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Where to Drink Rare Irish Whiskey in D.C.

These harder-to-find Irish whiskeys are available in D.C.

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Today's holiday will have some folks drinking Guinness. But for the brown liquor crowd, St. Patrick's Day is a good excuse to embrace Irish whiskey — and there are plenty of options beyond the usual standards.

Some bars go to great lengths to get their hands on exclusive whiskeys. For instance, The Dubliner on Capitol Hill serves Dubliner Irish Whiskey, made by First Ireland Spirits. It's a whiskey made just for the D.C. bar, and specially aged in bourbon casks for upwards of three years, making it slightly darker and sweeter than the traditional stuff. Right now, its behind the bar and on the shelf at Schneider's of Capitol Hill for those looking for a retail bottle.

Really, aficionados need not look any further than a few D.C. bars for premium bottles of Irish whiskey. And while the spirit is particularly popular during St. Patrick's Day, many places offer year-round varieties for the harder-to-find labels.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boundary Stone Public House

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116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-6635
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A house favorite at Boundary Stone is the Redbreast, 12 year cask strength. It's priced at $12 per ounce pour. Another options is the Greenore, 8 year single grain (made with corn and barley) for $7 an ounce.

2. Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley
Washington, D.C.
(202) 316-9396
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Columbia Room has a couple of notable Irish whiskeys, including a historic Jameson bottle from the 1940s, but it's very pricey at $100 per ounce. For something a bit more budget-friendly, try the Redbreast Mano a Làmh, a Sherry, single pot still whiskey for $16 per ounce.
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3. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Escape the packed crowds and sip on fine Irish whiskey at Daikaya. Surprisingly, this Japanese-style bar has a variety of premium Irish whiskeys, including a whiskey flight option for $16, where guests can sample four top shelf varieties.

4. 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 has one of the most extensive Irish whiskey menus in the city. This year the bar has bragging rights to its very own label of whiskey, Dubliner Irish Whiskey. Its available on the rocks or neat at the bar, or patrons can buy it at the nearby Schneider's of Capitol Hill.

5. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

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808 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-0066
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Fado prides itself on a wide array of Irish whiskey. The Red Breast 21 is aged in Sherry and American oak casks and goes for $30 per 1.25 ounce pour.

6. Hank's Oyster Bar

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633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 733-1971
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On the slightly pricey side, Hank's on the Hill serves a Jameson rare cask whiskey that is priced at $60 for a 1.5 ounce pour.
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7. Irish Whiskey Public House

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1207 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 463-3010
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Tuesday night is half-priced whiskey flight night, which is a great way to sample a handful of whiskeys. In the rare Irish whiskey category, the bar serves Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve, Knappogue Castle 1951, Yellow Spot Single Pot Still, and Green Spot 10 Year Old.
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8. 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 has 94 Irish whiskeys on their menu. A few noteworthy bottles are worth a try, including a 1980s Jameson 1780 for $30 per 2 ounce pour. And, a Knappogue Castle 1951, one of the most iconic and oldest Irish whiskeys there is. It's $130 per 2 ounce pour.
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9. Quarry House Temporary

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8402 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring serves a Jameson's Rarest Reserve, Vintage for $79 per 1.5 ounce pour.
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10. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 332-3234
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Room 11 doesn't have a very extensive Irish whiskey collection, but it does have a few rarer varieties including a Redbreast 12 year and Green Spot for $14 per pour.

11. Rí Rá

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3125 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 751-2111
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Rí Rá has dozens of whiskeys to sample. Harder to find bottles include a Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, Glendalough 13 year, and Jameson Rare Reserve.
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1. Boundary Stone Public House

116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
A house favorite at Boundary Stone is the Redbreast, 12 year cask strength. It's priced at $12 per ounce pour. Another options is the Greenore, 8 year single grain (made with corn and barley) for $7 an ounce.
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley, Washington, D.C.
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Columbia Room has a couple of notable Irish whiskeys, including a historic Jameson bottle from the 1940s, but it's very pricey at $100 per ounce. For something a bit more budget-friendly, try the Redbreast Mano a Làmh, a Sherry, single pot still whiskey for $16 per ounce.
124 Blagden Alley
Washington, D.C.

3. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Escape the packed crowds and sip on fine Irish whiskey at Daikaya. Surprisingly, this Japanese-style bar has a variety of premium Irish whiskeys, including a whiskey flight option for $16, where guests can sample four top shelf varieties.
705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The Dubliner has one of the most extensive Irish whiskey menus in the city. This year the bar has bragging rights to its very own label of whiskey, Dubliner Irish Whiskey. Its available on the rocks or neat at the bar, or patrons can buy it at the nearby Schneider's of Capitol Hill.
520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fado prides itself on a wide array of Irish whiskey. The Red Breast 21 is aged in Sherry and American oak casks and goes for $30 per 1.25 ounce pour.
808 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Hank's Oyster Bar

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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On the slightly pricey side, Hank's on the Hill serves a Jameson rare cask whiskey that is priced at $60 for a 1.5 ounce pour.
633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

7. Irish Whiskey Public House

1207 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Tuesday night is half-priced whiskey flight night, which is a great way to sample a handful of whiskeys. In the rare Irish whiskey category, the bar serves Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve, Knappogue Castle 1951, Yellow Spot Single Pot Still, and Green Spot 10 Year Old.
1207 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Jack Rose has 94 Irish whiskeys on their menu. A few noteworthy bottles are worth a try, including a 1980s Jameson 1780 for $30 per 2 ounce pour. And, a Knappogue Castle 1951, one of the most iconic and oldest Irish whiskeys there is. It's $130 per 2 ounce pour.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Quarry House Temporary

8402 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring serves a Jameson's Rarest Reserve, Vintage for $79 per 1.5 ounce pour.
8402 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

10. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Room 11 doesn't have a very extensive Irish whiskey collection, but it does have a few rarer varieties including a Redbreast 12 year and Green Spot for $14 per pour.
3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

11. Rí Rá

3125 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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Rí Rá has dozens of whiskeys to sample. Harder to find bottles include a Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, Glendalough 13 year, and Jameson Rare Reserve.
3125 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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