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Where to Eat and Drink on Opening Day

Time to toast to the new baseball season

Ice Cream Jubilee is launching Nats Red Velvet flavor on Opening Day.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Navy Yard restaurants are throwing out super deals to celebrate Opening Day 2017 for the Washington Nationals.

To keep fans full and drunk before and after the first pitch at 1:05 p.m., lots of spots surrounding the stadium plan to capitalize on both the start of baseball season and the end of winter (temps are slated to reach into the mid-60s). Bars shouldn’t, however, bank on many tagged social media posts; many customers will likely be playing hooky Monday and may attempt to keep things low-key throughout the day.

Got a ticket? Here’s a full list of newly-updated places to eat and drink inside Nationals Park.

The Yards DC Opening Day schedule includes big giveaways, like raffles and a $1,000 Nationals baseball package. Also expect roaming photo booths, DJs, and first-come free baseball sunglasses at participating venues.

Agua 301

301 Water St. SE

Drink specials available until 7 p.m.

Bluejacket Brewery

300 Tingey St. SE

The brewery is launching its outdoor patio and new grill menu, which will be available every home game day going forward. Think Red Apron meats, like a half-smoke with chili and beer cheese ($10), and Italian sausage with peppers and onions ($10).

The patio, open at 10:30 a.m. on April 3, will serve up 14-oz. game day pours including Forbidden Planet, a 4.2 percent dry-hopped Kölsch ($6), and The Palace at 4 AM, a coffee-fueled stout ($8).

The Brig

1007 Eighth St. SE

Starting at 10:30 a.m. is an all-day happy hour full of food and drink drink specials. Game will be shown live on all screens.

Brookland’s Finest

3126 12th St. NE

The well-worth-it trek from Navy Yard boasts several drink specials in partnership with DC Brau — like three DC Brau drafts and happy hour pricing ($5) all day on El Hefe Speaks, Brau Pils, and On the Wings of Armageddon. Anyone who orders all three will receive a special prize. Opening Day is also the debut of Brookland’s new weekday breakfast menu; the restaurant plans to celebrate with DC Brau Beermosas for $7 starting at 8 a.m. on April 3 only.

The Bullpen

201 Half St. SE

The outdoor drinking haven next to Nats Park is back and open at 10 a.m. on Monday. Expect live musical performances from MSG and King Soul, as well as hot dogs off the grill, daiquiris from the Bayou Daq Shack, tacos from the Surfside food truck, barbecue from the Due South food truck, and ice-cold drinks from the Bullpen Bar. As always, the Bullpen Happy Hour offers all drinks for $5 from the 3rd-7th innings.


4000 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va.

The Ballston bar’s 9th inning of being in business forever is today. An employee answering the phone told Eater there’s no specific “drink the place dry” specials in place—just its typical happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and last last call at 1:20 a.m.

Due South

301 Water Street SE

The Southern-themed spot is launching its outdoor patio with some game day snacks, such as the classic Andouille dog and barbecue nachos.

Ice Cream Jubilee

301 Water Street SE

Launching Nats Red Velvet flavor, with a free mini cone of Nats Red Velvet with an opening day ticket.

Osteria Morini DC

301 Water Street SE

Happy hour is available until 7 p.m. Adults can show their Nationals ticket for a free beer/wine/prosecco, while accompanying kids get a sweet deal: a free dessert.


300 Tingey Street SE

Offering outdoor seating, sale on DC Flags and Nationals socks, and raffle for entry into August 5 Beer Run.


1212 Fourth St. SE

Offering $4 Atlas Brew Works 1500 South Cap Lager all day.

TAP Sports Bar

101 MGM National Ave., National Harbor, Md.

The National Grilled Steak Sandwich for opening week is $18 and it is served with a pickle and fries. Get 8 oz. of grilled Angus flat iron steak with shredded lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, and blue cheese aioli on a toasted sub roll.

Ventnor Sports Cafe

2411 18th St. NW

The Adams Morgan sports bar is open at 1 p.m. with a "hot dog and beer" combo. (And on Wednesday to celebrate the first Orioles night game, the folks from Union Brewing company will release their "steady Eddie" and "Old Pro" summer beers there.)


301 Water St. SE

Co-owner Nick Wiseman tells Eater that typical weekday happy hour will be in place, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., right as the game gets out. That means $1 oysters as well as cocktail and beer specials.


300 Tingey Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 524-4862 Visit Website

Osteria Morini

301 Water Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 484-0660 Visit Website

Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

3126 12th Street Northeast, , DC 20017 (202) 636-0050 Visit Website


301 Water Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 484-8800 Visit Website