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2011 St. Patrick’s Day & NCAA Tournament Guide

by ARLnow.com March 17, 2011 at 11:57 am 2,123 18 Comments

If there was ever a day to skip out of work after lunch, this is it. Between the nice weather, the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and — of course — the fact that it’s St. Patrick’s Day, this is not a day that should be spent cooped up in an office filing TPS reports.

Here are a few places you can go to wear the green, watch the game or otherwise have a good time.

  • Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) — Tonight at 7:15 p.m. everybody’s favorite gun-wielding, God-fearing Irish brothers will kick some Mafia butt as the Drafthouse holds a special screening of the movie Boondock Saints.
  • Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland St.) — The Grill opened its doors at 11:00 a.m. for its St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Drink specials at the bar and March Madness on the TV. Energetic local band The Fuzz takes the stage at 9:00 p.m.
  • Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd) — Doors opened at 10:00 this morning. The always-packed St. Paddy’s extravaganza at Four Courts includes Irish food specials, cash-only satellite bars, music on the main stage all day, and a heated tent behind the restaurant.
  • Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd) — Raucous Irish band O’Tasty performs, with warm-up act Hellfire and the Brimtones taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12.
  • Kitty O’Shea’s (2403 Wilson Blvd) — No cover and March Madness on the TV. Open all day with an all-Irish food menu.
  • O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Blvd) — Irish bands all day starting at noon. The Michael Patrick Band perfomrs from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. and Willem Dickie performs from 9:30 p.m. to closing time.
  • P. Brennan’s Irish Pub (2910 Columbia Pike) — This is the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the cavernous, 11-month-old Irish pub. P. Brennan’s opened at 11:00 a.m. for an all-day and all-night event featuring Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish food and anything else Irish-related. $5 cover after 6:00 p.m.
  • Ragtime (1345 N. Courthouse Road) — Happy hour specials from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., green beer starting at 4:00 p.m., a traditional Irish menu and NCAA games on the TVs. Local funk/jam/rock band Aquatica becomes O’quatica for a performance from 9:00 p.m. to close.
  • Rhodeside Grill (1836 Wilson Blvd) — Irish specials and NCAA basketball all day. Plus: green beer.
  • RiRa Irish Pub (2915 Wilson Blvd) — Starting at noon, RiRa is holding a charity basketball shoot-out on the back patio. The hoops will benefit the charity PeacePlayers International, which helps to unite young people in divided areas of the world like Northern Ireland. Live music includes Kilmaine Saints starting at 3:00 p.m. and Dr. Fu at 9:00 p.m. Naturally, there will be a traditional Irish menu and NCAA games on the big screens.
  • Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub (2800 S. Randolph St.) — The newest Irish pub in town will host acoustic folk/pop/rock artist Taylor Carson at 7:00 p.m. There will also be authentic Irish food, plenty of Irish beer and whiskey and a special menu, all served by a straight-off-the-boat Irish staff.
  • Sine Irish Pub (1301 S. Joyce St.) — Green beer, no cover and an Irish buffet starting at 3:00 p.m.
  • Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd) — SK opened at 11:00 a.m. for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness specials all day long. The popular nightspot also added Guinness to its taps for the occasion.
  • Tortoise and Hare (567 S. 23rd St.) — Tortoise and Hare is offering “plenty” of food and drink specials. The all-day celebration features a full Irish menu, green beer, car bombs, Guinness and Smithwick’s, etc. etc. etc. Plus March Madness on TV and hip hop cover band Flow in the Dark taking the stage around 9:30 p.m.
  • Whitlow’s on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd) — Irish menu until 11:00 p.m. Bagpipers providing music plus Celtic band Shannon Tide at 6:00 p.m. March Madness games and drink specials.

  • Kyle

    And thus, I will be staying in this evening. The hordes from Fairfax and Herndon descending upon Arlington tonight…. It’s amateur hour on every level.

    • Courthouse Res

      +1 Totally agree. I will be cycling instead!

  • Stoneridge

    Thirsty Bernie’s for the NCAA.

  • Bill Lumberg

    Peter, what’s happening? Yea, um, I’m going to need you to stay after for today and help with those TPS reports. I know, I know, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, but if you can take care of that for me, that would be great. Mmmkay? Thanks.

  • JamesE

    Only amateurs need a holiday as an excuse to get drunk

  • JohnB

    Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill has plenty of TVs and specials.

    • CW

      Shhh….let’s just keep that between you and me, ok?

      I do really like that place though, seriously…

    • LyonSteve

      What/when are the specials?

  • JimA

    I think you left out Liberty Tavern – happy hour starts at 2:00, always open for lunch with TVs on – also having some specials!

  • Be sure to wear Orange and order Bass Ale

    • borf

      Double points if you’re a Syracuse fan.

    • el fat kid

      just be careful when starting your car afterwards…

      • ClarendonKing aka ClizzleDizzle

        lol @ IRA joke. I still have all my Orange World Cup paraphernalia. Should be a fun evening.

      • FrenchyB

        Congressman Peter King, is that you?

  • Larchmont

    Westover Market Beer Garden opened @ noon! 6 taps, 2 TVs, and this weather. Too bad I’m stuck in the office.

    • DT

      2 TVs? Seriously, 2 whole TVs?!! You know how many games you can watch on 2 tvs? That’s right, 2. That’s just 2 awesome. 2 TVs.

  • NewsyMom

    Hard Times should be on this list – they have tons of TV’s AND, they are an advertiser on your site.

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