9 Maryland Irish Pubs for St. Patrick’s Day
Marylanders love a good pub, and there are countless Irish options to choose from this March. Whether you’re stopping through for an Irish experience or you live locally, you’ll enjoy the festive celebrations, authentic fare, and traditional Irish drinks offered at these Maryland Irish Pubs this St. Patrick’s Day.
100 Gibbs St.
Located in Rockville Town Square, Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub was established when its owners spotted a gap in the community’s culinary offerings. Whether you’re going for classic poutine at happy hour or a traditional meat pie for dinner, their menu offerings are the epitome of Irish perfection. Wash it all down with one of many Irish whisky or draft beer offerings and you’ve got the makings of a perfect Maryland St. Patrick’s Day.
The Limerick Pub
11301 Elkin Street
St. Patrick’s Day festivities at The Limerick Pub begin at 10:00 AM. The $5 cover allows you to enjoy live music all day and a special St. Patty’s menu, featuring the kitchen’s most popular made-from-scratch favorites. This cozy pub welcome’s kids and pups, as well, so this is an event the entire family can enjoy. It’s also an event for whisky connoisseurs. With nearly 30 Irish whiskies and 15 Irish single malts to choose from, whisky lovers can sip on their spirit of choice or find a new fave in one of the Limerick’s 15 whisky flight offerings.
The Irish Inn
6119 Tulane Ave
Glen Echo, MD
The Irish Inn opened in 2003, This upscale casual restaurant with a neighborhood feel focuses on traditional Irish fare made with locally sourced ingredients. The combination of stellar service, authentic atmosphere, and a first-rate menu make The Irish Inn a perfect Maryland Irish Pub to visit on St. Patrick’s day. The annual March 17 celebration begins at 11AM and includes traditional music, Irish dancers, a special holiday menu and whisky tastings from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Make sure you bring your appetite, as the food is spot on. We suggest classic corned beef and cabbage topped with an Irish mustard sauce and red bliss smashed potatoes or an 8oz angus burger with Dubliner Irish white cheddar. How do you say bon appetite in Gaelic??
328 North Charles Street
The moment you step off the street into this cozy local bar you’ll get true pub vibes. From the deep wood tones to the welcoming barkeep, everything about Mick O’Shea’s feels authentic. The same goes for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which begins on March 13 with Baltimore’s St. Patty’s Day parade and continues March 17 when they open at 10:00 AM, host Irish bands and serve classic Irish grub with a twist. Try the Shepherd’s Pie topped with cheddar and brown gravy, or Irish bangers served on a toasted baguette with onions, peppers and provolone for a unique Maryland Irish Pub meal.
Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant
1700 Thames Street
Featured on the popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant in Baltimore’s Fell’s Point neighborhood offers a genuine Irish experience, year-round. But they take it to another level on St. Patrick’s Day. This pub opens at 6:00 AM on March 17, and boy is it a party. If you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day drink specials, Slainte is the place to be. And hey, if you overindulge, Slainte has you covered. Just head back the next day for their Hangover Brunch, served until 3:00 PM.
2918 O’Donnell Street
Another classic Irish pub located in a classic Baltimore neighborhood. Claddagh Pub arrived on the Canton food scene just as the area was being rebuilt in the early 90’s, and it’s been a local favorite since. For 27 years, Claddagh has hosted Meet in the Street, a day-long outdoor concert event held the weekend before and the day of St. Patrick’s Day. Stop by for live music, cold beer, and tasty food. This St. Patty’s party is practically a Baltimore rite of passage.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
5001 Washington Boulevard
Nobody does St. Patrick’s Day quite like Guinness. With a full month of Irish-themed celebrations, there’s something for everyone at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Each Thursday in March brings a new beer release and live music in the unique outdoor “Irish Village” space. On March 17, the village boasts an Irish beer tap takeover and holiday themed menu.
For those interested in taking their Maryland St. Patrick’s Day experience a step farther, book the Guided Food and Beer Pairing. This event is equally educational and delicious, as local beer experts offer four food and drink pairings and explain why the combination brings out the best in each bite and beer. If you’d prefer a full meal instead of a few bites, consider their St. Patrick’s Celebration Beer Dinner which offers four full courses, perfectly paired with a specific Guinness brew.
The Irish Whisper
177 Fleet Street
Oxon Hill, MD
One of the premier attractions in the D.C. area is the National Harbor, which happens to be home to the Irish Whisper. This pub and restaurant is located inside the Gaylord National Hotel, and features traditional cuisine, nearly 80 different Irish spirits, and a cozy bar setting from which to enjoy it all. Their St. Patrick’s Day drink specials start at 2:00 PM and include Irish pints for $4.25 or less, and of course classic Irish provisions such as Ruben rolls, fish and chips, and waffle fries O’Fangman – hand-cut fries topped with scratch beer cheese. Slainte!
63 Maryland Ave
Galway Bay has become the most well-known of Irish pubs in Annapolis, Maryland since it opened its doors in 1998. This pub and Whisky bar celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with special menus all day long accompanied by traditional, live Irish music. Start your morning with corned beef hash or a classic Irish breakfast. Later in the day you can enjoy a prefixed two-course lunch or three-course dinner, both of which include classic Irish fare such as potato and leek soup, beef stew, and corned beef and cabbage.
Stay at The Hotel at the University of Maryland During Your St. Patrick’s Day Festivities.
Maryland’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations mark the unofficial beginning of spring and are the perfect way to let your hair down and enjoy a good time. Whether you’re coming from out of town for some find luck o’ the Irish, Maryland-style, or you’re a local looking to celebrate responsibly, The Hotel and the University of Maryland is happy to be your home away from home this St. Patrick’s Day. Our well-appointed accommodations offer everything you need for an overnight stay. Or, make a vacation out of it by booking our Mid-week stay package and visiting some D.C. museums, and hidden gems. Contact us today to make your reservation.