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There are few Canberrans who don’t have a memory of time spent at King O’Malley’s.
For me, King O’s was either the place to kick off a big night, or the spot for one last round before heading home (with an occasional serve of Chicken Gourmet sandwiched in between).
But having recently re-visited the Irish pub institution, I’ve realised it has so much more to offer. With events, specials and a cosy, unique atmosphere, there are plenty of reasons to take another look.
THE CRUNCHY, DELICIOUS PUB BITES
After a long work week (or even day), few things provide comfort like a cold drink and moreish bar snacks. King O’s have covered the basics – think hot chips with aioli (the perfect combo) or wedges with sweet chilli and sour cream.
If you’re after something a little more exotic, there’s hot buffalo wings, salt and pepper calamari and more.
We recommend the arancini balls for the ultimate winter snack – crunchy on the outside, gooey and cheesy on the inside.
THE DRINK SPECIALS
What’s better than sipping a nice, refreshing beverage? Saving a few pennies in the process, that’s what.
Basically Thursdays are the remedy to a long week – with $5 basics and $5 champagne cocktails from 5pm until close, getting a round for your colleagues or friends won’t break the bank.
And keep an eye on King O’s Facebook page for drink events like their recent Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting, where guests were treated to a tasting board of different beers served in crystal Spiegelau glassware.
COSY MIDWEEK DINNERS
Frosty Canberra days call for comforting dinners by the fire. For effortless, yet endlessly satisfying fare, stop in at King O’s.
Whether you’re after a hearty pizza, burger, steak, pasta or a good old fashioned chicken schnitzel, enjoy your meal with a beverage beside the fire. After a long work day, it’s a much more exciting prospect than slaving over the stove and dishes.
THE LIVE MUSIC
If you’re after entertainment, there’s live bands performing regularly. Previous acts have included Wood Face, Matt Dent, Heuristic, Irish Jam, Chicago Charles & Danger, and more.
THE LUNCH DEALS
Forget paying $25 for a decent lunch in the city. A modest $12 will buy you a number of lunch specials at King O’s, including a range of burgers, pasta, chicken schnitzel, pizza, calamari wings and fish and chips.
Not only do you get a delicious meal that’s hearty enough for even the biggest of appetites, but you’ll also steer clear of the bustling lunch crowd in the food courts. Treat yourself to something delicious, sit in the beer garden or inside near the fire and enjoy.
THE WHISKEY AND BEER
Can you even call yourself an Irish pub if you don’t have a solid stock of whiskey on hand? The bar staff are on hand to offer you a wee dram of your favourite bottle, or suggest one for you to try. They’re also hosting a Whiskey Tasting Night on Wednesday 27 June where you can grab a whiskey tasting board for $30.
If you’re a beer drinker, you’re well catered for. Not only do King O’s have a good selection of beers on tap, but there is also a secret microbrewery located in the basement. StoneAge Brewing has a range of beers brewed on-site for your tasting pleasure.
THE SPORTS NIGHTS
With game three of State of Origin mere days away, what better spot to watch the game (or any other game for that matter) than with a pint at King O’Malley’s?
MULLED WINE BY THE FIRE
Sometimes a cold drink just won’t do – and on those occasions, we recommend a toasty warm, spicy mulled wine. Curl up by the fireplace or find respite from the cold in one of the many cosy booths, nooks and corners.
THE SENSE OF HISTORY
King O’Malley’s namesake was a member of Australia’s first Federal Parliament and a noteworthy figure in Canberra’s history. Walk through the iconic pub’s interior and you’ll find artworks, maps, pictures and mementos of Canberra’s history, as well as a newly unveiled portrait by local artist Christopher Toth.
THE GAME NIGHTS
There are few better ways to spend a weeknight than at trivia with friends. From 7pm every Thursday until July 26, King O’s are running QuizXpress Trivia. Not only is the event free, but there’s $12 pizzas on offer.
Sometimes the hardest thing about a trivia night is stringing together enough people to make a team. King O’s makes it easy with singles, couples and teams all welcome.
In addition, the team have put together a smashing evening for Seinfeld fans on Thursday 28 June with their These Questions Are Making Me Thirsty. The night featuring questions from all 180 episodes, Seinfeld themed food and drinks, and games and prizes on offer. Not a Seinfeld fan? There are also upcoming Friends and Harry Potter trivia nights coming up.
If you’d prefer something a little more high-brow, head along to one of the chess tournaments which runs every Saturday at 10am in the Guinness Room – best enjoyed with a coffee or cheeky pint.
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