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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 03/17/2008

Scenes from St. Patrick's Day: Mackey's Irish Pub

By Fritz Hahn

Mackey's is the odd one out on my St. Patrick's Day crawls. There's no cover charge. As late as 4:25 p.m., the L Street pub has plenty of two things: suits and seats. Except for the staff's accessories, there are no Guinness top hats, boppers or shamrock-painted faces to be seen. The sound system is pumping Bob Marley, not the Wolfe Tones. Service is fast and efficient, whether you're in a snug or at the bar.

I'm not sure why an Irish pub in the heart of downtown is so deserted -- maybe revelers are wiped out after last weekend's Leprechaun Lap Bar Crawl or the Shamrock Festival afterparty? -- but I do know I'm sorry to leave. On the way out, I asked the doorman if there was going to be a cover charge later. "Not that I'm aware of," he replied. Sounds like I have a place to put on my list for 2009.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 17, 2008; 4:55 PM ET
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mackey's is an english pub. that might be why . . .

Posted by: um | March 17, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

um, Irish:

Posted by: um again | March 18, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I almost had to laugh when I read this. By 5:30 the place was slammed, no tables and a packed bar. Before I even started my happy hour there were a few token falling down-ers. Then a pipe and drum troupe came in and played for a while. The place was hoppin, just had to wait for the after work crowd who wore green ties instead of green t-shirts. Though service was the opposite of the Fritz posted but that's ok.

Posted by: Matt | March 21, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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