A new Irish bar has launched by Old Street, bringing whiskey, Guinness, Celtic comfort food and good craic to the capital. Nuala – which is an Irish female name – is the first venue from Irish chef Niall Davidson, who used to work at Harrods and Chiltern Firehouse.The venue has seats around a fire pit. Head chef Colin McSherry, who was formerly at The Fat Duck, serves dishes made using ingredients sourced from across the British Isles, from the Scottish islands to Cornwall, cooked over a fire. Try flamed clams in cider and bone-marrow doughnuts. Peep behind the curtains and follow the staircase – and music – down to a mahogany bar serving whiskey cocktails and Guinness. Squeeze into a snug or pull up a stool around a fireplace as you try potted smokie (smoked haddock)
70-74 City Road
Winding staircases, passageways and six floors create the feeling of a labyrinth at Waxy O’Connor’s in Soho. The Gothic interior has pews, a pulpit and stained-glass windows, but the atmosphere is anything but church-like. Try a steak and Guinness pie or Irish stew with your tipple.
14-16 Rupert Street
If you think Waxy’s is big, then visit The Porterhouse in Covent Garden, which covers 12 levels. It serves stouts and ales, which it brews in Dublin, including seasonal varieties such as a creamy chocolate truffle stout. There’s regular live music, too.
21-22 Maiden Lane
The Tipperary is London’s oldest Irish bar. A solid-oak bar, beams and wood panelling run through the narrow sapce, which is decorated with china mugs hanging from the ceiling, shamrock mosaic floor tiles, vintage Jameson signs and mirrors on the walls. Traditional Irish music tops off the atomasphere. Rais a glass of Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness to the bar staff.
66 Fleet Street