Three cheers for green beer! Check out our round-up of ways to celebrate 2015 St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, D.C. Remember though, there’s no reason to cut off your celebrations after the holiday passes. So we have a whole load of fun events to help keep
you loaded the good times rolling through the end of the month. Take a look.
St. Patrick’s Day Events & Specials in D.C.
BLT Steak Serving Corned Wagyu Brisket
BLT Steak is all about the wagyu these days. So, they’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-inspired three-course Blackboard menu featuring creative bites like smoked pickled porktots and corned Wagyu brisket, as well as with craft stout beer & Irish whiskey pairings designed to pair with the savory meal.
Specials from executive chef Will Artley include Smoked Pickled Porktots with mostarda and honeycomb, Duck Sausage with sweet potato & Vidalia onion gravy, a Wagyu Trio of corned brisket, 48-hour drunken short rib & tri-tip pie, freshly-baked Irish Soda Biscuits and Tres Leches with coffee ice cream, and Guinness cake & Irish whiskey crème for dessert.
The three-course prix-fixe dinner is available for $60 per person, with beverage pairings for an additional $50. All dishes are also available a la carte.
Fado’s Week of St. Patrick’s Day Fun
On St. Patrick’s Day, Fado will open up at 8am for breakfast, and a $10 cover kicks in at noon for a full day and night of partying, music and beer.
But there’s a full slate of activities leading up to the big day. This Saturday, they open at 10am for 6 Nations Rugby, and will have Irish dancers performing throughout the day and live music at 7. On Monday the 16th, they’re also hosting a Super Paddy’s pub quiz at 8pm.
Harp and Fiddle’s All-Day Party
Harp and Fiddle is offering an all-day party on St. Patrick’s Day. They open at 9:30 for breakfast, and then have several different lunch and dinner seatings scheduled.
Live entertainment starts at 11 am and continues through closing, with several bands, as well as dancers and bag piper’s.
Jack Rose’s St. Patrick’s Day Trio
Three ways to celebrate at Jack Rose. The rooftop terrace opens early, at 4 pm, where you’ll find happy hour deals like $5 Irish beer pints, $6 Irish punches and $7 Irish whiskeys until 9pm.
In the main dining room, you can try the Best of the Best Irish Whiskey flight for $45, or the Old vs. New flight for $20. Executive Chef Russell Jones will offer two Irish-inspired specials: the Lamb Carpaccio with rosemary oil and fried garlic and “Bangers & Champ” – sausages and mashed potatoes with green onions.
Last but not least, Dram & Grain is featuring five special Irish cocktails created by bartender Lukas Smith. Check out The Sacred Slaughter of the Tipperary with Red Breast Irish whiskey, Cocchi di Torino Rosso & green chartreuse, the Irish Laundry with 12-year Powers washed with Irish bacon, Irish breakfast gomme syrup and four kinds of bitters, and the Lifted Lucky Charm with 12-year Jameson, salted pistachio orgeat, Lucky Charm-infused heavy cream, orange citrate & chandon. Reservations are available from 7pm-close and can be made by texting (202) 607-1572.
Ri Ra’s All-Day Fest
Visit Ri Ra in Georgetown for a full day of St. Patrick’s Day festivities. You’ll find drinking specials all day long, live music with multiple bands, bag pipes and dancers.
Oh yea, they’re also setting up a Jameson ice luge. Good luck with that.
Shake Shack Brings Back When Irish Fries are Smiling
Shake Shack is bringing back their special edition When Irish Fries Are Smiling fries. The crinkle-cut fries are loaded, as you can see, topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and crispy applewood smoked bacon. Grab an order for $4.50 at all D.C. area Shake Shacks anytime from Friday, March 13th-Tuesday, March 17th
For a sweeter way to celebrate, consider a cup or cone of rich & creamy Mast Brothers chocolate mint frozen custard, priced at $3.50 or $4.50 for a double, available during the same time.
Hosted the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, the annual ShamrockFest is back on Saturday, March 21.
30 bands on 5 stages at the RFK festival grounds. All of the beer and Irish-themed festivities you can handle. Tickets currently cost $29.99 and are available here.
Southern Efficiency Showing Off Irish Whiskey
On Saturday, March 14, Southern Efficiency is offering a midday celebration of Irish whiskey, Erin go Gragh Irish Whiskey & Irish Whiskey Cocktails. Learn about Irish whiskey and how to make a few go-to cocktails using the stuff, such as the Tipperary and a classic Irish Coffee.
You’ll sample Irish whiskies and cocktails along the way and enjoy a variety of St. Patrick’s Day-inspired snacks. Tickets ($47) available here.
STK Wants You to Go Green For Brunch
Party at STK’s brunch on Sunday, March 15 from 11:30am to 6pm. They want you to go green, and start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a few days ahead of schedule.
Be prepared for a daylong Sunday Funday fest, with $18 bottomless brunch cocktails, a DJ, and whatever other kind of mischief you feel like getting into while decked out in bright shades of green and drinking mimosas for hours on end.
Trummer’s on Main with Corned Beef Two Ways & Boozy Guinness Desserts
Trummer’s on Main’s Executive Chef Austin Fausett is showcasing corned beef two ways on St. Patrick’s Day, including a Corned Beef Reuben with housemade sauerkraut ($14), and Corned Beef & Cabbage with Martin’s Angus beef, potatoes & horseradish mustard ($23).
For dessert, find boozy Guinness sweet finishes with the Guinness Chocolate Cake with Drambuie anglaise & stout sorbet, and the beer and whiskey-laden Guinness Float with whiskey ice cream.
More Boozy Events in March
Whiskey Whino – March 12th
You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to start your month of drinking and celebrating. This Thursday at Canal Square in Georgetown, Washington City Paper hosts Whiskey Whino at 6pm.
It’s an unpretentious, modern take on a tasting event, with fine whiskies and wines from around the world, featuring live performances by one of the region’s top jazz bands & burlesque troupe. Mixologists from Jim Beam, Gypsy Soul, Rogue 24, Jack Rose Dining Saloon & the Root Cellar at The W compete for your vote! The $45 ticket, available here, includes unlimited tastings of participating whiskies, wine and cocktails, as well as light bites.
One Eight Distilling Partners for a Pi(e) Day Pop-Up – March 14th
Celebrate Pi Day – that’s March 14th, to you, from 1 to 4pm at One Eight Distilling. They’re turning Pi Day into Pie Day as they partner with Whisked, who will be selling pies and quiches by the slice in the tasting room of the distillery.
Take a tour and try One Eight’s range of spirits while you’re there. Drinking and pie eating. Sounds like a plan.
Boqueria Turns 3 & Parties with All-Night Happy Hour – March 16th
OK, so this is another one which sneaks into the pre-St. Patrick’s Day range, but you definitely won’t be finding any green beer or Irish specialties. Boqueria DC celebrates its 3rd birthday on Monday night, March 16th, offering an all night happy hour lasting from 3pm until close.
Get a glass of red, white or rose sangria for $5, and pitchers for $25, draft beer and a selection of house sherries for $4, house wine for $7, and specialty cocktails for only $6.
Happy Hour tapas include Patatas Bravas; Bocadillo de Butifarra; Pintxos de Tortilla de Espanola, and plenty of other great choices, too.
Distilled Moonshine & Craft Spirit Festival – March 18th
Held at the Eastern Market North Hall at 6pm on March 18th, Distilled is an evening to celebrate moonshine and local craft spirits.
The $45 ticket, available online here, includes light bites and tastings of participating spirits, including Philadelphia Distilling, Black Draft Authentic Moonshine, Filibuster, Bloomery SweetShine, Don Ciccio & Figli, Catoctin Creek, Belmont Farm Distillery, and Sonoma County Distilling Co.
DC Craft Beer Festival – March 21st
The DC Craft Beer Festival will be held on March 21st at the Convention Center. More than 75 breweries, with over 150 drinks to sample. Pace yourself, big fella.
The focus is on seasonal and limited-edition releases. There will also be seminars, live music, games, and food vendors.
There is an afternoon and an evening session, both with tickets starting at $45.
RAMW Hosts Spring Week-Long Wine Fling – March 23rd-29th
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is presenting Spring Wine Fling, a week-long celebration of acclaimed wine programs in the D.C. area, lasting from Monday, March 23rd-Sunday, March 29th.
Participating restaurants include 2941 Restaurant, with an Off the Beaten Path, Off the Vine, selection of four discounted wines. Central Michel Richard is offering a week of cellar specials, including all Burgundy bottles at 15% off. iCi Urban Bistro will be offering a sparkling flight for $31, and several other special flights. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant is celebrating the Women of Wine, featuring flights from notable women winemakers at $20, and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is offering a discounted selection of fine wines from the best estates in Sonoma.
Separately — Joe’s is also getting in on the Pi Day fun mentioned above. On March 14th they’re offering $3.14 slices of pie — less than half the usual $7.95 price. Nine pie options include standouts like peanut butter pie, old fashioned apple pie, Joe’s signature key lime pie and new-to-the-menu chocolate dipped strawberry ice cream pie.
Check out a full list of participating restaurants at www.ramw.org.
Roofer’s Union Hosts a Green Hat Gin Dinner – March 24th
Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is teaming up with Green Hat Gin for a four-course dinner. Start with a gin-cured hamachi, paired with a Green Hat Gin cocktail, then move onto hand cut spaghetti with gunpowder goat ragu and a Green Hat Navy Strength Gin cocktail; seared duck breast with a dried cherry duck jus and a Green Hat Spring/Summer cocktail, and finally for dessert a Meyer lemon meringue pie with a Green Hat Fall/Winter Ginavit cocktail.
Tickets cost $65 per person and are available here.
Jack Rose Celebrates It’s 2,015th Bottle – March 25th
The massive whiskey list at Jack Rose continues to grow. On March 25th, they celebrate hoisting their 2,015th unique label onto the shelves in 2015, with their “2,015 in 2015” event.
Join Drew Kulsvee, distiller of Willett, as he unveils a exclusive collaboration of a special cask strength Willett bourbon available only at Jack Rose. The event lasts from 6 to 9pm, and everyone gets a free taste of the new exclusive offering.
There will also be whiskey and cocktail specials available throughout the evening to help you enjoy what they’re touting as “The Largest Whisk(e)y Collection In The Western Hemisphere”.
BLT Steak Hosts Dad’s Hat Rye Dinner – March 26th
Didn’t drink enough whiskey last night? Then head over to BLT Steak on March 26th for a Dad’s Hat Rye dinner, showcasing the restaurant’s new private barrel of Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey.
The four-course menu includes the Magret Duck Trio with foie gras paté, prosciutto and confit, paired with Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania White Rye; Seared Dayboat Sea Scallops paired with the exclusive private barrel of Dad’s Hat; 60 Day Dry Aged Ribeye with drunk blue cheese butter served with Dad’s Hat finished in Vermouth barrels; and a Lavender Creme Brulee with Dad’s Hat finished in Port barrels.
Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased by calling 202.689.8989. View the full menu here.
Boss Shepherd’s Hosts Catoctin Creek Dinner – March 31st
If you’ve made it this far, then you may as well close out the month with one final whiskey dinner. Join executive chef Jeremy Waybright along with Becky and Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek for a four-course dinner at Boss Shepherd’s, priced at $89 per person.
Whiskey luges are optional, I’m guessing.
Start with blood orange scallops and Maryland crab salad paired with a Mosby’s Rye Saratoga Blanc cocktail; smoked trout and potato puree with Boss Shepherd’s Boss Barrel Select; have a bone-in pork loin with grilled romaine, fried bread and lobster bisque, paired with the Boss Manhattan, and finally close the show with a honey cake and rice pudding ice cream dessert, paired with a Catoctin Creek Pear Brandy Short Hill.
Call 202-347-2677 to make your reservation.
Bonus Look into a Boozy April:
Best of D.C. Celebration – April 9th
Washington City Paper’s 3rd annual Best of D.C. celebration will be held at Carnegie Library on Thursday, April 9th.
Each year, Washington City Paper readers choose their favorite people, places, and services in over 250 categories. You’ll find food from 50 different restaurants, a beer tent, cocktails from 10 of the best mixologists in and around the city, live music and all other kinds of good stuff.
Tickets cost $100 for VIP and $65 for general admission, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Brainfood & Girls Rock! DC. Buy your tickets online here.
Voting continues through March 23rd, so be sure to make your voice heard.