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 St
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 St
There’s a new bar in town: The Ruby Rogue is a slightly more posh option, which recently opened upstairs at The Alfred Tennyson pub in Knightsbridge (pictured above). The Ruby Rogue serves tradtionally Irish food alongside beers, wines and cocktails and there’s lots of live music planned for St Patrick’s Day weekend. It’s only open from Fridays to Sundays, so this bar is clearly a good-time party place.
10 Motcomb St