Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry on St. Patrick’s Day
Feast on corned beef, Irish soda bread, fresh Guinness, whiskey drinks and more.
Last year the Columbia Pike bakery launched a soup service with two delivery options per week. For St. Pats, owner Sol Schott is pairing a creamy potato-leek soup and Banoffee pie, a confection made with fresh bananas, toffee, chocolate and coffee. Banoffee pies, small and large, will also be available the weekend of March 13-14. See Acme’s website for soup ordering information. //2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington (Columbia Pike)
Last year, this Irish bar in the heart of Falls Church city closed the day before St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s holiday will be more subdued than years past—no live music, a 2-hour time limit on tables and no standing, due to capacity restrictions—but still festive. The day will kick off at 8 a.m. with a “kegs and eggs” breakfast (choose a traditional American spread, or the Irish breakfast with Irish bacon, sausages, black-and-white pudding and baked beans). The all-day menu includes classic Irish plates like cottage pie with chicken and vegetables; beef and Guinness stew; and bangers and mash; as well as more elevated fare like Salmon Lahinch, grilled salmon with a tomato-cream sauce. Kids will enjoy a special holiday menu. The heated, covered patio has room for 65 guests, and there will be distanced seating inside. No carry-out orders. //105 W. Broad St., Falls Church
St. Patrick’s Day is making a comeback at this venerable Arlington bar, where a Ripples machine will deliver your pint o’ Guinness with a custom design in the foam head. In recent months, Whitlow’s scaled back operations to Thursday-Sunday, but the bar will open at noon on Wednesday, March 17. That includes its tiki-style rooftop, if the weather permits. The Clarendon watering hole will serve its regular menu as well as Irish dishes, and promises live music from singer-guitarist Timmy Metz at 6 p.m. Reservations suggested. //2854 Wilson Blvd, Arlington (Clarendon)
Four Courts is spreading out the festivities from March 13-17 so that everyone can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day this year. The iconic Courthouse bar is offering take-out family meals for four, with options like chicken pot pie, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, bangers and mash, and beef shepherd’s pie, as well as Irish specials for on-site dining. The bar will open at 9 a.m. on March 17, with outdoor seating in front and also on the large back patio. Two-hour reservation slots are open for indoor seating. Customers can enjoy live music and dancing from McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance on Saturday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 17. //2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Courthouse)
It may be French, but this little bistro on the border of Arlington and East Falls Church likes to get its Irish up once a year with special St. Patrick’s Day menus. La Côte d’Or Café—aka LCD Café—will be serving traditional Irish dishes such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as walnut-crusted salmon marinated in honey and whiskey, and mussels in a beer, bacon and onion broth. Customers can choose between indoor dining (LCD is still waiting for its outside seating permit from Arlington County) or take everything to go. Place you order two days in advance to guarantee your selection; day-of orders will be first-come, first-serve, based on availability. //6876 Lee Highway, Arlington
The Clarendon pizza tavern is offering a thin-crust pie topped with corned beef and cabbage, from March 12-17, for dine-in and carryout orders. Try it with the pizzeria’s signature “hot oil” treatment—a spicy, pepper-infused drizzle. //2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)