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Best Irish Pubs and Bars Near Me

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You've typed 'Irish Pubs near me' into Google and here you are, You feel a sing-song coming on and fancy joining in with a chorus of booze-induced vocal talent. Find your nearest Irish pub in London and get involved with the merriment. Whether you want the stirring sounds of live traditional Irish music, or a quiet pint of the Black Stuff and the newspaper, the thrill of a live rugby match between Ireland and one of the world's less able rugby teams, or just some good old fashioned craic, there's an Irish pub not too far from where you are right now.

And if the 17 March is fast approaching and you want to know where to get your free Guinness hat, check our guide to where to celebrate St Patrick's Day in London.

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Shoreditch
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Pub

This Irish-owned, east London pub in Hoxton has built a loyal following and a reputation for an intoxicating atmosphere that guarantees good craic. Events, live sports such as rugby, and live music trad (traditional Irish music), hosting three trad music nights weekly, as well as regular pub quizzes and karaoke. The Howl shows a plethora of international sports, alongside Irish National games, hurling, Gaelic football and local rugby teams such as Munster, Leinster and Ulster. This all pulls in the local Irish community and instantly creates a home-from-home atmosphere.

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West End
Bar
Pub

Possibly the most popular and visited Irish pub in all of London, Waxy O'Connors in Chinatown, near Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, is a huge wooden rabbit warren of a venue. It's an easy place to get lost in (six levels and four bars to choose from). And as there are so many people coming through its doors, that means the Guinness flows all day long, which means the pipes are active and the barrels changed constantly, thus ensuring one of the freshest pints of the black stuff anywhere in London. There's live music four times a week and it's a decent place to watch live rugby, football and GAA. For Irish trad music lover, visit on a Sunday night. 50% off whiskey on Wednesdays too!

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Pub

This multi-level Irish bar is right in the Covent Garden mix. It's a great pub to meet people because the proximity to Charing Cross and Leicester Square make it very easy to get to. Have a good walk around when you arrive as it's a huge rabbit warren of a place. Porterhouse is the largest independent Irish brewery and all the beers on draught are made in Dublin and shipped to London. They've won many awards for their Irish beers - such as oyster stout, lager, pilsner, IPA, and pale ale - and there's also a Dingle whiskey bar onsite where you can enjoy Irish whiskey tastings. It's also the place to watch live rugby - c'mon Ireland - and enjoy live music almost every night of the week.

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Stoke Newington
Bar
Pub

The Irish pub lovers of north London need not feel left out; just make The Auld Shilelagh on Stoke Newington Church Street your second home. We recommend talking a walk through the eery Abney Park nearby before popping into this pub for a pint of Guinness - keep an eye out for the vintage Guinness bar fronting too; it's a work of art. The usual Irish pub bric-a-brac and ephemera exists throughout, as do Tayto crisps from Ireland, and live Irish music (the trad band usually play live on Friday nights). The wood panelled and narrow-yet-long pub is also a prime spot to watch rugby and football, especially when Ireland are playing. No doubt there will be a party atmosphere come St Patrick's Day.

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Brent Cross & Hendon
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Bar

This expansive Irish pub in north-west London is popular with the local student population at Middlesex University and therefore has a late bar license, staying open until midnight and beyond six nights a week! It also draws a big crowd whenever live football or rugby is shown on the large plasma TV. The Irish roast dinner is another reason to come visit. Naturally, the Guinness is excellent and the whiskey collection will make your eyes water. The Irish pub also hosts live music every Saturday as well as poker nights on Tuesday evenings which include drinks promos, an early bird chips bonus and cash payouts up to 4th place! Breakfast, lunches and dinner are all served here.

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Finsbury Park
Bar
Thai

This hidden gem of a pub just walking distance from Finsbury Park Tube station, has sections and segments for everyone to enjoy. The front of the pub looks narrow and bright, with large windows surrounding the bar area where people sit and enjoy a pint of a plate of Thai food and some live Irish trad music every Sunday. Moving through to the large, dark games hall, there is a huge screen for watching live Gaelic football, hurling, golf, football, rugby and horse racing. Finally, the beer garden out the back is unusual for London because it is vertical, three levels of green plants and seating arrangements spiralling up three levels towards to the super cosy seats at the top.

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Notting Hill
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

This is not the raucous Irish experience you might usually expect from a pub in London, due mainly to the fact that The Cow is a dining room and gastropub, so food is the highlight here. You can still start your visit with The Cow Special: six rock oysters and a pint of Guinness for less than £20. That should put you in an Irish frame of mind. The remainder of the menu is varied so we recommend choosing seafood throughout your meal, or the beef & Guinness pie with mash and greens if you really must stick to a theme. And because of its west London location, you might be lucky enough to bump into a celebrity whilst hanging out here.

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Kentish Town
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Soho
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City of London
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Soho
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