There may be plenty of green to go around on St. Patrick's Day, but odds are you'd like to keep some of it in your pocket. Here's a roundup of local specials.
Also, don't forget: Patch sites in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and North Potomac-Darnestown are teaming up to find the best local place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in our third Readers' Choice contest.
LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS
• Bethesda's oldest Irish pub, located on Cordell Avenue, opens at 8 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast. The day will also feature live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers, a leprechaun contest and prizes and giveaways. Green beer will be provided in the form of $6 imports and $4.75 domestics.
• Ri Ra opens at 8 a.m., with a full traditional Irish menu available until last call, or 1:30 a.m. The 19th Street Band hits the stage at 11 a.m., followed by the Matt Faneule Band at 3 p.m. and Technical V at 10 p.m. Dancers and bagpipers will be on-hand for entertainment, while face painters and balloon artists will be available for some family fun. Proceeds will benefit , a community outreach program for the homeless.
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo
• Doors open at 11 a.m., with restaurant reservations available until 10 p.m. Live traditional Irish music begins at 3 p.m. and won't stop until closing time, or midnight. A preset menu will include a $25 two-course lunch and a $35 two-course dinner.