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20 Places to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

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There's something for everyone in D.C. this year for Saint Patrick's Day. Purists can find authentic Irish fare and whiskeys. Drinkers can find raucous parties. Iconoclasts can visit somewhere like a Mexican restaurant, and still get a special. And the crowd-phobic can go with one of the takeout options available. Eater has the whole mix. Well, except for the green beer seekers. We'll steer you the right way on Monday.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Irish Whiskey Public House

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1207 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 463-3010
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Irish Whiskey will have their big party on Saturday, with an Irish brunch beginning at 9 a.m., $1 bottles of champagne, an all-day patio party, drink specials at all four bars and more. On Monday, there will be a patio party as well.

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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Jack Rose will host an Irish Whiskey Party on the Terrace starting at 11 a.m. on Saint Patrick's Day. There will be all day happy hour with specials on Guinness, Irish Punch, whiskey and more. Irish food like fish and chips and Colcannon cakes will be available. Castle Brands Irish Whiskey will be on hand for a special tasting in the cellar that night.

3. Shake Shack

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 683-9922
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From today through Monday, Shake Shack will serve a special edition Irish Fries Are Smiling. It's Shack fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and applewood smoked bacon. The $4 dish is at both locations.

4. Logan Tavern

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1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 332-3710
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On St. Patrick's Day, Logan Tavern will host an all day happy hour at the bar, community table and patio. They'll have specialty themed cocktails, half-priced draft beers, food specials like fish & chips and bite-sized sausage rolls, and an Irish quiz of 15 Irish history and culture questions.

5. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3313
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Because nothing says, "Saint Patrick's Day" like hitting up a Mexican restaurant, El Chucho Cocina Superior in honor of St. Patrick's day this weekend. They'll do a Mexican spin on bangers and mash, $4 Jameson and all night happy hour on Monday, plus green margaritas.

6. McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon

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2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 223-2338
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McFadden's will open at 10 a.m. with Kegs & Eggs, $2 Beer, $3 Mimosas and Irish coffee.

7. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3833
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Star & Shamrock will have live music, early hours (starting at 10 a.m. Saturday-Monday), menu specials like corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and more.

8. Rí Rá

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3125 M Street
Washington, D.C. 20007

On Monday, Ri-Ra will open at 7 a.m. for a traditional Irish breakfast. Throughout the day there will also be live Irish dancers, bagpipe players and more performances by Irish musical acts.

9. Ireland's Four Courts

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2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-3600
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Four Courts will host a number of live music acts, including Tommy Gann, Brand Pugh and more.

10. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant

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1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-8440
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James Hoban's will have live music including William Dickie and Small-town.

11. Quench

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9712 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 424-8650
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Quench will have $5 Guiness, $8 "Skinny Irishman" cocktails, $8 "Fatty Irishman" cocktails, Irish Whiskey specials and food specials.

12. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-3773
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The Dubliner tends to be the city's prime choice for Saint Patrick's Day - even the President has been there. On Monday, doors open at 10 a.m. There will be three bands on two stages, six bars (including a tented patio) and a new bar and whiskey menu. On Saturday, they'll have a "St. Practice Day" with live music and four bars.

13. The Butcher Block: a Market by RW

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-5253
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Want to avoid the crowd? Grab a 12 oz portion of corned beef brisket, a side of colcannon a Bailey’s Guinness cheesecake and a 4-pack of Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale to go for $30 from Butcher's Block. No need to call ahead - available through Saint Patrick's Day.

14. McGinty's Public House

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911 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1270
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McGinty's will have live music starting at noon, including Pete Moss and the Bog band, the Culkin School of Dance and more. $10 cover.

15. &pizza

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1250 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 733-1286
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Head to locations of &pizza for The Dubliner, a pizza that combines corned beef, braised cabbage, mustard, four cheeses and more.

16. Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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It's Saint Pappy's Day at Bourbon Steak on Monday. They'll be serving up several varieties of the cult whiskey with a paired dinner for $300.

17. Cafe Saint-Ex

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1847 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-7839
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Cafe Saint Ex will have food specials on dishes like twice baked potato Shepherd's Pie and braised lamb and Guinness stew, plus Jameson Shots, Great Lakes Irish ale and more. Sister bar Pilar will have its own food and drink specials.

18. P.J. Clarke's DC

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1600 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 463-6610
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PJ Clarke's will party with pipe and drum performances, all day corned beef and cabage specials, happy hour deals starting at 2:45 and more. They'll also be raffling off an $1884 bar tab in honor of the bar's founding year in New York.

19. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

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713 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1717
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Murphy's will have Irish music all day on Sunday, including Pat Carroll & Rocky and Ronan Kavanagh and The Havers keep the party moving through the wee hours of the late evening. There will also be Irish dancing.

20. Society Fair

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277 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-3247
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Cathal Armstrong knows a bit about Irish cuisine - he just published a new cookbook, "My Irish Table." Pick up a “date-night bag” featuring dishes made from the book, like corned beef and parsley sauce, braised cabbage, a bakewell tart Guinness, and more. It's $49 and includes a cookbook (reserve by Sunday).

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1. Irish Whiskey Public House

1207 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Irish Whiskey will have their big party on Saturday, with an Irish brunch beginning at 9 a.m., $1 bottles of champagne, an all-day patio party, drink specials at all four bars and more. On Monday, there will be a patio party as well.

1207 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Jack Rose will host an Irish Whiskey Party on the Terrace starting at 11 a.m. on Saint Patrick's Day. There will be all day happy hour with specials on Guinness, Irish Punch, whiskey and more. Irish food like fish and chips and Colcannon cakes will be available. Castle Brands Irish Whiskey will be on hand for a special tasting in the cellar that night.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Shake Shack

1216 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

From today through Monday, Shake Shack will serve a special edition Irish Fries Are Smiling. It's Shack fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and applewood smoked bacon. The $4 dish is at both locations.

1216 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

4. Logan Tavern

1423 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

On St. Patrick's Day, Logan Tavern will host an all day happy hour at the bar, community table and patio. They'll have specialty themed cocktails, half-priced draft beers, food specials like fish & chips and bite-sized sausage rolls, and an Irish quiz of 15 Irish history and culture questions.

1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Because nothing says, "Saint Patrick's Day" like hitting up a Mexican restaurant, El Chucho Cocina Superior in honor of St. Patrick's day this weekend. They'll do a Mexican spin on bangers and mash, $4 Jameson and all night happy hour on Monday, plus green margaritas.

3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

6. McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

McFadden's will open at 10 a.m. with Kegs & Eggs, $2 Beer, $3 Mimosas and Irish coffee.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

7. The Star and Shamrock

1341 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Star & Shamrock will have live music, early hours (starting at 10 a.m. Saturday-Monday), menu specials like corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and more.

1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Rí Rá

3125 M Street, Washington, D.C. 20007

On Monday, Ri-Ra will open at 7 a.m. for a traditional Irish breakfast. Throughout the day there will also be live Irish dancers, bagpipe players and more performances by Irish musical acts.

3125 M Street
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. Ireland's Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Four Courts will host a number of live music acts, including Tommy Gann, Brand Pugh and more.

2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

10. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant

1 DuPont Cir NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

James Hoban's will have live music including William Dickie and Small-town.

1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

11. Quench

9712 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Quench will have $5 Guiness, $8 "Skinny Irishman" cocktails, $8 "Fatty Irishman" cocktails, Irish Whiskey specials and food specials.

9712 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

12. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Dubliner tends to be the city's prime choice for Saint Patrick's Day - even the President has been there. On Monday, doors open at 10 a.m. There will be three bands on two stages, six bars (including a tented patio) and a new bar and whiskey menu. On Saturday, they'll have a "St. Practice Day" with live music and four bars.

520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

13. The Butcher Block: a Market by RW

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Want to avoid the crowd? Grab a 12 oz portion of corned beef brisket, a side of colcannon a Bailey’s Guinness cheesecake and a 4-pack of Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale to go for $30 from Butcher's Block. No need to call ahead - available through Saint Patrick's Day.

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

14. McGinty's Public House

911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910

McGinty's will have live music starting at noon, including Pete Moss and the Bog band, the Culkin School of Dance and more. $10 cover.

911 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910

15. &pizza

1250 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Head to locations of &pizza for The Dubliner, a pizza that combines corned beef, braised cabbage, mustard, four cheeses and more.

1250 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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16. Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

It's Saint Pappy's Day at Bourbon Steak on Monday. They'll be serving up several varieties of the cult whiskey with a paired dinner for $300.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

17. Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Cafe Saint Ex will have food specials on dishes like twice baked potato Shepherd's Pie and braised lamb and Guinness stew, plus Jameson Shots, Great Lakes Irish ale and more. Sister bar Pilar will have its own food and drink specials.

1847 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

18. P.J. Clarke's DC

1600 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

PJ Clarke's will party with pipe and drum performances, all day corned beef and cabage specials, happy hour deals starting at 2:45 and more. They'll also be raffling off an $1884 bar tab in honor of the bar's founding year in New York.

1600 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

19. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

713 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Murphy's will have Irish music all day on Sunday, including Pat Carroll & Rocky and Ronan Kavanagh and The Havers keep the party moving through the wee hours of the late evening. There will also be Irish dancing.

713 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

20. Society Fair

277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Cathal Armstrong knows a bit about Irish cuisine - he just published a new cookbook, "My Irish Table." Pick up a “date-night bag” featuring dishes made from the book, like corned beef and parsley sauce, braised cabbage, a bakewell tart Guinness, and more. It's $49 and includes a cookbook (reserve by Sunday).

277 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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