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St. Patrick's Day 2019: Where To Celebrate In DC

Patch logo Patch 3/15/2019 Alessia Grunberger
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WASHINGTON, DC — Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

It's the one day of the year when we instinctively reach for green drinks, comically put an "O" in front of our names, and unabashedly insist that we have what it takes to be in "Riverdance."

Whether you fancy drinking (responsibly) with friends or learning the tradition of Irish dance, there is no shortage of festive events in the District.

Patch has compiled the following roundup of D.C.-area events that is sure to keep you humming "Danny Boy" until Monday:

Publin — 1843 7th St. NW

Drink Company, the pop-up bar purveyor behind the Cherry Blossom Pub, has opened an Irish-themed bar in Shaw called Publin. The bar is adorned with four-leaf clovers and decorative barrels of whiskey. Cocktails on the menu include Penicillin (Jameson, Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey), Four Leaf Closure (Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, Green Spot, Apple Soda), and more. Publin opens every day at 5 p.m.

Rí Rá — 3125 M St. NW

Head over to Rí Rá for a weekend of dancing, drink specials, pub food, and live music. Located at 3125 M St., this Georgetown pub is made up of two separate buildings that date back to the late 1800s. Everything salvaged from the property has been carefully restored in County Wicklow, located just south of Dublin, and shipped back to Rí Rá.

City Winery — 1350 Okie St. NE

Be sure to wear some green and check out City Winery at 1350 Okie St. NE. On St. Patrick's Day, City Winery will dye your wine green and serve other signature specials, like shepherd's pie. Doors open at 2 p.m.

The Dubliner — 4 F St. NW

You'd better believe The Dubliner is celebrating St. Patrick's Day. From 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, the Capitol Hill institution will serve Guinness for 45 cents. That's right: 45 cents. There will also be live Irish music all day from John McGrath, Brian Gaffney, and Morris Minor.

Union Stage — 740 Water St. SW

Enjoy a night of live music and dancing at Union Stage in Southwest Washington. The celebration features Scythian (pronounced sith-ee-yin) and the Maple Academy Irish Dancers. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show is suitable for all ages.

Pennsylvania 6 — 1350 Eye St. NW

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Pennsylvania 6 is serving bottomless brunch. Items on the menu include: bottomless pancakes with shamrock sprinkles ($12) and green mimosas ($5). As for nosh, customers can order bangers and hash.

Kirwan's on the Wharf — 749 Wharf St. SW

Celebrate all things Irish at Kirwan's on the Wharf. There will be live music, Irish dancers, and real craic agus ceoil. What more can you want? Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Alex Speakeasy — 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

The Alex Speakeasy is celebrating St. Paddy's Day weekend with specially curated Irish whiskey flights and food offerings. Patrons can choose from two different flights of tastings with a full size pour for $15. Food specials include corned beef spring rolls ($12) and shepherd's pie ($20) with braised pulled pork.

Finn McCool's — 713 8th St. SE

Finn McCool's, located at the south end of Barrack's Row in Southeast, is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long. Here is what's on tap: $10 Guinness and Jameson combo on Friday; $5 speciality Irish cocktails on Saturday; and $1 drafts at 8 a.m., $2 drafts at 9 a.m., and $3 drafts at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

City Tap — 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, 901 9th St. NW

The menu at both City Tap locations will feature Guinness and Guinness Blonde on draft, Jameson Green Tea, corned beef and cabbage spring rolls, and fish and chips. Patrons with a shamrock sticker under their glasses will receive a free drink voucher. Those who come early on Sunday can win an engraved Guinness pint glass.


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