Flanagan’s Apple – Liverpool
Imagine all the people who think that Matthew Street is only worth visiting for The Beatles history?!? Set between the iconic sights is Flanagan’s Apple, Liverpool’s oldest and gold-est Irish bar with live music all St Patrick’s weekend to keep your feet stomping and your pint glass full with two superb Guinness bars to paint that Yellow Submarine green.
Where? Flanagan’s Apple, 18 Matthew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE
Mulligans of Deansgate – Manchester
Mulligans is practically an institution in Deansgate and has been hailed as “The home of Guinness in Manchester” with the St Paddy’s craic credentials to get your Irish celebrations started and finished in great Gaelic style. Last year’s event saw the action spill outside for a full-on street party with live bands, so who knows what emerald green antics you can expect on March 17th?
Where? Mulligans of Deansgate, 12 Southgate, Manchester, M3 2RB
O’Shea’s Irish Bar – Manchester
O’Shea’s is as traditional as Irish Pubs come with more Guinness and whiskies than you can shake your empty glass at and all the foot stompin’, thigh slappin’ live music you could ask for on the annual celebration of all things Ireland. This legendary pub is also 20 years old this year, so expect the St Paddy’s shenanigans to be better than ever.
Where? O’Shea’s Irish Bar, 80 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NF
The Victoria Comet – Newcastle
There are many occasions where “two can be as bad as one” but we can wholeheartedly assure you that Nicholson’s Victoria Comet is bigger, better and badder on its lonesome. Set in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this building once housed two incredible venues that’ve now joined forces to give the toon’s Saint Patrick’s Day crowds all the Guinness-fuelled good times they can handle.
Where? 38 Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 5DF
City Tavern – Newcastle
First opening in 1923, the historic City Tavern is set in a historic Tudor façade building and has undergone more transformations than Cheryl Tweedy has had second names. But having been excellently restored to its former glory, it’s the perfect pub to celebrate St Paddy’s with quirky vintage décor and a huge range of ales and spirits to raise a glass of something to all things Irish.
Where? City Tavern, 10 Northumberland Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 8JF
Hop & Cleaver – Newcastle
This isn’t so much an Irish pub but an exceptionally meaty American bar and grill – But hear us out. A recent study showed that there are over 39,000,000 yanks across the pond claiming to have Irish heritage. Bonkers! Don’t question the facts, they’re too mindboggling. Just head to this immense venue to gorge yourselves on BBQ ribs and swap your Guinness for one of the sublime craft ales created in their own onsite microbrewery.
Where? Hop & Cleaver, 44 Sandhill, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JF
The Merchant – Scarborough
The beauty of Irish pubs is that you can guarantee you’ll find one pretty much anywhere in the world, even in the relatively quiet seaside town of Scarborough. The Merchant is packed with character and more often than not you can expect to find brilliant live music to soundtrack your ice-cold Guinness. Or for a St Patrick’s special you can take on a Screaming Leprechaun. We’ll leave that one to your imagination.
Where? The Merchant Irish Bar, 27-29 Eastborough, Scarborough, YO11 1NG
The Library – Leeds
“Odd name for an Irish boozer, isn’t it?” you quip knowingly as you enter this supremely trendy student pub. “Nice though, cool décor”, you note, “cheap Guinness too”. A few on-the-nose puns and down-the-hatch pints later and you’re left wondering why you didn’t have a watering hole this awesome when you were 19, with live DJs, a foot-stomping crowd and all the Irish whiskies you can handle this St Patrick’s Day.
Where? The Library, 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AP
Whitelocks – Leeds
Charming. Stoic. Popular. The oldest public house in Leeds EST. 1715 has all the characteristics of everybody’s favourite Irishmen (imagine enjoying a pint with Liam Neeson?!?) and commands serious respect among local drinkers, making it the perfect place to have your ceremonial St Paddy’s pint poured whether you intend on joining the 3.9 million Guinness drinkers or you fancy breaking tradition for a Yorkshire brewed IPA. Proper job!
Where? Whitelock’s Ale House, Turks Head Yard, Leeds, LS1 6HB