Top Spots in DC to Get Your Guinness On

Nightlife, What's New — By Melanie Renzulli on March 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, many Irish pubs in the Washington area are starting to pour the Guinness a bit early to coincide with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, happening this year on Sunday, March 13. But no matter when the festivities begin, it’s always nice to know where you can go for a pint, some pub food, and a good craic (Irish for entertainment or good company).

To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of the DC’s best Irish pubs, from Capitol Hill to Cleveland Park and everywhere in between. If you take your Guinness and the wearing o’ the green seriously, you’ll want to visit one of these lively bars:

Location: Downtown
Fado has planned a large event in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2011. Click on the link to find out more about cover charges, menus, and more.

Four Fields
Location: Woodley Park
Live Music by The Burren Band and Ronan Kavanagh will begin as early as 10.30am.

Location: Capitol Hill
St. Paddy’s Day festivities at DC’s oldest Irish pub will include three bands on two stages.

Nanny O’Brien’s
Location: Cleveland Park
This neighborhood pub will feature live Irish music and perfectly poured Guinness from 10am.

Murphy’s of DC
Location: Woodley Park
As it has done for the last 25 years, this local will be the place to go in Woodley Park on St. Paddy’s Day. Drink specials, a special Irish menu, and live music and Irish dancing from 11am.

James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant
Location: Dupont Circle
Start your St. Patrick’s celebrations at 8am with an Irish breakfast then leave work early to catch live music starting at 4:30pm. A tent will be set up for the evening.

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle
Location: Bethesda
Many Irish expats will spend their saint’s day at this suburban pub, which claims to have the Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Stop by at 8:30am for Kegs N’Eggs or at 6pm for the Rockville junior bagpipers performance to see if Flanagan’s claim is correct.

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Tags: Guinness, Irish pubs, Saint Paddy's Day, Saint Patrick's Day