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5 things the Irish do best

Ireland. It may be a small country, but it packs a lot of punch. From alcohol to dancing to tunes to delicious food to alcohol again, the Irish definitely are the masters of a lot things we already know and love. So today, we’re counting down the top five things the Irish do best (hint: there’s a lot of drinking involved), but if you don’t trust our ranking system, you can judge them for yourself – just head to Mick O’Malleys Irish Pub in the Wintergarden and do some ‘research’!
#1. Guinness 
First made in Dublin by Arthur Guinness in the 17th century, this rich, dark beer is a global sensation. If we were Irish we would be proud to have created this stout – hell, if Australia was responsible for that sharp tang with a thick and creamy head, we’d be telling everyone about it. But alas, we’ll have to be content with drinking it on tap at O’Malley’s, and asking anyone who’ll listen if they’ve tried XXXX.
#2. Cheap eats 
Everyone knows the story of the leprechaun and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The part of the story that is often left out, however, is that he got all those shiny gold coins from picking cheap places to eat. Mick O’Malley’s knows this part of the story and wants us all to have a pot of gold with their nightly specials, including $15 parmies on Mondays, $12 pizzas on Wednesdays, and a whole kilo of wings for $20 on Thursdays.
#3. Rousing tunes
The Irish have struggled through such tragedies as civil war, rioting, the IRA, and the worst of them all – the Great Potato Famine of 1845-49. So after years of living stressed and potatoless, they’ve learnt the best ways to relax and let go. Mick O’Malley’s have brought some of these methods to Brisbane with their Irish rock Mondays and musical bingo Wednesdays as well as the pumping club nights of Fridays and Saturdays. Plenty of nights to show off your Riverdance skills! Don’t have any? You will after a pint of Guinness!
#4. Comfort food
You don’t need a four leaf clover to have good luck when you’ve got Irish comfort food coming to your table. One bite of these feel good dishes and your luck will turn all on its own. If you’re in Brisbane and searching for a little luck, try the menu at Mick O’Malley’s. It’s packed with dishes like their famous beef and Guinness pie, slow braised lamb shanks, roast pork belly, and Baileys cheesecake.
#5. Did we mention Guinness?
We had to mention it more than once because the Irish are just that good at beer. Much like Australians, the Irish have perfected the art of bringing beer into every occasion. Birthday? Guinness. Christmas? Guinness. Catch up with mates? Guinness. Sunday? Guinness. We admire and respect them for their love of beer, and we’re eager to see if we can keep up. That’s why we’re heading down to Mick O’Malley’s tonight for the true Irish drinking experience. Top of the mornin’ to yah!  Words by Kate Stevens Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!