Visiting an Irish pub is like stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the Cliffs Notes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of bar fare, brews, and more at Duffy's Irish Pub.
Nestled between two row houses on Vermont Avenue right across the street from the 9:30 Club, this neighborhood dive bar boasts 12 flat-screen TVs, dartboards, and Buck Hunter. You can use your Groupon during Duffy's storied happy hour, when Miller Lite, Yuengling, Sam Adams, and Peroni ($3-$4) flow like babbling brooks from the taps, and 16-ounce PBR cans open with a satisfying $3 exhale. Bring your friends to share $10 pitchers of Miller Lite, or class it slightly up with $4 rail drinks Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Duffy's happy hour was the runner-up for Washington City Paper's Best of DC.
Duffy's golden rivers of brew pair best with something fried golden and slathered in palate-pleasing sauces. Try the fish and chips ($13.95), corned beef and swiss sliders ($8.95), or any other munchie-satisfying item on the menu. Washington City Paper's readers called Duffy's buffalo wings ($5.95 a half dozen, $10.95 a dozen) Best Wings in DC three years in a row in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Conveniently, you can also stave off any Sunday hangovers you sustain at Duffy's with Duffy's brunch menu, including eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes, washed down with mimosas and Bloody Marys (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m).
Duffy's Irish Pub has plenty of feathers in its cap from media and user reviews. Not only has it earned the previously mentioned Best of DC Awards, the place is also a Washington Post Editors' Pick. Yelpers give it 3.5 while Google Mappers give it 3.7.
- The wings were awesome as were the specials on brew. Great place to catch the game on the big screens. – Easy Street, Google Maps
- It is the perfect definition of "neighborhood bar". Everyone seems to know everyone else, and the owner goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. – Kate C., Yelp, 08/19/2010
Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub
In lieu of buns, Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub's Monster Burger earns its name by piling bacon, grilled onions, and a half-pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Washington Post profiled the beastly eat and its “calories-be-damned goodness” in its This Thing You Should Try series. Those with tamer appetites assemble less daunting burgers with a beef or homemade black bean patty served on a white or whole grain Kaiser roll. Along with burgers, Duffy's culinary team crafts casual dishes such as mushrooms fried in peanut oil, vegan pasta tossed with homemade tomato sauce, and seven wing varieties voted the city's best in 2012 by readers of Washington City Paper.
Along with the menu of daily grub, Duffy's staff supplies discounted drinks and quesadillas at weekday happy hours and hosts brain-teasing pub trivia challenges every Wednesday night. 12 flat-screen TVs throughout the bar stay tuned to the latest Florida Gators and Green Bay Packers games, a more thrilling alternative to watching looped footage of an actual gator attacking a defenseless cheese wheel. In addition to front of the house entertainment, Duffy's accommodates private soirees with a back room equipped with more flat-screens, skeeball, darts, and an internet jukebox.