Dining with The Drunken Leprechaun
It was upon a rainy May Sunday, soon after its first anniversary, that I settled into the inebriated The Drunken Leprechaun for a rousingly good pub lunch. The charm and good cheer of this Irish pub is evident as soon as you cross its welcoming portals, with real livegreen-suited leprechauns in stove-pipe hats at the door to greet you, and a coterie of smiling and friendly staff to attend to your every whim.
The Drunken Leprechaun itself was adjacent to theformer dusitD2 Phuket Resort, which commenced operations as the Swissôtel Resort Phuket Patong Beach on 1st June 2016.
This is the second resort that this hotel group is managing on Phuket after the Swissôtel Resort Phuket Kamala Beach.
This is definitely a funky outpost of good taste and good times, in the heart of the southernmost fringe of Patong.
In fact, this southern environs is fast becoming a happening lifestyle center all of its own with Hooters, and the Hard Rock Café as well as this eccentric Irish pub all part of the expanding resort complex.
As soon as you enter The Drunken Leprechaun you will feel the happy fusion of traditional Irish hedonism known as “the Craic” mingling with its Thai equivalent known as “sanuk.” It’s a weird piece of eccentricity dedicated to fun, sociability and good times….and yet it really works!
Inside, you’ll find yourself in a long, narrow room, with a bar down one side serving draught beers, stouts and ciders. Monotone images of old Ireland and its denizens grace the walls, while wood panelling, wrought iron, and of course ubiquitous Guinness iconography, adds to the authentic charm of the place.
The drinks menu includes the fruity own-brand Leprechaun Pale Ale, fine draught Guinness and tastes of old Ireland like Black & Tan (a beer cocktail made from Guinness and Kilkenny pale ale) and shandy (beer and Sprite). Good Aussie wines are also available by the glass or bottle.
The Drunken Leprechaun is all about good food and sociability and the bar boasts a small raised stage where live musicians nightly engage the customers with such charm that they frequently join them on stage to sing along. A pool table and a selection of booths with live sports showing on large flat-screen TVs complete the welcoming scene.
The food menu has fun with naming and puns with such favorites as Scotch eggs, onion rings and a very full, all-day English breakfast becoming Irish Leprechaun Cannonball eggs, Onion Rings of Kerry and The Drunken Leprechaun Hangover Breakfast respectively. The quality and quantity of the meals is good and prices are more than fair. You can also eat lighter, healthier faire such as the catch of the day, roast salmon or chicken and the pub is very family-friendly too, with an extensive kid’s menu.
The Drunken Leprechaun is all about draught Guinness and signature Leprechaun Ale, fabulous homemade Gaelic food and pub grub classics, and the energetic cultural fusion of enjoying the Irish Craic mixed with the Thai Sanuk and all to the nightly rhythms by the on-stage duo! Eccentric or what??The Drunken Leprechaun
Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Tel: +66 (0)76 337 000www.thedrunkenleprechaun.com