There’s definitely no shortage of Irish pubs in Berlin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Annabelle Mallia got caught up in some Irish shenanigans herself.
The Irish pub is the star of St. Patrick's Day, and Berlin has no shortage.
S t. Patrick might have given his name to this month’s celebration of all things Irish, but the real star of St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish pub. No matter where you are in the world, you can find a bar with wooden paneling, shamrock decorations, and Guinness on tap, often packed with Anglo-Saxon expatriates drinking as much as they can. When it comes to pubs, “Irish” spells a warm, friendly atmosphere, toe-tapping music, and good times. Berlin definitely has its fair share, sure to be in festive full swing on 17 March. The
Irish Pub (www.irishpubberlin.de) at the Europa Center has supposedly the longest bar in Europe – a full 36 meters inviting you for a cool Irish beer or aged whiskey. Live music, from Irish folk to rock, plays every night from 9:30pm into the wee hours. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the beautiful Charlottenburg district is The Harp (Giesebrechtstr. 15, www.harp-pub.de), one of Berlin’s oldest and best-known Irish pubs. Its authentic Irish interior, restored with great attention to detail, creates a cozy atmosphere where sports fans can guzzle down the “black stuff” and cheer on their favorite Gaelic football team. The Oscar Wilde Irish Pub (Friedrichstr. 112A, www.oscar-wilde-irishpub.de) opened its doors in 1991 and was the first Irish pub to be set up in the former East after the Wall came down. Due to the amount of development work taking place in Berlin at the time, the pub became an important meeting place for construction workers looking for a hearty fried breakfast. The pub has remained popular with locals and tourists alike looking to chow down on some home-cooked food. For traditional dishes such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and the good old Irish stew, head to The LIR Irish Bar (Flensburger Str. 7, www. thelir.de). With an open fireplace in winter and a leafy green beer garden in summer, you are guaranteed great craic. Just don’t try and drink an Irishman under the table.
"Irish pubs spell a warm atmosphere, toe-tapping music, and good times."
The Harp Irish Pub