Get Shamrocked in Arlington

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

Celebrate St. Patty's in Arlington, or use this list anytime you want the luck of the Irish.

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From green beer and Irish music to lamb stew and Irish whiskey, Arlington has plenty of authentic options for celebrating the day that commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. 

Arlington’s neighborhoods each have their share of Irish culture all year long. Revelers can enjoy a pint or two and celebrate Irish traditions at pubs, Celtic music and authentic eats. We’ve even got the No. 1 spot for a proper fry-up and plenty of porter, according to Travel + Leisure.

Arlington St. Patrick's Day
  • Travel + Leisure ranked Arlington’s Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant  No. 1 of Bars in the U.S. To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day. With its signature handmade solid oak bar, Celtic House specializes in traditional Irish food and drinks. Enjoy Wexford Lamb Stew and traditional corned beef and cabbage. 
  • In lively Clarendon, O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub features more than 130 types of whiskey and offers live music starting at noon, with bagpipes and Irish dancing.
  • In nearby Courthouse neighborhood, Ireland’s Four Courts  combines traditional Irish fare with American cuisine and offers proper pints in a cozy pub atmosphere. Locals say this pub literally feels like Ireland with Irish servers and delicious pub fare with an American twist. 
St. Patrick's Day
  • In Rosslyn, Quinn’s on the Corner offers a fusion of Irish and Belgian favorites.
  • In the Village at Shirlington, Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub offers Irish Hospitality every night and live music many nights of the week. Beckett's will kick off St. Patrick’s Day eve with a 7 p.m. toast on March 16, followed by live music and Six Nation Rugby Games on live TV for St. Patrick’s Day. Their menu is an eclectic blend of old Ireland and modern-day Ireland, from Donegal Chicken to Irish Sausage Rolls. 
  • In the Crystal City neighborhood, O’Malley’s Pub, try the “Famous Dublin Reuben” sandwich with corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut.

Author: Kathleen Murphy