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The Best Sports Bars Around D.C.

Where to cheer on NFL, NBA, NHL, and other big games over brews and 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. These reliable, sports-loving standbys keep spectators properly fed and satisfied, with kitchens that bring their A-game when it comes to game-day grub. Naturally, many sports bar picks are also home to some of the best wings around town.

The road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas (Sunday, February 11) continues this weekend with NFL’s big divisional round playoff games. Here are 20 knockout sports bars around D.C.

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Sports & Social (multiple locations)

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Pike & Rose complex upped its sports bar game with the arrival a new game day headquarters. The 8,000-square-foot bar with an 18-foot LED display in the middle broadcasts multiple games at once, with on-site entertainment (Skee-ball, foosball, arcade games and Beirut) and a dog-friendly patio. Another location landed on U Street NW last fall with loads of orange crushes and TVs.

Sports & Social Bethesda comes from the team behind Live! Dining & Entertainment.
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Lou's City Bar

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Columbia Heights’s neighborhood sports bar has 20 crisp HD TVs, a snazzy sound system, a huge projector, and sports betting machines. Oklahoma State, Maryland, and North Carolina State alumni flock here to catch college games.

The Game Sports Pub

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The replacement to subterranean 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. Games air on its 14 wall-to-wall TVs, and happy hour (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) includes half-priced food and $10 cocktails.

Ivy and Coney

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This unpretentious bar is a diehard Chicago and Detroit fan, from its sports teams to the food. Fill up on sausages and beef sandwiches alongside cheap Midwestern beer and well drinks. Stay perky with $5 nitro cold brews (or $11 with Jameson). Head here every Monday for $10 cheese pizzas.

Duffy's Irish Pub (multiple locations)

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This Dupont Circle sports bar, formerly located in Shaw and off H Street NE, maintains a long list of chicken wing varieties and its reputation as a haven for D.C. fans and sports betting. The bar just added an additional location on Capitol Hill (1901 C Street SE).

Public Bar Live

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A shift and rebrand toward a live music venue in 2019 doesn’t stop Public Bar from showing sports games. The three-story space keeps its downstairs bar outfitted with TVs and seating for when live concerts aren’t rocking the stage. A 14-foot HD projector screen joins 40 other screens and five bars.

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Proper 21K (multiple locations)

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The upscale sports bar that aligns itself with the University of Alabama maintains locations in Foggy Botton and downtown. Load up on buffalo chicken or truffle tots, local bratwurst, its beloved burger, and pitchers of beer.

Guy Fieri's DC Kitchen + Bar

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Flashy celebrity chef Guy Fieri operates a full-service restaurant in Capital One Arena’s Caesars Sportsbook. Go to Flavortown on game day with his towering “Trash Can Nachos,” bourbon brown sugar barbecue wings, bacon-wrapped manicotti, and lots of Fieri’s Sousa tequila stocked behind the bar.

Penn Social

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The 86-inch TV screens lining the cavernous basement of Penn Social aren’t the only place to find entertainment here. The bar also boasts Skee-Ball, cornhole, and many other games. Tin Shop’s sports bar portfolio also includes Georgetown’s Clubhouse, Franklin Hall, and Astro Beer Hall.

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Union Pub

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This Capitol Hill standby goes all out for game days, especially when Chicago teams are playing. Chicago staples like $7 pours of Malort, $6 Goose Island brews, loaded dogs, and chili cheese nachos are all in the mix, plus $4 Union Pub pils pints.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

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Located close (but not too close) to Capital One Arena, this is a go-to classic before, during, and after big games with a sizable patio out front. Signed sports jerseys displayed on walls join rows of TVs across two wood-framed floors (and there’s even TVs in the bathrooms). Go for the wings, big salads, and burgers.

The Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub

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Barracks Row’s two-part home turf for fans of Iowa State University, Mississippi State, Navy, and Washington State sends out Budweiser and Bud Light towers, nachos, and top-tier barbecue from pitmaster Shawn McWhirter. Sports betting machines sit on both floors.

The Brighton

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The Hilton brothers’ British-themed Southwest Waterfront bar is home to the biggest wall projection screen at the Wharf. Stay for the wings, icy drafts, and curries.

Brighton offers $5 drafts and food specials on game days.
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The Big Stick

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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. UFC matchups are also big here.

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Grand Central

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Adams Morgan’s Grand Central holds the title of D.C.’s very first sports-betting bar. The go-to spot for Buffalo Bills fans offers hot wings, burgers, and upstate favorites like beef on weck sandwiches and marinated skewers of Spiede chicken, with 21 TVs and DirecTV packages for major sports leagues. The entire menu is also available for pickup. The 18th Street NW strip recently upped its sports bar game with the arrival of rugby-obsessed Tight Five Pub.

Adams Morgan stalwart Grand Central opened in 2007.
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Tom's Watch Bar - DC Navy Yard

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The nationwide chain just brought Navy Yard an immersive sports-watching experience spanning 8,000 square feet, complete with two-pound portions of wings, icy drafts served in huge steins, room for 400 inside and out, and 100 TVs that include central oversized “stadium” screens. Tom’s also has another locale in National Harbor. Its first D.C. location in Chinatown has closed.

Solace Outpost

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The soaring Navy Yard tap room, which calls itself an NFC East and Baltimore Ravens bar, has a sea of specials in honor of NFL season. All-day Sunday and all-night Monday food options include loaded sweet potato chips, wings in five flavors, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, cauliflower bites, and more.

Walter’s Sports Bar and Restaurant

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Situated right across from Nationals Park, Navy Yard’s sports bar stalwart is outfitted with 24 self-pour beer stations and massive 4K TV displays. Neighborhood fans flock here on game days for green tea shooters, subs, and seltzers and beers by the bucket.

The self-pour taphouse directly across from Nationals Park stars 99 types of draft beer, seltzer, cider, wines, and cocktails, all ready to be dispensed around the perimeter of the glossy, red-tiled bar. Patrons grab a glass or Solo cup for a DIY tasting that costs around 75 cents to $1 per ounce. Pub grub includes brick oven pizza and ridiculously thick mozzarella sticks. Happy hour runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays.

Tap99 positions long, communal tables in front of self-pour draft lines for beer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha
Tap99 positions long, communal tables in front of self-pour draft lines for beer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha.
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Sports & Social (multiple locations)

Pike & Rose complex upped its sports bar game with the arrival a new game day headquarters. The 8,000-square-foot bar with an 18-foot LED display in the middle broadcasts multiple games at once, with on-site entertainment (Skee-ball, foosball, arcade games and Beirut) and a dog-friendly patio. Another location landed on U Street NW last fall with loads of orange crushes and TVs.

Sports & Social Bethesda comes from the team behind Live! Dining & Entertainment.
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Lou's City Bar

Columbia Heights’s neighborhood sports bar has 20 crisp HD TVs, a snazzy sound system, a huge projector, and sports betting machines. Oklahoma State, Maryland, and North Carolina State alumni flock here to catch college games.

The Game Sports Pub

The replacement to subterranean 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. Games air on its 14 wall-to-wall TVs, and happy hour (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) includes half-priced food and $10 cocktails.

Ivy and Coney

This unpretentious bar is a diehard Chicago and Detroit fan, from its sports teams to the food. Fill up on sausages and beef sandwiches alongside cheap Midwestern beer and well drinks. Stay perky with $5 nitro cold brews (or $11 with Jameson). Head here every Monday for $10 cheese pizzas.

Duffy's Irish Pub (multiple locations)

This Dupont Circle sports bar, formerly located in Shaw and off H Street NE, maintains a long list of chicken wing varieties and its reputation as a haven for D.C. fans and sports betting. The bar just added an additional location on Capitol Hill (1901 C Street SE).

Public Bar Live

A shift and rebrand toward a live music venue in 2019 doesn’t stop Public Bar from showing sports games. The three-story space keeps its downstairs bar outfitted with TVs and seating for when live concerts aren’t rocking the stage. A 14-foot HD projector screen joins 40 other screens and five bars.

Albert Ting/Public Bar Live

Proper 21K (multiple locations)

The upscale sports bar that aligns itself with the University of Alabama maintains locations in Foggy Botton and downtown. Load up on buffalo chicken or truffle tots, local bratwurst, its beloved burger, and pitchers of beer.

Guy Fieri's DC Kitchen + Bar

Flashy celebrity chef Guy Fieri operates a full-service restaurant in Capital One Arena’s Caesars Sportsbook. Go to Flavortown on game day with his towering “Trash Can Nachos,” bourbon brown sugar barbecue wings, bacon-wrapped manicotti, and lots of Fieri’s Sousa tequila stocked behind the bar.

Penn Social

The 86-inch TV screens lining the cavernous basement of Penn Social aren’t the only place to find entertainment here. The bar also boasts Skee-Ball, cornhole, and many other games. Tin Shop’s sports bar portfolio also includes Georgetown’s Clubhouse, Franklin Hall, and Astro Beer Hall.

Penn Social/official photo

Union Pub

This Capitol Hill standby goes all out for game days, especially when Chicago teams are playing. Chicago staples like $7 pours of Malort, $6 Goose Island brews, loaded dogs, and chili cheese nachos are all in the mix, plus $4 Union Pub pils pints.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

Located close (but not too close) to Capital One Arena, this is a go-to classic before, during, and after big games with a sizable patio out front. Signed sports jerseys displayed on walls join rows of TVs across two wood-framed floors (and there’s even TVs in the bathrooms). Go for the wings, big salads, and burgers.

The Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub

Barracks Row’s two-part home turf for fans of Iowa State University, Mississippi State, Navy, and Washington State sends out Budweiser and Bud Light towers, nachos, and top-tier barbecue from pitmaster Shawn McWhirter. Sports betting machines sit on both floors.

The Brighton

The Hilton brothers’ British-themed Southwest Waterfront bar is home to the biggest wall projection screen at the Wharf. Stay for the wings, icy drafts, and curries.

Brighton offers $5 drafts and food specials on game days.
Brighton

The Big Stick

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. UFC matchups are also big here.

The Big Stick
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Grand Central

Adams Morgan’s Grand Central holds the title of D.C.’s very first sports-betting bar. The go-to spot for Buffalo Bills fans offers hot wings, burgers, and upstate favorites like beef on weck sandwiches and marinated skewers of Spiede chicken, with 21 TVs and DirecTV packages for major sports leagues. The entire menu is also available for pickup. The 18th Street NW strip recently upped its sports bar game with the arrival of rugby-obsessed Tight Five Pub.

Adams Morgan stalwart Grand Central opened in 2007.
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Tom's Watch Bar - DC Navy Yard

The nationwide chain just brought Navy Yard an immersive sports-watching experience spanning 8,000 square feet, complete with two-pound portions of wings, icy drafts served in huge steins, room for 400 inside and out, and 100 TVs that include central oversized “stadium” screens. Tom’s also has another locale in National Harbor. Its first D.C. location in Chinatown has closed.

Solace Outpost

The soaring Navy Yard tap room, which calls itself an NFC East and Baltimore Ravens bar, has a sea of specials in honor of NFL season. All-day Sunday and all-night Monday food options include loaded sweet potato chips, wings in five flavors, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, cauliflower bites, and more.

Walter’s Sports Bar and Restaurant

Situated right across from Nationals Park, Navy Yard’s sports bar stalwart is outfitted with 24 self-pour beer stations and massive 4K TV displays. Neighborhood fans flock here on game days for green tea shooters, subs, and seltzers and beers by the bucket.

Tap99

The self-pour taphouse directly across from Nationals Park stars 99 types of draft beer, seltzer, cider, wines, and cocktails, all ready to be dispensed around the perimeter of the glossy, red-tiled bar. Patrons grab a glass or Solo cup for a DIY tasting that costs around 75 cents to $1 per ounce. Pub grub includes brick oven pizza and ridiculously thick mozzarella sticks. Happy hour runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays.

Tap99 positions long, communal tables in front of self-pour draft lines for beer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha
Tap99 positions long, communal tables in front of self-pour draft lines for beer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha.
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