The No.1 Guinness Bar on The South Coast

Shenanigans Irish Bar

The No1 Guinness Bar on the South Coast


We are currently closed due to government restrictions

Guinness Bar

We Serve the best pint of Guinness on the South Coast and have the awards to prove it. Other Guinness products we are proud to serve include Hop House 13 lager. It’s not all about the Guinness, so we also have Amstel (4%) Heineken (5%) & Symonds cider. Our latest trendy products come from the Emerald isle and the “Porter House” Group consisting of Temple lager and Yippy IPA, which completes the draughts. A wide range of bottled beers/wines and spirits are available, including our award winning whiskey collection for the connoisseur. Keep an eye out for our Whiskey of the month…. Not to mention the world best “Dingle gin” and Dingle vodka to rival our other popular brands.

Great atmosphere

At Shenanigans Irish Bar you are guaranteed a warm welcome in a safe, friendly atmosphere where you can not only have a great breakfast, you can chill out with a beer or two. For the none drinkers we serve fantastic coffee, Yorkshire tea or a variety of soft drinks, we also provide alcohol free lager (Heineken). We are also proud to be the home of rugby, we live and breathe it, league or union! If its on, we will be showing it!

Go to winning breakfasts

winning breakfasts

From Irish to Scottish, Boxty’s to Farls, we’re famous for our breakfasts and traditional Irish grub. Cooked to order and locally sourced from the award winning “Buckwells” butchers, literally across the road. The big boy “Celt” breakfast is a bit special and NOT for the weak. Veggie/gluten free options are also available. Navigate here to look at our menu.

Go to Live Music & Events

Live Music & Events

Shenanigans has live music every second Thursday, where our popular “TRAD” sessions take place, not to mention our resident musicians (Shenanigans) plays a mix of Irish and contemporary folk music while you sup a few beers and unwind. Foot tapping is compulsory. Our resident Whiskey expert “Roy” teaches everything whiskey at our popular events throughout the year.

6 days ago

Shenanigans Irish Cafe
🍀JOIN OUR TEAM!🍀We are looking for Full-Time and Part-Time front of house staff to become part of our (soon to be open) pub.Please send CVs with a cover letter to: shenanigans68@gmail.comMust be responsible, hard working and motivated. Must be available weekends and evenings with a start date of June 18th.Good luck 👊🍀🍺🍳🥓🥔...#job #career #pub #barstaff #frontofhouse #Shenanigans #southsea #portsmouth ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Shenanigans Irish Cafe
Weve made the decision to not open until 21st June earliest 😩😥We will be taking this next month to build our team ready for opening 💪CANT WAIT to have all our customers back in and sat at the bar like it used to be, like it should be!!!We miss you all 👊🍀🍺💚...#21stJune #lockdown #covid #cravings #breakfast #beer #Shenanigans #southsea #portsmouth ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Shenanigans Irish Cafe
GOOD LUCK 🍀 to all business' opening today. Hopefuly we all continue on this path to freedom, friends and family 🤩Sadly we will not be opening just yet...We will continue to monitor the situation before making any decisions.Stay safe, Hope to see you all soon 🍺🥓🍳...#GoodLuck #guinness #staysafe #covid #Shenanigans #southsea ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Shenanigans Irish Cafe
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY! 🍀🇮🇪🍻Not the one we hoped for 😥.....But theres always July! 😎😉WATCH THIS SPACE!!! Wishing all of you the very best 💚Slainte 🍺 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Shenanigans: THE CLAN

Iain Kirby

“The Gaffer”
The Chief, ex Royal Navy of 24 years, mostly spent frequenting various bars around the world and getting paid for it, so decided to spend his generous gratuity on building one himself. You’ll catch Iain AKA “Kirbs” sleeping on various park benches around Southsea common, or feeding the ducks at Canoe Lake.


“The Manager” Top Dad
Has been with us since the very beginning back in December 2009. Has recently become a 1st time Dad, so currently resembling a zombie as no one knows tiredness like a parent. Be prepared to duck when walking past the kitchen in case of any flying food items, when an unsuspecting difficult breakfast hits the pass. Also a self-confessed legend of the pumps and all round handsome chap. You will see Mike smashing out breakfast from the busy kitchen, or front of house charming the customers.


Dish maintainer
The main cog in the wheel, the lovely Alice the youngest of the clan and in charge of all things dishes, supports the big man in the kitchen and adds a touch of classiness to the bar.


Our resident Irish band who have been with us throughout. Along with our 2 weekly “TRAD” sessions, Shenanigans cover our big events throughout the year. St Patrick’s, birthday etc. First class musicians who will get your feet tapping guaranteed!


The new truck replaced the old Shenanivan last year after many years of service. Rebuilt in Florida and shipped to the UK, after some subtle branding and carrying the theme across from the old van the the Shenanitruck was born. You will see and certainly hear it around Southsea.

What People Are Saying About Shenanigans Irish Bar & Cafe

We are closed :(((((((((((

Hi everyone, due to the current government restrictions, once again we have been forced to close until it is deemed safe to reopen...... Please bear with us during these difficult times, we are all in this together. Hopefully things will return to normal very soon. We cant wait to get you back in! In the meantime we have to abide by the rules. Keep an eye out on our social media for updates on all that is Irish, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep yourselves safe and in the words of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, tomorrow will be a better day! Take care, see you soon x