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The best places to celebrate St Patrick's Day

1 March 2022

The evenings are getting longer, it’s warming up and spring is officially on its way. And what better way to congratulate ourselves for making it through the first two months of the year than with some good old Irish spirit.

St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, so it’s worth giving a thought to where you’ll be celebrating this (Irish) national holiday. So, to help you decide, and give you more time to find those green shamrock headboppers, we’ve compiled a list of the best Irish pubs around our network.


This Irish Pub may be a 20 minute walk from Portsmouth and Southsea station, but it’s certainly worth it! Claiming to serve ‘the best pint of Guinness on the South Coast’ (and with the awards to prove it), Shenanigans guarantees a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere.

Head down this St Patrick’s Day for a delicious breakfast followed by live music from 12:00 and an appearance by their resident band ‘Shenanigans’ in the early evening.

The Gateway

A mere stone’s throw from Reading station, this traditional Irish pub is a firm favourite of the locals, as well as the many Irish internationals who have donned the blue and white stripes of Reading FC over the years. The welcoming and friendly pub always goes wild for St Patrick’s Day with green flags and garlands, Irish dancing and the Guinness will be flowing all night long!


Brendan and Lynda have been providing fresh, homemade Irish food in this cosy setting for nearly 10 years in the heart of Chiswick. Connolly’s typically celebrate St Patrick's day in the traditional way with Irish dancers and live bands - promising to be a great day out for the family.

Tir Na Nog

Not far from Wandsworth Town station, this small family run Irish pub is all about the great craic and is filled with Irish memorabilia. Live music is the order of the day here, as well as an array of drinks promotions and traditional Irish food. It’s a day not to be missed!


This relatively new Irish pub has been an instant hit with the Kingston locals. The interior has been designed to resemble a traditional Irish street scene with shop fronts as a backdrop. With live bands, Irish dancers and hearty helpings of bacon and cabbage, it’ll seem as if you’re spending the day in the Irish capital itself.

Interior of Whelan's pub

The Stand Off

Also new on the scene is Exeter’s The Stand Off. Less than a 20 minute walk from Exeter St David’s station, this Irish pub was recently re-opened after a major refurbishment by Exeter Chiefs player Gareth Steenson, who is looking to give people an Irish feel while in Devon.

Interior of The Standoff bar

The Steamer Inn

The Steamer Inn at Shanklin is celebrating their 21st birthday on St Patrick’s Day this year and Irish band, ‘The Crew’ are heading for The Steamer Inn at Shanklin to celebrate St Patrick’s with some raucous Irish songs and music for the craic. There will be an Irish themed menu available and of course, a few pints of the black stuff and other famous Irish brands to enjoy that night!

Exterior of the Steamer Inn


This aptly named Irish pub harks back to the days of the Guinness advertising campaigns which featured the famous toucan balancing a pint of Guinness on its beak. A veritable temple to the black stuff, this legendary location once welcomed Jimi Hendrix to play - and the basement bar is described as an oasis of calm in busy central London.

Interior of the Toucan bar

Mc & Sons

Mc & Sons is a traditional old Irish boozer cross serving authentic Thai food and fantastic beer in the heart of Southwark. If you’re looking for a twist this St Patrick’s Day, Mc & Sons is the place for you – you’ll find live music and an Irish Fayre as expected, as well as an eclectic mix of Thai Street food to tantalise the taste buds.

Ready to celebrate? Then let us do the driving and book your tickets in advance to get the best price. You can save with a Railcard too!