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 houses on Vermont Avenue and down the street from the 9:30 Club, Duffy’s is a friendly neighborhood dive bar rife with flat-screen TVs, dartboards, and Connect Four. Stop by during Duffy's storied happy hour—the winner for Washington City Paper's Best of DC 2011—when Miller Lite ($10/pitcher), Yuengling ($4/beer), and Sam Adams ($4/beer) flow like babbling brooks or a living-room fire hydrant, and house wine pops open with a satisfying $4 exhale (per glass). Groups of friends arm-wrestle for ownership of $10 pitchers of National Bohemian, while $4 rail drinks class it up slightly from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Friday.
Pair Duffy's golden rivers of brew with menu items including fish 'n' chips ($13.95), corned beef and swiss sliders ($8.95), or Duffy's buffalo wings ($5.95 a half dozen, $10.95 a dozen), which Washington City Paper readers called Best Wings in DC in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Or apologize to stomachs for eating all the condiments in the fridge by patronizing Duffy's Sunday brunch, featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes, washed down with mimosas and bloody marys (from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
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.
U Street - Cardozo
2106 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001