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Saint Patrick’s Day (weekend) is upon us again, so once again it is time for us to pull the green wigs, hair dye and clothing out of storage, grab your friends, and prepare for a weekend that’ll fly by (with the help of more than a few pints of Guinness, and some good rugby). Whether you’re Irish or just see it as a reason to celebrate, there’s no denying what a great celebration it is!

The only thing you need is somewhere to join the festivities at, and where better than at a bar that can boast a degree of legitimacy, and know exactly how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness? Here are 5 venues that really put the rock in shamrock.

Raglan Road, Nottingham

Partying their way around the weekend, Raglan Road have live music all weekend, with features from popular DJs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. They’ve stocked up to the max with beer for the weekend, they also serve a full Irish breakfast all day, so no fears of ever going thirsty or hungry here. Hearty celebrations all around, grab your green clothes and get to Raglan Road.

Waxy O’Connors, London

For a unique experience, Waxy O’Connors is situated on 6 different levels, with 4 different bars; each with a different atmosphere. Who’s to say you won’t find a pot of gold in the labyrinth? Their celebrations last the whole week, varying from whiskey and Guinness tasting, to their live music, to the St Patrick’s Party Parade. Quite the variety, and quite the place to be this week!

O’Sheas, Manchester

In their recently refurbished building, not far from Manchester University, O’Sheas are looking to start the celebrations with a vast selection of legitimate Irish whiskeys and ales, live music and sports. They too are hosting a St Patrick’s Day party, and with over 2 million pints of Guinness poured to their name, they look to be more than qualified to treat you to a good time.

McSorleys Irish Bar, Edinburgh –

If you like Live Music, Live Sports and great craic in a laid back atmosphere then there’s no better place to go than the #1 Irish bar in Edinburgh, McSorleys. Situated at 14 Forrest Road, the bar boasts four 20ft HD cinema screens and live music. A must-visit bar this Paddy’s day and by far the best you’ll find in Scotland!

Ganley’s, Surrey –

Traditional, homely and rustic. High quality food, all homemade and fresh, good selections of Irish ales. Ganley’s have live sports and music, and continually book highly talented musicians, Friday through Sunday. Ganley’s know their roots, and is a place where “The banter flows as freely as the Guinness”. Sounds ideal for St Paddy’s day, no?

At the end of the day, for many, St Patrick’s Day is one of the best nights out of the year and the wealth of fantastic Irish bars to celebrate in across the UK is simply fantastic!

If we’ve missed our your local, why not let us know? We’d love to hear where else people are loving and would recommend for a great night out on 17th March!