St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! While nearly any bar across the country can celebrate with green beer, it's really the extent and quality of the whiskey selection that denotes a true Irish establishment. In honor of this March holiday, let's take a look at three restaurants where you can find the best and largest selections of this Irish staple, not to mention some quality meeting and event space where you can treat your guests to some craic—or fun—year-round.
The Gage, Chicago
Opening in 2007, The Gage quickly became one of the best new restaurants that Chicago has to offer. Today it continues to garner praise among diners and critics thanks to its inventive comfort food (think hamburgers with camembert cheese and melted onion marmalade) and lengthy list of libations, including a number of quality Irish whiskeys. Selections range from the crowd-pleasing Jameson to the exclusive almond-honey-tasting Midleton Very Rare.
The Gage has several banquet rooms Chicago event planners can use. The ground-floor Theodore Ascher room features a specially-designed meeting room with private bar for up to 150 guests, while the first-floor Edson Keigh room can seat up to 40 guests.
View more options on our Chicago restaurant guide.
Fado, Washington, DC
Fado is also a great DC corporate event venue, offering a dedicated event manager, no reservation fee, no required deposit and customized food & beverage packages. Facilities range from The Bailey's for 20 people to The Library for 75 people.
The self-described "most Irish of the Irish pubs" in downtown San Diego restaurant was designed to resemble the pub fronts of those on Dublin's famed Grafton Street, while its solid Irish oak bar replicates that of Kilkenny's 19th century Tynan Bridge House bar. Among this traditional interior, which also includes stained glass screens and study bench seats, patrons enjoy a long list of Irish whiskeys to meet any taste and price point. Dublin Square Irish Pub is available for full buy-outs. It also features a full PA system and flat-screen plasma television.
View more options on our San Diego restaurant guide.