The No.1 Guinness Bar on The South Coast

Shenanigans Irish Bar

The No1 Guinness Bar on the South Coast

Guinness Bar

We Serve the best pint of Guinness on the South Coast and have the awards to prove it, We also sell Hop House 13 lager, not to mention Caffreys, Becks vier (4%) Stella (5%) Stowford press cider and Irish Rebel red ale! Our latest Chieftans IPA finishes the the draughts. A wide range of bottled beers/wines and spirits are available, including our award winning whiskey collection for the connoisseur.

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 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.


Mon 1500 - 2230 Tue - Thur 0900 - 2230 Fri - 0900 - 2300 Sat - 0930 - 2300 Sun - 1000 - 1600

The Shenanigans Irish Bar: Team

Iain Kirby

(The Gaffer)
The Chief, ex Royal Navy of 26 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. A recent ancestry DNA test confirms 38% Irish, 53% Brit, a Celtic mix of Scot and Yorkshire! Quiet on the Scot :)


(The Manager)
Has been with us from the very beginning back in December 2009. A self-confessed legend of the pumps and all round handsome chap, sporting what can only be described as a “Man beard” You will see Mike smashing out breakfast from the busy kitchen, or front of house charming the customers.


A quiet thoughtful young man, with potential, however currently wasting it. Recently graduated from studying politics, yes politics! Now a fully qualified burger flipper! Shows a keen interest in “Grab a granny” Often seen out with the local bag lady/ladies of the night.


The lovely Meg, a buxom beaut, currently on the run from the fashion Police for her odd taste in t-shirts, usually wearing large Deidre Barlow sun glasses to conceal her identity. A smile that will melt your 99 or Magnum (other ice creams are available)


Dish maintainer
The main cog in the wheel, the lovely Hannah 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 Shenanivan was restored from a dead, old, white rusty Scania rental, often seen whizzing around Southsea, or parked on the seafront looking shenanifabulous

What People Are Saying About Shenanigans Irish Bar & Cafe

St Patrick's is here at your IRISH BAR

THE 6 NATIONS FINAL - Congratulations Ireland!!! Winners of this years 6 Nations competition with a week to spare! The final and conclusion of the 6 Nations is this "Super Saturday" Italy kick off proceedings against the Scotts, followed by REDEMPTION......England will not want a 3rd consecutive defeat and the Irish will want to complete a well deserved grand slam, England host the Irish on St Patrick's day from 1445. Wales close the competition hosting France at 1700. St Patrick's celebrations follow. This year we are doing things slightly different, because of the rugby, we will begin the celebrations on Friday the 16th with live music from "Hurry the jug" from 7pm, copious amounts of the black stuff is ready for the drinking! Sunday 18th we will be in chill out mode, where our resident Irish band "Shenanigans" will be performing an acoustic "TRAD" session at the bar, while everyone else nurses their poorly heads! An awesome weekend awaits! In the mean time, come and support your nation, kick off with our amazing breakfasts and stay for the beer. Oh by the way we have upgraded our TV's and sound system, we are now fully HD and digital! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on all that is Irish x