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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)

St. Patrick’s Day is an undoubtedly raucous event in anyone’s calendar, whether Irish or just Irish-at-heart. And lu ckily this year, the big day falls on a Friday! With a whole weekend for full hangover recovery there’s no excuse not to head down to your local Irish bar, grab a pint of the black stuff, and toast “Slainte!” (that’s Irish for “good health”). To help you kick off the shenanigans in true style, we’ve compiled a list of the best Irish pubs and bars to celebrate in this St. Paddy’s Day.

Tips for Mother’s Day pub visit

Mother’s day is around the corner on Sunday 26th March. The big question, where to take your mum out for a treat? Do y ou go local? Or do you go to a spot that is known to be great on such a busy day for pubs around the country? If you are trying to pull out all the stops, here are a few things to check:

Poetic Pubs

Each year on (or around) the 25th January, laddies and lassies gather to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s gr eatest poet, Robert Burns. Replete with whisky, haggis and bagpiping, Burns Night has been an annual tradition for over two hundred years. Most people know at least one of Burns’ works, most popularly ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘Red, Red Rose’. On the day that many people hit the pub to toast old “Rabbie”, it’s a perfect occasion to tell you about some of our favourite UK pubs whose names pay homage to past poets and popular poems.

Ginuary

Your Christmas celebrations are over, but who says the fun and indulgence shouldn’t continue? Ginuary is the antithesi s of Dry January, created by gin-lovers as a way to dedicate a whole month to their favourite alcoholic drink. There is no hard-and-fast way to celebrate Ginuary; as long as you involve the spirit in one way or another, then you’re doing it right. The most popular approach is to try a new kind of gin on each day of the month, and where better to do this than at one of the UK’s growing number of specialist gin bars? Check out our guide to some of the best gin-spots in the country.

What makes a good pub carpet?

Creating the ultimate pub carpet is probably an impossible task, but there are a few carpets out there that come very cl ose to perfection. The pub carpet performs a number of functions: a) absorb spillages, vomit and food, sometimes all three at once, b) keep the floor warm, c) liven up a banal space and d) provide punters a piece of public art they can appreciate. Kit Caless, author of Spoon's Carpets, explores 5 basic rules of pub carpet creation.

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