Today marks an unofficial American holiday, the first day of Major League Baseball season, when some fans will call in sick, take their kids out of school, and head to the ballpark. Here’s a list of local restaurants participating in the festivities as the Washington Nationals host the New York Mets at 1:05 p.m.
Bluejacket, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s sprawling brewery in the Yards development, is opening an hour early (10 a.m.) and offering five varieties of lagers on draft. One of those will be a new dunkel, called They Both Melt, that’s naturally carbonated and has been conditioned for six weeks. Bluejacket is also introducing a lime and vanilla blonde ale called Keener Sounds and releasing a special a commemorative Opening Day label for cans of its Perfect Places hazy IPA. The restaurant will have a special menu for it’s outdoor grill — think fontina and jalapeno stuffed burgers ($14), sticky smoky mumbo ribs ($15), and grilled cauliflower ($9) — and a menu of $12 cocktails.
300 Tingey Street SE
All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront is launching its “Head to Head Series,” which will serve DC Brau beers alongside one from a brewery representing the visiting team at Nationals Park. So, while the Mets are in town, New York-based SingleCut Beersmith will bring in its Weird & Gilly IPA and Plaintop Pilsner. DC Brau will have its Joint Resolution hazy IPA and Full Count lager.
79 Potomac Avenue SE
Mission Navy Yard, which opened just before D.C. hosted the MLB All-Star Game last July, is welcoming customers at 10 a.m. for its first Opening Day. Its 150-foot bar is offering $5 Estrella drafts, $6 cocktails made with either Tito’s vodka or Jack Daniels, $7 Mission margaritas, $3 chorizo sliders, and $8 quesadillas.
1221 Van Street SE
Atlas Brew Works is bringing five beers to the Brig beer garden for a party on Barracks Row (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). There will be pours of Blood Orange Gose, 1500 South Cap Lager, Dance of Days, and The Precious One. There will also be a Liter-a-Gose, a liter of the Blood Orange Gose, for $11.
1007 Eighth Street SE
Brookland’s Finest, the neighborhood bar and kitchen in Northeast, is offering $5 drafts of Denizen’s Brewing Co.’s Bohemian Pils, which is also on tap at Nationals Park. Chef-partner Shannan Troncoso is adding her jumbo smoked wings and french fries to the menu for $14.
3126 12th Street NE
The Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub are offering a Tennessee hot chicken or barbecue sandwich for $11, a half-smoke for $10, and $2 fries or tater tots with purchase. Beer specials include $4 Miller Lite and $5 Blue Moon at The Ugly Mug. Additionally, a new “Mug Bug” is ready to roll and chauffeur customers from Barracks Row to Nationals Stadium free of charge. Doors open at 11 a.m.
723 8th Street SE
At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, chef David Guas plans to load up fans on game day grub before hopping on the Metro. A special meal deal includes a smoked “douille” dog with Andouille sausage and tangy Creole mustard slaw, bag of Zapp’s Chips, a drink, and baseball-themed sugar cookie.
1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia
Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel is offering an Amarena cherry ice cream sundae served in a toy-size Washington National’s baseball helmet.
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The Occidental, a historic restaurant with deep ties to D.C.’s baseball team, is honoring Nationals’ pitcher Patrick Corbin with a cocktail dubbed Corbin My Man! — a playful riff on a seasonal Shandy. In 1924, the Occidental hosted the victory banquet for the Washington Senators (the former name of D.C.’s MLB team) for their one-and-only World Series win against the New York Giants.
1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
All-day happy hour at Nando’s means $3 beers and wing specials at its The Yards location for opening day.
300 Tingey Street SE