Party Earth Review With beer and cheer o’er flowin’, Kelly’s Irish Times has been a DC staple that’s survived and thrived – and no doubt put up with loads of bad Irish puns – for longer than even the oldest of the old-fart regulars can remember... ... read full review
14 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Red Line: Union Station
M–Th 11am–1:30am, F 11am–2:30am, Sa noon–2:30am, Su noon–1:30am
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC –
With beer and cheer o’er flowin’, Kelly’s Irish Times has been a DC staple that’s survived and thrived – and no doubt put up with loads of bad Irish puns – for longer than even the oldest of the old-fart regulars can remember.
Pub purists from across the pond might decry the all-American bric-a-brac that dresses the walls or the fact that Miller far outpours Murphy’s Irish Stout, but if that keeps them away it just clears up more room for the rowdy college kids and post-work Hill staffers that make the Times their home away from home.
Walls are plastered with photos of past presidents (Reagan reportedly loved the joint), District police badges, bumper stickers, antique ice buckets, faded Super Bowl tickets, and local university logos, often to such an extent that the wood isn’t even visible.
Though typically the epitome of a chill dive during the work week as older locals drop in to nosh on a mix of Irish classics, bacon tater tots, and Frito chili, the onset of the weekend finds the joint overrun with the barely-twenty-one set.
Festive live Irish music fills the ground floor Thursdays and Fridays, while the packed scene at the second bar downstairs gives way to lots of flip-cup, dudes head-butting the punching machine, and DJs driving the disco ball-bedazzled dance floor with loud rock and pop.
Young or old, in school or retired, patrons at Kelly’s Irish Times find plenty of reasons to take an alcoholiday.
Rowdy college kids, post-grads from Catholic, GW, and Georgetown, Hill staffers, old-fart locals, and area kickball leagues, early 20s to 50s, with the regular crowd trending young on the weekends.
Live Irish music on the main floor Thursdays and Fridays from around 10pm.
DJs spin loud, danceable pop and rock downstairs on Saturdays from around 10pm.
Jukebox stocked with a wide array of rock, Irish classics, folk, and country.
Several TVs usually tuned to sports.
Punching machine and dedicated flip-cup table downstairs.
Irish pub classics like Guinness stew and grilled Ruebens, as well as gut-busting American bar food like buffalo shrimp, Frito pie (chili covered with Fritos), tacos, and burgers. Seasonal patio. Happy Hour M–F 4–6pm, with additional drink specials daily, including weekends.
Appetizers $7–$12, soups/salads, $4–$6, sandwiches $7–$9, entrées $8–$17. Beer $3+, wine $6+, mixed drinks $5+.
Super casual: college attire, jeans, polos, sundresses, flip-flops, some more conservative wear on the after-work Hill crowd, and sexier duds on the weekend party kids.
Any night to get in on some cheap domestics, or Fridays and Saturdays to party like a college kid.
The Dubliner (4 F Street NW) is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974.