$20 per person
278 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden, Auckland
Irish pubs tend to be abominations, often playing up the stereotypes of green and Guinness, but lacking any warmth or charm. Luckily a better class of pub exists in The Clare Inn, and for that it has a special place in my heart.
The no frills drinks and food menu is refreshing, as is the live music. With a cosy ground floor, and more spacious first floor there's room to move around. Bar staples are all here, like potato wedges and hot wings with plenty of tang. Portions are so generous, and there's plenty of Guinness on tap too. For fancier tastes they're one of the few places that serves beef wellington, and while not amazing it certainly hits the spot.