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Fish and Chips from Daniel O’Connell’s
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D.C.’s Essential Irish Pubs

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Fish and Chips from Daniel O’Connell’s
| Daniel O’Connell’s [official site]

It’s not hard to stumble onto a bar in D.C. serving corned beef and cabbage or Guinness. But some Irish pubs take that extra step, whether it be importing rare decorations straight from the Emerald Isle or putting a particular emphasis on traditional Irish recipes.

Sadly, D.C. bid adieu to a trio of Irish standbys over the past year: Georgetown’s Ri Ra, Alexandria’s Fiona’s Irish Pub, and James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant in Dupont Circle.

Here’s a map of the D.C. area’s standout Irish bars, which will likely be more crowded than usual for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) but are worth a visit any day of the year.

—Updated by Tierney Plumb

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, DC Health has recommended that “non-essential mass gatherings” of 1,000 people or more should be avoided. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has also been postponed. Responsible diners and drinkers should isolate themselves if they show symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath); avoid close contact with people who are sick; wash or sanitize their hands multiple times per day; and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Irish Inn At Glen Echo

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6119 Tulane Ave
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 229-6600
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This property has been a tavern since 1931 — it was rebranded by new owners as the Irish Inn back in 2003. The charming looking, park-adjacent restaurant serves Guinness stroganoff, bangers and mash, and more.

The Irish Inn
The Irish Inn [official site]

2. Duffy's Irish Pub

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1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 462-9464
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Duffy’s is known in D.C. for its popular wings. But it’s also an Irish bar with an “Irish fusion” section of the menu, which includes beer-battered fish and chips and a corn beef-topped Cobb salad.

Wings from Duffy’s
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3. Fado Irish Pub

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808 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-0066
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Chinatown’s classic Irish mainstay builds its fish and chips with wild-caught North Atlantic cod, and third-generation Vermont butchers prepare its corned beef and sausages. There’s also a brownie topped with Guinness ice cream, and diners can perk up with its popular Irish coffee.

4. Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub

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500 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 216-0046
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This pub, located within an unassuming hotel in Chinatown, has an Irish chef (Tom Stack) and hosts live music three nights each week.

The Irish Channel
The Irish Channel pub
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5. The Dubliner Restaurant

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4 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-3773
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Opened in 1974, the Dubliner is the patriarch of DC’s Irish bar community. Its annual St. Patrick’s Day party prices morning Guinness pours on its age (they’re 46 cents this year from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.). The reliable hangout recently introduced a newly enclosed sidewalk cafe.

The bar at The Dubliner in D.C.
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6. Kelly's Irish Times

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14 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 543-5433
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Decorations on the wall here pull from more than 100 years of Irish history. There’s also a separate Irish whiskey-themed bar that opened a few years ago.

Kelly’s Irish Times
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7. Ireland's Four Provinces

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105 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-8999
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Owner Colm Dillon is a native of Ireland. He and Ciara Collins purchased the pub, which has been around since 1997, in 2004. Cottage pie and and an Irish breakfast fry are among the classic dishes at the bar nicknamed 4P’s. Sunday brunch also draws lots of post-mass crowds.

8. Kirwan’s on the Wharf

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749 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-3818
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This relatively new addition to the D.C. Irish Pub scene is one of the more laid-back, casual options in the Wharf development. The owners also run Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub In Arlington.

Kirwan’s on The Wharf
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9. The Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant

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2500 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 746-9644
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Planted right on Columbia Pike’s traffic-heavy strip, the Celtic House is known for its deep whiskey selection, Wednesday night trivia, and orders of shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and Guinness stew. There’s also a 24-seat outdoor patio.

10. The Auld Shebeen

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3971 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 293-9600
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Walk into this Fairfax institution, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a cluster of Irish musicians jamming in the corner. The menu features dishes lightly fried Scotch eggs and a gravy-smothered Irish stout burger. Irish dishes get discounts on Monday nights. The atmosphere gets rowdier in the basement area, named Jackie O’Shea’s, where George Mason University students party.

Mashed potatoes at The Auld Shebeen
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11. Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

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2800 S Randolph St #110
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 379-0122
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One of the better overall options for drinking in Shirlington, Samuel Beckett’s attracts rugby fans and dog-lovers (courtesy of their dog-friendly patio). Anyone can stop by for whiskey, lamb burgers, chicken curry, fish cakes, or bacon with cabbage.

Samuel Beckett’s St. Patrick’s Day crowds
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12. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

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713 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1717
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Live Irish music is a staple at Murphy’s, which serves dishes like shrimp Killarney, Irish smoked salmon, meat and potato pie, and more.

Dip in a bread bowl at Murray’s
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13. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

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112 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-1124
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Ireland natives John Brennan and Billy O’Sullivan purchased this space back in 2004 and outfitted it with historic Irish antiques. The bar now hosts Rugby viewing parties, St. Patrick’s Day events, and pub nights, all while serving up dishes like corned beef and cabbage and Irish egg rolls.

Inside Daniel O’Connell’s in Alexandria
Daniel O’Connell’s [official site]

1. Irish Inn At Glen Echo

6119 Tulane Ave, Glen Echo, MD 20812
The Irish Inn
The Irish Inn [official site]

This property has been a tavern since 1931 — it was rebranded by new owners as the Irish Inn back in 2003. The charming looking, park-adjacent restaurant serves Guinness stroganoff, bangers and mash, and more.

6119 Tulane Ave
Glen Echo, MD 20812

2. Duffy's Irish Pub

1016 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Wings from Duffy’s
Duffy’s [official site]

Duffy’s is known in D.C. for its popular wings. But it’s also an Irish bar with an “Irish fusion” section of the menu, which includes beer-battered fish and chips and a corn beef-topped Cobb salad.

1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

3. Fado Irish Pub

808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chinatown’s classic Irish mainstay builds its fish and chips with wild-caught North Atlantic cod, and third-generation Vermont butchers prepare its corned beef and sausages. There’s also a brownie topped with Guinness ice cream, and diners can perk up with its popular Irish coffee.

808 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub

500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Irish Channel
The Irish Channel pub
The Irish Channel [official photo]

This pub, located within an unassuming hotel in Chinatown, has an Irish chef (Tom Stack) and hosts live music three nights each week.

500 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. The Dubliner Restaurant

4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The bar at The Dubliner in D.C.
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Opened in 1974, the Dubliner is the patriarch of DC’s Irish bar community. Its annual St. Patrick’s Day party prices morning Guinness pours on its age (they’re 46 cents this year from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.). The reliable hangout recently introduced a newly enclosed sidewalk cafe.

4 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Kelly's Irish Times

14 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Kelly’s Irish Times
Kelly’s Irish Times [official photo]

Decorations on the wall here pull from more than 100 years of Irish history. There’s also a separate Irish whiskey-themed bar that opened a few years ago.

14 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Ireland's Four Provinces

105 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Owner Colm Dillon is a native of Ireland. He and Ciara Collins purchased the pub, which has been around since 1997, in 2004. Cottage pie and and an Irish breakfast fry are among the classic dishes at the bar nicknamed 4P’s. Sunday brunch also draws lots of post-mass crowds.

105 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

8. Kirwan’s on the Wharf

749 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Kirwan’s on The Wharf
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This relatively new addition to the D.C. Irish Pub scene is one of the more laid-back, casual options in the Wharf development. The owners also run Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub In Arlington.

749 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

9. The Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant

2500 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

Planted right on Columbia Pike’s traffic-heavy strip, the Celtic House is known for its deep whiskey selection, Wednesday night trivia, and orders of shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and Guinness stew. There’s also a 24-seat outdoor patio.

2500 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

10. The Auld Shebeen

3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Mashed potatoes at The Auld Shebeen
The Auld Shebeen [official photo]

Walk into this Fairfax institution, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a cluster of Irish musicians jamming in the corner. The menu features dishes lightly fried Scotch eggs and a gravy-smothered Irish stout burger. Irish dishes get discounts on Monday nights. The atmosphere gets rowdier in the basement area, named Jackie O’Shea’s, where George Mason University students party.

3971 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

11. Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

2800 S Randolph St #110, Arlington, VA 22206
Samuel Beckett’s St. Patrick’s Day crowds
Samuel Beckett’s [official site]

One of the better overall options for drinking in Shirlington, Samuel Beckett’s attracts rugby fans and dog-lovers (courtesy of their dog-friendly patio). Anyone can stop by for whiskey, lamb burgers, chicken curry, fish cakes, or bacon with cabbage.

2800 S Randolph St #110
Arlington, VA 22206

12. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

713 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Dip in a bread bowl at Murray’s
Murray’s [official site]

Live Irish music is a staple at Murphy’s, which serves dishes like shrimp Killarney, Irish smoked salmon, meat and potato pie, and more.

713 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

13. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

112 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Inside Daniel O’Connell’s in Alexandria
Daniel O’Connell’s [official site]

Ireland natives John Brennan and Billy O’Sullivan purchased this space back in 2004 and outfitted it with historic Irish antiques. The bar now hosts Rugby viewing parties, St. Patrick’s Day events, and pub nights, all while serving up dishes like corned beef and cabbage and Irish egg rolls.

112 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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