Founded by bartenders Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith, this north London hotspot all about Irish hospitality, craic-ing drinks and home comforts. Whether you're in the mood for whiskey, Guinness or a stiff drink, you'll find it all here... with some authentic grub to soak it all up.
Irish Pubs in London
If you’re the type of the person who really favours great company, and great ales on tap – then you’ve come to the right place. Traditionally different, forever friendly and brimming with Irish Champagne (that's a pint of Guinness to you and I), you’re sure to enjoy the spirit of Ireland in our guide to some of the best Irish pubs in London.
McGettigan's is West London's hub for all things Irish. Serving up everything from traditional Irish dishes and pub-grub classics to some of the finest Guinness in England, you'll have all you need to sit back, relax and watch a game or two on the screens.
Comfy sofas, open fire and a relaxing vibe make this a great place to meet friends, grab a quick drink or settle in for the evening. Snuggle up on one of the plush leather sofas and enjoy a chat over a tipple in the soothing candle light. Visit the traditional Irish taverns of yore without a time machine or a long journey ahead.
This one is a great Irish pub close to Covent Garden and Charing Cross station. With an emphasis on real Ale and Cider, The Harp is the perfect place to chill out with your friends on a cosy evening. Check out the array of beer mats displayed above the bar in a venue where alcohol can be art.
Located on Hoxton High Street, Howl at the Moon is a fun and lively Irish pub where booking is almost always essential. A buzzing, cosy and cool space littered in beer mats, plants and friendly faces, it's perfect for after-work drinks and grub and East London beers on tap.
This venue is a labyrinth of bars, linked by different staircases, ornate wooden decorations and the famous Waxy's 250ft tree shipped in from Ireland. Check out the stunning ceiling, complete with beautiful stain glass windows and huge wooden beams and drink like a king in magnificent surroundings.
This quirky Irish pub isn't your traditional stop off. With anything and everything hanging from the ceiling, from bikes to hockey sticks to acoustic guitars, admire the sights and grab on to that perfect pint of Guinness. Watch some footie on the big screen or chill out in the beer garden and soak up that charming Irish spirit.
This twelve-tiered bar is London's largest venue, so head to the highest levels for a quiet, intimate pint or spread yourself out and mix it up, that's entirely up to you. The Porterhouse began in Ireland and this Covent Garden branch has gone to great lengths to retain its cultural roots, brewing its craft beers in Dublin before shipping them to London. You can't get much more authentic than that.
Not for the traditionalists, this faux-Irish pub in Notting Hill is a great spot for a refreshing pint of Guinness and a trendy venue that hangs antlers from the ceiling. Head down the stairs for your tavern feel or enjoy the shabby-chic vibes on the ground floor for a twist on the Irish experience. With a vast selection of oysters and clams, enjoy some luxury in a relaxed atmosphere.
For its amazing beer garden, some of the best Guinness in London and big screens for watching sport, The Auld Shillelagh is a great Irish pub. It's been nestled in the heart of Stoke Newington for over 20 years so don't worry, you're drink is in good hands - these guys have been practicing and refining for quite a while.
Brogan's Irish Bar can be found on Fulham Broadway and boasts 4 widescreen TVs, live music every other Friday, a full menu of scrummy food and a gorgeous rustic interior. Snuggle into a cosy booth seat, soak up the quaint bare brick walls and admire the stunning stain glass windows that add a splash of colour to a homely den.
A plethora of Guinness taps and Celtic dishes, mixed with music and a buzzy atmosphere, this venue is a great spot, especially for a pint of the black stuff. Expect a lively atmosphere and fun, quirky decor, often in the shape of large and colourful toucans -sometimes even wrapped in fairy lights.
This O'Neills branch in Carnaby Street is not like its sister venues across the capital. With calligraphy on the walls, trendy furniture and a refreshing union of comfy pub vines with modern chic, this venue is a great place to sip a cold Guinness. Get tipsy and try out some Irish dancing with your (very tolerant) mates.