Leprechauns, four leaf clovers, rainbows and a pot of gold–what’s missing? That’s right: green beer. On St. Patrick’s Day, nothing says fun like green beer. If you want to celebrate like the Irish, head to the following bars for guaranteed fun and a constant flow of green beer. Some will have it on tap and others will have it by the keg, but either way, you will get your fill of green beer this St. Patrick’s Day.
Hours: Mon to Thurs - 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
With a huge space, including an upstairs and downstairs, multiple bar areas and a dining room, Dupont Circle’s Madhatter is the perfect place to get your St. Patrick’s Day party started. The large space, an extensive menu and endless kegs of green beer guarantee you will have the all of the ingredients necessary for a great celebration.
McGinty’s Public House
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
There is nothing like a traditional Irish restaurant and bar in which to consume pints of green beer. Traditional Irish entrees like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and lamb stew adorn the menu.Use your beer to wash down appetizers, entrees, and classic Irish fare while you listen to music and mingle with friends.
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The Town Tavern DC
Hours: Mon – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tue to Thu – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – Noon to 3 a.m., Sun – Noon. to 2 a.m.
The Town Tavern is one of Adam’s Morgan’s most popular bars, and on St. Patrick’s Day it offers special drink deals, including of course pitchers of green beer. While the first floor is designed to give drinkers an old Irish pub feel, the second level is packed with a few private party sections and a great dance floor, giving you the best of both worlds. This is the perfect place to drink your green beer on St. Paddy’s day and then head upstairs for some fun and dancing. Be sure to come early, this neighborhood joint gets packed.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
Hours: Mon – 5:00 p.m. to midnight, Tues – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Weds – 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Thurs to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to midnight
McFaddden’s opened in 2003 on St. Patrick’s Day, so you know the holiday is particularly special to them. With four bars and a capacity of 300 people, this is the place to be to revel in the madness of St. Patrick’s day and pound as much green beer as you can.
Black Rooster Pub
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
This Pub is especially excited about St. Patrick’s Day this year because it lands on a Saturday, and the venue promises to serve loads of green beer. With a patio in front you can imbibe outdoors if you want, or head inside to the lengthy bar. No matter where you drink it, your green beer will taste delicious.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.