Party Earth Review Though the name might elicit images of a quaint Irish pub, the DC college crowd knows McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon is the sort of place where people may enter sober but rarely leave that way. Five bars over two floors... ... read full review
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
Blue, Orange Lines: Foggy Bottom-GWU
M 5:30pm–midnight, Tu, Th–Sa 11:30am–2am, W, Su 11:30am–midnight
Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC –
Though the name might elicit images of a quaint Irish pub, the DC college crowd knows McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon is the sort of place where people may enter sober but rarely leave that way.
Five bars over two floors entice hordes of newly-legal kids, who flood in most evenings to pound bottle after bottle (after bottle after bottle) and grind it up to a Top 40 and hip-hop DJ.
A long dark wood bar acts as the perfect stage for girls in skimpy dresses eager to climb up and shake their tail feathers, as waitresses in tight pants and tube socks pour shots straight into a sea of open mouths or dole out liquor-filled test tubes to the sweaty crowd.
As the night picks up, strangers-cum-life partners who met during the last round get frisky in a corner, while bachelorette parties maneuver (flee?) through the multiple rooms on the main floor, or join the frat guys downing Irish Car Bombs at the slightly less crowded upstairs bar.
Though the restaurant is comparatively chill during the day when older office types stop in for lunch or an early evening beer, McFadden’s is one hundred percent college at night, filled to the brim with twenty-somethings looking to get tanked and share a cab ride home.
Fratastic boys with popped collars, flirtatious girls in tight dresses and skinny jeans, and college students on a mission to sleep with anything with a pulse, early to mid-20s.
DJ spins mostly Top 40 and hip-hop on the main floor, with some dance, 80s and 90s hits, reggae, and rock.
American menu with an Irish twist, including Jameson BBQ chicken sandwiches, Guinness stew, and shepherd’s pie.
Cover charge $5/F–Sa and for special events. Appetizers $5–$12+, burgers and sandwiches $7–$12, entrées $14–$17. Beer $5–$7, wine $6–$7, cocktails $6–$12, shots $6–$12.
Casual: jeans and a polo shirt, little dresses, skinny jeans, Sperry’s, and ballet flats that will most likely end up stuck to the floor.
Tuesday for College Night and a sea of twenty-one-year-olds, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a (slightly) older drunken mess.
The 51 State Tavern (2512 L Street NW) has $3 drink specials, seven days a week, from 4–7pm.