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“A good stab at Irish food, better stab at the Music” 4 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.
Fairfax, VA
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“A good stab at Irish food, better stab at the Music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Right on the corner in the City of Fairfax, Auld Shabeen does a good job of meeting Americans most of the way towards and Irish pub. It's larger than most pubs and it has several traditional Irish favorites on the menu that are prepared reasonably well. The beverage selection is good and the staff are very attentive and friendly. They make a point to have live Music in pretty regularly. They are generally good but it can be a little loud if you also want to chat with your friends.

Visited November 2012
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Gainesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good music, good food, great fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We have been friends of the Shebeen since it opened 6 or 7 years ago. The managers and staff go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant experience every time. All menu items are excellent and the food is reasonable priced. Good choices of draft beers including Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's. Great Irish music on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Visited November 2012
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Big Apple
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“A delightful Irish Pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

During the last week of October 2012 and the first week of November 2012, we visited this pub twice. It is an active place with marvelous Irish music presented live.
Our food was most enjoyable. We had fish and chips the first time , and sandwiches the second time. Service was friendly and efficient.

Visited October 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Fun Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a great Irish pub with good food and quality entertainment. It's been a favorite with my kids for years, they love the Shepherds pie and don't complain about eating the veggies that come with this dish.

Visited October 2012
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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“Nice authentic Irish evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We went on a Friday night which was busy, but there was no wait to be seated. There was entertainment (a man with his guitar singing Irish songs), and the baseball games on the tvs. Our server, (Adolpho?) was fabulous. He even remembered our son from the one time he was there before. Very knowledgeable about baseball! The food was very good, and they have a huge selection of beer n tap. Would definitely go again.

  • Visited September 2012
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