The Washington Nationals are back in town on Thursday, inching closer to a World Series win. To ease the stress and up the excitement, local bars and restaurants are rolling out various specials to make going out for game days extra worth it.
In their quest to clinch the National League Division Series, the Nats face the Chicago Cubs — the 2016 World Series winners — at Nationals Park starting at 8:08 p.m.
Super fans with tickets can look forward to devouring some gut-busting new specials tonight inside the stadium — including a maple doughnut croque-monsieur.
For non-ticket holders, here’s a growing list of dining and drinking specials around town:
300 Tingey Street SE
The Navy Yard brewery is introducing its Picnic Beer, a 5 percent session IPA double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. There’s also new and classic German-style brews at the ready, including For the Company, its helles lager, as well as Pattern Skies, a hefeweizen. Expect to find grill masters making food on the patio during the Nats playoff run.
1201 Half Street SE
For home games, catch the team broadcasted on a 20-foot Jumbotron (with sound) throughout the postseason run at this stadium-adjacent gathering place. The Bullpen happy hour means drinks are $5 each from the third through seventh innings.
804 V Street NW
In anticipation of Declaration debuting at Dock 79 in early 2018, its Shaw sister will offer drink and food specials all night long on game days. Discounts include $5 beer and $7 pizzas. And for every Stephen Strasburg strikeout from now until then, ownership group PRG Hospitality will donate $5 to local charity Martha's Table.
100 M Street SE
There’s a new beer that joined the brewpub's lineup in time for the postseason: Singles Trapp is a Belgian single made with Chimay yeast and Czech Saaz hops.
1025 First Street SE
Pregame — and drink during -— the big games on weekdays with happy hour pricing. Drafts and well drinks start at $4 and wines are $6 during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday), slowly rising by $1 as the night progresses.
3251 Prospect Street NW
From 5 p.m. to close, catch discounted bar bites ($7 to $8) at the bar on game day, including iceberg wedge bites, fresh cut potato chips, and mini crab cake BLTs. Booze is also cheaper: beers are $5.50, wine is $7.50, and cocktails are just $8.50.
The Salt Line
79 Potomac Avenue SE
Find specials at the outdoor bar (think: $3 Narragansett Lager and $7 draft cocktails), plus freshly shucked oysters, and a DJ.
Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen
84 T Street NW
This new arrival in Bloomingdale has playoff fever; its offering $5 draft beers during all Nats games.
301 Water Street SE
Though temperatures are slowly dropping, the waterfront rosé garden will stay open during the duration of the Nationals’ playoffs run. There’s 10 different rosés, cocktails, and frozen drinks (including stellar pina coladas), starting at 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends.