Islington has a long tradition of Irish immigration, with the 2011 census showing that it has the second-largest Irish population in London (second only to Brent). With St Patrick’s Day fast dawning, we’ve put together a suggested shortlist of local Irish boozers. Let the heavy drinking commence.
The Auld Triangle
This Finsbury Park local holds regular traditional Irish music nights – come here for a family-friendly night.
Address: 52 St Thomas’ Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 2QW
Opening hours: 10am to 11:30pm.
The Boston Arms
It shows Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) games in the day, and hosts cult bands at night – take your pick at this Tufnell Park pub.
It just so happens that progressive rock band “The Dear Hunter” will be performing this St. Patrick’s day.
Address: 178 Junction Road, London N19 5QQ
Opening hours: 10am to midnight.
The Hemingford Arms
Sister to the much-loved Faltering Fullback (which sadly isn’t technically in Islington), The Hemingford Arms near Offord Road is warm and welcoming. Every Monday, an Irish folk music club gathers for merry music-making. They do have a nice surprise planned for this Wednesday, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Address: 158 Hemingford Road, London N1 1DF
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm.
The Mother Redcap
This local favourite in Archway has been run by the same family for years. Go for the friendly service and old-school vibe.
They don’t have anything special planned for Thursday, but you didn’t need an excuse to get drunk, did you?
Address: 664 Holloway Road, Archway, London N19 5SE
Opening hours: 11am to midnight.
The Alma Pub
Located on Newington Green Road, this might not be an Irish pub but having won the TimeOut best Islington pub of the year 2015 it would have been a shame not to mention.
They are also planning to play some typical Irish music and change their decor to match the festivities.
Address: 59 Newington Green Rd, London N1 4QU
Opening hours: 4pm to midnight