DMV Restaurants Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, and several restaurants in the DMV are celebrating the holiday with tasty takes on corned beef, Irish whiskey flights and pairings, and festive cocktails.
BLT Steak, 625 I St. NW, will pair craft Irish stouts like Greenflash’s Double Stout and Lancaster Brewing Co.’s Milk Stout with high-end Irish whiskeys like the 8-year Greenore Single Grain and Redbreast 12-year. A special Blackboard menu of Irish-inspired fare is designed to complement each beverage pairing. Guests can enjoy unique, savory plates like smoked pickled porktots with mostarda and honeycomb; duck sausage with sweet potato and Vidalia onion gravy; a Wagyu trio of corned brisket, 48-hour drunken short rib and tri-tip pie, freshly-baked Irish soda biscuits and tres leches with coffee ice cream, Guinness cake and Irish whiskey crème for dessert. The St. Patrick’s Day blackboard menu and beverage pairings will be available from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The three-course prix-fixe dinner is available for $60 per person, with beverage pairings for an additional $50. All dishes are also available a la carte.
Copperwood Tavern, 4012 Campbell Ave., Shirlington, will serve house-made shepherd’s pie made with ground lamb and vegetables then baked with house mashed potatoes, and a corned beef dinner with boiled red potatoes and cabbage served with house-made soda bread.
Dram & Grain in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, will take on a St. Patrick’s Day theme featuring five specially-crafted Irish tipples such as The Sacred Slaughter of the Tipperary with Red Breast Irish whiskey, Cocchi di Torino Rosso and green chartreuse; the Irish laundry with 12-year Powers washed with Irish bacon, Irish breakfast gomme syrup and four kinds of bitters; and the Lifted Lucky Charm with 12-year Jameson, salted pistachio orgeat, Lucky Charm-infused heavy cream, orange citrate and chandon.
Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th St. NW, will open at 8 a.m. for St Patrick’s Day. They will have Irish dancers and bag pipers throughout the day. Live music starts at 2 p.m. with Ice Wagon FLU and Lloyd Dobbler Effect at 8 p.m. A $10 cover charge begins at noon.
Flannigan’s Harp & Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, will open at 9:30 a.m., serving breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m. There will live music all day including Kevin James from 11 a.m.-2 p.m, the 19th Street Band from 3 p.m.-close. There will also be Irish dancers and bag pipers.
GCDC has a special grilled cheese to honor St. Patrick’s Day. Called “The Poet,” the sandwich has corned beef and cabbage on rye with Irish cheddar. It’ll be available from Monday through Friday. And on St. Patrick’s Day itself, a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout is $6 all day.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St., will celebrate on the rooftop terrace will open early at 4 p.m., inviting holiday drinkers to enjoy an extended St. Patrick’s Day happy hour featuring $5 Irish beer pints, Irish punches for $6 and Irish whiskeys for $7 until 9 p.m. In the first-floor Dining Saloon, guests can enjoy two rare Irish whiskey flights showcasing vintage 1980s rarities with hard-to-find newer releases: “Best of the Best” featuring 12-year A.D. Rattray Cask Collection, 16-year Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Sherry Finish and 21-year Redbreast for 45 or “Old vs. New” featuring Powers ‘Strip Seal 1980’s Bottling,’ Powers 2014 Bottling, Jameson Traditional ‘Strip Seal 1980’s Bottling,’ and Jameson Traditional 2014 Bottling for $20. Executive chef Russell Jones will offer two Irish-inspired specials: the lamb carpaccio with rosemary oil and fried garlic and bangers and champ, sausages and mashed potatoes with green onions.
James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW, will open early, at 9 a.m., serving Kegs and Eggs from 9-11 a.m.. There will be an Irish lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and live music from William Dickie from 4-7 p.m. and Smalltown from 8-11 p.m.
Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, 713 King St., Alexandria, will celebrate with music starting at 9 a.m. Pat Carroll and Rocky Guttman will perform starting at 9 a.m., Glasgow/Strutton will go on at 6:30 p.m., and Ronan Kavanagh will begin at 8:30 p.m.
O’Faláin’s, 20921 Davenport Dr. Sterling, will be serving kegs and eggs from 8-10 a.m., a real taste of Ireland lunch starting at 11 a.m. and a traditional Irish dinner banquets with servings at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.. There will be a mighty craic patio party with DJ Say What starting at 4 p.m. and live music inside from 11 a.m.-midnight.
The Old Brogue, 706C Walker Rd., Great Falls, will open at 10 a.m. with The Snuggery’s Irish Concerts, which include lunch or dinner featuring Pennywhistle from County Donegal, Ireland, at 11:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. ($35), 3:45 and 6 p.m. ($40) or after 8 p.m. ($45). Traditional Irish beers will be at all three bars in the pub with live entertainment by Ted Garber from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-last call. A $10 cover charge at the Pub includes an official 2015 button.
Old Town Pour House, 212 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg, is serving three special Irish dishes from Saturday through Tuesday. The special menu includes house-made corned beef and braised cabbage with butter poached fingerling potatoes for $16; a Reuben sandwich with house-cured corned beef, Brussels sprout slaw, thousand island dressing and caraway rye bread for $13; and Irish stew made with Guinness-braised lamb, carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips and English peas served with crusty bread for $17.
Star and Shamrock, 1341 H St. NE, will start its St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday Booze Day at 8 a.m. There will be food and drink specials all day long include a house-cured corned beef and cabbage platter, Irish whiskey and live music by Klezcentricity. The Shannon Dunne Dance troupe will be there at 3 p.m. along with balloon artist Justin Hamilton.
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