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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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Win a coin toss vs. a staff member during halftime and get a free beer at Stadium Sports in Navy Yard.
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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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Lou's City Bar

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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.

The Game Sports Pub

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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.

Provision No. 14

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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.

Brixton

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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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Ivy and Coney

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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.

Lucky Bar

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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.

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 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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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.

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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.

Dirty Waters Sports Bar

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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.

Duffy's Irish Pub

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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.

Penn Social

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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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Union Pub

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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.

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 serves $32 Budweiser and Bud Light towers, $10 nachos, and lots of barbecue options. 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.

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.

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Stadium Sports Bar & Smokehouse

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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.

Lou's City Bar

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.

The Game Sports Pub

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.

Provision No. 14

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.

Brixton

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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.

Brixton/official photo

Ivy and Coney

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.

Lucky Bar

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.

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 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.

Albert Ting/Public Bar Live

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.

High Velocity DC bar
High Velocity
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Proper 21K (multiple locations)

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.

Dirty Waters Sports Bar

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.

Duffy's Irish Pub

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.

Penn Social

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.

Penn Social/official photo

Union Pub

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.

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 serves $32 Budweiser and Bud Light towers, $10 nachos, and lots of barbecue options. 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.

The Big Stick

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.

The Big Stick
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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Stadium Sports Bar & Smokehouse

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.

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