Let’s test your Arlington knowledge.
Which establishment won the 2011 ABBIE award for “Arlington’s Best Neighborhood Bar,” awarded by the Arlington County Board?
Ireland’s Four Courts, of course. It’s “an Irish pub and restaurant serving brunch, lunch, and dinner.” They offer “cuisine infused with fresh and delicious ingredients.”
There is both a regular menu and a children’s menu, where all items are $5 for kids under 10 (check the site for specials concerning kids’ meals).
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There are a bevy of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and what the restaurant calls “Irish Favorites.” These include shepherd’s pie, Irish lamb stew and chicken Kilbeggan. They also list New York strip steak, which may not be particularly Irish but still tastes good. Though, to be fair, they daub some Irish whiskey pepper sauce on the meat.
There is the typical bar fare but also some eclectic stuff thrown in too (fish tacos, veggie burgers). Prices are pretty typical: entrees range from $10.95 (Dubliner Mac & Cheese) to $18.95 (New York strip steak), while sandwiches go from $7.95 to $11.95.
They also claim “the best Happy Hour in town. With 1/2 priced appetizers Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm along with daily specials that run from opening to closing, such as Fish n Chips Tuesday!”
OK, maybe the syntax could use some work, but you get the point.
The bar hosts live music, karaoke and sporting events as well. Some punters may not exactly like the fact that Ireland’s Four Courts considers itself part of Red Sox Nation (given the reality of the transient nature of our town, this is forgiven), but they make up for it by rooting for D.C. United.
The joint is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and it’s conveniently located next to the Courthouse Metro stop on the system’s Orange Line.
“Irish Favorites,” Guinness, baseball, soccer, karaoke: What more do you want? If you rent an apartment in Arlington, consider throwing your support behind a local institution.