The Dubliner

Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant / Live Music Venue
The Dubliner Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974. Washington, DC United States 38.897298 -77.009233
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The Dubliner - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974. A large sidewalk patio entices groups... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 7am–1:30am, F 7am–2:30am, Sa 7:30am–2:30am, Su 7:30am–1:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Dubliner Review

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Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974.

Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974.

A large sidewalk patio entices groups of casual tourists or guests at the adjacent Phoenix Park Hotel to fuel up on traditional country breakfasts that are heavy on the meat and potatoes or “salads” that would make a vegetarian whimper.

A popular after-work spot for nearby Capitol Hill staffers, the venue’s two bars get packed with bright young interns and ye olde lobbyists on the hunt for frothy pints, while groups of friends in business casual sneak in a lunch cocktail at one of the dozens of wooden tables that fill the restaurant’s three dark green and red rooms.

In the evenings, an upbeat mix of boisterous folk-music lovers and expatriates pining for a wee taste of home pour in for live music, with local acts playing long Irish sets to accompany the next round of Auld Dubliner Amber Ale and shepherd’s pie.

Because of its Capitol Hill location, The Dubliner tends to see more of a crowd during the week, making it a perfect option for a relaxed weekend brunch with a heavy dose of charm.

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Tip from Jonah:

What’s the only thing better than free live music every night? How about free live music and hamburgers marinated in Guinness?

  • Crowd

    Young folk music lovers, interns, casual tourists, Irish natives, business professionals, and lobbyists, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live Irish band every night. Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring well-known Irish singer John McGrath and other international acts.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Typical bar menu including chicken fingers, potato skins, and Irish favorites like beef O’Flaherty, corned beef and cabbage, and Entrecote Jameson. Live music normally starts at 9pm Monday–Saturday and at 7:30pm on Sunday. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $12–$15, appetizers $6.50–$12, salads and sandwiches $6.50–$15, entrées $11–$24.50, late-night menu $4–$13. Beer $4–$6.50, wine $7–$8, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Suits and business casual during the week, and tank tops, cut-offs, jeans, and t-shirts on weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for live Irish music, weekdays after 5pm for the popular after-work scene, and weekends for a more relaxed Irish drinking and dining experience.

  • Close By

    Matchbox (713 H Street NW) is a vintage pizza bistro popular for lunch and dinner, and featuring a spacious patio, solid beer list, and fresh made-daily fare.

The Dubliner User Reviews

Average rating:
Great!
Ingrid C. Oct 4, 2012
The Dubliner is a great place for those who love their Irish Beer and good pub food. Definitely worth checking out on a happy hour, after a hard day of work, or before clubbing. It's less than a 5 minute walk from Union Station and close to the Capitol, which is a beautiful sight to see at night. For those who prefer cabs, there are always plenty to choose from, and on a good day you can also stop by the nearby Phó restaurant if you can catch while still open so you can satisfy the munchies.
Good Happy Hour Spot
Danny M. Aug 24, 2012
I used to work right near the Dubliner and always thought it was a great for sitting at the outdoor tables during happy hour throwing back a few drinks with colleagues and friends. Plus it's proximity near Union Station made it easy for other friends to get there after work. And it’s also right next door to Kelly’s Irish Times which makes for a cool irish pub crawl and also a great area during St. Patrick’s Day for a solid block party. I did not like it as much as a lunch spot…in my opinion the food was just so-so. I was never there at night to experience the live music but would love to check it out some time.
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