There’s no reason to celebrate the music, drink and dining fare of Irish culture only on Saint Patrick’s Day. Check out the top five Irish pubs in Montgomery County.

If you’re looking to enjoy Irish themed evening events with live music, and good food and drink, or a calmer daytime setting of brunch or lunch, check these pubs out!

The Limerick Pub 11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3653,3654"] The Limerick Pub, a mainstay for Irish fare in Wheaton, Maryland, hosts live music acts with a strong dose of fiddle playing on Friday and Saturday nights. For beverage choices, Guinness, Magner’s Cider, Killian’s Red, Tullamore Dew and Jameson are available. There are dartboards for small groups looking to wing a few arrows as well as Wednesday trivia nights. It is definitely the “go-to” choice in Wheaton for some Bangers and Mash or a delicious sea fare consisting of Fish and Chips. For more information about The Limerick Pub, their live music, delicious Irish fare and dartboard fun, please visit their website.

Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle 4844 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3672,3673"] A young, but up-and-coming Irish pub in the Bethesda, Maryland entertainment and eats’ scene, Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle provides an outdoor patio to relax and take in live music acts. And for those looking to move on the dance floor, there’s a main spot by which to dance the jig, indoors. There is usually plenty of Guinness to drink and Irish fare to eat, so this is the place for those wanting to share some memorable times of good food and drink with friends or family. For more information about Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle and their live music, fare and outside patio, please visit their website.

The Irish Inn 6119 Tulane Ave, Glen Echo

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3661,3662"] Although Glen Echo Park was once famous for their amusements and other attractions from around the turn of the century until the late 1960s, the Irish Inn has been quite a Maryland mainstay for those looking to enjoy a pint of beer or a warm Shepherd’s pie. Seated on the edge of one of the short necks of the Potomac River, the Irish Inn enjoys a cozy little spot for outdoor seating on the front patio or more comfortable bar and seating inside. The Irish Inn was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the D.C. Metro area. And it also has a great brunch buffet, lunch menu, dinner menu, extensive wine list and a unique view for those who want an up-close-and personal Potomac River setting.  The Irish Inn also hosts private events and those looking for more refined tastes of Irish and Contemporary American cuisine. For more information about The Irish Inn and their live music, exquisite fare, cozy ambiance or extensive wine list, please visit their website.

Lahinch Tavern & Grill 7747 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3665,3664"] Potomac, Maryland is a wealthier suburb of Washington, D.C., but the presence of a place like Lahinch Tavern & Grill can draw the crowds, especially for Monday Trivia Night starting at 7:30 p.m.. Although Lahinch has been at this locale off of Tuckerman Lane a year, you will find quite a few regulars as well as out-of-towners looking for tasty Irish eats cooked on a Wood-fired grill or drinks inside the dining area. There's also two bar areas (one side of the bar for TV watching and for Monday Trivia Night) and quaint, seating outside. The Lahinch Tavern & Grill is considered a real gem for those who like to enjoy Happy Hour specials consisting of $5 Harp, Smithwicks or Guinness as their choice of favorite Irish beers on tap, $5 plates of Traditional Sausage Rolls (pigs in a blanket?) with Irish Mustard Slaw, or Deviled eggs topped with salmon. There are delicious choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner fare like Braised Lamb Stew or Crab Cake Sandwich platter with fries and cole slaw (one of my favorite choices). It is definitely a place to enjoy live music from Wednesdays through Saturdays, with Traditional Irish Music on Friday evenings. For more information about Lahinch Tavern & Grill and their live music, food, drink or Monday Trivia night, please visit their website.

McGinty’s Public House 911 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3657,3658"] Seated in the heart of downtown Silver Spring for over 10 years, McGinty’s Public House is a place for great traditional Irish Music in the “Snug” or Basement on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.. There is also an acoustic set of Irish songs on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy a pint or two of Guinness during their weekday Happy Hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. For those wanting breakfast fare, McGinty’s Public House has a Breakfast Tart ala Carte or Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. And for appetizers, a $5 Basket of Wings or Fish Cake can suit your taste buds, depending on what you fancy. Not to be outdone by $5 appetizers, McGinty’s offers a Black Bean burger, Shepherd’s Pie, or the Irish Stew. For more information about McGinty's Public House, their live Irish music played in the "Snug," or their delicious fare and drink, please visit their website. Did we miss your favorite Irish pub? Let us know in the comments below!

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