Next to Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach
Open time: Daily from 8am - 1am
Resevation: 076 337 000www.thedrunkenleprechaun.com
The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket is the 'real deal' authentic Irish food, draught stout, ale and cider with live music, sports, entertainments and great Irish atmosphere.
“The Drunken Leprechaun” certainly lives up to its quirky name; a themed pub in the heart of Patong, which instantly ushers us into a world where every expat will feel at home. The jolly doormen – little people dressed in Kerry green suits and top hats – set the tone for a convivial, Gaelic inspired evening. In fact, this hostelry tries its darndest to be outrageously Irish in every way: from the green panelled walls, framed classic posters and photographs, to the tartan mini-skirted waitresses. Naturally this Irish flavour extends to the tipple, which features draught Guinness as well as several traditional beers, including Kilkenny and Old Speckled Hen bitter.
Fanciful titles, as though an advertising man has been let loose on the well-thumbed menu, emphasise the Anglo-Irish nature of what is essentially superior pub fare. The menu kicks off with a gargantuan Leprechaun Hangover Breakfast with two eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, bacon, black and white pudding, and pork sausage. However, all the dishes look delicious: Cannonball (Scotch) Eggs, Onion Rings of Kerry, Paddy’s Spicy Chicken Wings, Irish Steak and Kidney Pie, Beef Guinness Pie, Irish Roast Salmon served with Colcannon Mash. Naturally, Bangers and Mash and Fish and Chips are part of the repertoire .
We begin with a shared starter of Potato Skins with Cheese, Bacon and Sour Cream atop a mound of crisp romaine salad. As with everything on the colourful menu, the portions are generous and flavoursome. For our main course, my friend tries the celebrated Beef Guinness Pie, which arrives with a puff pastry crust and lashings of meat in a rich, dark gravy. I choose the Roast Salmon with Colcannon Mash and Lemon Caper Butter. Thoroughly recommended, the salmon cutlet is twice the usual size, and the mash, an Irish speciality – traditionally made with potatoes, cream, bacon and cabbage – is superb.
We wash down the tasty fare with Kilkenny beer and two fruity glasses of red house wine – a Jacob’s Creek Australian Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The perfect accompaniment to a hearty repast.
The Drunken Leprechaun is famous for its promotional deals. Open till 1am, it offers half price drinks from 12 noon to 2 pm, a double Jameson for price of a single on Tipple Tuesday, homemade pie and pint of Chang for 400 baht on Wednesday, and a free second cocktail every Friday. There is live music and an upstairs gallery – if you want to look down on proceedings. Thoroughly recommended.