Best Places To Get An Irish Coffee In Washington, D.C.

March 11, 2015 8:00 AM

When it’s cold outside, all you want is a hot drink. For some, it’s a hot chocolate, for others tea, or even better a hot toddy. Another great option is an Irish coffee. In addition to the warmth from the coffee is the headiness of the whiskey, and a dash of sugar or whipped cream takes it to a new level. Instead of making one at home, try going to one of the following establishments to sample their Irish coffee. These venues make the best Irish coffees in the city!

Nopa Kitchen + Bar
800 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4667

The Irish coffee at Nopa Kitchen + Bar is exactly what you are looking for. It is warm, creamy and slightly sweet, with a subtle bitter edge from the coffee. The coffee-to-whiskey ratio is just right, so you don’t feel like the alcohol overpowers the coffee, or vice versa. The presentation is also beautiful as the coffee is served in a charming glass mug so you can admire the frothy top. Enjoy one in the restaurant or at the bar.

Ulah Bistro
1214 U Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-0123

Ulah Bistro has not one, but two Irish coffees for you to sample. The first is made with Irish whiskey, coffee and Bailey’s Irish cream. Silky, smooth and creamy are the trifecta of textures that shine through that one. The second is made with Bailey’s Irish cream, Frangelico and coffee, which means it is a tad sweeter, with a just a hint of nuttiness. Both are available for $8.50.

James Hoban’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
1 Dupont Circle N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-8440

This Irish pub has an extensive whiskey list and a great Irish coffee. Available for $10, the Irish coffee at James Hoban’s is a warm, soothing concoction that goes perfectly with its desserts. Try it with the Bailey’s Irish cheesecake, the chocolate Guinness brownie or the decadent bread pudding. It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to order up this delightful drink.

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Irish Whiskey Public House
1207 19th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-3010

With Irish in its name, and Irish whiskey and cuisine as its specialty, you better believe that the Irish Whiskey Public House has a great Irish coffee. Choose from its extensive whiskey list, and enjoy the whipped cream-topped Irish coffee as a nightcap or with brunch. Smooth coffee, good quality whiskey and the creaminess of the whipped cream make for one uber satisfying beverage. Be prepared to order more than one!

Trio Restaurant
1537 17th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-6305

This Dupont Circle venue has a host of cold and hot beverages, including a warm Irish coffee. Made with house-brewed coffee, it is available all day. Enjoy it with your breakfast or in the evening with dessert or in place of dessert. It is sold for $8. You can even enjoy a cold version, as the restaurant has an Irish milkshake too. It is offered for $9.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at