Some say that Irish cuisine is a myth, or at the very least a misnomer. As a place where you can get corned beef that rides that fine line between tender and tough and mashed potatoes with lumps of potato in them, the Dubliner belies that belief. Two separate bars and two large dining areas allow you to sink into a comfortable daze, even when the place is packed.
During the summer, the open patio offers a great venue to people-watch on Massachusetts Avenue as you sip your Bass Ale, served by waiters with authentic brogues. The pricing is somewhat expensive; drinks, appetizers and dinner for two can run up to $50.
But don't pass final judgment on the place until you have 1) ordered the spinach and artichoke dip, and 2) stayed after 9 p.m., when you can hear live Irish music performed in the bar area. There's no charge for music, but the entertainers might ask you to sing along.
The Dubliner is located right next door to The Irish Times, a well-known college pick-up bar, and is only a block down Massachusetts Avenue from Union Station. There's usually parking on the street if you're driving, but don't wear something that can't travel a few blocks.