By Tammy Walters
Take a step into the charming Quiet Man Irish pub in Flemington. Don’t let the name fool you, this one-stop-shop is packed with music, entertainment, great food and exceptional service; bringing a slice of Ireland to the northwest suburbs of Melbourne.
As you enter the lobby you can see the rich history of the 21 year old pub through a gallery of images depicting the life of the pub, a tribute to its namesake – the 1952 John Wayne film of the same title set in beautiful Irish decor – and framed certificates of excellence in hospitality from the Australian Hotels Association Awards covering the walls.
The place is divided into three sections: the restaurant, the beer garden and the front bar, enjoying a warm atmosphere with a fireplace; a beautifully designed bar, designed and made in Ireland and assembled on site; and nods to Ireland in the background. The waiters are Irish, the chefs are all Irish and the food and drink is a mix of traditional Irish and Australian fare, from Irish stew and seafood chowder to beloved parma.
“It’s good, honest food, and you can get anything from modest burgers to the most sophisticated foods,” says owner Michael Gillis. “You get the authentic foods. The experience is very similar to what you would get if you walked into an Irish pub, and that’s what we’ve tried to do over the years. All the ingredients are there for an Irish flavor.
They also feature a cocktail and beer of the month from their extensive collection of draft beers – this month, Clover Club and Heineken respectively. But it’s not all Guinness and stew; entertainment is where the Quiet Man Irish Pub really stands out among the masses, with something going on every night.
Start your week slipping on your dancing shoes with Irish dancing lessons on Monday evenings. These free lessons are fully facilitated and for any skill level.
In the true tradition of Australian pubs, Tuesday night means quiz night at the Quiet Man. You can join a team or create your own, with great prizes up for grabs.
Every third Wednesday of the month, one of the pub’s favorite events takes place: the Quiet Man Irish Singers Club. From choir singing of all genres, jam sessions and even poetry readings, this is where the true community spirit of the Irish pub lies.
Friday Saturday Sunday
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the front bar is completely transformed with live bands playing pub classics. On Sunday evenings in the restaurant, the traditions of Irish music are preserved thanks to a live band that not only plays traditional ditties, but also more contemporary Irish hits.
The first day of the month features a special intimate series – The Fireside Sessions. As the name suggests, a band gathers by the fireside for an unscripted jam session with acoustic instruments and collective singing.
“It’s about keeping the Irish tradition. People are really engrossed in it because it’s so unusual, ”says Gillis.
If that’s not enough, for the month of August, Quiet Man will also host tribute acts on Saturday nights, starting with Van Morrison and ending with U2, made up of the original members of Australia’s official U2 show, the August 31, 2019.
They will also prepare for the Rugby World Cup, playing the matches live every day until the grand final which takes place on the same day as Derby Day, November 2. Within walking distance of Flemington Racecourse, Quiet Man will be the perfect place to be. Put it in your calendar.
In the meantime, step inside the Quiet Man Irish Pub to be transported to an Irish wonderland and fully immerse yourself in the culture.
“The Quiet Man Irish Pub still lives up to these traditions after all these years, so it would be good for us to continue. “
Find The Quiet Man Irish Pub at 271 Racecourse Road, Flemington. For more information, visit thequietman.com.au.