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. 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.

Shenanigans on Facebook

3 days ago

Shenanigans Irish Cafe

OH SNAP!!! Takeaway pints available.. 🍺🍺🍺🍺
Cheers @guinness 😍
Whatever happens weve got you covered. 👊🍀
#takeaway #lockdown #guinness #pint #beer #shenanigans #southsea
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Shenanigans Soda Muffin 😍
Homemade Soda Bread Muffin topped with Smoked Bacon, @buckwells_of_southsea Sausage, Egg and a Guinness Cheese Sauce.. 😋
Cheeky couple Hash Browns to go with it. Filth. 🥓🍳🤯
#breakfast #sodabread #sausage #bacon #guinness #cheese
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

WOW!!! What a first few weeks back 💪.
We have been busy busy busy! 🤯
Thank you all for all your support.
Soon we will be back to our FULL normal opening times. What a ride 🍺👊🍳🥓
#Thanks #open #breakfast #beer #guinness #shenanigans #southsea
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Opening our normal, till late hours this weekend. 💪
Table service all night long! 😍
#openinghours #weekend #breakfast #beer #shenanigans #southsea
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

The stoutie is with us all weekend!!! Get your face on a pint of @guinness
We 🍀 Shenanigans! 😍
#pub #stout #Stoutie #guinness #shenanigans #southsea #portsmouth
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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)


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

We are open!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, we have taken the decision to reopen. As you all know we are a small venue, so we have taken 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 5 months have been about. The bar has been scrubbed, sanded, repainted, re-varnished and stained ready for you all. We have new draught products by way of Heineken, Amstel and Symonds. We have tweaked our menu and made some scrumptious additions..... Please bear with us as things are going to be a bit different initially, but hopefully things will return to normal very soon. We still have the finale of the 6 nations as well as catching up on all the sport we have missed. Keep and eye out on our social media for updates on all that is Irish, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram x