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Where to Find St. Patrick’s Day Specials Around D.C.

Guinness pours, green drinks, and festive outdoor setups

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The COVID-19 pandemic still casts a pall over St. Patrick’s Day this year, but the Irish holiday sure looks a lot brighter than it did in 2020. Days before enacting a dine-in ban, D.C. rescinded licenses for major bar crawls, and a year of extreme challenges for the hospitality industry was just beginning. This year, Washington bars and restaurants are used to navigating restrictions such as a 25 percent limit on indoor dining and a 10 p.m. cutoff for alcohol consumption. They’ll be turning their tap lines green, offering specials on Irish whiskey and Guinness galore, and sending out Emerald Isle favorites from the kitchen. St. Patrick’s Day falls on Wednesday, March 17, but many establishments got the party started earlier. Here are 19 places to celebrate in D.C.

D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Guinness Open Gate Brewery

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5001 Washington Blvd
Halethorpe, MD 21227
(443) 575-6893
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America’s sole Guinness Brewery caps off 17 days of St. Patty’s Day celebrations this month with an experimental amber ale brewed with Irish breakfast tea; an ale made with local clover honey from Apex Bee Co.; and a barrel-aged mint chocolate stout brewed with with Vent Coffee Roasters. There are also tap takeovers from Irish breweries Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny. See the full food, beer, and entertainment schedule here. The lawn is dressed with a heated tent, fire pits, and spaced outdoor tables.

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2. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732
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Executive chef Harper McClure serves savory Irish classics (bangers, Shepherd’s pie, Bailey’s bread pudding) for brunch and dinner from Wednesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 21. Available as a two-person package ($50) and a la carte for pickup, delivery, and limited dine-in indoors and across its heated patio.

3. Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

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2450 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7405
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The Adams Morgan pub’s themed drinks game is strong this year, with a boozy “Wicked Leprechaun” cocktail garnished with a mint candy stick and creamy “Irish Balls” shots with Fireball and Bailey’s ($6-$7).

Our St Patrick's Day Specialty Drink Menu! Come hang out with Ross Ménier today and indulge!

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4. McClellan's Retreat

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2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6270
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The Dupont Circle bar goes big on St. Patrick’s Day, selling catch-all cocktail kits featuring Hurricanes, a bottle of bubbly, Jameson cocktails, Miller High Life, and a green “Coronaversary” T-shirt ($80).

5. Across the Pond

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1732 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-4800
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The Irish staple in Dupont offers breakfast and brunch until 1 p.m., with $6 Guinness pours all day.

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Irish dishes like beef stew, fish and chips, and cottage pie. Dress the part with a (vaccine) “Shot & a Beer” T-shirts for sale at the pub or online ($20). Indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitted), with happy hour 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6. Hi-Lawn

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1309 5th St NE Rooftop
Washington, DC 20002

The sprawling rooftop bar atop Union Market rolls out the “green” carpet (aka its turf-covered lawn) for an inaugural St. Patty’s Day celebration with fare from D.C.’s oldest Irish pub, the Dubliner. The collaboration includes Irish whiskey cocktails, festive beers, giveaways, and more. Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14 (noon to 10 p.m.). Reservations for $60 tables for parties up to six are required and include branded glassware, swag, and a raffle entry to visit Guinness Brewery in Baltimore. St. Patrick’s Day is near and dear to the heart of co-owner Greg Algie, who previously ran Chinatown’s now-closed Irish pub Fado.

7. Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

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2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400
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From Wednesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 20, Fairmont chef Jordi Gallardo makes a four-day menu of Emerald Isle favorites like Shepherd’s pie, beef pie, and a Guinness chocolate torte to go along with green beer, an Old Fashioned built with Jameson, and spiked Irish tea. Starting at 4 p.m. across its lobby and courtyard.

8. Church Hall

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1070 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 847-0953
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Georgetown’s beer hall gets into the holiday spirit with liters of green beer, green Jell-O shots, nitro cold brew Irish coffee, and Guinness galore, along with a “contact-free” photo staging area. Snag a seat here.

9. Wunder Garten

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1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

NoMa’s massive outdoor beer garden whips up a shimmering green Leprechaun milkshake and a champagne-filled “I’m Shipping Off To Wunder Garten” cocktail for its holiday pop-up running Friday, March 12, to Wednesday, March 17 (paused Monday and Tuesday). On the big day, there’s an all-day raffle for charity, drag queens, and a double header of trivia.

10. Duffy's Irish Pub

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1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 462-9464
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Duffy’s will swing open doors at noon on St. Patrick’s Day with limited indoor and ample outdoor seating across a covered tent and streetside patio. Walk-ups are welcome until 3 p.m., and all other orders must be made online in advance. To mark March Madness, there are over 20 wing flavors to choose from, with $5 off first orders for takeout or delivery.

11. Dirty Habit DC

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 449-7095
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Dirty Habit teams up with Jameson and Guinness to offer beer and shot specials to ring in the holiday, plus Irish coffee (including cold brew) with green whipped cream and peppermint flavoring.

12. Colony Grill

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2800 Clarendon Blvd #850
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 682-8300
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In 1935, the original Colony Grill opened in an Irish immigrant neighborhood in Stamford, Connecticut. The brand debuted in Clarendon last fall, bringing “hot oil” bar-style pizzas to the Northern Virginia nightlife district. Colony Grill pays tribute to its Irish roots with a thin-crust pizza topped with corned beef and cabbage ($13.45). Available Friday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. until closing.

Wide, thin slices of pepperoni are one of 12 topping options at Colony Grill.
Wide, thin slices of pepperoni are one of 12 topping options at Colony Grill.
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13. Hawk 'n' Dove

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329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-0030
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The longstanding Capitol Hill bar rolls out a St. Patrick’s Day menu from Wednesday to Sunday, with classic dishes like Shepherd’s pie and beef and Guinness stew, plus cocktails like an Irish coffee and “Auld” Fashioned.

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14. Valor Brewpub

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723 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-8459
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Head to the veteran-owned brewpub on Barracks Row for a special shot-and-drink deal and bites by its new chef Mark Eason. Pop-up pastries and baked goods come from GreenIsland Bakery. Big Frank’s BBQ trailer out front is also supplying March Madness grub for game days.

15. Kirwan’s on the Wharf

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749 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-3818
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The Wharf’s resident Irish bar pairs St. Patrick’s Day takeout orders with a pint of Guinness and shot of Irish whiskey for $10. Call the day of to place orders.

16. Atlas Brew Works (Multiple locations)

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1201 Half St SE Suite 120
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 525-2001
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On Wednesday, March 17, Ivy City’s solar-powered brewery offers BOGO crowlers for carryout. Head to its Navy Yard outpost for $5 Do or Die Irish Stout pints on Saturday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 17.

17. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds

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1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 244-0592
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On Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, head to Navy Yard’s outdoor bar fashioned out of shipping containers for a picnic-style Shamrock Land celebration with Irish beers and whiskey for purchase. Tickets ($25-$45) include one free brew, and VIP tiers get a free whiskey shot, priority check-in and party favors too. Entertainment includes a DIY pretzel necklace kit, best dressed contest, and table games. 

18. 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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On March 16 and 17, head to Shirlington’s Irish pub for festive carryout meals for six, along with a Jameson cocktail kit, Irish Sour, Irish Manhattan, or a “St. Patrick’s Pandemic Pick Me Up” cocktail. All orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. On March 17, celebrate with $4 pints of Guinness from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., or until the first keg is gone. 

19. Best Buns Bread Company

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4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 578-1500
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The Tysons Corner and Arlington bakery’s St. Patty’s Day treats include Irish soda bread scones, shimmering shamrock sugar cookies, swirling St. Patty’s Day cupcakes, and an Irish take on the king cake (almond paste filling folded into brioche dough and finished with orange, green and white royal icing). Order online.

 

1. Guinness Open Gate Brewery

5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, MD 21227
US-BEER-GUINNESS SEBASTIEN DUVAL/AFP via Getty Images

America’s sole Guinness Brewery caps off 17 days of St. Patty’s Day celebrations this month with an experimental amber ale brewed with Irish breakfast tea; an ale made with local clover honey from Apex Bee Co.; and a barrel-aged mint chocolate stout brewed with with Vent Coffee Roasters. There are also tap takeovers from Irish breweries Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny. See the full food, beer, and entertainment schedule here. The lawn is dressed with a heated tent, fire pits, and spaced outdoor tables.

5001 Washington Blvd
Halethorpe, MD 21227

2. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Executive chef Harper McClure serves savory Irish classics (bangers, Shepherd’s pie, Bailey’s bread pudding) for brunch and dinner from Wednesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 21. Available as a two-person package ($50) and a la carte for pickup, delivery, and limited dine-in indoors and across its heated patio.

1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

2450 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Adams Morgan pub’s themed drinks game is strong this year, with a boozy “Wicked Leprechaun” cocktail garnished with a mint candy stick and creamy “Irish Balls” shots with Fireball and Bailey’s ($6-$7).

2450 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Dupont Circle bar goes big on St. Patrick’s Day, selling catch-all cocktail kits featuring Hurricanes, a bottle of bubbly, Jameson cocktails, Miller High Life, and a green “Coronaversary” T-shirt ($80).

2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Across the Pond

1732 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Irish staple in Dupont offers breakfast and brunch until 1 p.m., with $6 Guinness pours all day.

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Irish dishes like beef stew, fish and chips, and cottage pie. Dress the part with a (vaccine) “Shot & a Beer” T-shirts for sale at the pub or online ($20). Indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitted), with happy hour 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1732 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Hi-Lawn

1309 5th St NE Rooftop, Washington, DC 20002

The sprawling rooftop bar atop Union Market rolls out the “green” carpet (aka its turf-covered lawn) for an inaugural St. Patty’s Day celebration with fare from D.C.’s oldest Irish pub, the Dubliner. The collaboration includes Irish whiskey cocktails, festive beers, giveaways, and more. Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14 (noon to 10 p.m.). Reservations for $60 tables for parties up to six are required and include branded glassware, swag, and a raffle entry to visit Guinness Brewery in Baltimore. St. Patrick’s Day is near and dear to the heart of co-owner Greg Algie, who previously ran Chinatown’s now-closed Irish pub Fado.

1309 5th St NE Rooftop
Washington, DC 20002

7. Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

From Wednesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 20, Fairmont chef Jordi Gallardo makes a four-day menu of Emerald Isle favorites like Shepherd’s pie, beef pie, and a Guinness chocolate torte to go along with green beer, an Old Fashioned built with Jameson, and spiked Irish tea. Starting at 4 p.m. across its lobby and courtyard.

2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. Church Hall

1070 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Georgetown’s beer hall gets into the holiday spirit with liters of green beer, green Jell-O shots, nitro cold brew Irish coffee, and Guinness galore, along with a “contact-free” photo staging area. Snag a seat here.

1070 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Wunder Garten

1101 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

NoMa’s massive outdoor beer garden whips up a shimmering green Leprechaun milkshake and a champagne-filled “I’m Shipping Off To Wunder Garten” cocktail for its holiday pop-up running Friday, March 12, to Wednesday, March 17 (paused Monday and Tuesday). On the big day, there’s an all-day raffle for charity, drag queens, and a double header of trivia.

1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Duffy's Irish Pub

1016 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Duffy’s will swing open doors at noon on St. Patrick’s Day with limited indoor and ample outdoor seating across a covered tent and streetside patio. Walk-ups are welcome until 3 p.m., and all other orders must be made online in advance. To mark March Madness, there are over 20 wing flavors to choose from, with $5 off first orders for takeout or delivery.

1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Dirty Habit DC

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dirty Habit teams up with Jameson and Guinness to offer beer and shot specials to ring in the holiday, plus Irish coffee (including cold brew) with green whipped cream and peppermint flavoring.

555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Colony Grill

2800 Clarendon Blvd #850, Arlington, VA 22201
Wide, thin slices of pepperoni are one of 12 topping options at Colony Grill.
Wide, thin slices of pepperoni are one of 12 topping options at Colony Grill.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

In 1935, the original Colony Grill opened in an Irish immigrant neighborhood in Stamford, Connecticut. The brand debuted in Clarendon last fall, bringing “hot oil” bar-style pizzas to the Northern Virginia nightlife district. Colony Grill pays tribute to its Irish roots with a thin-crust pizza topped with corned beef and cabbage ($13.45). Available Friday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. until closing.

2800 Clarendon Blvd #850
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Hawk 'n' Dove

329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Hawk ‘n’ Dove/official photo

The longstanding Capitol Hill bar rolls out a St. Patrick’s Day menu from Wednesday to Sunday, with classic dishes like Shepherd’s pie and beef and Guinness stew, plus cocktails like an Irish coffee and “Auld” Fashioned.

329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Valor Brewpub

723 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Head to the veteran-owned brewpub on Barracks Row for a special shot-and-drink deal and bites by its new chef Mark Eason. Pop-up pastries and baked goods come from GreenIsland Bakery. Big Frank’s BBQ trailer out front is also supplying March Madness grub for game days.

723 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Kirwan’s on the Wharf

749 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

The Wharf’s resident Irish bar pairs St. Patrick’s Day takeout orders with a pint of Guinness and shot of Irish whiskey for $10. Call the day of to place orders.

749 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

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16. Atlas Brew Works (Multiple locations)

1201 Half St SE Suite 120, Washington, DC 20003

On Wednesday, March 17, Ivy City’s solar-powered brewery offers BOGO crowlers for carryout. Head to its Navy Yard outpost for $5 Do or Die Irish Stout pints on Saturday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 17.

1201 Half St SE Suite 120
Washington, DC 20003

17. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds

1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

On Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, head to Navy Yard’s outdoor bar fashioned out of shipping containers for a picnic-style Shamrock Land celebration with Irish beers and whiskey for purchase. Tickets ($25-$45) include one free brew, and VIP tiers get a free whiskey shot, priority check-in and party favors too. Entertainment includes a DIY pretzel necklace kit, best dressed contest, and table games. 

1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

18. Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

2800 S Randolph St #110, Arlington, VA 22206

On March 16 and 17, head to Shirlington’s Irish pub for festive carryout meals for six, along with a Jameson cocktail kit, Irish Sour, Irish Manhattan, or a “St. Patrick’s Pandemic Pick Me Up” cocktail. All orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. On March 17, celebrate with $4 pints of Guinness from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., or until the first keg is gone. 

2800 S Randolph St #110
Arlington, VA 22206

19. Best Buns Bread Company

4010 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

The Tysons Corner and Arlington bakery’s St. Patty’s Day treats include Irish soda bread scones, shimmering shamrock sugar cookies, swirling St. Patty’s Day cupcakes, and an Irish take on the king cake (almond paste filling folded into brioche dough and finished with orange, green and white royal icing). Order online.

 

4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

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