Auld Shillelagh

  • Bars and pubs
Critics' choice
© Nerida Howard
Stamford Hill

The added-value attractions at this skinny little Church Street boozer are numerous: sporadic themed music nights (including the Bowie Bar on the second Thursday of the month, with films and food – Diamond Hot Dogs, anyone? – to go with the tunes), big-screen football, a surprisingly large beer garden.

But the Shillelagh is at its best when it keeps things simple, as an honest, uncomplicated Irish pub (as opposed to Irish-themed pub; the difference is crucial) that draws a devoted circle of boozed-up Stoke Newingtonians most nights of the week.

It’s the kind of pub where the wine list runs to ‘red or white’, and where the staff are so matey and hospitable that they’ll offer to bring your Guinness over to your table rather than have you hang around at the bar and wait for it to reach perfection. No wonder everybody here always seems to be in such a good mood.

Venue name: Auld Shillelagh
Address: 105 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0UD
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Transport: Tube: Stoke Newington rail or bus 73, 393, 476

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Absolutely the best Guinness in town. A great place to watch sports, as well as being just overall wonderful to have a nice, cosy sit. Food can be ordered from one of the many pizzerias along Church Street.