Our friends from the Emerald Isle certainly know how to throw a party and lucky for us everyone is invited. IN Covent Garden and the legends at The Porterhouse give you our guide to celebrating St Patrick’s Day, the Irish way. Slàinte!

The London St Patrick’s Day Festival is a must attend to kick off the festivities. Now approaching its 70th year, the parade and festival in central London and Trafalgar Square attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London. It’s become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture and arts. After a day out at the festival, let the celebrations kick in at our favourite Irish bars and restaurants in Covent Garden.

THE PORTERHOUSE

For a truly memorable and authentic Irish experience why not head over to The Porterhouse on Maiden Lane. Split over twelve levels, it is the largest bar in London where you will find a massive selection of the finest beers from around the world. Of course, in the true spirit of St Patrick’s day it would be silly not to try out the Porterhouse’s own Irish handcrafted beers, brewed in Dublin and sent over the Irish Sea direct to Covent Garden. You don’t even have to step foot outside of London to experience their award-winning Irish stouts, with their Plain Porter winning the title of “The Best Stout in the World” at the International Brewing Awards (AKA the Beer Oscars) – twice!

Downstairs in the basement you will find The Porterhouse’s most buzzing bar, with live music on the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend from The Reels. As if you could ask for more. They will also be serving up traditional Irish specials for the week. Choose from Bacon & Cabbage, Irish Stew or Dublin Coddle.

THE DINGLE WHISKEY BAR

If beers don’t float your boat, no need to worry. Upstairs at The Porterhouse you will find the Dingle Whiskey Bar. Named after the picturesque town of Dingle in County Kerry, here you will find a selection of up to 200 whiskeys, with a team of dedicated whiskey experts behind the bar to educate you whilst you sample the different flavours. Grab a ticket for the Irish Whiskey Tasting Event on Wednesday 13 March for only £10. Email eithne@porterhouse.london to secure your place.

The Porterhouse & Dingle Whiskey Bar

21-22, Maiden Ln, Covent Garden,

London, WC2E 7NA

www.porterhouse.london

St Patrick’s Festival at The Porterhouse

from Sunday 10th March to Sunday 17th March:

Sunday 10th

Ireland v France

Live music with The Hares

Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th

Cheltenham Festival Live

with the Gold Cup on the 15th

Wednesday 13th

Irish Whiskey Tasting Event

Tickets: £10

Friday 15th

Live music with The Reels

Saturday 16th

Final Day of the Six Nations

Live music with The Reels

Sunday 17th

St Patrick’s Day

Live music from 3pm with The Reels

Email: eithne@porterhouse.london for details

 

WAXY O’CONNORS

This lively Irish pub will be celebrating for the whole week, as in their own words: “Why on earth would you only celebrate the best day of the year on a single day?!” There will be live music from Wednesday through until Sunday, whiskey samplings from Monday through to Sunday, three Six Nations games on Saturday and then to finish off they will be throwing a great big St Patrick’s Day party. Expect giveaways, live music and sport, and of course – lots of Guinness!

Waxy O’Connors

14-16 Rupert St, London W1D 6DD

www.waxyoconnors.co.uk

 

THE TIPPERARY

If soaking up the history of London is your thing, head on down to The Tipperary, a Grade II listed public house. The pub is said to be one of the oldest Irish pubs in the UK. Originally built in 1667, it was originally a medieval monastery which went on to survive the plague, the Great Fire of London and two world wars. It was also the first pub in England to stock Guinness.

The Tipperary

66 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1HT

www.thetipperarypub.com