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The St. Patrick’s Day Guide

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year. While the midweek date may put a damper on the daytime festivities (or may put a dent in workplace productivity, depending on your level of commitment), it also gives bar owners a chance to ramp up the revelry the weekend before.

After the jump, we’ve compiled a list of the best (mostly over-21) St. Patrick’s Day fun Arlington has to offer, from Thursday the week before to the wee hours of March 17. Enjoy — and please leave the car at home if you choose to imbibe.

Ri Ra Irish Pub (2915 Wilson Blvd)

  • Thurs., March 11 to Sun., March 14
    • Traditional Irish music
  • Tues., March 16
    • 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. — Irish-themed trivia
  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • $4 black and tans and $4 half and half Guinness beer cocktails
    • 8:00 a.m. — Open for breakfast
    • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      • Traditional Irish acoustic music
      • $4 Guinness, $3.50 for other drafts
      • $2.50 domestic bottles
      • Half-price rail drinks
    • Cover charged after 6:00 p.m.
    • 9:00 p.m. — Dr. Fu performs

Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd)

  • Sat., March 13
    • 7:30 a.m. — Doors open
    • 9:00 a.m. — Four Courts Four Miler
    • Shamrockfest pre- and post-party
    • Live music all day
  • Sun., March 14
    • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Irish buffet brunch
    • 9:00 p.m. to close — Irish-themed karaoke
  • Mon., March 15
    • 7:30 p.m. — Irish pub quiz (with giveaways)
  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • 10:00 a.m. — Doors open
    • Irish lunch specials
    • Music all day (on main stage and in heated tent

Clarendon St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Wilson Blvd and N. Barton St)

  • Tues., March 16
    • 8:00 p.m. — Parade heads up Wilson Blvd to Clarendon Metro station
    • Will feature homegrown floats, people in costumes, and marchers from various local organizations

Iota (2832 Wilson Blvd)

  • Tues., March 16
    • 9:00 p.m. — O’Tasty performs (Irish rock)

Whitlow’s on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd)

  • Tues., March 16
    • Time TBA — Manannan performs (traditional Celtic music)
  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • $5.50 Guinness pints
    • $5 Smithwick’s
    • 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. — Irish food served
    • Time TBA — Shannon Tide performs Celtic music

Sine (1301 S. Joyce St)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. — All-you-can-eat buffet (fish and chips, Sheppard’s pie, bangers with onions and peppers, corned beef and cabbage)

McGinty’s Public House (3650 South Glebe Road)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Green beer, limited food menu
    • Giveaways from Market Square at Potomac Yard retailers, including Massage Envy, Quiznos, LA Fitness, Cardinal Cleaners, Yvonne’s Hair & Nail, MyCell, Harris Teeter and Bank of America
    • 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Carson and Chilli from Mix 107.3 FM broadcasting live
    • 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. — Irish dancing
    • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — Trad Routes (traditional Irish band flown in from Ireland) performs
    • 9:00 p.m. to close — More live music

Kitty O’Shea’s (2403 Wilson Blvd)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Open for full Irish breakfast (corned beef hash, etc.)
    • 11:00 a.m. to close — Full traditional Irish lunch/dinner menu, no cover

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Blvd)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • 2:00 p.m. to close — Three Irish bands perform

Mackey’s Public House (320 South 23rd St)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Discounted Irish signature dishes
    • Noon to 4:00 p.m. — $3 Irish draft beers
    • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. — $4 Irish draft beers
    • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. — $5 Irish draft beers
    • 8:00 p.m. — DJ playing Irish music and modern dance music

Mister Days (3100 North Clarendon Blvd)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Green beer and other drink specials
    • Giveaways
    • Food specials including corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew

Crystal City Sports Pub (529 South 23rd St)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Specials all day featuring corned beef and cabbage, irish stew, sheppard’s pie and potato leek soup

Tortoise and Hare (567 South 23rd St)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Green beer, Miller Lite and Bud Light specials all day
    • Guinness specials until 9:00 p.m.
    • 9:00 p.m. — Cover band Klepto Radio performs

Bailey’s Pub and Grill Crystal City (2010-A Crystal Drive)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • 2:00 p.m. — Drink specials including green beer, Jameson and car bombs
    • 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. — DJ playing Irish and popular music
    • 9:00 p.m. — Karaoke

Bailey’s Pub and Grill Ballston (4238 Wilson Blvd)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Green beer and $2.50 Miller Lites

Ragtime (1345 N Courthouse Road)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • $3 Green beer
    • $3 McSorley’s Irish black lager
    • $2.50 Miller Light drafts
    • $6 Coors Light buckets (4 bottles)
    • $5 Red Bull and vodkas
    • Irish food (corned beef and cabbage, Sheppard’s pie, and Guinness stew)
    • 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. — Covered with Jam performs (rock/jam band)

Rock Bottom (4238 Wilson Blvd)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • $1.50 pints (including Irish Red)
    • $2 shooters
    • $5 Jaeger bombs
    • $6 Red Bull and vodkas
    • $9.99 Corned beef and cabbage

The Bungalow (2766 S. Arlington Mill Dr.)

  • Mon., March 15 to St. Patrick’s Day (Wed., March 17)
    • Irish menu specials including “Irish spring” Reuben rolls, Oh Danny Boy sandwich, Stew O’Guinness, Luck O’the Irish platter
    • Live music Wednesday night

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