I'm a New Yorker, transplanted to DC a few years back, coming into town for the "festivities" the week after next. I'm looking for a place that I can meet up with a few friends to coordinate activities, someplace that won't be swarming with tourist conventioneers, but a solid Irish bar like the ones I used to hang out in during my misspent youth.
Someplace where I can sit back with a pint or a tumbler of punch, strategize and talk, and not be hassled.
I don't know if McAn's is still on 8th Avenue in the 40s, but that's the kind of place I mean. Or the Kinsdale, on 3rd Avenue in the 90s. Or any of a dozen other bars I spent time in, where the soda bread was good, there was a steam table (or some other option) for corned beef and cabbage.
But the Kinsdale is waaaay too far north, and even McAn's (if it's still in existence) is a little out of the way for this). I'm staying right off of 5th in the mid-40s, the Convention's down at the Garden, most of my compatriots are staying in the Times Square area.
So someplace convenient to all of this is preferable.
Thanks in advance!