment on the other patrons who all seamed to be enjoying it. For a airport bar it is... More 

Thank trustascot
Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a terrific time at P J's on our last visit. Live Band playing, great food and extensive menu. Drinks are regular prices. This is a very good venue to spend time in whilst down at Southbank on the river.

Thank Cheryl D
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a bit of searching, found P.J. O'Brien's and so glad we did. Was lovely and cool inside. The staff were friendly. Service was efficient. The meals were absolutely delicious. The salmon was the best I have ever tasted. The skin was nice and crispy and the crust on top was very tasty. Hubby had the Guinness pie and said... More 

Thank Julie B
Dundas, Canada
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I discovered this pub, which is located on the trendy Southbank, the last time we were in Melbourne and looking for a pub with decent beer. This time we ate there every night (five) of our stay and with the exception of one meal (mine) which was average, the food was excellent, reasonably priced and the staff... More 

Thank AlfredTennyson
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location in the heart of Melbourne, friendly staff who pour an amazing pint of Guinness, menu is great pub grub to fill your empty bellies, and awesome live music to dance the night away, lots of locals and international patrons which makes this a brilliant place to mingle and meet new pals. highly recommend!

Thank jimmythescot
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff are exceptional, the food was amazing, we had one of the specials and it was without a lie the Best Osso Bucco I've ever had! Great coffee & the ciders not bad either! If your ever stuck at the airport this is your place!

Thank Tammy Q
Beaconsfield, Australia
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Does exactly what it says on the tin. Great booze, Guinness is as good as I've tasted in Australia, great service from a friendly team, great Irish style pub food, plenty of space to sit, TVs for sports and live music at times to boot. Well located on the Southbank, less than 10 mins from flinders st station or Crown.

Thank aussierater2
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful Parma and drinks here after a day at tennis, food was great and excellent value. Is a great location if staying at Travelodge or Langham.

Thank rhondat433
AoifePJs, General Manager at P.J. O'Brien's, responded to this review

Hi rhondat433, Thank you for your review, Im happy we finished off a good day out for you. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Melbourne and we might see you in PJ's next time your in town. Slainte More 

Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

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 

Thank Badger-acpr
Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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

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

Hi boothcam, Thank you for you positive feedback, we are delight you enjoyed your meal and that the wait on food didn't deter you. Thank you for pointing this out and it is something we can improve on. looking forward to seeing you in PJ's again soon. Slainte More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$23
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 03:00
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
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?