Patch Picks: Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Everyone's Irish today, so feel free to party all you want.

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You’ll find useful lists to help you, your family, friends, and significant others find the best places for everything from Sunday brunch to New Year’s Eve celebrations, pumpkin patches, date night destinations, florists, girlfriend nights out, kids party places, parks and more. Our latest Patch Picks installment is Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

There’s no shortage of Irish pubs in Bethesda, but here’s a few best bets to celebrate your Irish heritage (or just party like you’re Irish.)


 This Cordell Ave. Irish pub will kick of the day at 9a.m. with kegs and eggs. The day will also feature live music, an Irish lunch from 11a.m. to 4p.m., and an Irish dance performance at 4p.m.


Ri Ra is getting the day started early at 6:30a.m., when volunteers will jump into an ice-cold pool to benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH. An Irish breakfast will be served from 8-11a.m. and serving pints beginning at 9a.m. Live music performances at 2p.m. and 7p.m., Irish dancers at 5p.m., and pipers at 9p.m. will round out the festivities.

3.) The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

The 19th Street Band will start playing the Irish Inn’s outside patio beginning at 5:30p.m.  Live traditional Irish music begins at 3p.m. inside.

4.) St. PAWtrick’s Day at Dogtopia

Dogtopia of White Flint will host a dog-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event from 6-8:30p.m. with off-leash romp areas, “Doggie Brew” dog beer, and a “bark bar” with treats, beer and wine.

5.) Beat the Clock at

Start early and save at this neighborhood favorite – Bud Light drafts are $1 from 9a.m. to noon and $2 from noon-2p.m. Free breakfast buffets start at 9a.m. and run till noon. Enjoy Guiness, “Green Bull” bombs, car bombs, and corned beef and cabbage all day.


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