McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon

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McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon 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. Washington, DC United States 38.903479 -77.05191
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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

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    Blue, Orange Lines: Foggy Bottom-GWU

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  • Hours:

    M 5:30pm–midnight, Tu, Th–Sa 11:30am–2am, W, Su 11:30am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

Look for the waitress carrying the Jell-O shots. Buy several. Make sure she gives you the whipped cream topping. Ask her to marry you. Repeat.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins mostly Top 40 and hip-hop on the main floor, with some dance, 80s and 90s hits, reggae, and rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    American menu with an Irish twist, including Jameson BBQ chicken sandwiches, Guinness stew, and shepherd’s pie.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday for College Night and a sea of twenty-one-year-olds, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a (slightly) older drunken mess.

  • Close By

    The 51 State Tavern (2512 L Street NW) has $3 drink specials, seven days a week, from 4–7pm.

McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon User Reviews

Average rating:
Not impressed
Kim G. Aug 13, 2013
I've actually been to better house parties. The best thing about Mcfadden's is the free drinks from a certain time thing. The smell is awful, the floors are sticky, sometimes the music is biased, and its extremely hard to get a drink at the bar. I just feel like I'm amongst a group of teenagers but you have to be 21 to get in. Need an early happy hour? come here, then I'd recommend hitting U-street or Foggy bottom for some amazing, clean, spacious spots.
Tiara J. Jun 9, 2013
This is a great place to party. Makes me feel like I am right back in college. Everyone's dancing and having a great time. Drinks aren't super expensive, and feel free to buy a wristband for open bar, it's definitely worth it, you get your classic domestic beers like budweiser, bud light, and rail drinks. The venue is also amazingly kept clean. the bathrooms have attendants that make you feel like your high class. No touching the soap dispenser or getting my own paper towel for me. The music is bumpin' so be ready to groove!
College Feel makes for a Great Time!
Phillip C. May 24, 2013
Bring you friends! Why? Because it's YOUR PARTY! McFaddens has a secret that you only get to experience once your there and leave again. The Hint is....You get your own party. It may sound cliche but its the truth. You get to have your own Happy Hour party and invite as many friends as you want. The friends pay a VERY discounted Rate and you get in free and drink free the whole time. This place gives you the college party type vibe even after you graduate. If you are looking for real fun with strong drinks McFaddens is where you need to be!
You Know What You're Getting Into...
Lee W. Apr 3, 2013
The level of enjoyment you will experience at McFadden’s will hinge on your answer to one very simple, yet critical question: How old are you? If you answered anywhere between 21-26, please consult the text directly below. If you answered 27 or above, skip down to the paragraph directly below that. Ages 21-26 - Welcome. You're probably going to like it here. Are you a college student? Yes? Then you're going to love it. Did you just turn 21? Then this is everything that you probably expect a bar to be. Beer is cheap, there are specials aplenty, girls will probably dance on the bar, and every so often someone tosses a pile of napkins into the air, for whatever reason. Partake in healthy pre-gaming before arriving and that last $20 you took out of your account will go quite far. Ages 27 & above - Proceed with caution. Do you like craft beer? Yes? Then why aren't you somewhere else? Do you like to talk to your friends over a few casual drinks? What? What's that? I can't hear you! You're going to have to speak louder! What's that smell? Is it vomit? Yes, most likely. Listen, I’m not going to pile on this place. That’s been done to death. Many of you are probably familiar with a particular distinction that was bestowed upon this establishment, and maybe that was earned. The point is, there’s a crowd for this place, and when you walk through the doors it will only take a few minutes for you to realize whether you’re part of it or not. But what do I know? Some nights everyone just needs to wash down their week with some $1 cans, $2 domestics, and $5 bombs. I’m not here to judge. Just beware the bathrooms.
The Epitome of "So College"
Meg M. Mar 25, 2013
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon is a staple in American nightlife for college students and young professionals. This is the step up from fraternity basement parties for those who are freshly legal; if you haven’t hit this spot while climbing the drunken nightlife ladder, you have certainly missed a good time. Do not be deceived by the name; this is not the Irish pub your father frequents to throw back a few Guinness’ and relive the glory days with his buddies. Once the night gets going, McFadden’s is packed with scores of college kids looking to get wasted off anything they can get their hands on. As music blasts top hits and hip-hop, the DJ entices young females to climb onto the wood-finished bar and get down coyote ugly style. The floor is packed with bodies rubbing up on each other, and the drinks are constantly flowing as shot girls circulate the open rooms. Come with old friends, bump and grind, leave with new friends, do it again the next week.
Cool place
Uri G. Dec 18, 2012
Really cool place!
This is College!
Danny M. Sep 28, 2012
McFadden’s is everything you remember about a college bar…a young crowd drinking heavily out of plastic cups, the latest pop / hip hop / dance music, and people packed wall to wall. What most people experience at fraternity house parties on big university campuses, many of DC’s students experience at McFadden’s. It’s loud, sloppy, the floors get slippery, and college hormones are on the prowl. If you’re above the age of 25 you are probably out of place here on most nights, but given the excessive alcohol flow it may not seem to matter. Just know though that people come here in their college packs and circles…so while it’s easy to meet people, the kids can be cliquey.
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