The most sacred day in any Irish person’s calendar? It’s almost here. To help you celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for seven alternative ways to spend the day. From going to a Father Ted-Athon with G&Tea cocktails (see what they did there?) to a 1918-inspired shindig that’s rife with Irish mob bosses, get ready to toast the Emerald Isle in style.
Billed as ‘Peaky Blinders with twice the craic’, Ruckus is a gem of a way to raise a toast to St Patrick on the 17th. Held at The Vaults, expect an immersive night where you’ll rub shoulders with an Irish mob, dance on tables and be given access to a bar with enough whiskey to sink a small ship. Being 1918 and all, you’re to wear your finest attire – think fur, flat caps and shiny, polished shoes.
Home to the largest Irish whiskey collection in London, it doesn’t come as a surprise that The Sun Tavern are pulling out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day. Venture down to their cosy hub on the 17th for limited edition Teeling cocktails (there are three to choose from) and complimentary oysters. They’re going to be showing the Ireland and England at 2.45pm too, with live music afterwards for a proper knees-up.
The Bloomsbury Club Bar is one of the finest cocktail bars in London and to pay their respects to the man that banished the snakes from Ireland, they’re hosting an all-night celebration on the 17th. Head their way on Saturday to sip limited edition cocktails like the Italian Craic and try pale ales from an independent Irish craft brewer, sway to an Irish-led acoustic set and line your tummy with a menu inspired by The Dingle Distillery’s location on the Wild Atlantic Way.
All Star Lanes might have no connections to the Emerald Isle (that we know of, anyway), but that hasn’t stopped them from getting involved in celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Available until March 25th, they’ve plonked a hearty braised ox cheek and Guinness pie on their menu to please those with a penchant for all things stout. Served with red cabbage and roasted sweet potatoes, this boozy pie is sure to get the Irish seal of approval.
If you’re determined to watch the Six Nations somewhere that has an electric atmosphere, you might want to turn your gaze towards Pitch Stratford. The early bird tickets have sold out (sob) but there are still general tickets left, and they include a pint on entry and a packet of Tayto crisps upon exit. Showing the big game on a giant outdoor cinema screen, they’ll have a trio of ‘Irish-for-the-day’ street food vendors, churning out brilliant bites to keep your yelling-at-the-screen energy levels at an all time high.
Nothing says ‘Ireland’ like a pint of the black stuff. If you’ve got a soft spot for the drink that everyone loves to love, make way for the Guinness brunch at Queen Adelaide. They’ve got a Guinness ambassador hosting the event and you’ll get great seats to watch the rugby after you’ve cleared your plate. With slow cooked salt beef benedict and Suffolk chorizo and potato hash on the menu, it’s the perfect way to start your St Patrick’s Day shenanigans.
7. Father Ted-Athon – London
Mrs Doyle’s Cakes, G&Tea cocktails, The Lovely Girls (or Boys) competition, and prizes for the best priest and nun costume? The Grand Clapham’s annual Father Ted-Athon is back for St Patrick’s Day and it’s set to be a cracker of a night. Kicking off at 8pm, three Father Ted episodes will be played back to back until they clear the floor for you to jig to a DJ set of Irish pop anthems.
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