Places I Love – The Twelve Pubs Of Christmas

Words and pictures by Jean Hudson @jeansodyssey

Ireland has a tradition, ‘The Twelve Pubs of Christmas’.

I was telling a friend about this daft tradition recently. It’s essentially an extended pub-crawl before Christmas. The aim is to visit twelve pubs and drink a pint in each.

Silly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats and reindeer ears are a must.

Not only do you have to drink twelve pints, there are different rules for each pub:
Pub 1. No drinking with your dominant hand
Pub 2. No pointing at people
Pub 3. No talking to anyone you know
Pub 4. No mentioning the word drink
Pub 5. No using the loo
….and so on and so forth. You get the idea.

It’s always a night full of laughter and fun. The pub-crawlers rarely manage twelve pubs and if they do they probably don’t remember.

Fremantle is not unlike Dublin – a pub on every corner and new bars opening every week.

People in Freo love drinking outdoors – there are beer gardens and roof top bars. There’s a new bar in a ship’s container and a bar where you think you are below decks in a ship.

I’ve taken pictures in twelve Freo bars all close to Market Street – some are easy to identify and others a little more obscure. Have fun matching the pictures to the pubs.

Hint: The Norfolk, The Old Synagogue, Gimlet, Emily Taylor, The Sail & Anchor, Market Bar, Calamity’s Rod, Ronnies, Beer Pourium, Lions & Tigers, Darling Darling, The National Roof Top Bar.

* Thank you everyone for following ‘Places I Love’. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I’ll be back in 2021.
SLÁINTE! (Cheers!)

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