Snow closings and specials for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17
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Snow falls outside the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Feb. 18. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

A significant snowstorm is trying to put a damper on area St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Many restaurants and bars are staying open for despite the weather, so if you were planning to take the day off anyway, you're in luck. Meanwhile, the majority of museums and cultural attractions will be closed. And yes, there will be a snowball fight.

We'll be keeping track of what you can and cannot do with your yet another D.C. snow day. The usual caveat: Even if a bar says it will be open, it's worth calling before you head out, as situations with roads and staffing may change.

If you want to see your special listed here, e-mail goingoutguide@washpost.com.

First things first: Where can I drink green beer on my snow day?

Here: 10 things to do on St. Patrick's Day.

What's closed or canceled?

• The Clarendon Mardi Gras parade, originally scheduled for March 4, has been canceled by snow yet again.
• All Smithsonian museums, except the Air and Space Museum (open at 10 a.m.), and the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum (open at 11:30 a.m.).
• The National Zoo is closed.
• Almost every other museum in the area is closed because of the storm, including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Building Museum, the Newseum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ford's Theatre, National Georgraphic and the U.S. Botanic Garden.
• The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection are always closed on Monday.

Which restaurants are closed today?

• The Exchange
• Casa Luca
• Barcode
• Science Club
• The Arsenal will be closed for lunch, but open at 5 p.m. for dinner.
• Central Michel Richard will be closed for lunch, but open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Which restaurants are opening early?

First, a reminder that snow does not stop St. Patrick's Day:

 

• Cashion's Eat Place is opening at 2 p.m. with happy hour specials, including $7 signature cocktails and $5 beers and rail cocktails.
• Meridian Pint opens at 10 a.m. for brunch, and will show the entire "Indiana Jones" trilogy in the basement, beginning at noon.
• Tortilla Coast is serving brunch (with a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar) at its Capitol Hill location.
• The Argonaut opens at 10 a.m.
• Hill Country opens at 11:30 a.m., with $4 Shiner cans and $20 pitchers of beer.
• The Queen Vic opens at 11 a.m.
• R.F.D. Washington opens at 11 a.m. and offers $5 Irish (or "Irish-style) drafts and $22 flights of Irish whiskey.
• Granville Moore's opens at noon.
• Boundary Stone opens at noon.
• Ivy and Coney opens at noon.
• Kangaroo Boxing Club opens at noon for drinks only; The kitchen opens at 5 p.m.
• Fuego Cantina opens at noon with happy hour drinks all day.
• Spider Kelly's opens at noon with free pool and shuffleboard until 5 p.m., plus "Irish drink specials" all day.
• The Brixton opens at 2 p.m. with happy hour until 7 p.m.
• Marvin opens at 3:30 p.m. and will have a $10 Stella-and-a-shot special until 7:30 p.m.

Specials

• Get all-day happy hour drinks at El Centro and Zengo
• Jaleo Bethesda is offering all-day happy hour
• Menu MBK is giving out free hot chocolate to its market customers
• Del Campo's happy hour will last all day
• Happy hour at Urbana begins at 4 p.m. and lasts all night
• Get all-day happy hour at Poste Moderne Brasserie

Where and when is the snowball fight?

The Washington D.C. Snowball Fight Association has announced that the "SnowPatricksDay Snowball Fight" will take place at the north end of Meridian Hill Park at 12:30 p.m.

 

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