The Irish are known for their fabulous food, delicious drinks and warm hospitality. Whether you are Irish or not, remember the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at one of these best bars in the DC area.
808 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
www.fadoirishpub.comFor a truly authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience, stop on by Fado’s, where you will find authentic Irish decor, welcoming bartenders and staff and its “legendary craic,” or what the regulars consider friendly conversation. Fado’s Irish Pub and Restaurant features four distinct bars and serves traditional Irish items like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. Fado’s also offers traditional Irish stouts, whiskeys and beers including Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale. Enjoy happy hour drink specials, catch the latest soccer or rugby match on flat screen televisions or listen to tunes courtesy of local singers, bands and DJs every Thursday and Friday night.
2609 24th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
From its green carpet to the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day clock on its home page, Murphy’s is definitely a go-to destination for tasty Irish food and drinks. The fun-loving pub features plenty of seating options — from a comfy window booth to its newly renovated sidewalk patio. Satisfy your rumbling tummy with a bowl of hearty Irish stew or a homemade Irish meat and potato pie. The full-service restaurant and bar also offers signature dishes including its Murphy’s Cajun alfredo and the Murphy burger. Enjoy food and drink specials, like half-priced appetizers and drinks, as well as its famous Sunday champagne brunch where a refill of bubbly only costs $1. Murphy’s also host a pub quiz night every Monday where participants put on their thinking caps for the chance to win prizes.
McFadden’s Restaurant And Saloon
2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
McFadden’s opened its doors 10 years ago this St. Patrick’s Day so you know the celebrations will be legendary here. The restaurant and saloon features four different bars plus a private loft bar, perfect for both small and large parties. McFadden’s also boasts 26 high definition plasma televisions, casual dining and a happening nightlife with a live DJ spinning tunes every Tuesday through Saturday nights. Enjoy happy hour specials, traditional and non-traditional Irish fare plus special events throughout the year, including password parties, raves of the month and the ever-popular Nightmare on M Street Halloween Pub Crawl.
O’Faolain’s Irish Pub
20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
For the ultimate experience in Irish hospitality, head on over to O’Faolain’s, where you will find the friendliest bartenders and servers, indoor and outdoor seating plus exciting events like trivia nights on Wednesdays and live Irish music Friday and Saturday nights. O’Faolain’s features oh-so-good Irish foods, like bangers and mash and Guinness beef stew, as well as a cozy atmosphere and authentic Irish decor. Tip on back Irish beers and lagers or sip on a gluten-free pale ale. O’Faolain’s also offers bottomless mimosas and bellinis during Saturday and Sunday brunch as well as a variety of other food and drink specials throughout the week. Saturday and Sunday mornings feature English Premier League games on the big screen.
Flanagan’s Harp And Fiddle
4844 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
From live music nightly to murder mystery shows every Saturday, there is no shortage of live entertainment at Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle. The full-service restaurant and bar features plenty of Celtic designs, artwork and decor. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes, fish and chips, plus a variety of American fare items like burgers, smoked brisket and pasta. In addition to live music every night of the week, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle also offers pub quiz night on Mondays, karaoke on Wednesdays and poker on Tuesdays and Sundays. Flanagan’s is also known to support local and national non-profit organizations and groups, like the Special Olympics of Maryland, and help them raise funds, garner attention and collect donations.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.