It’s that time of year where everyone claims to be a little bit Irish – yes a great, great grandma on your dad’s side does count. Heading to your local for a pint or five of the black stuff is great but if you want to take things up a notch, these are the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

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The Understudy

The Understudy at the National Theatre is celebrating all week with a bunch of specials on the menu. Expect the likes of blooming onions from Lucky’s Fried Chicken, Guinness pani puri from Mumbai Mix and a St. Paddy’s Tri-Pie from Bad Boy Pizza Society. Plus, there’ll be Guinness on draft and some exclusive cocktails too. Cheers!

Mon 13th – Sat 18th March 2023
Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

The Sun Tavern

With their epic selection of whiskey and poitin, The Sun Tavern is an obvious place to spend St Paddy’s Day but the fact that they’re teaming up with Jameson Irish Whiskey this year makes it a must. The bar will be serving up spesh cocktails using Jameson’s small-batch expression, Black Barrel. The celebrations will kick off in the afternoon, with a live Cèilidh band providing the music during the day, and in the evening, Oyster Boy will be shucking free oysters while post-punk quintet The Murder Capital takes to the decks.

Fri 17th March 2023
441 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN


Brigadiers is honouring the Emerald Isle with free-flowing Guinness, Guinness Old Fashioneds and Black Velvet. Plus, there’ll be live music and they’ll bring back their spesh Oysters Saggafeller.

Fri 17th March 2023
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR

Big Penny Social

Big Penny Social is going Irish for St Patrick’s Day, head here to enjoy plenty of Irish whiskey cocktails, traditional live music, performances from the Maggie O’Shea dance academy dancing and good food.

Fri 17th March 2023
1 Priestley Way, London, E17 6AL

The Grill at The Dorchester

The Grill’s Head Chef Adam Nevin is celebrating his Irish heritage with a one-off menu for St Patrick’s Day, featuring dishes like roasted skate with Irish chowder, braised lamb neck with dumplings and Irish stew, and baked stout custard with stout baked soda bread and soda bread ice cream.

Thurs 16th March 2023
53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA


Irish chef Patrick Powell is bringing his seven-course celebratory feast back for March 2023, and there’ll be a bonus tasting menu to get you warmed up for St Patrick’s Day a day early. The menu will highlight some often misrepresented dishes, including dried crubeens & mustard (deep fried braised pig’s trotters); leite faói chupoig (wild garlic porridge grilled over peat and charred brassica cream); boiled ham, cabbage, black pudding, white sauce & colcannon; and carrageen moss pudding with stewed apple.

Thurs 16th March 2023
The Stratford, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD

40FT Brewery x Acme Fire Cult

Over on Abbot Street, 40FT Brewery and Acme Fire Cult are having a party in their yard, celebrating the best of Irish produce, talent and hospitality. There’ll be DJ sets, the chance to sip on 40FT’s St Patrick’s Day Irish Export Stout ‘Snakes on a Plain’, special cocktails by Irish bar Homeboy and dishes by Acme Fire Cult that showcase seafood and award-winning grass-fed beef from Ireland.

Fri 17th March 2023
Abbot St, London E8 2LX

Hannah’s Hungry @ Lowline Taproom

Irish foodie Hannah Maher will be popping up at south London taproom Lowline, cooking up a menu of small plates using Irish and local ingredients. Expect the likes of stout & steak quesadillas, hot potato pancakes and an Irish cheese board, all to be paired with craft beers from sustainable brewers Better World Beers.

Fri 17th March 2023
Arch 18 Manor Place Depot, Angel Lane, London SE17 3FR

The Audley Public House

The newly refurbed Audley will be open as early as 9am on the big day and will be pulling pints until close, with live music with hearty pub snacks and specials to keep you going throughout the celebrations.

Fri 17th March 2023
41-43 Mount St, London W1K 2RX