Rock your sham like an elegant headdress with today's Groupon for Irish pubbery and grubbery. For $15, you get $30 worth of budget-friendly booze and bold bar food at Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub. Nestled between two row houses on Vermont Avenue right across the street from the 9:30 Club, this dive bar "feels more like a friend's tricked-out garage than an insta-pub," according to Playboy. The game room boasts a flat-screen TV, dartboards, Buck Hunter, pool tables, and foosball.
You can use your Groupon during Duffy's storied happy hour, when Yuengling, Shock Top, Miller Lite, and Coors Light flow like babbling $3 brooks from the taps, and 16-ounce PBR cans open with a satisfying $3 exhale. Bring your friends to share $10 pitchers of Coors Light and Miller Lite, or class it slightly up with $4 rail drinks Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. And if your week gets off to a really bad start, enjoy $2 cans all night on Mondays. Duffy's happy hour was selected the Best DC Happy Hour by Playboy's Nightlife Guide and 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, or an $8.95 Monday and Friday special), corned beef and cabbage ($12.95, or $8.95 on Tuesdays), 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 two years in a row (2008 and 2009). Conveniently, you can also stave off any Sunday-morning hangovers you sustain at Duffy's with Duffy's all-you-can-eat brunch (from noon to 3 p.m., $10) of unlimited eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and comforting shepherd's pie washed down with $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Not valid on St. Patrick's Day.
Duffy's 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:
- Perfectly positioned to be the place you meet your friends before heading over for a show at the 9:30...This is really a case where you've nothing to lose, and the neighborhood has everything to gain. – Fritz Hahn, Washington Post
Two Insider Pages users give Duffy's a perfect five stars, while four MenuPages reviewers give it between four and five stars for food, value, service, and atmosphere. Google Maps users also praise the pub:
- The wings were awesome as were the specials on brew. Great place to catch the game on the big screens. – Easy Street, Google Maps
- Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub features a very creative menu with Irish standards like Shepards [sic] Pie, Fish & Chips and Corned Beef & Cabbage, plus the very creative Irish Burrito. Really worth stopping by. Try Duffy's once and you'll become a regular. – Eli B., Insider Pages
- ENORMOUS portions of batter-dipped fish, fresh cut fries fried properly, and a nice pint. Delicious. – monkeyrotica, MenuPages
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.
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