After the Trafalgar Square celebration, mark St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March with a pint of Guinness or two at these buzzy Irish pubs.
Set in the heart of the West End, the cavernous bar is a sight to behold. The rabbit-warren of four bars over six floors ranges from the gothic Church Bar to the fairytale Tree Room, but you can still find a cosy spot by the fire in the Cottage Bar. Wherever you manage to find a seat, the Irish pub’s lively clientele are eternally welcoming.
Waxy’s Little Sister
For a quieter experience, try O’Connor’s sister bar, Waxy’s Little Sister. With armchairs and an open fire, the Irish bar offers traditional Irish hospitality and food away from the hustle and bustle of the older pub. The upstairs sofa bar has great views over Wardour Street, and there is even a dumb waiter (a small lift for carrying things, especially food, crockery, and in this case beer) between the floors of a building so you don’t have to run downstairs for that second round. It’s the perfect spot for a catch-up with friends or family.
Find the craic at this legendary Soho boozer that’s dedicated to the black stuff. Walls are plastered in Guinness posters and there are stools designed to look like pints. The intimate Irish bar also serves up cocktails of Guinness and champagne, or cider and Guinness. Feeling peckish? Then sink your teeth into a hearty Irish stew or sausage and champ with onion gravy.
Hyped as the largest Irish pub in London, The Porterhouse in Covent Garden is also well-known for its large range of beers, stouts, ales and porters, all lovingly brewed in Dublin and exported to London. Beyond its home-brewed fare, the Irish bar’s serves up a range of bottled beers from across the globe. You can also enjoy live music in the pub’s basement bar.
Many believe this Stoke Newington stalwart is London’s most authentic Irish pub, and for good reason. Staff serve an exceptional pint of Guinness in a very Irish atmosphere; the narrow space is usually packed, high-spirited and full of laughter. There’s live music every week and all major sporting events are shown on multiple big screens. The staff is so hospitable that they might even bring your well-poured pint of Guinness over to your table.