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

Spring is in the air!

Now we have all recovered from our busiest St Patrick's yet! Thank you to everyone who made it such a success! Sadly the 6 Nations has finished for another year, congratulations to the Irish on a well deserved grand slam! What happened England! We now look to the sunshine months ahead, getting the big doors open and settling in for an awesome Summer! We will have our fortnightly TRAD sessions with "Hurry the jug" next chin dig is Thursday 29th March, look out for further musical talent as the Summer approaches. Mike will continue to smash out the best breakfasts around and our amazing staff will continue to serve the best Guinness in town! Plus our wide selection of draught and bottled beers, wines and spirits. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on all that is Irish x