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March 18, 2010

How'd you spend St. Patrick's Day?

mick o'shea'sHope everyone had a wild and crazy but safe St. Patrick's Day. Where did you go and what did you do?

At 5 p.m., Mick O'Shea's was pretty slammed. All the tables were taken, and it was hard to move near the front of the bar.

The cool part was, half the crowd was composed of people you don't normally see out drinking, such as folks of a certain age (senior citizens, ahem).

I'm not a big Guinness drinker, but I had a couple yesterday (three only cost $8.50 at the front bar). 

What about you?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:21 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


J Patricks was equally slammed and schweaty on the inside. So we ended up drinking on the sidewalk...

Then headed to Miguel's in Silo for some Cinquo de Patrick's (as we thought it wouldn't be super crowded)...

It was actually an awesome place, will definitely head back. Great food, great tequila, atmosphere, cocktails, etc.

Tried to go to the bars on Canton Square, wayyyy to crowded. Ended up at NcDevins, was pleasantly suprised.

I thought I saw you at O'Shea's! The front was so crowded that we went to the back "patio" area. That made it a little more bearable. I noticed that the "folks of a certain age" took all the tables...

Going with some folk-music friends and my wife to a concert by Scotland's Battlefield Band at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Not so ironically, the friends I met at J. Patrick's and working the Washington Irish Folk Festival years ago.

Patrick's of Pratt & the CCRG Whiskey Brawl but I left before I got to find out what "full contact musical chairs" would entail.

There was a little more room at O'Shea's in the back (around 9), and they had the doors to the courtyard open, which was nice.

The same way I always do Sessa, trying to take over the world. Muhahahhaha.

Hung out at Patrick's of Pratt Street, playing DD as I gave up the booze for Lent. Wife thought it would be funny to buy something out of the condom machine in the ladies expired in August of 1996. Yes, 1996.

Well, since it was Wednesday, I went to work, went to the gym, went home, had take-out chinese for dinner, watched TV, and went to bed.

Finally got a chance to check out 13.5% in Hampden, as this was the one day of the year when it wasn't cheek to jowl with gentrifiers. Not Bad.

Worked out, went to my friend's shop to marvel/weep at my girlie's disassembled Subaru Forester, had 2 glasses of Jameson at a local Greek/pizza restaurant, & went home to feed the cats & have a glass of La Fin du Monde.

I did exactly the same thing that "The Great Danton" did.

As an experienced old timer (senior cit according to sessa) I went to several bars only to find too many novices crowding my space!!

Rams Head Roadhouse, a bit outside the Beltway. Find Guinness cheaper than 50 cents and I'd be there...

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