The Best Sports Bars in DC
If you love heading to your local sports bar to watch the big game, read on! We’ve rounded up the best sports bars in DC for you. Whether you like to watch early morning Premier League or Monday Night Football, there’s a sports bar in DC for you. Also, find out where you can cheer for your hometown or college teams!
The Best Sports Bars in DC
1330 19th Street, NW
This Dupont Circle favorite is always hosting NFL and college football watch parties (it’s Tarheel territory). Happy Hour runs every weekday from 4-7 p.m., with drink specials and selected appetizers for just $6.50. Saturdays and Sundays, Buffalo Billiards offers specials on all forms of beer – cans, buckets, drafts, and pitchers! Of course, there are plenty of pool tables, along with skeeball, foosball, ping pong, and more.
1070 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Redskins fans flock to this Georgetown beer hall. Church Hall carries the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ABC, and CBS on eight 70″ screens. You can count on this bar to always have the biggest games on throughout the day. Check out its Monday through Friday Happy Hour from 4 – 7 p.m. with $5 rail cocktails and select pints and $6 select food items. Definitely try the Shandy slushie! Church Hall has an impressive lineup of 28 draft beers, plus draft cocktails like Cherry Blossom Gin & Tonic and the Hibiscus John Daly (made with vodka, hibiscus-infused black tea, and homemade lemonade). Save room for the Funnel cakes for dessert!
Dirty Water Sports Bar
816 H Street, NE, 3rd Floor
If you’re a Boston sports lover, head to Dirty Water to watch all of your teams’ games: Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics! You’ll also enjoy beer from Massachusetts’ Cisco Brewers, and daily specials on draft beers during Happy Hour.
1221 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Three big screens TVs and 22 TVs make Lucky Bar, located just south of Dupont Circle, the perfect place to watch multiple games. It’s also great for DC soccer fans, as it opens early on the weekends for breakfast so you can watch those Premier league games. Check out the schedule here. Lucky Bar runs a generous five-hour Happy Hour (from 3 – 8 p.m.!), on every weeknight, except Thursdays, with $3.50 pints, $5 local craft beers, and $4 rail drinks. Check out Lucky Bar on an upcoming Taco Tuesday, when you’ll enjoy $1 tacos and $5 Tecates all night.
Ivy and Coney
1537 7th Street, NW
Chicago and Detroit natives can get a taste of home at Ivy and Coney near Logan Circle. You can count on watching teams from these two cities here, plus University of Michigan games. Enjoy the best of midwestern fare here, like Chicago and Detroit style hot dogs, Chicago Italian beefs, and beers including Strohs, Old Style, Goose Island 312 and Bell’s Two Hearted. Stop by for Happy Hour every weekday from 4 – 7 p.m. or for Dollar Wings during NFL games. Note: Ivy and Coney only accepts cash.
Mackey’s Public House
1306 G Street, NW
Located near Capital One Arena, this two-level bar welcomes fans of the University of Oklahoma and UCLA. It is also the home base of the DC Chapter of the American Outlaws. Mackey’s offers a fabulous variety of local brews and classic pub fare. Check out one of its chicken sandwiches served on the Savory Doughnut Bun!
Nellies Sports Bar
900 U Street, NW
Located in the U Street Corridor in what was once the historic Addison Scurlock Photography Studio, Nellies Sports Bar offers far more than just sports (Ping Pong Madness on Mondays, Karaoke on Tuesdays, etc). You can bring your sports league team on Thursday nights. Nellies offers a great lineup of very creative cocktails such as its Key-lime Pie cocktail.
801 E Street, NW
Home base for fans of DC-based fans of the University of Colorado, Penn Social offers three bars, serving 30 draft beers! Stop by for daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. for $2 off draft beer, $5 rail drinks and $6 glasses of wine. The menu features classic pub grub including sliders, nachos, pizza, wings, and soft pretzels. When there’s a break in the action, check out Penn Social’s super fun selection of games like shuffleboard, corn hole, foosball, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, arcade games and much more.
1214 B 18th Street
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Public Bar is home to a whopping 48 TVs throughout its three levels (including a rooftop bar). You can catch just about any sporting event here – NFL, UFC, NBA, UEFA, NHL, boxing, golf, college football, and NASCAR. Happy hour at Public Bar runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. and all day on Thursday! Enjoy burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more while watching the big game.
1319 F Street, NW
Billing itself as a “high end sports bar serving All American classics with a gourmet twist,” this sports bar near Metro Center welcomes both Washington Redskins and New England Patriots fans. Proper 21 offers Margarita Mondays, half-price bottles of rose on Tuesdays, all-day Happy Hour on Thursdays (11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.), and live music every Friday night. Be sure to try the Thai Chili Mussels and Truffle Fries as your appetizers!
The Big Stick
20 M Street, SE
If you love the Caps and the Nats (and Wisconsin cheese curds!), you’ll love The Big Stick, near Nats Park. Happy Hour runs from 3 – 7 p.m. every weekday (except Nats game days) with $4 drafts, rail drinks, and house wines. Check out the “Big Sticks” menu, with an impressive variety of sausages (Cajun, Polish, Italian, and more).
100 Florida Avenue, NE
Love to bowl? Head to The Eleanor and show off your skills on its two-lane bowling alley. This Eckington bar and grille prides itself on “fresh, local, seasonal and handmade food, local beers, craft cocktails, and approachable wines.” The menu offers sandwiches, salads, and entrees (with lots of good vegetarian options). The Eleanor offers beer (20 on tap!), wine, creative cocktails, and a variety of “slushies and swizzles!” The Eleanor is open for brunch.
The Ugly Mug
723 8th Street, SE
Convenient to Nats Park, this Navy Yard bar boasts a variety of weekend and sports specials, including $4 Miller Lite Pints/$30 Towers and $5 Blue Moon Pints/$35 Towers. The Ugly Mug serves 24 beers on tap in all! You can also enjoy live music at the Ugly Mug. Monday night is Trivia Night or visit on a Tuesday to take advantage of the “Affordable Meal Act,” with $7 meals and drink specials starting at 4 p.m.
201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Florida State and Chicago Bears fans, head to Capitol Hill’s Union Pub for the next big game and enjoy $15 buckets of Bud or Bud Light (or $14 pitchers). Be sure to try the Chicago Style Hot Dog Special or sample from its “Drunk Food” menu, which includes cheese curds, fried pickles, mini corns dogs, and Old Bar Crab Dip. Tuesday Night is Trivia Night at Union Pub and it is open for brunch as well.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, DC is a great place for sports fans from all across the country. Did we miss your favorite place to watch the big game or cheer for your hometown team? Let us know so we can add it to our list of the best sports bars in DC!
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