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. 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%) Stowford press cider, Franciscan Wells Irish Rebel red ale and Chieftans IPA 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….

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

Shenanigans Irish Bar: THE Team

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”
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 Stud
A dead ringer for the 80’s legend Jeremy Beadle with the scariest of similarities to the scariest of the dinosaur family the T-Rex. We discovered George busking outside WILKO one cold wet foggy morning and took pity on his steamed up jam jar specs and currenty eyeballs and with the promise of bacon scraps managed to intice him to work Thursday’s. A hit with the older ladies (80 plus) wink wink!


Small person in the kitchen
Standing small at just 3 ft 4 inches, we found Jess stuck in a Biffa bin outside Tesco some time ago and after a lot of blood sweat and tears managed to coax her into our kitchen, with the promise of bacon being the only inspiration needed and today she smashes out breakfasts on Tuesday and Thursdays.


Bar Goddess
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)


Bar chap
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 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!


VAN – Soon to be replaced by the “Shenanitruck”
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

What a summer!

Now we have all recovered from the ever growing Victorious festival! It's time to focus on the Autumn, the dark cosy nights are fast approaching! A perfect chance for us to do some minor adjustments to the bar, to give us a fresher look. The Autumn internationals are almost upon us, a timely reminder that the 6 Nations is only a matter of months away and the World cup follows from Japan!! Closer to home, now the kids are back at school YAY!!!! We now look to the nights drawing in, Halloween, Bonfire night, our 9th birthday! Yes 9! And Christmas ahead! Our fortnightly TRAD sessions with "Hurry the jug" continues, with our next session 13th September, look out for further musical talent as the colder months approach. 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