St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday (March 17) this year, so there’s hours of free time to fill with traditional Irish food, drinks, and festive music.
Bars and restaurants around D.C. are celebrating as best they know how. Capitol Hill mainstay the Dubliner will be serving up perfectly poured — and insanely cheap — pints of Guinness, BLT Steak is breaking out some rare Irish whiskeys, while local producer District Distlling Co. plans to mix up some specialty cocktails. Once hunger sets in, devour Irish dishes like corned beef sandwiches at neighborhood pub Duffy’s.
Here are 15 places to eat, drink, and party all weekend long.
1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW
This hotel bar is serving special drinks on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 including the Celtic Revival ($20), combining Yellow Spot whiskey and 200-year anniversary Guinness. Beverages can be paired with Irish blue cheese-covered lamb sliders ($14) or a Bailey’s-spiked creme brulee ($10).
1612 14th Street NW
This dual-themed bar along the 14th Street corridor is serving specialty drinks featuring Irish whiskey on March 17 including Irish sours ($8 each), mules ($8), and a Guiness and whiskey shot combo ($10).
1625 Eye Street NW
Beverage director James Nelson has assembled a flight of rare Irish whiskeys ($40) including Green Spot Chateau Montelena Cask, Redbreast Lustau sherry cask edition, and Power’s John Lane release.
1337 14th Street NW
The Logan Circle beer haven is welcoming Northern Ireland’s Boundary Brewery for its first tap takeover in D.C. The bar will tap eight kegs beginning at 11:30 a.m. on March 17, a lineup projected to feature pilsners, Belgian blonde ales, imperial stouts, and more. There will also be a beer called Screwball, an ice cream-inspired IPA brewed with raspberry and vanilla.
District Distilling Co.
1414 U Street NW
This local distillery is marking this St. Patrick’s Day with drinks featuring its newest small batch spirit–creme de menthe. The Stinger combines brandy and creme de menthe on the rocks, while the Triple Tipple blends together creme de menthe, Backroom rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, and a mint sprig.
132 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, Va.
This neighborhood bar is serving brunch until 3 p.m. on March 17 including traditional Irish dishes such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Guinness stew. Featured beverages include select pours of Caboose Brewing Company beers, as well as specialty cocktails with Irish whiskey. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and continues until closing.
4 F Street NW
Drinks don’t get cheaper than the $0.44 pints of Guinness that the iconic Dubliner plans to keep flowing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on March 17. The historic pub will continue the festivities throughout the day with favorites like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and more. There will be live music and plenty of Irish whiskey, too.
2106 Vermont Avenue NW
This U Street neighborhood bar is collecting a $5 cover for access to a day full of St. Patrick’s Day specials and Irish music. Featured offerings Jell-O shots ($2 each), green beer ($5), and corned beef sandwiches ($6).
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Niche eaterGCDC is currently serving an Irish-inspired grilled cheese filled with tater tots, melted Kerrygold cheddar, corned beef, and a side of mustard. The Poet ($10) is available for lunch and dinner through March 17 (or until supplies run out). Pair it with shots of Jameson whiskey ($3 each), or pours of Guinness, George Killian’s Irish Red lager, and featured beers from Flying Dog Brewery ($5).
Grilled Oyster Company (Multiple locations)
3701 Newark Street NW
Head over to this mini chain’s Cathedral Heights outpost for “kegs and eggs” brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 17. Featured beverages include the St. Patrick’s Smash – made with Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, mint, lemon, simple syrup, and club soda – or an Irish coffee. Entrees range from roasted beet and sweet potato hash to classic eggs Benedict. An entree along with bottomless beer, mimosas, or bloody mary bar runs $25.
2001International Drive, McLean, VA
Restaurateur Mike Isabella’s massive food hall will serve Irish-themed food and drinks March 17 at several of the embedded eateries, including the dedicated Octagon bar. That’s where you’ll find the Dubliner, a specialty cocktail featuring vodka, St. Germain, mint, cucumber, and egg whites.
1423 P Street NW
This Logan Circle watering hole is running happy hour deals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 17, including edamame and chickpea dip with green tortilla chips, as well as eggrolls stuffed with corned beef and cabbage.
1350 Eye Street NW
This tony downtown restaurant is serving specialty drinks from open to close on March 17 including Irish rickeys ($10 each) and flights of Jameson whiskey ($15).
Rare Steak and Seafood
1595 Eye Street NW
This Midwest import is mixing up four specialty cocktails ($10 to $14) for St. Patrick’s Day including the McAllister, made with Jameson whiskey, Drambuie, honey syrup, and lemon.
2800 10th Street NE
Learn how to prepare traditional Irish dishes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on March 17 at Tastemakers in Brookland. Tickets for the hands-on class are $75 and come with guidance on how to make cheddar cheese and Guinness dip, beef and stout hand pies, and Bailey’s Irish brownies. Admission also comes with a welcome cocktail and choice of beer or wine.