Best St. Patrick’s Day events in London: where to drink, dance and party in the capital

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We may have lost the last two days of St. Patrick’s Day to closures, but 2022 will be the year the celebrations return in full force.

The annual parade and festival, hosted by the Mayor of London, returns (see here for more). But that’s not all that’s going on.

Here we’ve rounded up the best events to celebrate in the capital, both on March 17 itself and in the days and weeks surrounding it. Expect lots of Guinness, lots of whiskey and lots of fun.

Jameson Open House

Irish whiskey favourite, Jameson, will take up residence at the Bike Shed in Shoreditch for a week of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. With four drinks included with the ticket (and more available once you’ve gone through them), evenings will include live comedy, a marching band, air hockey, foosball and even a game of ginger ale pong.

£15, March 11-18, 384-386 Old Street, EC1V 9LT, live-jameson.pantheonsite.io

Piano works

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Things are always pretty hectic at Piano Works, and they’ll get even livelier with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day energy. Farringdon and West End branches will hold themed events on March 17 – expect £3 pints of Guinness, fancy dress, confetti cannons and more, with the usual songs requested by the public, until 1am in the morning.

March 17, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., EC1 / WC2, pianoworks.bar

At Milroy’s

Prefer a glass of whiskey to a pint of Guinness? Milroy’s is the place to go – the whisk(e)y specialist is one of the most knowledgeable in London and has a fantastic selection of bottles from Ireland and beyond. The original Soho site is home to the Vault basement bar, while sister venue Spitalfields also has an underground location, which will be taken over by Teeling Irish Whiskey from March 14-20, offering a special menu of highballs, Irish coffees, tasting flights and more.

March 14-20, W1D/E1, milroys.co.uk

Truman’s Social Club

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London’s biggest beer bar, the Truman Social Club, is getting on the bandwagon, pouring out pints of excellent Irish and Northern Irish ales – whether it’s a Dublin-brewed Porterhouse or a Boundary beer from Belfast – with little Guinness shots and whiskeys also on the menu. Partygoers can soak it all up with plates of coleslaw or a packet of Tayto crisps and dance to traditional Irish music.

Free (book online to guarantee entry), 7pm-11.55pm, 17 March, 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL, trumanssocialclub.co.uk

The George

The recently opened Fitzrovia pub and restaurant, The George will add some Irish-inspired dishes to its extensive menu. Visit March 13-19 for dishes such as beef and Guinness fondue with a side of buttered hispi cabbage and oxtail croquettes with wild garlic mayonnaise, or reserve a table for the day itself, where they will be serving an Irish-style Sunday roast feast with Irish beef and mash colcannon.

March 13-19, 55 Great Portland Street, thegeorge.london

honest burgers

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Not content with consuming liters of Guinness only in pint glasses? Add some to your burger too with this new collaboration between the brewery and Honest Burgers. From March 1-28, all Honest restaurants will be serving the Guinness Fondue creation – it’s a beef patty topped with candied bacon, Guinness fondue, Guinness-infused beef and bacon gravy, crispy onions, arugula and pickles… basically a lot of Guinness.

£14 per burger, March 1-28, various locations, Honestburgers.co.uk

Bentley Oyster Bar & Grill

Celebrity Irish chef Richard Corrigan will host a five-course feast at his seafood establishment Bentley’s. Starting with oysters, followed by clam and mussel chowder, the St. Patrick’s Day menu will also include hot smoked eel, honey roasted bacon collar and molasses pie with a side of ice cream. at Guinness, ending with a selection of Irish cheeses.

£90 pp, March 17, 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG, bentleys.org

Cheese Club

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Looking for a place to party until dawn? This long-running club night at the O2 Academy Islington, specializing in nerdy pop, will host a St. Patrick’s Day special. If you want traditional Irish folk music this is not for you. For wall to wall bangers from Boyzone and Westlife et al, this is just the ticket.

£7.90, 10.30pm-3.30am, 19 March academymusicgroup.com

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