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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 09/19/2007

A Pirate's Life for Me

By Fritz Hahn

Arrrr, blow me down - today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So if ye landlubbers be looking fer ... Okay, wait. It's TALK Like a Pirate Day, not WRITE Like A Pirate Day, so I'm going to drop the accent. But if you're looking for places to tell your friends to "walk the plank!" or a chance to call that special someone "chumbucket" or "scurvy dog," here are a few suggestions.

Piratz Tavern seems like the natural harbor for wannabe pirates today, and they're hosting The Pyrates Royal, a costumed group of pirate reenactors who sing sea chanteys like "We're Here to Drink the Whiskey," "Drink England Dry" and "Being a Pirate" while playing fiddle, dulcimer and bodhran. Not surprisingly, the Pyrates got their start at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. They're just one of the attractions at tonight's party, which is hosted by the Pirates of the Drunken Ferret. Doors open at 6, and tickets are $15. More information and advance tickets can be found here.

It's "Yo ho ho and a Bacardi cocktail" at the Argonaut, where Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with $3 rum drinks, Yuenglings and plates of wings, and $10 pitchers of Booty, the pirate-esque house beer. The staff at the nautical-themed tavern will be talking like they've just left the Jolly Roger, and there's a Bacardi promotion from 8 to 10.

Galway Bay, one of our favorite Irish pubs in Annapolis, welcomes the Ship's Company Chanteymen, a costumed group that specializes in songs from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There's no cover charge, but reservations are suggested.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 19, 2007; 9:30 AM ET
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The only thing good about Piratz Tavern would be the entertainment, as the food is barely edible and service is non-existent. The only good reviews they ever get are posted by staff or family of the owner. They've done almost nothing to improve their service or food quality, and they have become a serious disappointment to the Silver Spring community that welcomed them so warmly upon their opening last year.

And now to charge a cover!?! They're considered a joke amoungst bar owners and patrons alike in the area, as they had such great publicity and promise when they opened and they've squandered it all. This is what happens when amateurs try to open establishments without experience.

Just take a look at their website...under events, the only thing they have is the announcements for Halloween specials from LAST YEAR! Not even a mention of todays event. Sad and pathetic.

Posted by: SilverSpringDad | September 19, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Pirates Tavern has surprisingly good sandwiches (steak sandwich was esp. good) and at least one great bartender. Went there w/ old HS friends a couple of weeks ago and had a great time. Its a random place, but what do you expect from a place called Pirates Tavern. And, no, I have no relation to anyone there.

Posted by: Chris | September 19, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Arr, we be in Adams Morgan today. Anything with Morgan sounds good to me.

Posted by: Captin FaARRRt | September 19, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll second the good review of piratz tavern. I've never had the food, but I'm a big fan of the bar (especially the patio area). Certainly there have been times when service was slow, but I can't think of any place where this hasn't happened. As a silver spring resident I'm not disappointed (nor am I a relative of the owner).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

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