Pub favorite fish and chips

Cozy and Tasty Northern Virginia Area Pubs

We love to relax with a pint of Smithwicks or Guinness year round, but these tasty Northern Virginia area pubs serve up rich, traditional meals that are especially welcome on a chilly day. Whether the source is Irish or English, they are sure to offer rich stews and casseroles, and our favorite, fish and chips.

These tasty Northern Virginia area pubs serve up traditional Irish and English fare perfect for a winter day, and cold pints ideal for a summer patio.

Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the Northern Virginia area pubs we’ve enjoyed recently. Happily, there are many more on our list to try.

Fiona’s Irish Pub, Alexandria, Virginia

Fiona's, Alexandria

Bar seating at Fiona’s, Alexandria


Fiona’s is one of our favorite stops for lunch after a visit to Huntley Meadows, so we’ve eaten there several times. We were very happy with the ample mussels in garlic, and we’ve had several orders of their delicious fish and chips. The atmosphere is welcoming, and they also have a nice outdoor patio for warm weather meals.


Galway Bay Irish Pub, Annapolis, Maryland

Back room at Galway Bay Annapolis

Dining area at Galway Bay, Annapolis


There are some lovely pubs in Annapolis, Maryland, and we highly recommend a stop at Galway Bay for Irish standards, delicious seafood, and a taste of their imported Irish Egg Nog. The restaurant’s cozy, brick interior offers comfortable seating areas and a nice long bar. We especially love the decor in the back room. On our last visit we over-indulged on Crab and Oysters Chesapeake, a filling combination of crabcake and fried oysters with chips. In winter, be sure to try the handcrafted, custom-made Irish eggnog “from the rich pastures of County Cavan near Dublin.” So delicious!


Griffin Tavern, Flint Hill, Virginia

Griffin Tavern, Flint Hill

Griffin Tavern, Flint Hill


First, we have to confess that we have only stopped at Griffin Tavern for a pint and some chips, but we are planning to return for a proper meal soon. The friendly atmosphere, lovely porch and deck area, and beautiful dining room definitely made us want to dine at this English Pub. They have excellent reviews on Yelp which suggest that some of our favorites, like fish and chips and Shepard’s Pie are worth the drive. And a lovely drive it is. We highly recommend this scenic route through Flint Hill when you are heading to Shenandoah at a more relaxed pace.


Hunter’s Head Tavern, Upperville, Virginia

Hunter's Head Tavern Upperville

Hunter’s Head Tavern Upperville


Hunter’s Head Tavern is another English Pub that we love to visit on a scenic drive through Loudoun County or after a hike at Sky Meadows State Park. The pub’s menu is sourced with organic local farm meats and produce harvested from neighboring Ayrshire Farm (which shares the same owner), so the food is fresh and delicious. We love their fish and chips and fresh salads and veggies. In winter, try to score a table by the fireplace. In summer, we recommend a spot in the lovely courtyard patio.


The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax

The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax Virginia

The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax Virginia


Located in Old Town Fairfax, The Auld Shebeen offers traditional dishes in a nice Irish Pub setting. Ask for a table in the cozy front seating area, or grab a stool at the long bar. We’ve enjoyed the Burdock’s Fish and Chips and the St. James Gate Beef Stew, along with a pint of Smithwicks or Guinness, of course. The restaurant gets very busy (and a little loud) on the weekends, when live Irish music is on offer, but it’s a fun vibe if you’re ready to clap along. Monday nights are a great time to visit when traditional Irish specials are only $9.95.


The Old Brogue, Great Falls

Pints at The Old Brogue Great Falls

Pints at The Old Brogue Great Falls


We frequent The Old Brogue when cold winter nights call for a steaming bowl of Guinness Beef Pie, or warm spring days prompt a pint on the patio. It’s our favorite stop after a hike at Great Falls or Riverbend Park. The Brogue’s fish and chips are delicious, and we’re also fond of the Irish Beef Stew, the Irish Banger Rolls appetizer, and the salmon salad (especially in summer). The pub’s bar is small, but the main room has plenty of booths and tables to host the crowds. If you’re in the area for breakfast, we recommend a visit to Katie’s Coffee Shop next door.


Looking at all of these pictures has made us hungry! Fortunately, there are many wonderful pubs in the area so we won’t be getting bored with our fish and chips options anytime soon. What are your favorite Irish or English Northern Virginia area pubs and what should we order when we visit? Thanks for the tips!
Check out these articles for more great places to eat in Northern Virginia:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for more fun ways to explore, dine, and play in Northern VA.

Tags: ,

5 Responses to “Cozy and Tasty Northern Virginia Area Pubs”

  1. chelsea January 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Julie! Your blog is so great.. now I just need to visit VA so I can see some of these fun places! I wanted to personally welcome you aboard The Blogger Network! I hope you can join us on our facebook page for fun discussions, collaborations, and tips and tricks! See you there! -Chelsea


  1. Fun Places to Go After a Northern Virginia Snowstorm - January 22, 2016

    […] Irish and English Pubs are perfect on a wintery day, and we highly recommend the fish and chips at Hunters Head Tavern in Upperville, The Old Brogue in Great Falls, and Fiona’s in Alexandria. […]

  2. 5 Fantastic Northern Virginia Scenic Drives - FuninFairfaxVA - September 20, 2016

    […] drive through Great Falls begins at the town library and ends at one of our favorite area pubs, You could also use the town green as your start and end point. Our route includes two sections of […]

  3. 25 Tasty Options for Northern Virginia Outdoor Dining - August 1, 2017

    […] When warm weather returns we love a pint on the Old Brogue patio. It’s our favorite stop after a hike at Great Falls or Riverbend Park. The Brogue’s fish and chips are delicious, and we’re also fond of the Irish Beef Stew, the Irish Banger Rolls appetizer, and the salmon salad (especially in summer). In the morning, order a bagel or breakfast sandwich from Katie’s, and enjoy it on the same sunny patio. Read more about our favorite local pubs. […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: