London’s Best Irish Pubs
St. Patrick’s Day is fast-approaching (it’s next Saturday 17th March, just in case you didn’t
know), so it’s high time to start figuring out your plans for the big day – wherever you are in the world! But it’s especially important if you’re in London, where locals embrace the day with more verve than the average Irishmen, and with more gusto than they celebrate their own St. George’s Day. So if you’re in the English capital next week, where should you be heading to start the party?
To help you get the best craic for your money, here are our five favorite Irish pubs in London…
1. Waxy O’Connors
Located on Rupert Street, right between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, Waxy’s doesn’t look very impressive from the outside… but just wait until you step over the threshold. The pub interior is a complex maze of bars, dance-floors, pulpits, nooks and crannies, with the odd 250-year-old beech tree too! All in all, it’s the perfect place to party away St. Paddy’s Day. Just beware: this Irish theme park is strictly for locals… the Irish will be somewhere more authentic.
2. Auld Shillelagh
One of London’s most charming Irish public houses, Auld Shillelagh is famous for super friendly service. In fact, it’s one of the few places in the UK where you’ll get beer delivered to
your table (well, they wouldn’t want you to wait while they pour the perfect Guinness, would they?) Add to that the jaunty live music every night of the week, the brilliant selection of ales and
whiskies and the deliciously hearty pub food and there are few better ways to spend your St. Patrick’s.
3. The Tipperary
Having recently celebrated its 400th birthday (back in 2006), The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London – and one of the oldest outside of Ireland in the whole world! There are a few good reasons why this Fleet Street stalwart has survived the centuries too… namely, the welcoming staff, the excellent ales, the high-quality pub food and the always loud and boisterous music!
4. Filthy MacNasty’s
It may not have the most inviting name of all the capital’s Irish pubs, but Filthy MacNasty’s in the borough of Islington is surprisingly smart. Head inside this pub and you can expect pleasant décor, silk-smooth whiskies, tasty ales (including Wadworth 6X and Brains’ Rev. James) and very friendly clientele. It’s probably your best option if you fancy a quiet drink this St. Patrick’s Day.
5. The Porterhouse
As the flagship branch of Ireland’s perennially popular Porterhouse Brewing Co., you’d expect this boozer to be good craic – and you’d be absolutely right. Boasting a total of nine original house beers – all brewed in the Irish capital Dublin, and including no less than three ales and three stouts – this is an Irish beer-lovers paradise. Just don’t expect to find any Guinness on tap.