What's better than corned beef and cabbage and green beer on St. Patrick's Day? The Irish restaurants and pubs in the Washington, DC area will be hopping with Irish cheer on March 17th. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the festivities and you will find that a variety of Washington, DC area restaurants get into the spirit by celebrating St. Patrick's Day with food and drink specials. Here is a schedule of some notable dining and pub crawling events:
Leprechaun Lap - March 1, 2014, 1 - 9 p.m., an annual St. Patrick's Day bar crawl begins at Mackey's Public House at 1823 L St. NW, Washington, DC. The Leprechaun Lap includes food and drink specials at Mackey’s Irish Pub, Buffalo Billards, Black Rooster, Rumors, The Front Page, James Hoban’s, Madhatter, The Mighty Pint, McFadden’s, The Bottom Line, Irish Whiskey, Fiesta Lounge, Café Citron, BlackFinn, Bread and Brew, Sign of the Whale and more. Registration is between 1 and 6 p.m. at Mackey's.
Rí Rá Georgetown - 3123-3125 M Street, NW Washington DC (202) 751-2111. Enjoy a special Irish happy hour available all day, every day, and authentic live bands throughout the month of March at Georgetown’s newest watering hole. On Monday, March 17, 2014, the party starts early as the restaurant opens at 7am for a traditional Irish breakfast amidst a statue of St. Patrick himself. The festivities continue throughout the day with live Irish dancers, bagpipe players and more performances by Irish musical acts.
Fado Irish Pub - 808 7th St NW Washington, DC
(202) 789-0066 and 1 Park Pl #7 Annapolis, MD (410) 626-0069. Celebrate all things Irish with special events all month-long - European sports, including English Premier League soccer, special whiskey dinner, live music, Pub Quiz, fundraisers, wearing green, eating traditional Irish food, connecting with community through charity, and, of course, drinking Guinness and Irish whiskey. St. Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17 - Doors open at 8 a.m. Live Music.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans - March 15, 2014, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Rumors, 19th and M St. NW Washington DC. The festivities will include bagpipers, beads, giveaways, & DJs. To top it all off, there will be live music playing throughout the day! The ShamRogues, labelled as the best Irish band in DC, as well as the Mike Leverone Duo, will set the mood with great Irish tunes all day.
Shamrock Beer Bash - March 15, 2014. Two sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. 130 N St. SE, Washington DC (lots east of Nationals Park) The event was created for young professionals, novice beer drinkers, and connoisseurs alike and includes unlimited tastings of over 75 beers, selections from DC’s favorite food trucks, and live entertainment.
Shamrock Crawl - March 15, 2014, 2-9 p.m. Arlington, VA (Clarendon/Courthouse) The event celebrates a full day of green revelry and fun group shenanigans. Join thousands of fellow Irish loving beer drinkers as they flood Arlington and turn it green! Each bar will feature Shamrock shenanigans and Shamrock drink specials.
The Dubliner - March 15, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. and March 17, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. 520 N. Capitol St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 737-3773. The Dubliner, one of the largest purveyors of Guinness Stout in the country, celebrates St. Patrick's Day and its 40th anniversary with two parties. Live bands on multiple stages, tented patio, lunch and dinner served.
Shaw’s Tavern - March 16, 2014. 520 Florida Ave NW Washington DC. Doors open at 10 a.m. - no cover charge. Live Music All Day. Fun for the kids including a face painter. Irish Inspired menu all day.
The St. Patty’s Day SoberRide program will be in operation beginning at 4:00 p.m. on March 17 and continue until 4:00 am the following day as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday. Read more about SoberRide.
More St. Patricks Day Events
St. Patrick's Day Parades- Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a parade in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia or Gaithersburg, Maryland.
- National Shamrock Fest - March 22, 2014. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick's Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.