Judging Restaurants and Bars – Murphy’s


Murphy’s is located at 2609 24th St NW. When I lived in Woodley Park this used to be one of my favorite spots. Recently I noticed lots of folks there during the day. So a couple of questions – is the food any good? Second, with Nanny O’Brien’s (in Cleveland Park) under new ownership, is Murphy’s the best Irish bar left in the city?

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  • Irish related good time yes. Food…no, but then again what Irish pub has ever had good food?

  • I’ll be interested to hear what people say, I’ve never been in there, always figured it was a tourist trap because of the location.

  • its fun ! they have a roaring fireplace in the cooler months

  • dunno about that one, but we must not forget the mighty Dubliner. Always a good and just decision, if you can time it around the tides of cap.hill tourists & interns.

  • I like the fact that Nanny’s no longer smells like an unclean pet store under the new ownership.

  • Haven’t been there since the fire several years back. They used to have pretty good live music and a fair number of friendly regulars. I never liked the lighting though — too bright. Also, I used to see plenty of rats scampering around that patio.

    Not a bad place, but… the best Irish bar in the city? I’m skeptical.

  • Yes, definitely too bright. And worse, they don’t have proper chips to go with the fish, just homefries.

  • Despite the tourist-heavy clientele, it manages to maintain a neigborhoody feel for the most part. Food isn’t too good, but good beer, atmosphere, and live music. They also have a good happy hour and patio.

  • Nothing special, just bar food with an Irish feel. The food was ok, not great and not bad. Unless you pass by it, there is no need to rush up there to check it out.

  • Where is VOR, to tell us that Irish = white = evil gentrifyer, and that we shouldn’t be eating fried foods anyway because of the soybean lobby, and that patronizing restaurants is just proof that we have too much money?? C’mon, man, I’m counting on you!

  • Duffy’s all day!

  • Ireland’s 4P’s …now Ireland’s Four Fields.

    Best History –real live IRA people here in the 80’s
    Best bartenders –a few hot ladies and a few old gruffy men
    Best live music –most weekend nights
    lousy bar food –But, the best lousy bar food

    Too bad I don’t live near there anymore….

  • never usually that crowded, which is excellent in my book. Plenty of spots to eat in the neighborhood.

  • I lived in Woodley until 2006 and preferred Nanny’s. I don’t make it back over that way very often and didn’t know about the new ownership. Hmmmm.

  • I’ve been within the last couple months for the first time, and the clientele seemed to be a majority of the older crowd, which isn’t a bad thing. My food experience and the rest of the people who were with me thought the food was gross…kind of like it was prepared (defrosted) several days ago under a heat lamp and is only now making it to your table. I am all about yummy bar food but I wouldn’t go back.

  • Murphy’s is by far the best bar to go to if you are a Boston sports fan. Great turnouts for Patriots and Red Sox games. I went there for brunch once, the service was sloooooow and our waitress was a jerk, but the food itself was pretty yum. Once the smoking ban goes into effect, it will be even better!

  • Murphy’s = blah.

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    kc – you must be talking about the VA Murphy’s, as the DC smoking ban has been in place for quite a while now.

  • Murphy’s in Alexandria has some awfully gross food. I think the DC version is a little bit better.

  • LOVE me some Murphy’s action.

  • The one in Old Town has a better vibe but they’re both filled with tourists much of the time.

  • Ah, 4Ps…that was some bad lawyering right there…the story I heard (fwiw) is that they opened a NoVa branch, then sold it, and the sales contract inadvertently included the exclusive rights to the 4Ps name. So the guy who bought the NoVa branch turned around and forced the original owners to rename the one in DC.

    VA Murphy’s has a big wood-burning fireplace, so it’s a nice place on a cold night. Otherwise, too damn many Bostonians.

  • I have lived very close to Murphy’s on 24th St. in Woodley for 19 years and I’ve been in there four times, usually during blizzards. I find the food is quite poor, even among Irish bars which I think generally don’t have very good food. Last time I was there was Feb. 2010 during a blizzard. The chicken tenders were lame like so many things there but I guess you just can’t ruin mozarella sticks. Even the marinara sauce was quite good. It does have a nice real wood fireplace that burns during the cold season and the big glass of Yuengling draft for $2 is a pretty great deal. But there’s no other reason to go there. Hard to believe that place survives all these years given all the better food options in that block.

  • Point Break – A Perfect Bar Experience in NYC

    A local friend recommended and took my Cali group to this amazing bar. He said that mostly locals came here so I didn’t really know what to expect ambiance wise… but screw it, the view at this bar was absolutely breathtaking! No joke. I felt like a celebrity w/ superstar treatment as the staff are friendly and amazing to say the very least.

    I don’t know who the house DJ was but he definitely was playing music right up my alley. It would’ve been my dream for people to start dancing, but it’s all good.

    It’s a bit sceney for my taste, but it really didn’t bother me much. the bartenders knew their stuff, although their 1st cocktail was a little weak, when he saw i understood cocktails the next 2 were stronger. I also liked that even though the place was really hopping the bartender remembered what i was drinking when i came to order another. (he also understood how good a gin hendricks is, and not to overpower it with the mixer). It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied..try it ..you will love it!! Oh..how can I forget, they even have a wheel o’ shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!!

    We ordered the Veal and Fish Tacos. They were delicious. Mm! We ended up asking for spoons to polish off whatever remained in the platter. (Faux pas? Who cares as long as it gets in my tummy.) The fries were crispy, but not overcooked, just the way that I like them.

    So take in this scene: You walk in to what seems like an overly crowded place, but soon fine an empty table. Time seems to stop and the only indicator of the night moving on is the moon and your brain cells slowly going to bed forever. The music is not to loud and the people around look good, the only thing left for you to do is to enjoy that drink you paid ridiculously low for and laugh at the joke your co-worker just told.

    The vibe of the place just never seems to die out and if you happen to spot some NYC socialite, sports player, or star, don’t let it get to you… because for that moment, this night they are no long more important than then you. In fact go up to them and introduce yourself!

    All in all just a great place to meet new people, or just have drinks with people you already know. I’ve been to numerous bars in the city but i would say this place is just great. Very welcoming staff, very laid back ambiance. I’ve been here twice after my first visit with my Cali group . I would say its worth the every penny you spend!!

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