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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish in Arlington on St. Patrick's Day

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, Arlington’s Irish pubs invite you to eat, drink and get your green on!

From traditional Irish music and dancing to lamb stew and Irish whiskey, Arlington has plenty of authentic options for celebrating the day that commemorates St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Arlington’s neighborhoods have their share of Irish culture all year long. And with this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration falling on Wednesday, you’ll find that festivities will begin the weekend prior and include plentiful brunch choices.

Many restrictions are still in place due to COVID so be sure to check call ahead or check websites to see what your favorite pub will be doing.

O'Sullivans bar and selection of whiskey
O'Sullivan's Irish Pub


  • In lively Clarendon, O'Sullivan's Irish Pub, this family-owned and operated pub epitomizes what an Irish bar should be. Come on out for great food, great drinks, and great music! The pub features more than 130 types of whiskey plus entertainment throughout the week.

Columbia Pike

  • Topping Travel + Leisure’s 2017 list of The 50 Best Bars in the U.S. To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day is Arlington’s Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant on Columbia Pike. You’ll be greeted with bona fide Irish accents at this family-owned favorite specializing in traditional Irish food and drinks. This year The Celtic House will be Kicking Off “Saint Patrick’s Day”, right through the weekend Starting Friday 12th. Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th. Be sure to join on March 17th. Reservations are highly advised, because of Limited Seating!


  • In Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood, Ireland's Four Courts have been serving the surrounding area for twenty years. Combining traditional Irish fare with American cuisine and offering proper Pints in a cozy pub atmosphere. Dine in the restaurant or check out their heated patio.

Crystal City

  • McNamara's Pub in Crystal City will open at 9:00 a.m. on St Patrick's Day. Celebrate with drinks on the patio. Seating is limited, so make reservations ahead of time.
Samuel Becketts Irish Pub
Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub


  • In the Village at Shirlington, Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub features an extensive brunch menu featuring an eclectic blend of old and modern-day Ireland, from Irish Breakfast (two bangers, two rashers, two black and white pudding, potato cake, eggs, and baked beans) to Tipperary Tart (a quiche of leeks and Irish Cashel blue cheese). Burgers, fish ‘n chips, and shepherd’s pie are also popular items.

Author: Cara O'Donnell