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15 Destinations for Saint Patrick's Day Purists

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Some people go for green beer on St. Patrick's Day. Others wouldn't be caught dead sipping the colorful concoction. For those who think St. Patrick's Day is more about Irish music, lamb stew and whiskey, there are plenty of options in the area. Here now are 15 destinations for St. Patrick's Day revelry that purists will appreciate.
—Christy Goodman


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Blaguard

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2003 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-9005
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The Blaguard will open at 10 a.m. The restaurant promises a lot of giveaways and Irish whiskey at the ready. There will be Irish music all day – including some bagpipers stopping by.

2. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-3773
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Live music will fill the Dubliner from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. on two stages. There will be six bars, including the one on the tented patio and in the ballroom. Get there early because the place gets packed.

3. Ireland's Four Courts

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2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-3600
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The annual four-mile race Saturday began the Four Courts' week-long celebration. The music begins at 2 p.m. and continues to 2 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. There will be heated tents, satellite bars, as well as Irish food and drink.

4. Ireland's Four Provinces

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105 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-8999
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The day starts with K-Eggs at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be lunch and dinner seatings from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; reservations are recommended. Indoor and tented outdoor bars will be available. Live music will be performed all day by The Dirty Pints.

5. Ireland's Own

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111 N Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-4535
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Formerly Pat Troy's, Ireland's Own will open at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and seating outside under a tent. Seatings will occur every two hours. A $10 cover charge will apply inside after 12:30 p.m. Live entertainment provided throughout the day by Rocky Guttman. Alexandria Pipe and Drums will perform.

6. Irish Whiskey Public House

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1207 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-3010
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Doors open at 9 a.m. at the public house, which will feature $3 beer until noon. Devils Backbone Reilly's Red Ale from Lexington, Virginia, as well as traditional Irish beers will be served. T-shirt giveaways, bag pipers and more festivities will fill the day.

7. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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1 Dupont Cir NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-8440
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A week-long party has been rocking at James Hoban's with the perfect pint pouring contest, Irish dancers and Irish whiskey tastings. Rugby matches will be shown all day on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Dancing to the beats of a local DJ starts at 8 p.m. Doors will open Sunday at 8 a.m. with a Kegs and Eggs breakfast. Live music, an outdoor patio tent, and traditional Irish fare will be served all day.

8. Kelly's Irish Times

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14 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 543-5433
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All of the furniture will be cleared out and the doors will open at 10 a.m. Patrons can enjoy beer from stations located all around the bar. Traditional fare will be offered.

9. Molly Malone's Capitol Hill Saloon

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713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-1222
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Doors open at 9 a.m., when the Irish beer is the cheapest. Progressive specials will be on Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp and Magner's until 11 a.m. There will be Irish music and food specials all day.

10. Murphy's of DC

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2609 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 462-7171
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The champagne brunch starts off Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, the bar opens at 10 a.m. with a champagne brunch, which runs until 1 p.m. Drink specials, live entertainment and food will be featured all day. And let's not forget drink specials. $5 cover.

11. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

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3319 Connecticut Avenue
Washington D.C., DC 20008
(202) 686-9189
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Doors will open at 10 a.m. with $1 green and orange jello shots. A limited menu will be served. Live entertainment starts at noon with guitarists Connor Malone and Johny Grave.

12. Old Brogue Irish Pub

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760 Walker Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-3309
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Ted Garber will be playing in the pub from 9 p.m. to midnight for a $10 cover on Saturday night. The festivities on Sunday begin when the pub opens at 10 a.m. for a traditional Irish breakfast, served until 1 p.m. Irish beers will be featured at three bars. The music of Ted Garber will be featured throughout the day. $10 cover. Pennywhistle (Barry Nelson & friends) straight from County Donegal, Ireland in the dining room for those with reservations. The only dinner seating left Sunday night is from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. for $50 per person.

13. O'Sullivans Irish Pub

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3207 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 812-0939
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Doors open at 7 a.m. for kegs and eggs and a full Irish breakfast until 1 p.m. Live music, bag pipers and Irish dancers all day until 1:30 a.m. Guinness will be flowing. Green shots available upon request.

14. Rí Rá Irish Pub

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2915 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 850-1697
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Comedy, pub quizzes, paired Irish dining are among the events to celebrate St. Patrick's Week in the Arlington pub. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a day of Rugby matches. Ronan Kavanagh and The Loop will perform that evening. On Sunday, the pub opens at 9 a.m. and will host a charity event for the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Fund, benefiting young boxers, that includes a raffle for a trip to Vegas. Live music will be provided by Willem Dicke, Nine Mile Circle and Dr. Fu.

15. RiRa Irish Pub

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4931 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-1122
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St. Patrick's Week at RiRa's Bethesda location has begun, featuring live music, soccer matches and drink specials throughout the week – all are listed on the website. Saturday kicks off at 11 a.m. with $3 Heinekens during the Premier League match Liverpool vs Southhampton. Folk artist Matt Fanuele plays at 5 p.m. with $3 Yuengling and $4 Captain Morgan. Cover band Kicking Norma's set starts at 10 p.m. On St. Patrick's Day, live music begins at 11 a.m. with the 19th Street Band, Matt Fanuele at 4 p.m. and Eleven Eleven at 9 p.m. Face painting and other activities for children begin at 10:30 a.m. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Bethesda Cares.

1. The Blaguard

2003 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Blaguard will open at 10 a.m. The restaurant promises a lot of giveaways and Irish whiskey at the ready. There will be Irish music all day – including some bagpipers stopping by.
2003 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Live music will fill the Dubliner from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. on two stages. There will be six bars, including the one on the tented patio and in the ballroom. Get there early because the place gets packed.
520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Ireland's Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
The annual four-mile race Saturday began the Four Courts' week-long celebration. The music begins at 2 p.m. and continues to 2 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. There will be heated tents, satellite bars, as well as Irish food and drink.
2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Ireland's Four Provinces

105 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
The day starts with K-Eggs at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be lunch and dinner seatings from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; reservations are recommended. Indoor and tented outdoor bars will be available. Live music will be performed all day by The Dirty Pints.
105 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

5. Ireland's Own

111 N Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Formerly Pat Troy's, Ireland's Own will open at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and seating outside under a tent. Seatings will occur every two hours. A $10 cover charge will apply inside after 12:30 p.m. Live entertainment provided throughout the day by Rocky Guttman. Alexandria Pipe and Drums will perform.
111 N Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Irish Whiskey Public House

1207 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Doors open at 9 a.m. at the public house, which will feature $3 beer until noon. Devils Backbone Reilly's Red Ale from Lexington, Virginia, as well as traditional Irish beers will be served. T-shirt giveaways, bag pipers and more festivities will fill the day.
1207 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar

1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036
A week-long party has been rocking at James Hoban's with the perfect pint pouring contest, Irish dancers and Irish whiskey tastings. Rugby matches will be shown all day on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Dancing to the beats of a local DJ starts at 8 p.m. Doors will open Sunday at 8 a.m. with a Kegs and Eggs breakfast. Live music, an outdoor patio tent, and traditional Irish fare will be served all day.
1 Dupont Cir NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Kelly's Irish Times

14 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
All of the furniture will be cleared out and the doors will open at 10 a.m. Patrons can enjoy beer from stations located all around the bar. Traditional fare will be offered.
14 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Molly Malone's Capitol Hill Saloon

713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Doors open at 9 a.m., when the Irish beer is the cheapest. Progressive specials will be on Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp and Magner's until 11 a.m. There will be Irish music and food specials all day.
713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Murphy's of DC

2609 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20008
The champagne brunch starts off Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, the bar opens at 10 a.m. with a champagne brunch, which runs until 1 p.m. Drink specials, live entertainment and food will be featured all day. And let's not forget drink specials. $5 cover.
2609 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20008

11. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

3319 Connecticut Avenue, Washington D.C., DC 20008
Doors will open at 10 a.m. with $1 green and orange jello shots. A limited menu will be served. Live entertainment starts at noon with guitarists Connor Malone and Johny Grave.
3319 Connecticut Avenue
Washington D.C., DC 20008

12. Old Brogue Irish Pub

760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Ted Garber will be playing in the pub from 9 p.m. to midnight for a $10 cover on Saturday night. The festivities on Sunday begin when the pub opens at 10 a.m. for a traditional Irish breakfast, served until 1 p.m. Irish beers will be featured at three bars. The music of Ted Garber will be featured throughout the day. $10 cover. Pennywhistle (Barry Nelson & friends) straight from County Donegal, Ireland in the dining room for those with reservations. The only dinner seating left Sunday night is from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. for $50 per person.
760 Walker Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066

13. O'Sullivans Irish Pub

3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Doors open at 7 a.m. for kegs and eggs and a full Irish breakfast until 1 p.m. Live music, bag pipers and Irish dancers all day until 1:30 a.m. Guinness will be flowing. Green shots available upon request.
3207 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

14. Rí Rá Irish Pub

2915 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Comedy, pub quizzes, paired Irish dining are among the events to celebrate St. Patrick's Week in the Arlington pub. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a day of Rugby matches. Ronan Kavanagh and The Loop will perform that evening. On Sunday, the pub opens at 9 a.m. and will host a charity event for the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Fund, benefiting young boxers, that includes a raffle for a trip to Vegas. Live music will be provided by Willem Dicke, Nine Mile Circle and Dr. Fu.
2915 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

15. RiRa Irish Pub

4931 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814
St. Patrick's Week at RiRa's Bethesda location has begun, featuring live music, soccer matches and drink specials throughout the week – all are listed on the website. Saturday kicks off at 11 a.m. with $3 Heinekens during the Premier League match Liverpool vs Southhampton. Folk artist Matt Fanuele plays at 5 p.m. with $3 Yuengling and $4 Captain Morgan. Cover band Kicking Norma's set starts at 10 p.m. On St. Patrick's Day, live music begins at 11 a.m. with the 19th Street Band, Matt Fanuele at 4 p.m. and Eleven Eleven at 9 p.m. Face painting and other activities for children begin at 10:30 a.m. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Bethesda Cares.
4931 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814

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