St. Patrick's Day revelry is just around the corner — or in some cases, starting in just a few hours. Restaurants are offering drink specials, Irish food and music to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. There's even Celtic dancing at some spots. Here's a rundown of some of the places to go green.
For people who want it all — Irish booze, music and food: The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub is offering 42 cents pints of Guinness from 8:30 am to 9 am for those who want a early start to their St. Patrick's Day celebration. Chef Kyle Bailey and Taylor Gourmet are serving The Dubliner hoagie all week, with Guinness-braised corned beef, farm eggs, potato hash and pickled cabbage. Three bands will Irish music all day, starting at 10 am. And for the first time, the pub will serve its signature The Dubliner Irish Whiskey. Even the president has spent St. Patrick's Day at the Dubliner.
At Villain & Saint, 40 Thieves Irish band is one of three bands that perform March 17. The festivities also include Irish food specials, like pork belly and cabbage, and Irish brews.
Mintwood Place will host fiddler Michael Winch starting at 6:30 p.m. (there will also be Guiness, Irish food and more).
For folks who want to drink brown liquor: Bourbon Steak DC will serve the limited edition bourbon Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve on St. Patrick's Day. Only 7000 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle are released annually across the US. Bourbon Steak is offering one-ounce pours of five Pappy Van Winkle bourbons paired with meaty small plates in its private dining room for $225 per person, plus tax and tip. Just consider it "St. Pappy's Day."
At Acadiana, beverage director Scott Clime will pit Irish whiskies against their American counterparts on Saturday, March 19 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Cline will share his expertise on whiskey insights on the ten tastings, for $85 per person, including a lunch buffet.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon is offering an extended happy hour on its rooftop terrace with $5 pints, $7 Irish whiskeys and $8 punches until 9 p.m. In the first-floor dining room, guests can enjoy two rare Irish whiskey flights for $35 or $45. And underground bar cocktail den Dram & Grain will serve a variety of Irish drinks, including Whiskey and Cream, an Irish cream soda cocktail and Guinness White IPA and Poitin Amaro.
For people who want to see bare legs: Irish dancers and bagpipers are among the Celtic festivities at Fado Irish Pub in Chinatown. Live music begins at 2 p.m. and the dancers perform throughout the day.
Ri Ra Irish Pub in Georgetown will host live music and dancers starting at noon on St. Patrick's Day. Expect all-day Jameson shots, too.
At Shaw's Tavern, live music starts at 3 p.m. while dancers from the Boyle School of Irish dance perform at 6:30 p.m. The bar is also offering drink specials, including $6 Guinness and $5 Jameson shots.
To salute Irish cheesemakers: It's a random one, but Righteous Cheese will be hosting an Irish cheese class with craft beer pairings on St. Patrick's Day starting at 6:30 p.m. (reservations are required).
For fancy corned beef: Central will be serving up a corned beef "Pot-au-feu" dish for $33 (basically a French stew take on the Irish favorite) on the holiday.
For the fans of green cocktails: Eater will highlight green drinks around town in general later this week. But ahead of the holiday, head to The Royal in LeDroit Park tonight, March 14, for the green-tinged version of its "Royal Knights" industry series. Guest bartender Patrick Owens and bar manager Lee Carrell will serve drinks with green spirits, including Green Chartreuse, absinthe and Dolin Genepy des Alpes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. The duo will also serve up Irish coffee snow cones from The Royal's vintage Guatemalan ice shaver.
Patrick Owens shows up once again to educate cocktail lovers on the virtues of Chartreuse. This time he's sharing his knowledge at Macon Bistro & Larder March 17, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to educate guests about Chartreuse. Andra "AJ" Johnson will serve six cocktails incorporating Green and Yellow Chartreuse and offer them through the weekend.