It only comes once a year. A day when people of all walks of life gather together, enjoy a parade, have a meal, maybe sing a song, and get sloppy drunk: St. Patrick’s Day. The most wonderful time of the year. All over the world, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are happening, and Tokyo is no different.
For 2018, the St. Patrick’s Day party starts Saturday, March 17th with the I Love Ireland Festival in Yoyogi Park. The festival opens at 10am and entering is free on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, March 18th at 1pm, a sea of green descends on Tokyo as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade travels through Omotesando.
When you’ve had your fill of people marching, you may be wondering where you can get in a Guinness to top off the festivities. We’ve put together a list of some of the best Irish pubs in Tokyo. These places are sure to be packed full of party-goers and flowing with Guinness (discounted at most places).
An SÓLÁS (Yoyogi Station)
Open Late and open Sunday!
¥700 Guinness, green beer, and green hi-balls!
¥500 shots of Jameson!
Located a short 2-minute walk from Yoyogi Station, An SÓLÁS is right in the heart of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Tokyo. It’s a cool little place that offers a surprising amount of space and seating.There’s also a cozy little nook in the corner that’s great little hideaway for a group of friends to hang out. The staff is extremely friendly and you’ll be sure to feel the Irish spirit as soon as you walk through the door.
Things will be hopping early on Saturday. An SÓLÁS opens at 11am and stays open well past its usual midnight closing time. St. Patrick’s Day specials include Guinness for 700 yen a pint. Green beer and green hi-balls will also be 700 yen and you can get shots of Jameson for 500 yen. Be sure to stick around for the Six Nations England vs Ireland rugby game live on Saturday night from 11:15pm as well.
Normally, An SÓLÁS is closed on Sunday, but St. Patrick’s Day weekend they’re open from 3pm until late with the same 700 yen Guiness, beers, and hi-balls, and 500 yen Jameson shots. It’s going to be a party all weekend!
Tullamore (Yoyogikoen Station)
¥600 Guinness and Kilkenny pints!
Tullamore is tucked away in the backstreets near Yoyogikoen station. But it’s still located close to all of the festival activities and parades. Don’t let the tiny, unassuming exterior fool you. Inside is a decently sized pub with a lot of character. They have a pretty nice record collection on display in the back as well.
Several sets of tables and chairs are placed throughout with a handful of cozy nooks that offer lots of space to gather friends as well.
They’re offering Guinness and Kilkenny for 600 yen a pint on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The smaller space might offer a nice solace if you’re trekking through the city looking for your Irish fix.
Paddy’s Junction (Shinjuku-sanchome Station)
¥500 Guiness pints!
Looking for a foreign manager who can speak Japanese!
You can find Paddy’s Junction near Shinjuku-sanchome station, about a 5 minute walk from the C5 exit. The pub just went through a small renovation to get them ready for St. Patrick’s Day. They now feature a live stage and offer open karaoke for 100 yen a song.
This bar has a lot of interesting features that help it stand out. Many of the tables hold party games, such as shot roulette and Jackpot. Behind the bar, there are custom handles on all of the draft taps. Some highlights include Mario, Woody from Toy Story, Michael Jordan, and an NES controller. A colorful array of slogans are written across chalkboards throughout the place to keep you motivated and (“We have beer as cold as you ex-girlfriend’s heart,” “According to chemistry, alcohol is a solution!”). It’s always good to have some motivation when drinking.
On Saturday, Paddy’s Junction is offering 500 yen Guinness pints. Paddy’s Junction is also currently looking for a foreign manager. If you have any restaurant management experience and you can speak Japanese, drop by or give them a call.
Failte (Shibuya station)
¥750 Guinness and Kilkenny!
Green beer available!
¥500 Jameson shots!
Failte is located on the 5th floor of SEDE building, very close to the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station. While it may not seem as inviting to have to head up an elevator instead of just walking in the front door, you’d be missing a lot by not checking this place out.
There are a variety of seating arrangements inside, from spots near the bar, to stools by the window, full tables near the back and an outdoor balcony with plenty of bench and table seating and a pretty good view as well.
It may not be as hopping as a location down on the street, but it’s definitely a nice experience. If you’re looking for something a little bit out of the way on St. Patrick’s Day, then Failte just may be the Irish pub you’re looking for.
The Giant’s Stewhouse (Osaki Station)
Closed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
BUT will have a booth at I Love Ireland Festival
Try three different Irish stews!
This one is stretching the definition of pub a bit. It’s actually an Irish restaurant and they’re not technically open on St. Patrick’s Day, but if you’re heading to the I Love Irish Festival, you can find the owners cooking up a variety of stews at their booth in Yoyogi Park. You’ll be able to choose from Lamb’s Stew, Beef & Guinness stew, and Dublin coddle. Or go ahead and try all three!
The owner, Alan Fisher, is an author as well. The Giant’s Stewhouse website has a wonderful story that he wrote about the origins of the restaurant and meeting his Japanese wife. You can read it here.
If you want to check out the actual shop after St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a 12-minute walk from Osaki Station. The interior is a mix of white and green Irish colors with a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They offer a variety of stews and sandwiches and other authentic Irish dishes.
These aren’t all of the Irish pubs in Tokyo, but these are a few more of our own personal recommendations from other parts of the city.