A Scoff & A Scuff
There’s plenty of Irish influences on the music in Newfoundland and Labrador. A twack downtown St. John’s will make you want to pop into any one of our Irish Newfoundland pubs for a scoff and a scuff – here are some notable stops so you don’t miss a beat:
1. SHAMROCK CITY PUB
There’s a band tonight down at Shamrock City - and tomorrow night, and the night after, and the night after that…Shamrock City is a local pub that features traditional music seven days a week. Owned by local musican D’Arcy Broderick, the pub offers local food along with traditional pub fare. Shamrock is full every night of the week, so no matter what night you pop down, you’re bound to have a great time! Local Irish Newfoundland bands Ceiligh, Wabana and Middle Tickle are all regulars. Check out their Paddy’s Day celebrations here!
Shamrock City Pub
2. O’REILLY’S IRISH NEWFOUNDLAND PUB
O’Reilly’s famous Irish Newfoundland Pub is one of a kind, located in the heart of Newfoundland’s famous Entertainment District, George Street. Head to O’Reilly’s for a rollicking Newfoundland time that will dance in your hearts for years to come! They serve Yellowbelly beer which is brewed right here in St. John’s. Live music is the rule – every night of the week featuring the best in local Irish Newfoundland music. Local favourite Alan Doyle and his pal Russell Crowe have been spotted on the dance floor. Check out their Paddy’s Day celebrations here!
Alan Doyle and Russell Crowe at O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub
3. BRIDIE MOLLOY’S NEWFOUNDLAND IRISH PUB
Another George Street favourite, Bridie Molloy’s offers great food and a generous selection of wines, martinis, cocktails, and draft beer. Bridie Molloy’s is the place to be if you love to unwind to the sound of live music, as they constantly showcase live local talent. Dubbed an “authentic Irish Pub”, you’ll often see local Irish talents The Rolling Kings and Station Road onstage. Check out their Paddy’s Day celebrations here!
The Rolling Kings at Bridie Molloy’s Newfoundland Irish Pub
4. THE CELTIC HEARTH
Directly below Bridie Molloy’s, on the historical level of Water Street, you will find her sister company, Celtic Hearth and Talahm An Eisc Pub and Bistro. Ornately-wooded interiors housing cozy fireplaces and basking in soft light lend an air of home, while early 19th century stone walls allow the ideal setting for a vast collection of local antiques reflecting Newfoundland’s dynamic past as well as that of it Celtic ancestry. The Celtic Hearth offers a more subtle atmosphere for those who are looking for a quiet, relaxing setting while enjoying some incredible food – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Check out their Paddy’s Day celebrations here!
The Celtic Hearth
SPECIAL MENTION: THE CELTIC FIDDLERS
No list of Irish music would be complete without mentioning this dynamic group of young musicians that specialize in Newfoundland and Irish music. The Celtic Fiddlers are a group of 12 young people ranging in age from 14 to 22 years whose main goal is to keep Newfoundland and Irish Music alive in the youth of our province. They have even been touted as true Newfoundland ambassadors of traditional music by the Department of Tourism! They recently returned from Ireland where they were invited by the Festival of the Sea to perform in Clonmel, Waterford, Dungarven and Carrick-On-Suir. It was one of their most impressive tours! If you have the opportunity to catch one of their shows it’s a definite must see!
The Celtic Fiddlers