Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Murphy's Grand Irish Pub in Old Town

A few coworkers and I have signed up to play bocce ball in Alexandria for the summer. Naturally, playing an organized sport means happy hour before and after the games. We decided to wander down to Murphy's Grand Irish Pub for our first official team happy hour! 

We got there right at 5:30 on a Thursday and they were pretty full in the bar area, but we managed to snag a spot for 5. By the time we left the whole downstairs was packed. They don't have a written down happy hour, but the bartender recited off the specials for us. 

1/2 off draft beer
1/2 off house drinks
1/2 off appetizers (except for the seafood ones)
Discounts on shots of Jameson

We tried their nachos, chicken tenders, potato skins (not shown) and wings (not shown). It was all your typical bar food, but the nachos and chicken tenders were the clear winners. The potato skins were not done well/heated enough and the wings were lacking the proper crispyness. 
Service was attentive even though the bar was packed, the food was good and specials were on point. 

Would I come back? Yes - a good, casual environment for happy hour! I remember really enjoying their Irish specialties way back when, so I definitely need to come back for dinner one time! 

Fun fact, I reviewed Murphy's on 3rd blog post in 2011....which is a fun and slightly painful read here...apparently iPhones were just starting to get popular too - it's hard to imagine life without one. 

Other Old Town Happy Hours
Chart House
Austin Grill

713 King Street
Alexandria, VA
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thirsty Thursdays: Austin Grill in Old Town Alexandria

I have a feeling a lot of these happy hour reviews will be about Old Town Alexandria - but once I move closer to Arlington, I hope to have some diversity on here. 

I went to happy hour with a coworker and both being guac lovers, we settled upon Austin Grill. We tried both of the mojitos (strawberry and lime) and both of the margs (strawberry and lime) and all 4 drinks were solid. The mojitos were minty enough, and the strawberry flavor was not sickly sweet and fake tasting - the same goes for the margs, minus the mint comment. 
All patrons receive chips and salsa when they sit down. As far as the food goes, we ordered the queso $4 from the happy hour menu and guacamole from the normal menu. The chips were tasty, although a little too greasy for my personal preference and their salsa was flavorful without being too spicy. The queso was the perfect consistency - not to think or thin and had a slight, spicy kick to it. The guacamole was decent, I prefer (and most probably do) the fresh, table side guacamole which is what they call their's but is lacking the fresh flavors that comes with the title. 
Service was fine, and the small bites we got were good. We were here on a Monday, so happy hour everywhere wasn't really hopping but there was a decent amount of people. This would be a good place to get some margs/mojitos/cheap beer and some small noms to catch up with people without feeling like you are being too noisy/disruptive.

Would I come back? Yes, for happy hour - but that's about it. 

801 King Street
Alexandria, VA
King Street Metro
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Other Old Town Happy Hours
Chart House

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