Built in 1884, the Dan O’Connell has been keeping locals hydrated for well over a hundred years. While an incredibly old and rather regal looking building, there’s thankfully little that’s antiquated or stuffy about ‘the Dan’.
Playing host to open mic nights, trivia, and probably one of the biggest annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Melbourne,the Dan O’Connell is a bona fide Carlton fixture. Of course, it helps that as an establishment it has a cracking sense of humour and a propensity for boisterous mischievity, with every night of the week heralding a different theme or event.
For instance, if you’re to wander, cycle or drive past the Dan on Taco Thursdays, you’ll most likely see a crowd spilling out onto the small park next to the historic pub, brandishing tacos and a glass of amber liquid.
When it comes to functions, the Dan O’Connell has a dedicated 200-guest capacity function room, with a private bar and flexible layout. It’s situated on Canning Street, looking out onto Alexandra Parade. Spacious and modern, a mix of communal high tables blend well with brightly coloured cube stools and comfy banquet seating. There’s also a pool table to boot. Tasty, unpretentious food is on offer, as well as canape options.
Located north of the CBD, in Carlton, the Dan O’Connell is far enough from the city for there to be trees and grass around, and close enough for a bike or tram ride to see you there in no time. The 96 tram travels down nearby Nicholson Street to/from the CBD, making it a convenient option.