With Viet and Jack at the helm, The Shamrock Irish Pub has lifted it’s customer service game with many raving about the warm reception they receive these days. Lovers of genuine Guinness also applaud The Shamrock Irish Pub Hoi An as a welcome oasis in a SE Asian Guinness desert. Indeed there’s not just great Guinness but several different beers and cider on tap too with an excellent traditional pub whiskey menu as well.
The food is typical pub grub from burgers to lamb shanks, pies and mash to fish ‘n’ chips with local Vietnamese also. The pricing is more HCMC than Hoi An but the servings are ample and the quality is consistent. The Shamrock Irish Pub’s relatively high prices have set it apart from some of its An Hoi neighbors but with live music most days and great imported drinks it will suit many.
Following typical Irish tropes, the pub is accented with swaths of Crayola greens and oranges. Sometimes feeling more like a caricature than the actual thing, The Shamrock Irish Pub attempts to recreate a pub-like atmosphere in a corner of the world where cozy, cold and hearty are not words we hear very often. But little matter because it attracts a good crowd and more than a hint craic is in the air in the evenings.
Like its southern sibling in HCMC, The Shamrock’s comfortable live music set-up and relaxed al fresco atmosphere distinguish it among its peers. Retro-pop live acoustic sets attract extra patrons on the terrace to listen and get the party started. And, like most Irish pubs nowadays, The Shamrock Irish Pub also doubles as a sports bar with several plasma screen televisions hanging around the bar interior.
All said and done, if you’re looking for a good dose of Western food, a pint or two of Guinness, live music (where you already know all the songs), and a warm welcoming spirit, the Shamrock Irish Pub Hoi An will not disappoint.
Updated March 2020