Where To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In DC Area

Get your green on for March 17, St. Patrick’s Day!  With less than a week to go until St. Patrick’s Day, the metro DC area is preparing for celebrations across the region for a very popular time of year for DC residents who enjoy tipping a few Irish ales, listening to live music, and noshing on hearty fish ‘n’ chips and Irish beef stew.  It’s a day when everyone in the nation’s capital is Irish.  We compiled a list of Irish bars in DC and Virginia to help you choose where to celebrate the holiday.

A perennial favorite for 40 years, The Dubliner is an Irish pub on Capitol Hill.  Long a drinking hole for Senate staffers and tourists, The Dubliner is one of the area’s oldest Irish pubs and steps away from the U.S. Capitol.  Many of the friendly staff hail from Ireland, and The Dubliner has a unique reputation as America’s best seller of Guinness stout and the only pub to carry an ale and Irish lager made exclusively for The Dubliner.  Located in the Phoenix Park Hotel at 4 F Street, it has a large space with 2 bars, live music seven days a week, and one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties in the region.

Ireland’s Four Courts is a friendly neighborhood Irish pub and restaurant serving authentic cuisine updated with fresh ingredients.  Located in Arlington, Virginia, it is near the Courthouse Metro station at 2051 Wilson Boulevard, hosting and sponsoring special events all week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.  Beginning Sunday, March 8, Ireland’s Four Courts sponsors a DC Parade Fundraiser with live music, Irish dancers and live auction.  There are Irish-themed Happy Hours, Irish Brunch, Irish Karaoke and a Jog and Lager Four Miler Race and Fun Run.  The week also includes a special 3-course Guinness Dinner.  St. Patrick’s Day is an all-day event beginning with breakfast at 9 am and live music, a heated outdoor tent, satellite bars, and 6 bands playing live until 2 am.

Murphy’s Irish Pub in DC and Alexandria, Virginia, are family-owned and feature authentic Irish food and lively Irish entertainment.  Murphy’s of DC features daily specials, and enjoys a cozy indoor seating area or outdoor patio close to the Woodley Park/National Zoo Metro Station at 24th Street and Connecticut Avenue.  Murphy’s of Alexandria is a 2-story pub located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria at 713 King Street.  The inviting atmosphere attests to its 30-year span; the pub is known for its live Irish music, pints of Guinness and a high-spirited atmosphere especially on the weekends.  It’s also a place to catch Live European soccer, baseball, football (hello New England Patriots fans!), and college football (especially Notre Dame).

The Old Brogue Irish Pub is one of the area’s best traditional Irish pubs with loyal customers and a wide variety of beers.  It serves beverages and food from all over the world in addition to Irish fare.  The Kearney family from Derry, Ireland have owned and operated The Old Brogue since 1981.  It is located in the Great Falls Village Center near the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road in Great Falls, Virginia.  Expect live concerts, live music, nightly Happy Hours, Sunday Brunch, and “Firkin Fridays” where a variety of kegs are tapped and microbrews are served.  It has a wonderful outdoor patio for warm weather and a fireplace indoors for the winter.

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