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.Read More
20 Places to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day
1. Irish Whiskey Public House
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
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
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
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
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
McFadden's will open at 10 a.m. with Kegs & Eggs, $2 Beer, $3 Mimosas and Irish coffee.
7. The Star and Shamrock
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
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
Four Courts will host a number of live music acts, including Tommy Gann, Brand Pugh and more.
10. James Hoban's Irish Restaurant
James Hoban's will have live music including William Dickie and Small-town.
Quench will have $5 Guiness, $8 "Skinny Irishman" cocktails, $8 "Fatty Irishman" cocktails, Irish Whiskey specials and food specials.
12. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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).