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16 of the Best Sports Bars in D.C.

Where to catch the kickoff to football season over brews and bar bites

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D.C. has a bar to suit just about every flavor of sports fan, from diehards who prefer raucous college hangouts to casual observers looking to kick back over brews, tots, and burgers.

The NFL’s 2021 season opener is Thursday, September 9, so there’s naturally plenty of comeback deals to score across town. Today also marks the debut of a brand new game day destination called Sports & Social in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose complex.

Here are 16 reliable, sports-loving establishments that keep spectators properly fed and satisfied, with a particular emphasis on those whose kitchens bring their A-game. And this season, lots of bars are finally cashing in on the fact that sports betting is legal in D.C.

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1. Lou's City Bar

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1400 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 849-2782
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Columbia Heights’s neighborhood sports bar is well equipped for football season with 20 crisp HD TVs, a brand new sound system, a huge projector, and recently installed sports betting machines. Oklahoma State, Maryland, and now, North Carolina State alumni also flock here to catch college games.

2. The Game Sports Pub

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2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 846-1952
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The replacement to Ventnor Sports Cafe has quickly drawn notice for a menu that mixes pub classics with Filipino dishes from its D.C. bar vet owner Jo-Jo Valenzuela. Happy hour runs during the duration of all NFL games aired on its 14 wall-to-wall TVs. Discounts include a draft-and-Evan Williams shot combo for $10, cocktails for $7, and skinny lumpia shanghai egg rolls for $6.

3. Provision No. 14

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2100 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 827-4530
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This bustling bar just north of U Street NW is a game day destination for discounts on domestic beers ($5), Bud Light cans ($4), green tea shots ($8), and six-piece wings ($11). Empanadas, burgers, and Brussels sprouts are also on tap to keep fans full.

4. Brixton

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901 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4834
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The Hilton brothers’ corner fixture in Shaw ramps up its sports bar vibes this fall. Starting this weekend the bar unleashes the NFL Sunday Ticket for all games and a game day tailgate special menu featuring $9 wings, $12 burgers, $6 draft beers, and a weekly bucket special on selected beers.

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5. Ivy and Coney

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1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Come NFL season, this unpretentious cash-only bar is devoted to Chicago Bears and everything that comes with the city. Fill up on sausages and beef sandwiches alongside cheap Midwestern beer and well drinks.

6. Lucky Bar

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1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-3733
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Soccer fans have a home at this bar, especially for catching live games on weekend mornings. Its Dupont Circle location also makes it a key spot for watching the day’s biggest college football and NFL games.

7. Public Bar Live

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1214 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(240) 308-9267
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A shift and rebrand toward a live music venue in 2019 doesn’t stop Public Bar from showing football games during the season. The three-story space keeps its downstairs bar outfitted with TVs and seating for when live concerts aren’t rocking the stage. The Saints-leaning bar just added a new 14-foot HD projector screen in time for the 2021 kickoff to go along with 40 other screens and five bars.

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8. High Velocity

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901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

For some, the fantasy football world matters as much as the real one. High Velocity has that covered, with free Wi-Fi, 40 flat screens, 48 beers on tap (including beer towers for the table), tickertapes with the latest scores, and surfboard-shaped communal tables that can be rented out for game day.

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9. Proper 21K (multiple locations)

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2033 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 450-4485
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The upscale sports bar that aligns itself with the Philadelphia Eagles and the University of Alabama kickstarts football season with a two-course “Kickoff Menu” during prime time games and all weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ($24.99). Options include buffalo chicken or truffle tots, local bratwurst, and its beloved burger. Every pitcher or bucket of booze purchase comes with a Plinko drop for the chance to win free drinks and food.

10. Dirty Waters Sports Bar

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816 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(504) 296-6180

Say what you will about Boston sports fans, but they know how to turn out for kickoff. Patriots game day is always an event at this H Street Bar, so grab a beer, study the lyrics to Sweet Caroline, and buckle up. Sports betting went live inside this summer.

11. Duffy's Irish Pub

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1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 462-9464
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This sports bar formerly located in Shaw maintains its long list of chicken wing varieties and its reputation as a haven for Nationals fans on H Street NE. Now there’s a new Dupont Circle location to catch games, too, with legal sports betting at both.

12. Penn Social

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801 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 697-4900

The 86-inch TV screens lining the cavernous basement of recently reopened Penn Social aren’t the only place to find entertainment here. The bar also boasts Skee-Ball, cornhole, and many other games. Game day deals include $4 Miller Lites and $10 flatbreads and frozen drinks. Tin Shop’s respected sports bar portfolio in D.C. also includes Church Hall, Franklin Hall, TallBoy, and Astro Beer Hall.

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13. Union Pub

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201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-7200
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This Capitol Hill Bar goes all out for game days, especially when the Bears are playing. Naturally, Chicago staples like $5 pours of Malort, $6 Goose Island brews, and loaded dogs are all in the mix. On weekends there’s also $6 Bloody Marys or mimosas until 3 p.m.

14. The Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub

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723 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547-8459
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Barracks Row’s two-part home turf for fans of Iowa State University, Mississippi State, Navy, and Washington State serves $32 Budweiser and Bud Light towers, $10 nachos, and lots of barbecue options from its new Big Frank’s trailer out front. Its sports betting machines go live across both floors this weekend, and to celebrate, any $25 bet placed on Saturday and Sunday comes with a $10 food and beverage credit.

15. The Big Stick

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20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 750-7724
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At this ski lodge-themed sports bar, groups of sports fans can order four shots lined up on a wooden ski (a shotski). It’s like celebration and a team-building exercise all in one. Catch NFL games on Sundays alongside $20 Bud Light buckets.

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16. Stadium Sports Bar & Smokehouse

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 651-6375
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Hill Restaurant Group’s year-old replacement to Willie’s Brew & Cue rings in football season with rails for $5, Bud Light pitchers for $15, and a Bud Light draft-and-boneless wings combo for $12. During halftime, win a playful coin toss with a staff member and get a free beer. And a punch card program keeps customers coming back for numerous prizes and winners all season.

1. Lou's City Bar

1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Columbia Heights’s neighborhood sports bar is well equipped for football season with 20 crisp HD TVs, a brand new sound system, a huge projector, and recently installed sports betting machines. Oklahoma State, Maryland, and now, North Carolina State alumni also flock here to catch college games.

1400 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. The Game Sports Pub

2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The replacement to Ventnor Sports Cafe has quickly drawn notice for a menu that mixes pub classics with Filipino dishes from its D.C. bar vet owner Jo-Jo Valenzuela. Happy hour runs during the duration of all NFL games aired on its 14 wall-to-wall TVs. Discounts include a draft-and-Evan Williams shot combo for $10, cocktails for $7, and skinny lumpia shanghai egg rolls for $6.

2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Provision No. 14

2100 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This bustling bar just north of U Street NW is a game day destination for discounts on domestic beers ($5), Bud Light cans ($4), green tea shots ($8), and six-piece wings ($11). Empanadas, burgers, and Brussels sprouts are also on tap to keep fans full.

2100 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Brixton

901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Brixton/official photo

The Hilton brothers’ corner fixture in Shaw ramps up its sports bar vibes this fall. Starting this weekend the bar unleashes the NFL Sunday Ticket for all games and a game day tailgate special menu featuring $9 wings, $12 burgers, $6 draft beers, and a weekly bucket special on selected beers.

901 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Ivy and Coney

1523 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Come NFL season, this unpretentious cash-only bar is devoted to Chicago Bears and everything that comes with the city. Fill up on sausages and beef sandwiches alongside cheap Midwestern beer and well drinks.

1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Lucky Bar

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Soccer fans have a home at this bar, especially for catching live games on weekend mornings. Its Dupont Circle location also makes it a key spot for watching the day’s biggest college football and NFL games.

1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Public Bar Live

1214 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Albert Ting/Public Bar Live

A shift and rebrand toward a live music venue in 2019 doesn’t stop Public Bar from showing football games during the season. The three-story space keeps its downstairs bar outfitted with TVs and seating for when live concerts aren’t rocking the stage. The Saints-leaning bar just added a new 14-foot HD projector screen in time for the 2021 kickoff to go along with 40 other screens and five bars.

1214 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. High Velocity

901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
High Velocity DC bar
High Velocity
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For some, the fantasy football world matters as much as the real one. High Velocity has that covered, with free Wi-Fi, 40 flat screens, 48 beers on tap (including beer towers for the table), tickertapes with the latest scores, and surfboard-shaped communal tables that can be rented out for game day.

901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Proper 21K (multiple locations)

2033 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

The upscale sports bar that aligns itself with the Philadelphia Eagles and the University of Alabama kickstarts football season with a two-course “Kickoff Menu” during prime time games and all weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ($24.99). Options include buffalo chicken or truffle tots, local bratwurst, and its beloved burger. Every pitcher or bucket of booze purchase comes with a Plinko drop for the chance to win free drinks and food.

2033 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. Dirty Waters Sports Bar

816 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Say what you will about Boston sports fans, but they know how to turn out for kickoff. Patriots game day is always an event at this H Street Bar, so grab a beer, study the lyrics to Sweet Caroline, and buckle up. Sports betting went live inside this summer.

816 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Duffy's Irish Pub

1016 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This sports bar formerly located in Shaw maintains its long list of chicken wing varieties and its reputation as a haven for Nationals fans on H Street NE. Now there’s a new Dupont Circle location to catch games, too, with legal sports betting at both.

1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. Penn Social

801 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Penn Social/official photo

The 86-inch TV screens lining the cavernous basement of recently reopened Penn Social aren’t the only place to find entertainment here. The bar also boasts Skee-Ball, cornhole, and many other games. Game day deals include $4 Miller Lites and $10 flatbreads and frozen drinks. Tin Shop’s respected sports bar portfolio in D.C. also includes Church Hall, Franklin Hall, TallBoy, and Astro Beer Hall.

801 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

13. Union Pub

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

This Capitol Hill Bar goes all out for game days, especially when the Bears are playing. Naturally, Chicago staples like $5 pours of Malort, $6 Goose Island brews, and loaded dogs are all in the mix. On weekends there’s also $6 Bloody Marys or mimosas until 3 p.m.

201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. The Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub

723 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Barracks Row’s two-part home turf for fans of Iowa State University, Mississippi State, Navy, and Washington State serves $32 Budweiser and Bud Light towers, $10 nachos, and lots of barbecue options from its new Big Frank’s trailer out front. Its sports betting machines go live across both floors this weekend, and to celebrate, any $25 bet placed on Saturday and Sunday comes with a $10 food and beverage credit.

723 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. The Big Stick

20 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
The Big Stick
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

At this ski lodge-themed sports bar, groups of sports fans can order four shots lined up on a wooden ski (a shotski). It’s like celebration and a team-building exercise all in one. Catch NFL games on Sundays alongside $20 Bud Light buckets.

20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. Stadium Sports Bar & Smokehouse

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hill Restaurant Group’s year-old replacement to Willie’s Brew & Cue rings in football season with rails for $5, Bud Light pitchers for $15, and a Bud Light draft-and-boneless wings combo for $12. During halftime, win a playful coin toss with a staff member and get a free beer. And a punch card program keeps customers coming back for numerous prizes and winners all season.

300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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