Top 10 Brunches in Washington DC Area
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The list of Irish whiskey here is 50 lines deep. You damn well better be sipping yours neat from a Glencairn glass -- especially if you’re trying a rare find like Bushmills Millennium -- unless you decide that your last name is O’Tool and you require rocks. IWPH is spread out over three floors, each with a distinct personality. Owner Reese Gardner toured Ireland to get a feel for Irish pubs before opening the bar. That’s why you won’t find any pot-of-gold posters on the wall -- just a lovely, cozy place to consume bangers & mash.Check it out here!
Patios are best with a boisterous group of friends, which must snowball as you recognize people walking by. Patios tend to lend a lot of shade from the building as well as table umbrellas, depending on which patio you're hanging out on. Patios can also be a little more chill, which is necessary if you want to sit down and enjoy a meal outside. You don't get a rooftop view, but sometimes the street view is exactly what you want when you know you'll be seeing some familiar faces. Here are some of my favorite patios in D.C.: Adam's Morgan – Mintwood Place [1813 Columbia Rd. NW] SW Waterfront – Cantina Marina [600 Water St. SW] Downtown – P.J. Clarke's [1600 K St. NW] Dupont Circle – Irish Whiskey Public House [1207 19th St. NW] Georgetown – Martin's Tavern [1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW] Glover Park – Bourbon [2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW] Logan Circle – Masa 14 [1825 14th St. NW] (Great rooftop, too!) Penn Quarter – W Hotel's J&G Steakhouse [515 15th St. NW] U Street Corridor – Kapnos [2201 14th St. NW]Visit Website
If you were looking for an excuse to call into work sick on Monday and get drunk instead, your prayers have been answered in the form of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are the ten best spots to indulge in some good old-fashioned Irish revelry. Rí Rá Fortify yourself for the inevitable depravity with one of this pub’s hefty sandwiches or burgers. Celtic rockers Empty Flask take the stage at noon to keep you entertained while you eat. Irish Whiskey Top of the morning to you! From 8 until 10 am, this slice of Dublin in Dupont will be offering $5 breakfast sandwiches and $5 Irish coffees. Fadó Forgo your usual quad shot latte for a froth-topped Guinness instead, then stay for the live music. 40 Thieves go on at 1pm and the Lloyd Dobbler Effect follow at 8pm ($10 cover from 1pm onwards). The Dubliner Doors open at 10 am and the music starts an hour later. Acts include John McGrath, Morris Minor and Jimmy Raferty & Paddy Halligan. Eamonn’s Pad your stomach with a packet of fish and chips. Then wash down all that glorious grease with a pint of Guinness. Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle You won’t find a U2 cover band celebrating St. Paddy’s Day here. Irish folk singer Kevin James (no, not that Kevin James) rules the stage from 11am until 3pm, then 19th Street Band take over from 4pm until midnight. Ireland’s Four Courts It’s only fitting that there are four acts on the bill here. From 10:30am until 3:30pm it’s Tommy Gann, Brad Pugh takes over from 4 until 7pm and Sanford Markley goes from 7pm until close. On top of that, Pete Baker holds it down outside in the tent from 4:30 until 10:30pm. Star & Shamrock Celtic duo the Molly Hawks take the stage at 8pm at this Atlas District Jewish-Irish mashup to celebrate St. Paddy’s Purim Simcha. Enjoy them while slugging down a few Kilkenny Irish Cream Ales, Guinnesses or Harps. Murphy’s Nearly a dozen Irish whiskeys vie for your attention here. There are also a dozen beers on tap, including Guinness Draught Stout, Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Harp Lager and Kilkenny. Jack Rose Dining Saloon There’s an all-day Irish-themed happy hour happening on the rooftop terrace from 11am until close. This includes $5 pints of Guinness and Flying Dog’s S.O.B. Irish Red Ale, $6 Jamesons and $5 Irish Punch laced with Jamesons, of course.Visit Website
Irish Whiskey Public House - Irish Whiskey made the list for a few reasons: this place has some great boozing prices for brunch ($1 bottle of champagne with a $10 purchase), the pretzel bites they offer at the bar are pretty addicting (in a greasy kind of way), and their whiskey selection is pretty stacked (have I mentioned I'm part Ron Swanson?). They have a happy hour which is comparable to other bars in the city in terms of price, but the fact that this place rarely overflows with infuriating yuppies gives it major brownie points in my book. Definitely a solid Dupont bar worth your time to check out.Visit Website
If you miss the days of roasting marshmallows with your scout troop or on family camping trips, Irish Whiskey has the solution: The popular Dupont Circle pub is turning its gas-fueled patio fire pit into an urban campfire, complete with s'mores and hot chocolate. Order the $5 DIY s'mores kit at the bar and you'll get baggies filled with graham crackers, marshmallows and a choice of Hershey's chocolate or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, plus a long stick on which to spear the marshmallow. (Yes, the idea of peanut butter cups and marshmallows is unconventional, but it's as delicious as it sounds.) The s'mores come with a mug of hot chocolate, which is topped with a peak of rich whipped cream. The cocoa is sweet and a little generic, but it can easily be punched up with a shot of whiskey or a liqueur. Bar manager Eric Morris says that "Frangelico and Kahlua are popular, but we made it with [the fruity Italian amaretto] Disaronno and had a lot of fun with that." A mug of cocoa with a shot of Disaronno costs $4. The bar will give away free s'mores supplies from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. After that, you'll be able to order the s'mores any weekday beginning at happy hour, or during weekend brunch.Visit Website
Near Dupont Circle is Irish Whiskey Public House, a three-level bar owned by a man of Irish descent (Reese Gardner) and whimsically designed by a woman of Irish descent (Maggie O'Neill). There are many Irish whiskeys here to drink as well as some Irish beers on tap – and we think they taste just slightly better out on the front patio.Visit Website
Irish Whiskey Public House just might be the new "it" place to get brunch. Starting this weekend, the Irish-themed bar at 19th and M is selling bottles of champagne for $1 each from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday! The only catch is, you have to order a minimum of $10 in food. There is no limit to the number of bottles you can order to go with your meal (unless the bartender cuts you off), and yes, the bottles are full-sized.So, get full and drunk on champagne for $11? We're in.Visit Website
The desire to curl up near a fire is nothing new. Something harkening back to the early days of humans (or so it says on the Internet). And as these colder months approach, DC residents once again bundle up in their Burberry coats in search of area bars and restaurants offering the glowing furnace they so crave — hoping to stare into, warm up by, and perhaps most importantly, drink alongside it. Eater checks out 12 restaurants and bars offering fireside drink deals. After all…winter is coming.Visit Website
The government shutdown is serious business and its impact will only get worse each day it continues, as work at federal agencies piles up, key services stay shuttered, the drag on the economy continues and the municipal coffers of the District of Columbia eventually run dry (garbage collection, anyone?). But Americans are a resilient bunch. In Washington, DC, where 38 percent of the population works in government in some capacity according to Gallup, at least a few of the 800,000 or so furloughed federal employees are making the best of day one of the shutdown. “Shutdown specials” abound in DC, as businesses look to lure in federal workers with the day off. Pork Barrel BBQ tweeted out an offer of free sandwiches to furloughed employees, adding that the deal, “EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.” The restaurant Soupergirl took to Facebook to announce that federal workers get a discount, with the exception of members of congress, who get charged double. For those with prurient interests—and judge not lest ye be judged—the porn website Gamelink has offered a discounted rate for the duration of the shutdown. At the Irish Whiskey Public House on 19th Street in northwest Washington, just blocks away from the White House, a group of furloughed federal employees gathered for drinks Tuesday afternoon. Over a game of cards and a round of beer, they griped about their unexpected time off.Visit Website
Irish Whiskey opens today in Dupont for lunch and dinner, and is primed to fulfill all your beer and whiskey needs over the weekend. The three-story space, formerly Porter’s, got a full redesign from Maggie O’Neill of O'Neill Studios (Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge, Sax), and the pub decor includes green-hued bars, plaid banquettes, and plenty of dark wood, plus Epcot-ian touches like faux fireplaces and taxidermy. The booze selection focuses on brews and whiskey, with both imported and local drafts (Harp, Flying Dog), as well as more-potent pours that range from the familiar (Bushmills) to the rare and expensive (Knappogue Castle 1951, which goes for $177 an ounce). The owners, who’re also behind the nearby Mighty Pint, are going for more than just bar fare, and have brought on chef Sean McIntosh (formerly of Dean & Deluca) to whip up lunch, dinner, and eventually brunch menus. Classics like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie are served alongside steaks, lobster, and more-interpretive fare—think corned-beef-and-cabbage spring rolls.Visit Website
In July, the folks behind the Mighty Pint announced their intentions to open an Irish pub aptly named Irish Whiskey on 19th Street in the old Porter's space. Though at the time they were targeting a fall opening, word now comes via press release that the bar will open in early January. And what will that bring with it? Well, there will be more than 50 brands of whiskey, more than 80 beers and a "members-only whiskey club" if you want to get real serious about your whiskey drinking. They're also going to be offering whiskey pairings with a number of menu items, which are all chef Sean McIntosh's plays on Irish classics — like corned beef and cabbage spring rolls with a mustard crème fraîche or filet mignon with Irish cheddar potato and Jameson Irish whiskey cream sauce. So, you know, just a smidge Irish gimmicky. They'll be serving lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on both weekend days. And the decor — designed by the same firm that worked on Lincoln, Sax, the Hank's Oyster Bar expansion and more — apparently features a whole lot of "barrels, brass, patterns and plaid." So there will be no doubt that this place named Irish Whiskey is, in fact, an ode to Ireland.Visit Website
When I got word of a brand new “traditional with a twist” Irish Whiskey Public House opening (tonight) on 19th street, I knew I had to take Shauna, the proud 1st generation Irishwoman that she is, with me so as to test drive every level of authenticity we could possibly test in this place. What we were looking for: more than one kind of aged Jameson (apparently only the protestants drink Bushmills and well….) proper malt vinegar to pour over everything, but especially fries (or chips, as they call them in the old country) pretzels, potato cakes and assorted other Irish carbs that work well at absorbing Irish Whiskey and a staff that is both knowledgeable about the facts mentioned about and friendly We are happy to report that inside the very flatteringly lit multi-level bar rooms on 1207 19th street (where Porter’s used to be) we found all that and so much more, including: delicious, heavy on the whiskey cocktail selection over 50 different kinds of Irish Whiskey in house (7 of which are Jamesons, aged up to 18 years) a solid beer-on-tap list (including, naturally Guinness, but also favorites like Harp and Flying Dog) some very hearty small plates and a brunch menu that seems tailor made to help you deal with the aftermath of everything I just mentioned above. Plus, there is a taxidermied fox greeting you at the entrance that is both hilarious and scary (just like all the best bar animals should be), and apparently about to be a source of a naming game where the winner will get a rather substantial bar tab for their christening efforts. Nothing not to like. To sum up, I’ll just quote Shauna as I was pouring her into a cab several Shamrock (kahlua, baileys, whiskey all together at last) cocktails later: “I think I could just move in here”Visit Website
"Irish pub" doesn't always lead you to think "nice", or "spacious", or "anything, due to being in a deep, whiskey-induced slumber", but no longer, with Irish Whiskey Public House, a three-story Emerald Isle jewel that's somehow spiffy and pubby at the same time thanks to gleamingly polished whiskey barrels, modernly artful light fixtures hanging from pulleys, and even some of Chris Cooley's pottery (apparently dude's a little Gaylic). In addition to over 50 brands of brown Irish nectar, they've got 14 drafts (Smithwick's/ Magners/ Harp), and a whiskey-heavy list of cocktails like the "Mike And The Hammer" (10yr, apricot, lemon, ginger beer), and the 10yr/ St. Germain/Lillet Blanc/Campari "Big Mick" -- take a couple down, and you'll certainly think you've got the moves like Jagger. Even the food likes to drink, with boozy menu highlights like a Guinness shepherd’s pie (w/ beef and Irish cheddar), and a pan-seared filet mignon w/ a Jameson cream sauce, plus the sobering lamb pastitsio finished with a thyme demi-glace and rosemary aioli. And should you be feeling a bit banged & mashed from the night before, they've got a brunch anchored by corned beef hash w/ country Irish gravy and poached eggs, which prove that even while you're in a deep whiskey sleep, something's getting laid.Visit Website