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The Best Irish Pubs & Bars in London

For St Patrick’s Day on March 17, or for any other day of the year when you’re in the mood to sink a Guinness in a pub steeped in Irish charm, here’s The Resident’s pick of Irish pubs and bars in London…

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1 The Porterhouse, Covent Garden
A large pub sprawling over three levels, The Porterhouse also has plenty of nooks and crannies should you want to tuck yourself away. For food, you’ve got small plates, mains, pizzas and burgers, and for drinks, there’s an extensive selection to try. Behind there bar, there’s a host of craft beers to try, as well as Estrella, Peroni and Budvar. Cask ales rotate, and on tap, the pub has a selection of its own award-winning brews to try.
Address: 21-22 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
Website: porterhouse.london

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2 The Toucan, Soho
A Soho stalwart, in its various incarnations it has been serving up Guinness to thirsty punters for decades, but as The Toucan for a quarter of a century. Not a place for bells and whistles but chock-full of character and charm and Irish crisps Tayto, it’s the place to go for a convivial breezy pint of the black stuff or two.
Address: 19 Carlisle Street Soho W1D 3BYb
Website: thetoucansoho.co.uk

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3 The Auld Shilelagh, Stoke Newington
Long and skinny, The Auld Shilelagh has been a popular neighbourhood gaff for more than 20 years, that plays the sport, and at times, traditional Irish music. It’s a no frills, no fuss type of joint that feels a bit like your favourite trainers – well worn, comfy and can take you anywhere the night might lead.
Address: 105 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UD
Website: theauldshillelagh.co.uk

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4 Waxy O’Connor’s & Waxy’s Little Sister, Soho
With two venues in Soho, the first Wax O’Connor’s and its younger sibling, Waxy’s Little Sister, there’s plenty Irish food, beer and whiskey to go round. The flagship venue sprawls over six levels and will show the sport when on, and has live music Wednesday to Saturday. The younger venue has more of a relaxed vibe, with sofas and open fires, for when you want a more chilled evening.
Address: Waxy O’Connor’s: Rupert Street W1d 6DD
Waxy’s Little Sister: Wardour Street W1D 6QG
Website: waxyoconnors.co.uk

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5 The Cow, Notting Hill
A cheery local boozer, The Cow has earnt a reputation for its Guinness and oysters, and for its hearty pub fare. With a focus on meats and seafood the kitchen takes its ques from various parts of Europe and in addition to sea food platters to choose from, you’ve got the likes of smoked salmon, avruga caviar, creme fraiche, capers and shallots, and fish stew or crab tagliolini for mains.
Address: 89 Westbourne Park Road W2 5QH
Website: thecowlondon.com

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6 The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
A charming, well-loved pub with a sun trap beer garden filled with locals and people watching the game. Acoustic sessions are held in the front bar on Sundays and open mic nights are held in the back room on Thursdays. The pub hosts a pub quiz every Monday.
Address: 19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park N4 3HB
Website: falteringfullback.com

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7 Homeboy, Islington & Nine Elms
Not one of your classic Irish pubs by any shot, Homeboy is more of a modern cocktail bar with laid-back charm, that sometimes pops up in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars. The kitchens plate up pub grub and Irish fare, and on Sundays, the Nine Elms venue makes a mean roast.
Address: Islington: 108 Essex Road N1 8LX
Embassy Gardens: Unit 6, Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7
Website: homeboybar.com

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8 Mc & Sons, Southwark
Convivial and old, the pub has been in the same family for generations that attracts locals and commuters alike. The kitchen is run by Jonny Rice, and plates up Thai dishes for lunch and dinner, which has traditional dishes such as pad Thai and massaman curry, and not so traditional dishes like chips doused in northern Thai curry sauce. On tap you’ve got Irish brews and a selection of craft beers too.
Address: 160 Union Street SE1 0LH
Website: mcandsonslondon.com

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9 The Tipperary, Holborn
**Currently closed***A Grade II listed venue on Fleet Street, with lots of  dark wood and plaid carpet charm. The building dates back to 1667, and the kitchen serves up traditional Irish pub fare – think boiled bacon and cabbage, chicken and ham pie, and a classic caf all day breakfast with bacon, sausage eggs and beans on toast.
Address: 66 Fleet Street, Temple,  EC4Y 1HT
Website: thetipperarypub.com

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