The luck of the Irish comes to Washington this St. Patrick’s Day in the form of parades, Irish films, drinks, and more drinking. So what if it’s a week night (Tuesday, March 17)? Here’s your guide to some of Washington’s shamrock-related events.
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, March 13 through 17
Fadó is touting its festivities as “The Biggest St. Paddy’s Day Party in DC,” and it’s hard to argue against that when its celebration spans multiple days. At noon on Friday, March 13, shave your head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for children’s cancers. Starting at 8:45 AM on Saturday, watch live rugby and soccer games, and from noon to 3 PM, eat brunch and listen to traditional Irish music. On Sunday, enjoy live music at 2:30 PM after DC’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, and on Monday at 8 PM, play Fadó’s special St. Paddy’s Day pub quiz. On the actual holiday, Irish food, pints, live music, and more will be on hand. That’s still not all: Fadó is offering a chance to win a free five-day trip to Ireland. Check out the details on its Web site.
Ireland’s Four Courts, March 13 through 17
This Arlington pub is hosting several St. Patrick’s Day events, starting the Friday before the holiday. Food and drink specials will be available from 4 to 8 PM on March 13, with live music from Sanford Markley. On Saturday listen to music all day from William Decke and Sanford Markley, while on Sunday, enjoy a traditional Irish brunch featuring Shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, Irish bangers, and rack of lamb. To make reservations for the brunch (recommended) call 703-525-3600. On Monday, an Irish-themed pub quiz starts at 7:30 PM, and on Tuesday, enjoy a traditional Irish lunch, from 10 to 2, then head outdoors to the heated tents and satellite bars for five music performances until midnight.
It’s not Ireland, but it’s close, says this Glen Echo pub and restaurant. From 11 to 2:30 on Sunday, March 15, listen to folk guitarist Jim Turner and from 5:30 to 8, the Brooks Tegler Jazz Group. On St. Patrick’s eve, catch some live music from 7 to 10, and on the day itself, enjoy the band the Irish Inn Mates, from 3 until closing. Lunch and dinner restaurant reservations are still open. The day after St. Patrick’s Day, nurse your hangover by listening to Irish duets from Caolaidhe and Megan Davis.
The Dubliner, March 17
What better way to celebrate the holiday than with live Irish music and access to copious amounts of alcohol? Three bands will be on stage at this Irish pub, and all seven bars on the two floors will be open, although there won’t be any drink specials. A St. Patrick’s Day special food menu will be available. Expect dishes such as shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage.
Duffy’s Irish Restaurant and Pub, March 17
Duffy’s opens at noon on the big holiday, and the first 100 guests will get a free Guinness T-shirt. Between noon and 2, enjoy half-off Smithwick’s Irish ale, and stick around all day for Irish dancers, pipers, and Irish-inspired mixes from the DJ. The full kitchen will not be open, but corned beef and roast-turkey sandwiches will be on hand. No credit cards or reservations will be accepted.