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Here’s the 60 pubs where you can get a free drink to mark Paul Heaton’s birthday

Have a pint on the Housemartins legend today to mark his 60th birthday

By Nick Reilly

Paul Heaton performs live
Paul Heaton performs live (Picture: YouTube)

Paul Heaton has announced details of the 60 pubs where he has put money behind the bar to kick off his 60th birthday celebrations.

The Housemartins and Beautiful South icon announced over the weekend that he would be getting his round in at sixty watering holes across the UK and Ireland to mark the milestone birthday.

“To celebrate my 60th birthday (on Monday, May 9) I’d originally intended to do another bicycle tour, visiting and performing at 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland. However, due to recording delays caused by the pandemic, I’ve had to shelve those plans for the time being,” he said.

“Instead, I’ve decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one. Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me (until the money runs out or the bar runs dry!).”

The singer has now shared a list of the 60 pubs, writing on Twitter: “Thanks to all the pubs and to everyone who visits them. It would be great to see photos of you all enjoying your free drinks and celebrations at each pub throughout the day!”

The pubs taking part include Keohoes in Dublin, Kay’s Bar in Edinburgh, The Freetrade Inn in Newcastle, The Globe in Liverpool, Rummer Tavern in Cardiff, The Coffee House Pub in London, The Thunderbolt in Bristol and Polgooth Inn in Cornwall.

Explaining his idea, Heaton said that “the hope is to bring people together on the day, whilst recognising that many folk who bought my records or showed me support over the years could do with a wee party as we come out of COVID and hit potential financial struggles.”

Check out the list of pubs in full below.

  • Robinsons Bar – Great Victoria St, Belfast
  • Eddie Murphys – Thomastown, Kilkenny
  • Peadar O’Donnells – Waterloo St, Derry
  • The Punters Rest – Tipperary
  • The Sky on the Ground – Whitewell, Wexford
  • Courtney’s Bar – Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Keohoes – Dublin
  • Tig Coili – The Latin Quarter, Galway
  • Bonners Corner Bar – Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
  • The Old Toll Bar – Paisley Rd W, Glasgow
  • Nice n Sleazy – Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
  • The Sheep Heid Inn – The Causeway, Edinburgh
  • Kay’s Bar – Jamaica St, Edinburgh
  • Tanners Arms – Byker Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • The Freetrade Inn – Lawrence Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • The Half Moon – Northgate, Darlington
  • The Black Bull – Main St, Darvel
  • The Sportsmans Inn – Heads Ln, Carlisle
  • The Original Oak – Headingley, Leeds
  • The Flying Horse – Packer St, Rochdale
  • The Britons Protection – Bridgewater St, Manchester
  • Bowling Green – Chorlton-cum-Hardy
  • The Orion – Burton Road, Withington
  • The Railway Inn – Lapwing Ln, West Didsbury
  • Albert Wilsons – Wilmslow Rd, Withington
  • The Dog & Partridge – Manchester Rd, Warrington
  • Bird I’th Hand – Prescot Rd, St Helens
  • The Saddle Inn – Dale St, Liverpool
  • The Casa Bar – Hope St, Liverpool
  • The Globe – Cases St, Liverpool
  • The Coachmakers Arms – Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
  • The Bay Horse – Market Pl, Market Weighton
  • Lord Nelson – Arundel Street, Sheffield
  • Riverside Kelham – Mowbray St, Sheffield
  • The Morning Star – Greetwell Gate, Lincoln
  • Ye Olde Blue Bell – Market Place, Hull
  • The Whalebone – Wincolmlee, Hull
  • The Grafton – Grafton St, Hull
  • The White Horse – Hutton Cranswick
  • Hatfield Main Pit Club – Stainforth, Doncaster
  • The Old Horse – London Road, Leicester
  • The Black Horse – Aylestone, Leicester
  • The Bulls Head – Cambridge St, Saint Neots
  • Hardies – Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Golden Fleece Inn – Market Square, Porthmadog
  • Rummer Tavern – Duke St, Cardiff
  • Hare & Hounds – King’s Heath, Birmingham
  • Patrick Kavanagh – Trafalgar Road, Birmingham
  • The Red Hart – Bodham, Norfolk
  • The Eagle – Norfolk St, King’s Lynn
  • The Duke of York – Woodbridge Rd, Ipswich
  • The Stags Head – New Cavendish St, London
  • The Coffee House Pub – Beak St, London
  • The Glue Pot – Emlyn Square, Swindon
  • The Thunderbolt – Bath Rd, Bristol
  • The Cricketers Inn – South St, Dorking
  • Grasshopper on the Green – Westerham, Kent
  • Minerva Inn – Looe St, Plymouth
  • Duke of Wellington – Brighton Road, Shoreham
  • Polgooth Inn – St Austell, Cornwall