NIGHTLIFE

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.

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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

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