When it comes to "excuse to drink" holidays, Burns Night is a pretty festive one. Each year on or around January 25, Scotland celebrates the life and works of poet Robert Burns with traditional suppers, poetry readings and of course, whisky drinking. Here are a handful of places in DC marking the occasion in some way.
Jack Rose: The whiskey-focused bar will celebrate Burns Night from 6-9 p.m. in the cellar. There will be a poetry reading from the bar's Harvey Fry, complimentary passed Scottish fare, and single malt scotch specials on tap.
Mad Fox Brewing Company: The Falls Church brewery is hosting a Robbie Burns Supper Monday with five courses of Scottish food and beers to match. There will be bagpipes and Scotch, too. It's $75 per person; tickets here.
St. Andrew's Society: The society will host its annual Burn's Night dinner this Saturday at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria. They're suggesting male attendees wear Highland dress, black tie or military dress. Tickets are $95 for the event, which includes a formal supper, musical performances of Burns' poems and more. Tickets here.
Elephant and Castle: Cantab DC is throwing a party at the British Pub Saturday evening with haggis, bread pudding and more. Details here.
The Queen Vic: The pub is offering Burns-themed specials Saturday and Sunday nights, including Scotch eggs, Scottish beer and whisky flights and more. Specifics here.
The British Embassy is also hosting a traditional Burns supper at the Willard hotel with haggis, whisky and ceilidh dancing, but that event is aimed at Edinburgh University alumni and sold out.