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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on March 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm
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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day: 15 Irish Pubs in Madrid

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner (17th March), there’s another reason to party again. Every Irish pub in Madrid is decked out in green, preparing for the celebrations with endless flow of Guinness and traditional cuisine. To kick start the celebrations, here’s a roundup of twenty of the best Irish pubs in town:

1. La Ardosa. Colón, 13. Tel: 91 521 49 79. (map) Claiming to be the pioneer in St Patrick’s Day celebrations, La Ardosa is one of the oldest Irish bars in Madrid. Party-goers looking for a bit of history and Irish flavour might find this quaint small bar reminiscent of home.

2. Dubliners. Espoz y Mina, 7. Tel: 91 522 7509. (map) Dubliners is located along a popular stretch of pubs in el Sol, the epicenter of party-goers. It’s main attraction is the large screen offering English League Football and all other important European soccer matches. You can find typical Irish dishes here, including Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers & Mash.

3. Finbar’s. Marqués de Urquijo, 10. Tel: 91 548 37 93. (map) This medium-sized bar in the Arguelles district offers a variety of beers and whiskies, alongside Spanish tapas and English/Irish food.

4. Finnegan’s. Plaza de las Salesas, 9. Tel: 91 310 05 21. (map) An old-time favourite among the Irish and English community, Finnegan’s offer special menus with Irish platters on St Patrick’s Day. Be sure to party with a huge crowd here.

5. La Fontana de Oro. Victoria, 1. Tel: 91 531 04 20. (map) Another old tavern built in the 19th century, this bar has a classic look to accompany its age. Its biggest draw is the live music, played regularly especially on weekends.

6. Friend’s Tavern. Pradillo, 30. Tel: 91 515 39 74. (map) With a mixed local and foreigner crowd, the bar offers varied Spanish tapas and traditional beers and whiskies.

7. The Irish Rover. Avenida del Brasil, 9. Tel: 91 597 48 11. (map) A stage for nightly live music show, the Irish Rover is extremely popular among travelers and residents, serving up all-day food and opened until 5am on weekends.

8. Jarritus. Alcalde Sainz de Baranda, 32.Tel: 91 574 18 16. (map) Slightly further out of the city center, this genuine Irish bar celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a live band.

9. The James Joyce. Alcalá, 59. Tel: 91 578 19 65. (map) Known previously as the Kitty O’Shea, this central pub is one of the handful actually owned and run by Irish proprietors. Outdoor seating in summer and live music make it a favourite haunt.

10. The Lock Inn. Calle Santa Teresa, 14.Tel: 91 310 39 84. (map) A spacious double-storeyed tavern serves Spanish and international food. The lower floor can be reserved for private parties.

11. Molly Malone’s. Manuela Malasaña, 11. (map) With a special menu designed for St. Patrick’s Day, this hugely popular bar is often packed to the brim at this time of the year. The bar has a huge following so expect to find rugby shirts and other “Gaelic” products on sale. Live music is frequent here.

12. Moore’s. Felipe III, 4. Tel: 91 365 58 02. (map) Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with them as they fill an entire week with special menus, contests, promotions and raffles.

13. O’Connell’s. Espoz y Mina, 7. Tel: 91 531 64 19. (map) Located next to the Dubliners, this spacious pub is often full to the rafters on weekends, so don’t expect to have the place to yourself on St. Patrick’s Day. A small dance floor is sometimes also set up and opened late into the night.

14. O’Neill’s. Príncipe, 12. Tel: 91 521 20 30. (map) Irish owned and run, it is said to be one of the most spacious Irish pubs in Europe. It hosts many live shows and popular events like the Celtic Music Festival. Home cooked food is well represented on the international menu.

15. Paddy’s Irish Tavern. Concha Espina, 69. Tel: 91 562 26 54. (map) The hardcore party goers will enjoy spending a whole week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here with night-to-dawn parties, special Jameson, Guinness & Kilkenny promotions and live music.

Photo credits: marcp_dmoz



    2 Comments

  • Jessica says:

    Great Post Nellie! I can’t wait to bring my camera around Dublin this year and capture the St Patrick’s Day action.

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