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Where to Get as Close to the Action at Verizon Center Without Having Tickets

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Catching a clutch game or amazing performance at the Verizon Center is one of the benefits of living in the nation’s capital. And the surrounding bars and restaurants rarely miss an opportunity to roll out the red carpet for folks looking to have a good time before, during, and after a featured event.

Here is where fans without passes can calm their nerves (or perhaps drown their sorrows) near the arena while taking in every pulse-quickening moment from afar. And for coveted ticket holders, consider it a resource for planning any pre- or post-gaming activities.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Free State

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501B G Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

This underground spot opened at the start of the year, serving up booze, brews, and bites sourced along the East Coast from Asheville, N.C., to Ocean City, Md. Weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. includes $2 off all local spirits, $2 off select local drafts, and $2 off wine. If small snacks like taffy and chips aren’t substantial enough, Bantam King’s got ramen ready right upstairs.

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2. Denson Liquor Bar

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600 F St NW
Washington, D.C.

Keep it classy at this dark and sleek Mindful Restaurants Group bar. For happy hour, $9 cocktails include The Bond 600 (dark rum, velvet felernum, fernet branca), stirred and served on the rocks with an orange garnish. Meanwhile, beer and wine are $6 each; a dozen oysters is $20, while a half dozen is $10. Step back in time by using the toilet; it’s got a vintage pulley system.

3. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

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601 F St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 637-8889
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This well-known sports bar is par for the course in chain watering holes, but remains hard to say no to — especially since it’s connected to the Verizon Center. Open at 11 a.m. daily.

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4. Clyde's of Gallery Place

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707 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 349-3700
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The cavernous watering hole right next to Verizon Center is always a madhouse. For fans who want to keep the party going, there’s a baller late-night menu. Snacks like Korean steak tacos, crab and artichoke dip, nachos, and hummus trio don’t break the $12 mark, while cheese samplers are under $15.

5. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 628-1005
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From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy “Hora Feliz” — when signature margaritas are just $5, wine is $6 and cervezas are $4. Food deals include $4 cevich, and two Mexican tacos for $4. A new late-night menu includes buckets of Mexican beers, margaritas, specialty tacos, plus other bar food (guacamole, queso fundido).

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6. China Chilcano

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418 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 783-0941
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It’s Pisco Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. That’s when its famous Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour, is just $5, while wine is $5 and beer is $4. Bites includes $3 chicken thigh or shiitake mushroom skewers, and $5 crispy shrimp-pork dumplings.

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7. 10 Tavern

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707 G St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 888-8001
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The second-floor bar and restaurant features homemade food, a top 10 list of beers and craft cocktails, and over two dozen high-definition televisions showcasing the big game of the day. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The spot also just launched a new patio.

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8. Dirty Habit

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 783-6060
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The new restaurant inside the Kimpton Hotel is a modern haven just a quick walk to the Verizon Center. Its weekday happy hour extends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with half-priced wine, select beer, and special cocktails and global bites provided by executive chef Kyoo Eom. The revamped patio just debuted, too.

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9. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 289-7377
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Chef and founder Victor Albisu just gave the South American grill a meaty refresh on the design and menu fronts. Shareable new asado options include rotating lamb and pork mixed grills, like lamb chop and skewered tongue anticuchos, or a bone-in pork loin that’s been cured for 14 days.

10. Penn Social

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801 E St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 697-4900
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Happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at this huge drinking haven.

1. Free State

501B G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Free State
[Free State]

This underground spot opened at the start of the year, serving up booze, brews, and bites sourced along the East Coast from Asheville, N.C., to Ocean City, Md. Weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. includes $2 off all local spirits, $2 off select local drafts, and $2 off wine. If small snacks like taffy and chips aren’t substantial enough, Bantam King’s got ramen ready right upstairs.

501B G Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

2. Denson Liquor Bar

600 F St NW, Washington, D.C.

Keep it classy at this dark and sleek Mindful Restaurants Group bar. For happy hour, $9 cocktails include The Bond 600 (dark rum, velvet felernum, fernet branca), stirred and served on the rocks with an orange garnish. Meanwhile, beer and wine are $6 each; a dozen oysters is $20, while a half dozen is $10. Step back in time by using the toilet; it’s got a vintage pulley system.

600 F St NW
Washington, D.C.

3. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

601 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
Green Turtle
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This well-known sports bar is par for the course in chain watering holes, but remains hard to say no to — especially since it’s connected to the Verizon Center. Open at 11 a.m. daily.

601 F St NW
Washington, D.C.

4. Clyde's of Gallery Place

707 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

The cavernous watering hole right next to Verizon Center is always a madhouse. For fans who want to keep the party going, there’s a baller late-night menu. Snacks like Korean steak tacos, crab and artichoke dip, nachos, and hummus trio don’t break the $12 mark, while cheese samplers are under $15.

707 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

5. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Oyamel
[R. Lopez]

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy “Hora Feliz” — when signature margaritas are just $5, wine is $6 and cervezas are $4. Food deals include $4 cevich, and two Mexican tacos for $4. A new late-night menu includes buckets of Mexican beers, margaritas, specialty tacos, plus other bar food (guacamole, queso fundido).

401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

6. China Chilcano

418 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
China Chilcano
[R. Lopez]

It’s Pisco Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. That’s when its famous Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour, is just $5, while wine is $5 and beer is $4. Bites includes $3 chicken thigh or shiitake mushroom skewers, and $5 crispy shrimp-pork dumplings.

418 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

7. 10 Tavern

707 G St NW, Washington, D.C.
10 Tavern
[10 Tavern]

The second-floor bar and restaurant features homemade food, a top 10 list of beers and craft cocktails, and over two dozen high-definition televisions showcasing the big game of the day. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The spot also just launched a new patio.

707 G St NW
Washington, D.C.

8. Dirty Habit

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
Dirty Habit’s new patio.
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The new restaurant inside the Kimpton Hotel is a modern haven just a quick walk to the Verizon Center. Its weekday happy hour extends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with half-priced wine, select beer, and special cocktails and global bites provided by executive chef Kyoo Eom. The revamped patio just debuted, too.

700 F St NW
Washington, D.C.

9. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington, D.C.

Chef and founder Victor Albisu just gave the South American grill a meaty refresh on the design and menu fronts. Shareable new asado options include rotating lamb and pork mixed grills, like lamb chop and skewered tongue anticuchos, or a bone-in pork loin that’s been cured for 14 days.

777 I St NW
Washington, D.C.

10. Penn Social

801 E St NW, Washington, D.C.

Happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at this huge drinking haven.

801 E St NW
Washington, D.C.

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