It was Arthur’s Day, and it was already 5.45pm. I rushed my way to the nearest Irish Pub – P.J. O’Brien’s which is just a stone throw away, (really,) from my office. In conjunction with Arthur’s Day which was celebrated around the world on this date, P.J. O’Brien’s was offering $7 for a pint of Guinness® all day. I got myself a pint of the black stuff … almost missed taking this shot … there were some pies going around but I didn’t manage to get any!
Ash Grunwald, the Australian radio personality and blues musician, hosted the countdown to 5:59pm or 17:59 to toast “To Arthur”. Back in 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a disused brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, and started brewing this famous beer … more details can be found at www.guinness.com. Short glasses of Guinness® Draught were offered (FREE) before and after 17:59, which I managed to grab!
P.J. O’Brien’s is a really cool place for happy hour and if you are a Guinness® lover, you can be guaranteed a Perfect Pint here – they were hand-crafted to perfection. This place boast a sizable stage for live entertainments – reminded me of Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For Arthur’s Day, two local bands, The Bad Penguins and Buddha in a Chocolate Box were scheduled to shake the house tonight but I got a curfew tonight …
The Arthur’s Day celebration in Melbourne, Australia is not as huge like what was going on in Malaysia. In my opinion, Guinness probably don’t sell as well here as Australians have greater affinity to wines than stout. In addition to that, there aren’t many places that serve Guinness® Draught – I think there are only two places in Melbourne , the other is at Crown …P.J. O’Brien’s – The Irish Pub Ground Floor, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct,
Southbank, 3006 Victoria, 61-3-9686-5011 www.pjobriens.com.au/southbank