St. Patty’s Day in the DC area means plenty of green beer, great deals on traditional Irish cuisines, live Irish music and lots of fun. Whether you’re Irish or not, head on over to one of these DC area pubs and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Don’t forget to wear something green or you might get pinched.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ned Devines Irish Pub and Restaurant features delicious, traditional Irish food and drinks, like bangers and mash and Guinness beer, live entertainment, specially-themed evening events and much more. Catch the game on one of over 25 high definition televisions, sing your heart out on Karaoke Night Wednesdays or dance the night away on Club Night Thursdays. After St. Patty’s Day, come on back and enjoy happy hour and food specials like half-price steak nights, participate in legal horse betting and show off your smarts on Pub Quiz nights. The pub also features live music as well as audition nights on the first Tuesday of the month.
Hours: Sun to Thur – 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri to Sat 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.
For a truly unique Irish experience, come on over to Nanny O’Brien’s Irish Pub and participate in its weekly traditional Celtic jam session. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instrument and jump right in. Don’t have an instrument? Feel free to swing on by and simply enjoy the show. The pub also features traditional Irish fare, like fish and chips and Guinness beef stew, as well as trivia nights, food and drink specials, live entertainment and more. Many Irish entertainers, such as the stars of Riverdance, have stopped by and enjoyed a pint at Nanny’s.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to close; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to close
One of the area’s best Irish pubs, O’Faolain’s is the perfect place to stop by for awesome St. Patty’s day festivities. Previous festivities included a week-long celebration of live music and dancers, Irish-themed quiz nights and delicious Irish-themed breakfasts, brunches and dinners. For a real taste of Ireland, O’Faolain’s features many traditional Irish favorites including shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef casserole and fish and chips. Events at O’Faolain’s include trivia nights, Irish sing-alongs, chalkboard and weekend brunch specials.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
For something other than televisions and live music, head on down to Galway Bay Irish Pub where you can enjoy delicious Irish cuisines and take in the magnificent view of historic downtown Annapolis. Galway Bay Irish Pub features daily food and drink specials, warm Irish hospitality and allergy-sensitive menus including gluten-free dishes and beers. Nosh on corned beef and cabbage, an Irish mixed grill or shepherd’s pie. Galway Bay Irish Pub is also known for their delicious crabcakes and wide variety of Irish beers and cocktails, including Irish whiskeys and scotches, Curim Wheat Beer, Beamish and Smithwick’s. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Irish foods and conversation with a friend, this is the perfect pub.
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times attracts Capitol Hill staffers, college kids and travelers alike. Kelly’s is widely known for its decorative wall, which features a hodgepodge of historical pieces, autographed memorabilia and even one-of-a-kind unopened bottles of beer from the early 19th century. Enjoy Irish classics, like liver and onions, daily food and drink specials and special events, such as live entertainment and games like flip cup, arcade games, DJs, televised sports and more.
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