Where to Eat for St. Patrick’s Day in Alexandria, VA
St. Patrick’s Day—at its root a feast day honoring the Christian saint Saint Patrick but more broadly serving for many people as a celebration of Irish culture—is just around the corner: March 17th, 2018.
And a couple weeks before the actual holiday, our fair city of Alexandria, VA is throwing its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade—maybe not as big as New York City’s (the largest in the world, mind you), but plenty festive! And given our restaurant sits right along the parade route, you couldn’t ask for a more convenient destination for a feast before or after!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade—Plus Car & Dog Show!
Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a city tradition since the early 1980s, put on by the Ballyshaners, a non-profit focused on spreading awareness about Irish-American heritage. The parade falls on Saturday, March 3rd this year. It comes preceded by two associated events: from 9 to 11:45 AM the Classic Car Show on North Pitt St., and from 10:30 AM to noon the Fun Dog Show outside City Hall in Market Square, which’ll include such must-see affairs as a pooch costume competition and a dog/owner lookalike contest.
The parade itself kicks off at noon., following King Street from its intersection with Alfred east to Lee St., then north to Cameron. It’ll involve a slew of elected officials, service members, high-school marching bands, and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Dining at Jackson 20
Whether brunch or lunch before the parade or a celebratory meal afterward, come join us for this pre-St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day party! Our bar menu here at Jackson 20 comes flush with the sorts of libations you need to properly mark the occasion.
And, naturally, we make an awesome dining destination on St. Patrick’s Day proper, whether you’re bar-hopping your way around Alexandria or you’re looking for a full-on dinner over which to toast St. Patrick (he of shamrock and ridding-Ireland-of-snakes fame) or the Emerald Isle in general. Top-shelf tavern fare, a grand list of artisan cocktails, craft beer, and wine, elegant but unpretentious ambience: What else do you need for the occasion?
To ensure yourself a seat at the Jackson 20 table for St. Paddy’s Day (or the parade festivities on March 3rd), we suggest making a reservation. And we’ll look forward to celebrating with you here at our warm and welcoming King St. restaurant, where we most certainly get into the Irish spirit this time of year.