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The iconic Round Robin bar is a favorite gathering place of Robert Burns aficionados.
The iconic Round Robin bar is a favorite gathering place of Robert Burns aficionados.
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Where to Find Whiskey and Haggis on Burns Night

Commemorate poet Robert Burns with food and drink on January 25

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The iconic Round Robin bar is a favorite gathering place of Robert Burns aficionados.
| Photo by Dena R. / Yelp

Local bars and restaurants are breaking out their best Scotch and bagpipes this week to celebrate the life of Scotland's national poet, Robbie Burns.

Thursday, January 25 is the bard's birthday, and it has become one of those excuses-to-drink holidays the world over. Burns Night also happens to be a fun and festive tradition, in which someone of Scottish descent heaps praise on one of the country's dining staples — haggis.

In D.C., restaurants, bars, and cultural groups go out of their way to celebrate Burns Night. While Scottish bars are kind of a rare thing in these parts, there are a number of places that take special liking to Burns this time of year. Here are a few spots marking the occasion this year.

— Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Round Robin Bar

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Those hoping to attend the Edinburgh University Alumni Club’s annual Burns Night Supper and Cèilidh at the Willard on Saturday, January 27, better be well connected. The event is already sold out (and tickets are pretty pricey too). But rumor has it, there will be plenty of after-party Scotch available for all to try at the adjoining Round Robin Bar.
Willard DC bar The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Photo by Dena R. / Yelp

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Jack Rose will be celebrating the same way it does every year, with plenty of Scotch to drink — including two specialty cocktails, the “Bobby” Burns and Penicillin, available for $10 each — alongside a Burns-inspired supper plate ($20) featuring Scotch eggs and smoked halibut. The bar is expected to feature five discounted new Scotch offerings picked by owner Bill Thomas, including the Arran “Robert Burns” bottling.
Jack Rose DC downstairs The main bar at Jack Rose. Photo: Jack Rose DIning Saloon

3. Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, and Bistro

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11011 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 937-5999
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A four-course dinner with paired Scotch (wine substitutions available) is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3. Get $95 tickets for the fifth annual birthday bash for the poet here.
Old Line MD bar The bar at Old Line's bistro. Photo by Jess S. / Yelp

4. Dram and Grain

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 607-1572
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Down at Jack Rose's subterranean speakeasy, the same Scottish food and booze menu will be available. One of its well-known whiskey advisors, 79-year-old Harvey Fry, will also host a poetry reading around 8 p.m.
Dram and Grain DC bar The bar at Dram and Grain. Photo: Dram and Grain

5. Passenger

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1539 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 853-3588
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Feast on a five-course Scottish menu from chef Matt Almquist featuring guided tastings including Rumbledethumps (potato dish) and Cullen Skink (fish soup) alongside single malt Scotch. Cost: $75 plus tax and gratuity for the paired courses, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email info@passengerdc.com to snag a seat.
Passenger DC bar The downstairs bar at the Passenger. Photo by Win S. / Yelp

6. Mad Fox Brewing Company

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444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 942-6840
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Need a dinner with live bagpipers? Head to Mad Fox Brewing Company's Falls Church location. There will also be poetry readings in tribute to Burns. This year the event is free, but reservations are recommended. Scottish-inspired food specials will be paired with Mad Fox beers, such as the 80 Shilling Scottish Ale. Find festivities details here.
House brews at Mad Fox Brewing Company. Photo: Mad Fox Brewing Company

7. Queen Vic

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1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-2001
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Burns night is a multi-day affair at Queen Vic. From Thursday, January 25, to Sunday, January 28, there will be a special menu featuring Scotch eggs, haggis, and cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert composed of whipped cream, whiskey, honey, and fresh raspberries. Try all three courses for $30. Then, wash it all down with a flight of Scottish beers or Scotch pairings.
Queen Vic DC bar The bar at the Queen Vic. Photo by Orion V. / Yelp

1. Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Willard DC bar The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Photo by Dena R. / Yelp
Those hoping to attend the Edinburgh University Alumni Club’s annual Burns Night Supper and Cèilidh at the Willard on Saturday, January 27, better be well connected. The event is already sold out (and tickets are pretty pricey too). But rumor has it, there will be plenty of after-party Scotch available for all to try at the adjoining Round Robin Bar.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Jack Rose DC downstairs The main bar at Jack Rose. Photo: Jack Rose DIning Saloon
Jack Rose will be celebrating the same way it does every year, with plenty of Scotch to drink — including two specialty cocktails, the “Bobby” Burns and Penicillin, available for $10 each — alongside a Burns-inspired supper plate ($20) featuring Scotch eggs and smoked halibut. The bar is expected to feature five discounted new Scotch offerings picked by owner Bill Thomas, including the Arran “Robert Burns” bottling.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, and Bistro

11011 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705
Old Line MD bar The bar at Old Line's bistro. Photo by Jess S. / Yelp
A four-course dinner with paired Scotch (wine substitutions available) is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3. Get $95 tickets for the fifth annual birthday bash for the poet here.
11011 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

4. Dram and Grain

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Dram and Grain DC bar The bar at Dram and Grain. Photo: Dram and Grain
Down at Jack Rose's subterranean speakeasy, the same Scottish food and booze menu will be available. One of its well-known whiskey advisors, 79-year-old Harvey Fry, will also host a poetry reading around 8 p.m.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Passenger

1539 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Passenger DC bar The downstairs bar at the Passenger. Photo by Win S. / Yelp
Feast on a five-course Scottish menu from chef Matt Almquist featuring guided tastings including Rumbledethumps (potato dish) and Cullen Skink (fish soup) alongside single malt Scotch. Cost: $75 plus tax and gratuity for the paired courses, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email info@passengerdc.com to snag a seat.
1539 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Mad Fox Brewing Company

444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
House brews at Mad Fox Brewing Company. Photo: Mad Fox Brewing Company
Need a dinner with live bagpipers? Head to Mad Fox Brewing Company's Falls Church location. There will also be poetry readings in tribute to Burns. This year the event is free, but reservations are recommended. Scottish-inspired food specials will be paired with Mad Fox beers, such as the 80 Shilling Scottish Ale. Find festivities details here.
444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

7. Queen Vic

1206 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Queen Vic DC bar The bar at the Queen Vic. Photo by Orion V. / Yelp
Burns night is a multi-day affair at Queen Vic. From Thursday, January 25, to Sunday, January 28, there will be a special menu featuring Scotch eggs, haggis, and cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert composed of whipped cream, whiskey, honey, and fresh raspberries. Try all three courses for $30. Then, wash it all down with a flight of Scottish beers or Scotch pairings.
1206 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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