Top Five Sláinte Yourself St Patrick’s Weekend Plans

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Time to get boss eyed and ossified on gat, naggins and shoulders. Happy St Paddys Day you beautiful rides!

If you don’t want to traipse all the way down to Trafalgar Square for the parade but intend to do more than simply sink a stout in your local, have a scroll through our top four St Patrick’s Weekend plans.

So quit olagonin’ and acting the maggot – sláinte to yourself on the lash instead you bunch of stooks.

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1. Whiskies

Searcys, St Pancras Grand

Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL

Not only is it the traditional chosen poison of the Irish and therefore intoxicatingly topical, whisky is also totally trending right now over yesterdays news: gin. People want to emulate formidable talents like Dylan Thomas and Churchill rather than gin swallowing Gatsby and his tear soaked mother’s ruin. 

You can probably find a good dram in any of the following listed Irish pubs, but if you want a full blown dedicated whisky selection, then Searcys St Pancras Grand is your cigar. More well known as a Champagne bar, there are also over 50 whiskies available, including the usual fat cats as well as some lesser spotted, rare gems to be discovered sitting atop a special shelf. The most exclusive and out of production brands are available if you’ve a heavy wad of cash or hefty overdraft. Bottoms up to St Paddy.

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2. Folkies

London Irish Centre

50-52 Camden Square, off Murray St, NW1 9XB

Friday 17th March

Modern Irish folk band, Kila, first formed in 1987 in County Dublin. Since their first show upstairs at Baggot Inn performing for three people, they have played Glastonbury and had Oscar nominations for their work on soundtracks. Catch them in Camden this Friday at the London Irish Centre and enjoy bodhráns and tin whistles amongst electric folk. For £16 you’ll get a hatchet show as well as learn some new phrases as they only sing in Irish. Cheaper and more fun than a babel course.

Book tickets here and take a look at all their other shenanigans happening soon.

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3. Boozies

Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington

Although the Auld Shillelagh host themed nights and events like Bowie Bar with matching films and food, this Stokey pub is a straightforward Irish bar at it’s heart. You’ll start to see familiar faces if you go on the regs – once you’ve strayed inside these walls you’ll find yourself returning again and again. They have a huge beer garden and screen for the footie with an uncomplicated list of dancing juice. Choose from red, white or beer. Now is the time for boozing laughing dancing not brewed-by-beards-blueberry ale. Once you’ve built up a rapport with the welcoming bar staff you might find they’ll offer to bring your Guinness to your table while it slowly reaches perfection. This might not be the case come the St Paddys rush, but a quality Irish pub is for life not just for 17th March. Go back and build up your Auld Shillelagh relations.

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Boston Arms, Tufnell Park

This is the place for you if you want a classic Irish pub experience, complete with Guinness, Murphy’s, Irish music and raucous behaviour positively encouraged. This rather massive and popular pub sits waiting for you just opposite Tufnell Park tube, ready to infiltrate your boozy crawl home from work to bed.

Next door you’ll find rock and pop gigs in the Boston Music Room and Tufnell Park Dome for when you’ve had enough of fiddles and violins.

178 Junction Road, N19 5QQ

Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

This well loved bustling local is a treasure trove hidden beneath Irish ivy and wisteria on leafy Perth Road. As you enter this Irish rugby pub you might not find a seat immediately but do not despair. Order in a round of Murphy’s and have a little wander around the corner.

You’ll find an extensive main hall with a cornucopia of bench seats, more screens, a piano we’ve never seen played and a popular pool table constantly in use.

The Fullback provided the scenery for a Daniel Radcliffe starring Slow Club music vid back in 2012. Luckily they didn’t film in the treehouse / beer garden out back: that’s left for you to scale and conquer. We imagine St Patrick’s Day here will be jammers, so get there early or go another night to really drink it all in.

19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3HB

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4. Foodies

St Patrick’s Day at Camden Market

London’s Irish capital is set to be the host with the most this Saturday. Camden Market has organised a Culture Trail form 12- 6pm, pop up bands in Voodoo Rays and the Amphitheatre and an augmented reality showcase from Firstage with virtual reality performances blasted in from all over Ireland. There’ll be Irish dance classes and craft stalls as well as Ireland vs England Six Nations screenings for the more rugby / less arty inclined among us. But one thing we can all agree on is the food. With special Irish dishes created for the day from the creme de la creme of Camden’s food market, everyone will go home happy. And probably pretty merry. Think Irish blue cheese raclette and salt beef, chocolate Guinness doughnuts with Baileys ganache and stout ice cream with potato sponge cake and seaweed caramel.

18th March | Camden Market, 32 Camden Lock Pl, NW1 8AL

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5. Crafties

Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

Drink Shop and Do are so into the St Patricks vibe they’re starting celebrations this evening. Tonight you can learn how to make papier mache leprechauns (finally, am I right?) while tomorrow they’re hosting a big ol’ knees up with free chocolate Guinness cake, themed emerald cocktails, mountains of green confetti, and an extended happy hour until 10pm.

Entry to both is free, but a meagre £3 after 10pm on Friday.

16th & 17th March | 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX | Free entry until 10pm, £3 afterwards

For more booze related craic, try beer tasting at Stoke Newington bookshop or check out the new wine store and tasting room in Finsbury Park.

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