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Here’s a look at St. Patrick’s Day 2023 events around Arlington

O’Sullivan’s in Clarendon (file photo)

(Updated at 10 p.m.) Next Friday, March 17, is a celebration of all things Irish: the release of a new Hozier EP.

But for some local bars and the Catholic Church, next Friday is more notably St. Patrick’s Day. The weekend is set to be marked with celebrations of Irish dancing, music, and drinking.

Some of the local happenings are listed below.

  • Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd)
    A combined St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness celebration called Irish Madness Fest. The bar will be showing NCAA games and there will be bands, DJs, drink specials, a buffet and more. Doors open at noon and the event runs all day.
  • The Lot (3217 10th Street N.)
    The Lot is celebrating its last St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrock & Roll, featuring live entertainment, food trucks, and of course the quintessentially Irish tiki bar and “adult sandpit.”
  • Wilson Hardware (2915 Wilson Blvd)
    The Clarendon bar is celebrating with Guinness and Jameson specials from opening to 9 p.m., along with an all-night dance party.
  • The Celtic House (2500 Columbia Pike)
    Staff said the St. Patrick’s Day event will start at 9 a.m. and include a full day of music and Irish dancing.
  • O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Blvd)
    The Irish pub will have Irish dancers and live music on both Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18.
  • McNamara’s Pub and Restaurant (567 23rd Street S.)
    The bar will be open, but it won’t be a special event — St. Patrick’s Day will be just another day that ends in “y” — we’re told.
  • Mattie & Eddie’s (1301 S. Joyce Street)
    Staff said the restaurant will have live music for the holiday.
  • The Union (3811 Fairfax Drive)
    The Ballston bar is offering 50% off for all small plates until 8 p.m. for anyone wearing green and 50% off drinks after 8 p.m., also for anyone wearing green.
  • Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub (2800 S. Randolph Street)
    Doors will open at 10 a.m. and live Irish music will be performed all day, a manager tells us. There will also be live Irish dancing performances throughout the day.

B Social Hospitality, meanwhile, will be hosting its Leprechaun Lap Bar Crawl across multiple locations in Clarendon this coming Saturday, March 11. Tickets range from $10 to $20. The crawl includes giveaways and drink specials, including (distastefully named) $8 car bombs.

Locals can also show their support for Ireland by keeping their fingers crossed for The Banshees of Inisherin at the Oscars this weekend, as well.

One notable absence from the above list is the venerable Ireland’s Four Courts in Courthouse. Four Courts remains closed but is being rebuilt, after a rideshare vehicle plowed into it last summer, seriously injuring several patrons and sparking a devastating fire.

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