The Washington DC area is home to a variety of Irish pubs and restaurants that feature traditional Irish cuisine, live music and a variety of beers and ales. Enjoy some favorite dishes such as Irish Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Hash, Homemade Irish Bread, Fish and Chips, and more. Try some Irish beers like Harp, Murphy's and Guinness. Following is a guide to the best pubs in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
In Washington DC
The Dubliner - 520 N. Capitol St. NW Washington, DC (202) 737-3773. Irish restaurant and pub located in the Phoenix Park Hotel and frequented by Capitol Hill staffers. Casual atmosphere, Irish food, a nice selection of beers and a variety of live entertainment.
Fado Irish Pub - 808 Seventh St. NW Washington, DC (202) 789-0066. Restaurant and pub, near the Verizon Center, featuring traditional Irish cuisine and known for its great selection of beer.
Irish Channel Pub - 500 H St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 216-0046.
Restaurant and pub, located in Chinatown, featuring pub food and Cajun dishes.
Kelly's Irish Times - 14 F Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 543-5433. Next door neighbor to the Dubliner and a popular pub for Capitol Hill staff.
Nanny O'Brien's - 3319 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC (202) 686-9189. The Irish pub in Cleveland Park offers live music on Friday and Saturday.
Rí Rá Irish Pub - 3123-3125 M Street, NW Washington DC (202) 751-2111. Georgetown's Irish pub features authentic cuisine, a comprehensive beverage list and Irish décor. Its Whiskey Room, a comfortable specialty bar upstairs, offers the most extensive Irish whiskey selection in the Washington area alongside a menu of modern Irish small plates.
Fado Irish Pub Annapolis - One Park Place Annapolis, MD (410) 626-0069. The Irish pub is located between the waterfront and the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle - 4844 Cordell Ave. Bethesda, MD (301) 951-0115. Bethesda’s Irish pub with large screen TV’s tuned into seasonal sporting events.
In Northern Virginia
The Auld Shebeen - 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA (703) 293-9600. The restaurant and bar features live Irish music every Friday and Saturday night from some of the area's best traditional Irish bands.
Finnegans Irish Pub - 44050 Ashburn Village Blvd. Ashburn, VA (703) 723-5885. Formerly Kirkpatrick's Pub.
Ireland’s Four Courts - 2051 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 525-3600. Irish pub located at Courthouse Square, serves contemporary Irish fare in a cozy pub with live Irish music.
Murphy's Grand Irish Pub - 713 King St. Alexandria, VA (703) 548-1717. Irish restaurant and pub in Old Town Alexandria featuring Irish specialties and nightly entertainment.
Ned Devine's Irish Pub - 2565 Centreville Rd.
Herndon, VA (703) 793-7376 and 3971 Chainbridge Road Fairfax City, VA (703) 293-9600. Huge Irish pub with a stage and dance floor, large screen TVs and a varied menu.
See also, Best Beer, Pubs & Breweries in the Washington, DC Area