12 Iconic St. John's Pubs Everyone Needs To Visit At Least Once

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A view of George Street's bars and restaurants.

A view of George Street's bars and restaurants.


There's no shortage of pubs in St. John's to explore on a night out. Whether you're looking for a live music venue or classic George Street Newfoundland bars, each is unique in their own right. These local drinking holes have become the mainstays of the city's nightlife, full of good times, laughs and sometimes questionable behaviour.

From the famous Duke of Duckworth to the lively Green Sleeves Pub, each of these bars offer their own taste of Newfoundland culture and spirit. So, locals and newcomers alike, here is your guide to the best pubs in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Shamrock City Pub

Address: 340 Water St.

There isn't a place quite like Shamrock City. Live music to fill your ears and tons of beer to be had. Not only that, the bar has a large menu with regular specials. This tasteful Irish bar may not guarantee you luck, but you're bound to have a good time.


Rob Roy's

Address: 8 George St.

Self-proclaimed as the oldest bar on George Street, Rob Roy's is the place to drink on a budget. With 3 for $5 drink specials, Toonie Tuesdays and live music on the weekends, there's something going on pretty much every night of the week. As they say, "we service and install hangovers."


Christian's Pub

Address: 23 George St.

Every Newfoundlander witnesses the countless Come From Aways kissing cod, each time more thankful of our roots. Christian's Pub is the place to have a good laugh and make some new friends. You won't believe the people you'll bond with over frozen fish and gibberish.


Duke of Duckworth

Address: 325 Duckworth St.

Best place to grab a bite of fee and chi and cold pints.The history alone makes The Duke Of Duckworth worth checking out. Many people say it's haunted but others say it simply has a lot of character. One thing is for sure, you'll get a true taste of Newfoundland's food and friendly culture.


The Ship Pub

Address: 265 Duckworth St.

With enough live music to go around, you'll be all set for the weekend. Along with the wide variety of beers on tap, you'll be loving every minute of it. Hosting various events year round, The Ship Pub is where Newfoundlanders go to relax and converse over a frothy brew. Come join the by's for a jig and a few cold ones.


Bridie Molloy's

Address: 5 George St.

Bridie Molloy's is music to your ears — literally. They always put on a good show for the crowd. With different bands playing throughout the month, there is never a dull moment. One of the best things about this pub is they are connected to The Celtic Hearth — after you get your buzz on, scarf down a feed of your choice. Drink up and be merry at Bridie Molloy's.


O'Reilly's Irish Newfoundland Pub

Address: 13 George St.

O'Reilly's is dedicated to giving their customers a good time.What's a bar in downtown St. John's without good music? Forget the beats and dive into a Newfoundland party. There's nothing like a good fiddle to get your feet tapping. O'Reilly's dresses up for every occasion and they never disappoint!


Green Sleeves Pub

Address: 14 George St.

Green Sleeves is proud to offer live local music every night. There is always something new popping up at this pub and it's no secret. Check out their events schedule and have a gawk at their menu. This is a hot spot among locals and a place every Newfoundlander should experience at least once.


Lottie's Place

Address: 3 George St.

One of the first places any Newfoundlander will hit up in their early years.The place you first got your bearings for how much you can handle. The place where you learned how many was too many. Mostly thanks to their famous White Russians at just $5.25. Oh, and there's never a cover charge. Need we say more?


Erin's Pub

Address: 186 Water St.

Where do you go to get the best pint of Guinness in town?Erin's Pub. Sit back and relax while you taste the smoothness of a perfectly poured pint. All while your ears are treated to the sound of good music. A cozy spot "up the street" but a spot you can't miss!


Trinity Pub

Address: 8 Beck's Cove

Tucked away in a corner near Geroge Street is Trinity Pub.This spot is a gem of a pub and loved by many. This low-key bar has everything you need for a solid night out. You won't be crowd surfing in here, but that's kind of the point. Grab a few drinks and take it easy for the evening. Sometimes that's just as good as a bumping crowd.


Rose and Thistle Pub 

Address: 208 Water St.

As you're walking down Water Street, stop in for a look.The bys are always in having a laugh and you're bound to see someone you know. A smaller venue, but sometimes that's the best part. Who knows, you might rub shoulders with the right person at the right time. Either way, enjoy the bands and the beers.