Bars

The UK’s 6 Best Irish Bars

by Rupert Hargreaves

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It’s no secret that Irish bars are some of the best in the world and in the UK we’re lucky enough to have plenty of them in which to eat, drink, and be merry.

But with so many Irish bars around, it can be difficult to work out which ones are the real deal.

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So, to help you out we’ve brought you our quick round-up of the UK’s best Irish bars.  



The Auld Shillelagh, London

Open since 1991, The Auld Shillelagh has one main goal: to serve the best Guinness in London. It can be neither confirmed or denied if they have achieved their goal, but there’s no doubt that this Irish bar is one of the best you’ll find in the UK.

Although it looks small from the outside, The Auld Shillelagh has tripled in length since it opened, and now boasts enough room to host live music every week and every major sporting event across an array of big screens.

This bar’s best asset, however, has to be it’s beer garden which faces the sun for most of the day. Inside or outside, this classic Irish bar has the ultimate Celtic charm.

Where: 105 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UD

McSorley’s Irish Bar, Edinburgh

Not only is McSorley’s Irish Bar wholly traditional, but it also brings its customers to top notch entertainment. Sporting four HD televisions and two projector screens, and live music every night from Irish bands and local artists, this Irish bar is known for its lively vibe.

McSorley’s is also home to the weekly Ceildhr Mor where, for £6 entry including a whisky, Iron Bru, or pint of best, you can enjoy the traditional Irish singing, dancing, and merriment.

Where: 14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN

Shenanigans, Liverpool

Shenanigans embodies the classic Irish bar with its atmosphere, live music, and live sports, but offers a unique twist as it specialises in innovative original cocktails, such as the Dancing Leprechaun, the Shamrock Shake, and the Pot of Gold.  

As well as its extensive drinks list, Shenanigans also offers a range of classic pub grub so that you can line your stomach before you indulge in your Guinness.

Where: 77 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2EN

Waxy O’Connor’s, Manchester

This large Irish bar serves classic Celtic dishes, offering you a choice of the Bar Menu, Sligo Menu, Galway Menu, Tipperary Buffet, and the Donegal Buffet.

Although its high-quality food and drinks selection has been satisfying its customers since opening, Waxy O’Connor’s is perhaps best known for its interior. The venue has four floors and three bars, passages and staircases, and an indoor tree which is situated on the one side of the building, adding to the quirky look.

If you’re looking for sophistication, Waxy O’Connor’s is the Irish Bar for you.

Where: The Printworks, Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 2BS



Lanigans Irish Bar, Liverpool

Claiming to serve the best Guinness in North West England, Lanigans Irish Bar is all about having fun. With live music everyday of the week, DJs that play until 2 am, and the largest LCD video wall that Liverpool has to offer, entertainment is this bar’s strong point.

Striking the perfect balance between large and cosy, Lanigan’s is a welcoming establishment which prides itself on bringing its customers the best of Ireland, with Irish folklore pictures enhancing the walls.

Where: 33-35 Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, L1 1JP

Patrick’s Bar, Bangor

The unmissable Patrick’s Bar has a bright green exterior, which sums up its vibe: this Irish bar has made it into our roundup because it dares to be different.

With 50p vodka shots, a Jägermeister machine, karaoke nights, a jukebox, and a 24-hour barcam live stream, Patrick’s Bar gives you countless reasons to attend. Situated in the university town of Bangor, this bar is definitely more catered towards students, with cheap drinks and great entertainment.

Where: 55-57 Holyhead Road, Bangor, LL57 2HE

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Rupert Hargreaves

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