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“Piece of Ireland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub

The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
+1 703-293-9600
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Ranked #1 of 4 Bars & Pubs in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Pub, Irish
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Auld Shebeen is Fairfax City's only authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant. In Ireland a Shebeen was an illicit drinking den, an after hours speakeasy where once inside people found good familiar conversation, drink, friends and great food! Fascinating history surrounds these shebeens that have always offered excitement for local patrons and will forever be a part of Irish lore. Our Menu is based on both traditional Irish recipes and American cuisine. Our house specialties include our Seafood Stew, Dubliner Stuffed Chicken and our Filet Mignon with Irish whiskey and green peppercorn sauce,with many others including many traditional Irish pub favorites like our Guinness Beef Stew, Shepherd's Pie or Fish and Chips. So whether it is a few quiet pints after work or a special evening out, here at The Auld Shebeen we will do our utmost to make your visit with us a special one. We feature live traditional Irish music every Friday and Saturday in the restaurant.
Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Piece of Ireland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

What a great Irish themed restaurant! Food is very good, reasonably priced. Beer is good, wine selections okay. Music nice!

  • Visited July 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Excellent Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I come here mainly for lunch, and the occasional happy hour. The Shebeen never fails to please. Lunchtime meals are excellent, in my opinion: good sandwiches, really good fresh salads, filling & tasty Irish fare. My British friend rates the Shebeen's shepherds pie as outstanding. Good selection of beers, which the barkeeps know how to pour (beer drinkers will know what I mean). The pub's Irish owners seem a constant presence, looking after the competent and very friendly staff, and making sure the clientele are satisfied. The ambience is Irish-American pub style, with house music (generally folk and traditional Irish) kept pleasantly low. Televisions are lined above the bar for the sports fans. Again, the volume is kept low, or mute, so you can enjoy a conversation, a quiet read, while hearing yourself think and not needing to shout.

The Shebeen has a lunch card: buy five lunches and the sixth is on the house (Monday through Saturday). There's a nice Irish music jam session on Saturday afternoons, which families find enjoyable. I can't comment on evenings at the Shebeen; as mentioned, I'm a lunch time visitor. But the Shebeen has been around for over seven years, so they're obviously doing something right!

  • Visited July 2012
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“Friendly place with okay food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

I know I had the half slab of ribs and there was no doggy bag. I was hungry & the half slab was small. The salad was good. My feeling was that everything was medium temperature including white wine & the glass of champagne to celebrate some good news we received while dining. I hate medium warm champagne.

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Richmond, Virginia
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“Cool Pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Easy walk from Stafford House. Nice neighborhood. Cool atmosphere. Cold beer! Good food.

Visited June 2012
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Bristow, VA
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“By far my favorite Irish Pub in Northern Virginia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I always enjoy going to the Auld Sheeban - it's one of my favorite Irish pubs in Northern Virginia. I enjoy the live music - which always seems to have a traditional flair. I've enjoyed the food I've ordered - and I think their beef stew is over the top. Potatoes-Potatoes we love them boiled and fried - Potatoes-Potatoes with whiskey on the side! Oh, the curry fries are super! By far the best curry sauce I've encountered at an Irish pub!

Ta se go hiontach! Slan agat! :-)

  • Visited May 2012
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