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“Four star pub, Two star restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub

The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub
Ranked #12 of 390 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, 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.
Palmyra, Virginia
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73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Four star pub, Two star restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Come here if you're looking for a good neighborhood pub. Not easy to find an entrance to the parking garage across the street...but its there. Always has the air of a lively place, packed with people yet typically enough room to join in. Their beer is cold, service is quick, and the price is right. Their scheduled live music is a plus. The restaurant service is very good, quick, and courteous, though the meals are not much to right home about. Their menu intentionally/appropriately has a basic Irish focus, but I've had much better. Go there for the pub atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Forget Olde Shebeen”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I enjoy good food and the fish and chips were soggy and tasteless. My wife's Porto bello mushroom sandwich was cold and tasted as though they had been over cooked.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Bruce S
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Just an average pub”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Except for the live music I found the menu and food to be just average. The fish and chips left much to be desired.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Bruce S
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Lorton, Virginia, United States
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Many Irish pubs outside Ireland fail to capture the sense of what a true Irish pub is. Owned by two Irishmen, this place hits the mark. They have live entertainment weekly, a stocked bar, and a menu of good pub grub.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Mike A
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good food and fun.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We've been here half a dozen times and its always good. Live musicians are a great addition to the great food. The diners sing and clap along at times. Even teens have a good time with the Irish music. The stout burger is a fav, as is the beef stew. Don't forget the Irish creme creme brûlée and the nutty Irishman coffee.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Christen R
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