The No.1 Guinness Bar on The South Coast

Shenanigans Irish Bar

The No1 Guinness Bar on the South Coast


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

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 and their latest, Open gate pilsner. It’s not all about the Guinnes, so we also have Becks Vier (4%) Stella (5%) & Magners cider. Our latest trendy products come from the Emerald isle and the “Porter House” Group consisting of Temple lager, Yippy IPA and Oyster stout, 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.

Shenanigans on Facebook

Opening our normal, till late hours this weekend. 💪
Table service all night long! 😍
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The stoutie is with us all weekend!!! Get your face on a pint of @guinness
We 🍀 Shenanigans! 😍
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WE ARE HIRING!!! Now we are open, we are looking to build our team 💪. We have both full time and part time vacancies for enthusiastic, hard working and driven people. Evenings and weekends is a must!!!
If you wish to apply, please bring you CV down to the pub 🥳.
We are open again Thursday from 9am.
MASSIVE thanks to everyone that came to visit this weekend. Its great to open again and incredible to see all our regs healthy and well. 😘
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@jasonbuckner104 is at it again! Top snappage as ever 😍📸
Open today from 0930! 💪🍀🍳🥓

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Shenanigans Irish Cafe

And they’re back! So good to tuck into this again after such a long time @shenanigans_southsea
#postlockdown #breakfast #breakfasttime #brekkie #brunchtime #fryup #baconandeggs #friedegg #baconlovers #sausage #blackpudding #whitepudding #beans #toast #butter #sodabread #potatoes #tea #eating #eat #eatlocal #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #southseafood #feed #feeding #full #stuffed
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THANK YOU to everyone that came yesterday! 😘
Its great to be back and even better to see the support from our regs 💪
We are doing all we can to feed and water all of you while keeping the place as clean and safe as possible.
Did we mention THE STOUTIE is back with us for the weekend?! Come and get your face on a pint of Guinness! 🤡🍺
#weekend #COVID19 #breakfast #staysafe #stayalert #guinness #shenanigans #southsea
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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.


Bar Goddess
The lovely Meg, a buxom beaut, who has been part of the clan forever, not only will you find her lighting up the front of house, but has since been making the occasional appearance in the kitchen! A smile that will melt your 99 or Magnum (other ice creams are available)


Trying hard!
Sir yes sir! A reprobate amongst reprobates, Oska was discovered marching around the car park at The Queens hotel one sunny afternoon, barking orders at parked cars and random passers by. With his shy demeanour, we managed to coax him into pouring pints with the promise of Linda McCartneys vegetarian sausage butties as inspiration (other sausages are available) You will see Oska most days and in his down time check out random car parks around Southsea


Bar angel
Natalie turned up out the blue one morning to do her laundry and has been here ever since. Natalie and her face can be seen pottering around the bar like a human ping pong ball on a Tuesday and Wednesday. If Nat was a desert, she would be a sugary sponge with treacle and a sprinkle of cheeeeeese?


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.


Wild child
Megz is the latest addition to the Shenanigans family, likened recently to a “young Madonna” desperately seeking (see what i did there) a T-shirt which fits and is perhaps free from holes, bleach stains, this applies to jeans/leggings etc. All donations welcome :)

Gorgeous george

Just gorgeous
George, isn’t he just gorgeous, admired by grandmothers across the land and our current best kept secret for fear of being mobbed by the cast of Cocoon (80s movie, google it) George is one of our part timers in between studying Biomedical science, yes grannies, he has a brain too and if you ask him nicely a white coat! He might just wear it over his skin tight XS Guinness t-shirt. Welcome to the clan you gorgeous chap! x

What People Are Saying About Shenanigans Irish Bar & Cafe

Opening soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, now Boris has spoken and the 2M social distancing rule has been reduced to 1M, we are taking steps to reopen Shenanigans as soon as possible. As you all know we are a small venue, so we are currently taking advice on the best way to operate safely and as normally as possible. We do not want you to face a bar full of perspex screens, warning stickers and masking tape, nobody needs to be reminded what the passed 3 months have been about. The bar has been scrubbed, sanded, repainted, re-varnished and stained ready for you all. We have new draught products arriving soon, we have taking this period of closure to update and refresh everything ready for a fresh start. Once we have a date we will be broadcasting everywhere. Keep and eye out on our social media for updates on all that is Irish, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram x