DC Irish Pubs Overview

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Whether you are on the hunt for a cozy tavern to tuck into with a good book or a raucous pub bursting with live music, Washington, DC Irish pubs cover the gamut of possible vibes. That isn’t to imply the nation’s capital is overflowing with Gaelic watering holes, but if you’ve got a void only a frothy pint of Guinness and a large plate of bangers & mash will fill, DC Irish pubs are here to help.

A good place to start in DC might be The Dubliner, a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974. Its location catty-corner to historic Union Station promises a diverse mix of tourists and Hill staffers, and probably offers the best chance in Washington, DC to share that shepherd’s pie with a senator.

For more of a college scene, Fado Irish Pub in Chinatown is a massive Irish watering that is actually four bars in one: a library room, an old cottage, a Victorian corner store, and a lounge decorated with Gaelic banners and slogans, all of it steps from the Verizon Center sports stadium. If drunken Irish-themed revelry doesn’t entice, Irish Channel (also in Chinatown) is a unique fusion of an Irish pub with some New Orleans flare, while Irish Whiskey Public House over in Dupont Circle makes no secret of its drink of choice.

It’s doubtful that Irish expats will be blown away by the number of Irish pubs in Washington, DC, but the District still promises a few great standouts sure to placate even the most demanding authentic palate.

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