Must-Visit Irish Pubs in Washington, D.C., for St. Patrick's Day

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Must-Visit Irish Pubs in Washington, D.C., for St. Patrick's Day

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The Washington, D.C, area houses several Irish pubs that dish out traditional experience in an authentic setting. From pints of Guinness to Celtic music, these venues have it all. Check out one of these places in and around D.C. this St. Patrick's Day

Ireland's Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia

Located in Arlington, Ireland's Four Courts is minutes away from the Courthouse Metro stop. Touted as "an authentic Dublin pub experience" by The Washington Post, it serenades patrons with its dark paneled walls and cozy fireplaces. The pub hosts live music, karaoke, and Irish acts along with sports events. Menu offerings include Irish favorites like meatloaf, lamb stew, Guinness-marinated burgers, and fish and chips, among others.

The festivities for St. Patrick's Day begin a week early with a live performance of Irish dancers and bagpipers on Saturday, March 9. The pub opens early on Sunday, March 17, with traditional Irish breakfast and lunch and live music performed in an outdoor heated tent.

Nanny O'Brien's

3319 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

One of D.C.'s most authentic Irish pubs, Nanny O' Brien's is devoid of the frills of a chain restaurant. Boasting a kitschy Irish decor, it serves Guinness along with potatoes and corned beef.

Indulge in a traditional Irish music session, which begins just around St. Patrick's Day, and savor what some call the best wings in D.C. The pub opens at 10 a.m. on St. Paddy's Day with a $10 cover and will include live music starting at noon and $1 green Jello shooters.


808 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Located in the downtown D.C., Fadó DC is described as, "the Disney World of Irish pubs" by The Washington Post. It's an upscale pub that celebrates Irish culture with wholesome food and good music. St. Patrick's Day festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a $10 cover with full brunch menu and live music served until 2 p.m. While minors can hang in the mornings, the party is exclusively for 21 years and older after 3 p.m.

The Dubliner

4 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Established in 1974, The Dubliner is one of D.C.'s oldest Irish pubs, located near the Capitol. Along with the quintessential Guinness Stout, patrons can enjoy several brews created exclusively for the Dubliner. Visit for live Irish entertainment, Irish menu specialties, and one of the best St. Patrick's Day parties in the area.

Doors open at 10 a.m. on St. Paddy's Day. Live music and a special menu will begin around noon. The extravagant party will continue all day, with three bands playing on two stages. Venues include a tented patio and six bars on two floors, including the ballroom of the Phoenix Park Hotel.

Ri Ra

2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia

Ri Ra is a chain pub with several locations sprawled all over the U.S. The location in Arlington salutes the atmosphere of traditional Irish pubs and is built entirely from authentic Irish salvage material. Several areas of the pub, including the main bar, are restored from a 100-year-old pharmacy in Dublin.

Book a table for corned beef, stew, and potato cakes, along with beers, cocktails, and more. In honor of St. Paddy, Ri Ra will be serving their favorite Guinness-inspired mixed pints and hosting their annual charity event on March 16. For $20, patrons get an Irish breakfast and two tickets for a drawing to win a trip to Las Vegas for two.

What other bars and pubs in and around Washington, D.C., can you recommend for St. Patrick's Day? Let us know in the comments.

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