It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy a pint of Guinness or listen to some traditional Irish music. Experiencing the authentic Irish atmosphere of a good ol’ pub or of a cosy Irish restaurant is something everyone should try once in a while. If you walk around London, chances are you will stumble upon one of these great Irish places that will welcome you in the warmest way possible.
The Auld Shillelagh is the place to go if authenticity is what you are looking for. It really doesn’t get more Irish than this. The Irish Times even gave it the title of “most authentic Irish pub in the world outside of Ireland”. It’s a no-nonsense kind of pub, with great music and a lively atmosphere, so entertainment is guaranteed.
The Tipperary has a 400 years history behind it and it’s rumoured to be London’s oldest Irish pub. That alone makes this quaint little pub a must-see attraction. It might be tiny but the array of ales and whisky is quite impressive.
The Porterhouse is the kind of pub that lives by the saying bigger is better and it is big indeed. Spread over 12 levels, The Porterhouse offers a range of beers, stouts, ales and porters just as big as the location. Also, the drinks are brewed in Dublin and then shipped over to London, so you can savour the true taste of Ireland while enjoying the live music in the basement.
The Faltering Fullback is said to be the best pub in north London. It’s cosy and tall and as green as they come, featuring a lovely garden where you can enjoy a great Guinness in good weather and hide from the outside world in a more relaxed and calm atmosphere.
The Toucan is without a doubt an emblematic location for pub lovers, where Guinness is worshipped as a god. The multitude of posters decorating the walls and the trio of toucans welcome you into this booze paradise. However, Guinness is not the only star in the house; Irish whiskies have a special place in the menu as well.
Waxy O’Connors might look like a labyrinth, but is in fact a pub, a very Irish one as well. Located in the West End, Waxy O’Connors is a complex of four bars spread on six levels, each of them with its own unique character. Besides the Irish beer, the pub also serves Irish food such as Guinness pie, Irish stew and mussels.
The Cow can be seen as an Irish pub wannabe, famous for its Guinness and oysters. It is more on the artsy side and the prices also reflect it, but the food is great and the pretty cottage-style decor will make you feel as cosy as can be.
The Sun Tavern offers, aside from the classic Guinness, something just as Irish, just a bit stronger: poitin, a beverage brewed in Ireland for centuries and legalised in 1997. Beware though, Ireland’s moonshine is not for the faint of heart.
There are so many options when it comes to great Irish places that Londoners are really spoilt for choice. Irish people definitely know how to have fun, so why not join them?