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Arlington St. Patrick’s Day Bar Guide 2012

by ARLnow.com March 9, 2012 at 10:46 am 8,887 40 Comments

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. That means there will probably be more people than usual heading out for some Irish cheer at the local watering holes. Here’s a list of a few places around town that have special celebrations planned.

Arlington County police will have an increased presence in Clarendon and other areas expected to have a large number of people celebrating the holiday. They’ll also be distributing information about SoberRide, which is offering free cab rides home from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18.

  • Capitol City Brewing Company (4001 Campbell Ave) — The brew pub will tap two one-of-a kind cask brews: Irish Red Ale and Irish Dry Stout. A traditional Irish food buffet will be offered from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd) — Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for those interested in starting early. Five different bands play all day starting at 11:00 a.m. Extra bars and a heated tent will also be set up for the celebration.
  • O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Blvd) — Live Irish music throughout the day. The Boyle School of Irish Dance will perform at 5:30 p.m.
  • P. Brennan’s Irish Pub (2910 Columbia Pike) — The green beer starts flowing at 9:00 a.m. The festivities include a performance from the Boyle School of Irish Dance at 3:00 p.m., followed by live music throughout the evening. Bagpipers are also expected.
  • RiRa Irish Pub (2915 Wilson Blvd) — Irish breakfast buffet starts at 8:00 a.m. Irish dancers will perform, and the first of three bands will start at 11:00 a.m. The party will benefit the locally based children’s charity The Reading Connection.
  • Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub (2800 S. Randolph St) — Opens at 8:00 a.m. for watching rugby tournament matches, with the big Ireland-England game showing at 1:00 p.m. Music starts at 3:00 p.m. There will be a prize for the best Irish costume.
  • Sine Irish Pub (1301 S. Joyce St) — Discounted beer throughout the day and a buffet from 5:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Union Jack’s (671 N. Glebe Rd) — Specials throughout the day, with a free Irish breakfast buffet offered from 8:00-10:00 a.m. DJ starts at 5:00 p.m. Patrons can participate in the Sexy Leprechaun Contest.
  • Whitlow’s on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd) — Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast, and Irish fare will be served starting at 11:00 a.m. Live Celtic music runs from 1:00-6:00 p.m. and a cover band begins at 8:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for something a little more family friendly, here are a few ideas.

  • Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford St) — Arlingtonians for a Green Environment is hosting the annual Green Living Expo from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The free event features green living seminars, a raffle, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities.
  • Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent St) — The Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus presents “Spring Tonic 2012” at 2:00 p.m. Ticket information can be found online.

  • slayingthedragon

    Is the event at the Columbia Pike library on St. Paddy’s day because I couldn’t find anything on their website about it.

    • It turns out the library event was an old listing that only looked like it was posted this year. We’ve removed it from the list. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Wiz

    St. Patrick’s Day = rookies and amateurs everywhere.

    • Alchy

      Good to see there are professional alcoholics out there, and that they are proud of it.

      • Smails, Judge (Ret.)

        The World needs ditch diggers too, Alchy.

    • AbeFroman

      Whats really the rookie move is celebrating it a week early, or even 2 weeks early, as I saw people decked out in green last weekend in Ballston.

  • Transplant

    And I left Europe because I wanted to be away from the Irish! Bah, Humbug.

  • JohnB

    Anybody else see some irony in Union Jack’s having a St. Paddy’s day event?

    • JamesE

      Irish car bombs at union jacks!

      • novasteve

        Yeah, that’s a good idea JamesE. I typically myself celebrate ANZAC day at Outback Steakhouse, for some genuine Australian food.

    • Transplant

      We gather there that night to wear Orange, celebrate good King William and Oliver Cromwell. We also pinch unsuspecting green wearers.

    • drax

      Americans have no idea.

      • Why don’t you fly your Moonraker shuttle to your space station. The craic will be better without you.

  • Six Nations Rugby is glorious!

  • novasteve

    Yeah, nothing like paying premium prices, being elbow to elbow, drinking expensive beer out of plastic cups. I can’t wait… :rolleyes:

  • Alchy

    Why do non-Irish peolple celebrate this? I am not Irish and could give two sh*ts about this day.

    • Alchy

      Plus, it’s eater listen to Kesha than awful Irish music.

    • novasteve

      It’s an excuse to drink. Nobody is actually celebrating the holiday. You’ll also see many people “celebrating” Cinco De Mayo who aren’t Mexican.. Same thing. I know some non jews that “celebrate” Purim, another excuse to drink.

      • JamesE

        I celebrate Ramadan by getting hammered.

        • Glebe Roader

          Very nice!

        • novasteve

          Yes, my favorite is German Unification Day. You drink, and have some authentic German food like Doner Kebaps.

    • Quoth the Raven

      I don’t think the dude guzzling green beer cares too much about whether or not the snakes were driven out of Ireland.

    • JohnB

      I agree. I am of Irish decent and I wish all of the amateurs (agree with Wiz) would stay home. It is not “Green Mardi Gras.” Put away the beads.

      • novasteve

        Yet Irish bars supply all of those things, the funny hates, perpertrating all sorts of negative stereotypes just to make a buck.

        • JohnB

          Seems to me that the only bar in the above list perpetrating a negative stereotype is Union Jack’s which is a British Pub.

    • drax


      Need I say more?

    • AbeFroman

      Its funny, in Ireland this is almost a non-event, like Arbor Day is here.

      • Richard Cranium

        Is Arbor Day big in Ireland?

      • I celebrate Paul Bunyan day when tree-huggers celebrate Arbor Day.

  • Arlington Public Library, Public Information

    While the libraries will be open for business on Saturday, March 17, there will not be a St. Patrick’s-themed Fairies, Fables and Funny Folktales program at Columbia Pike Branch Library.

    Sorry for any confusion.

    • novasteve

      Can I paint the picture of Helen Thomas green? draw on some elf ears?

  • Great list! I will have to check if Mister Days will be serving “green” beer again.

    • Cougar Bait

      Green beer makes those cougars at Mister Days HOT. Absolutely HOT I tell you!

  • drax

    Sexy Leprechaun Contest.

    I’ll say that again.

    Sexy Leprechaun Contest.

    • Moof

      So I take it you’re into vertically challenged men who are under dressed? Weird.

  • Crack

    If someone pinches me is that assault? Am I allowed to freely punch them in the face as retaliation? Just checking so I know what to do on St. Pat’s Day.


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