The Auld Shillelagh
This small and friendly pub embodies the concept of craic- nothing flashy or tacky about it, The Auld Shillelagh is all about the booze and the banter. Lovely staff bring beers to the table, and themed nights such as the Bowie Bar on the second Thursday of the month keep things fun and raucous. Small and full of character, it is the pub to be at if you’re looking for a cozy and authentic St. Patrick’s Day.
The Tipperary is the oldest Irish Pub in London, having celebrated its 400th birthday in 2006. In also holds the honour of being the first pub to serve Guinness outside of Ireland. Though it has clout for its stout, Tipperary also offers an extensive whisky list and delicious traditional food, making this small and historic pub the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Porterhouse is the ideal pub for a rowdier, more touristy, feel. Located in Covent Garden it is at the heart of the London hubbub, though this is naturally less attractive to Irish natives. The ales, porters, and stouts, however, are brewed in Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing Company, ensuring that genuine Irish flavour doesn’t get stamped out by tourists. Excellent drinks, noisy spirit, and live music will make for a fabulous St. Paddy’s experience.
Another Covent Garden resident, The Harp retains a sense of friendly and unaffected atmosphere. It has earned its stripes, being the first London Pub to ever win the CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2010. Unlike many of its central London neighbours who have gone the way of the gastro-pub, The Harp prioritises its drinks, which are served from charming hand-pumps. It’s food is good, but simple and limited- which is fine when everyone knows St. Paddy’s Day is about drinking anyway!