110 Best Irish Drinking Songs & Toasts for Parties

irish drinking songs & toasts

Updated 8/7/2021

Who doesn’t love Irish Drinking Songs? It better not be you or you may have a Leprechaun after you!

You can use these songs to liven up any Irish party, and they are great for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or drinking games!

“In heaven there is no beer…

That’s why we drink ours here.

When we drink, we get drunk.

When we get drunk, we fall asleep.

When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.

When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.

So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!”

Best Irish Drinking Songs List

A Nation Once AgainThe Jolly Beggarmen
A Wild RumpusOld Blind Dogs
All for Me GrogThe Jolly Beggarmen
Another Irish Drinking SongThe Whiskey Bards
Arthur McBrideThe Jolly Beggarmen
Beer, Beer, BeerThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Biddy MulliganThe Jolly Beggarmen
Big Strong ManThe Jolly Beggarmen
Black Velvet BandThe Jolly Beggarmen
BodhranThe Young Dubliners
Bog Down In the ValleyThe Jolly Beggarmen
Boys from the Country HellThe Pogues
CarrickfergusThe Jolly Beggarmen
Cliffs of DooneenThe Jolly Beggarmen
Craic With JackEileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
Crooked Road to Dublin / the VirginiaCeilizemer
Dance All NightEileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
Dicey RileyThe Tossers
Diddling SetBill Jones
Drink It Up MenThe Dubliners
Drink the Night AwayGaelic Storm
Drunken SailorGreat Big Sea
Erin Grá Mo Chrói (Ireland of My Heart)Cherish the Ladies
Farewell To Nova ScotiaThe Real McKenzies
Fiddler’s GreenThe Jolly Beggarmen
Finnegan’s WakeDropkick Murphys
Galway BayThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
God Save IrelandThe Jolly Beggarmen
Goodbye Mick and Goodbye PatThe Irish Rovers
Green Grows the LaurelPatrick Street
Guinness In Germany: Lads of Laois / Trip to HervesReeltime
Harp and ShamrockLunasa
Henry My SonThe Jolly Beggarmen
Here’s a Health to the Company (From a “Chieftains Celebration”)Martin Fay, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Seán Keane & The Chieftains
Holy GroundThe Jolly Beggarmen
If I Should Fall from Grace With GodThe Pogues
I’ll Tell Me MaThe Chieftains
I’m a RoverGreat Big Sea
Island PaddyLunasa
Jug of ThisThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Jug On PunchThe Jolly Beggarmen
Lafferty’s / Crock of Gold / Lady Birr / Abbey ReelLunasa
Live from Matt Molloy’s PubThe Chieftains
Livin’ in AmericaBlack 47
Maloney Wants a DrinkThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Many Young Men of TwentyThe Jolly Beggarmen
Merry PloughboyThe Jolly Beggarmen
Mountain DewThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Mull of KintyreAshley MacIsaac & Dallas Smith
My Irish Molly-ODe Dannan
My Lagan LoveNiamh Parsons
Nancy WhiskeyGaelic Storm
NY’s for Paddy4 to the Bar
Off to Dublin in the GreenThe Dubliners
Old Maid In the GarretThe Jolly Beggarmen
On the One RoadThe Jolly Beggarmen
Only Our Rivers Run FreeThe Jolly Beggarmen
‘P’ Stands for Paddy, I SupposePlanxty
Paddy On the RailwayThe Jolly Beggarmen
Paddy’s Green Shamrock ShoreWolfe Tones
Paddy’s Trip to Scotland / Dinky’s / The Shetland FiddlerAltan
Peggy GordonThe Jolly Beggarmen
Quart of GinThe Prodigals
Ramblin’ IrishmanAndy M. Stewart
Rocky Road to DublinPaddy Reilly
Sam HallThe Jolly Beggarmen
Sean South from GarryowenThe Jolly Beggarmen
Set Dance: St. Patrick’s Day in the MorningJohn Vesey
Seven Drunken NightsThe Dubliners
Shamrock ShoreKaran Casey
Spancil HillThe Jolly Beggarmen
Spanish LadyThe Jolly Beggarmen
St. Patrick’s Day/Over the Moor to MaggieWilliam Coulter & Friends
Take Her Up to MontoThe Jolly Beggarmen
Take It DownThe Jolly Beggarmen
The Band Played Waltzing MatildaThe Jolly Beggarmen
The CrutchThe Tossers
The Drunken Sailor / The Bag of Spuds (Hornpipe and Reel)Liz Carroll
The Fairy Reel/The Old Torn Petticoat/Our House At HomeDanu
The Four Leafed Shamrock / Concert Reel Larkin’s BeehivesAlan & John Kelly
The Freedom Come-All-YeDick Gaughan
The Galway GirlSharon Shannon & Friends
The Humours of the King of BallyhooleyPatrick Street
The Humours of WhiskeyAndy M. Stewart & Mannus Lunny
The Irish RoverLiam Clancy
The Jug of Punch (Live)The Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
The Jug of Punch (Song)Altan
The Juice of the BarleyThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
The Leaving of LiverpoolThe Jolly Beggarmen
The Limerick Lassies SetCherish the Ladies
The MoonshinerThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
The NightingaleThe Jolly Beggarmen
The Ould TriangleThe Jolly Beggarmen
The Parting GlassThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
The Potato On the Door / Mary and the Tea Bag / Perpetual CheckLiz Carroll
The Pub With No BeerThe Dubliners
The Raggle Taggle GypsyThe Waterboys
The Rare Oul’ TimesThe Jolly Beggarmen
The Town I Loved So WellThe Jolly Beggarmen
Tim Finnegan’s WakeThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Traditional Irish Folk SongDenis Leary
Water Is Alright In TayThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Waxies DargleThe Jolly Beggarmen
Whiskey In the JarThe Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Whiskey Is the Life of ManSheamus Fitzpatrick & The McNally Boys
Whiskey, You’re the Devil (Live)The Clancy Brothers & The Dubliners
Wild RoverThe Jolly Beggarmen
Woman from BelfastThe Jolly Beggarmen

Irish Drinking Toasts

If you have Irish drinking songs, you’d better be up on your Irish drinking toasts too! Here are some of my favorites!

“Here’s to the land of the shamrock so green,

Here’s to each lad and his darlin’ Colleen,

Here’s to the ones we love dearest and most.

May God bless old Ireland, that’s this Irishman’s toast!”


“In heaven there is no beer…

That’s why we drink ours here.”


“May your glass be ever full,

May the roof over your head be always strong,

And may you be in heaven

Half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.”


“Here’s to me, and here’s to you,

And here’s to love and laughter –

I’ll be true as long as you,

And not one moment after”


“For every wound, a balm.

For every sorrow, cheer.

For every storm, a calm.

For every thirst, a beer.”


“Here’s to our hostess, considerate and sweet;

Her wit is endless, but when do we eat?”


“Here’s to a long life and a merry one.

A quick death and an easy one.

A pretty girl and an honest one.

A cold beer-and another one!”


“Here’s to the wine we love to drink, and the food we like to eat.

Here’s to our wives and sweethearts, let’s pray they never meet.

Here’s champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends.

And when this life is over, may all of us find peace.”


“In all this world, why I do think

There are five reasons why we drink:

Good friends,

Good wine,

Lest we be dry

…and any other reason why.”


“Here’s to being single…

Drinking doubles…

And seeing triple!”


“My friends are the best friends

Loyal, willing and able.

Now let’s get to drinking!

All glasses off the table!”


“I drink to your health when I’m with you,

I drink to your health when I’m alone,

I drink to your health so often,

I’m starting to worry about my own!”


“Here’s to women’s kisses,

And to whiskey, amber clear;

Not as sweet as a woman’s kiss,

But a darn sight more sincere!”


“I have known many,

and liked not a few,

but loved only one

and this toast is to you.”


“To live above with the Saints we love,

Ah, that is the purest glory.

To live below with the Saints we know,

Ah, that is another story!”


Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Toast

“Saint Patrick was a gentleman,

Who through strategy and stealth,

Drove all the snakes from Ireland,

Here’s a toasting to his health.

But not too many toastings

Lest you lose yourself and then

Forget the good Saint Patrick

And see all those snakes again.

‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”