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6 Spots to Catch the Big Game

These bars and restaurants draw a sports-loving crowd with huge TVs, free-flowing beer and oodles of team spirit.

1 Penn Social

Located just a few blocks from Verizon Center, this 13,000 square-foot subterranean spot is a fun place for sports thanks to a game-focused setup that includes trivia nights, corn hole leagues, beer pong tournaments, shuffleboard, foosball and giant Jenga. But on game days, you can catch the action on a huge 22-foot movie screen, plus lots of other games on nine 10-foot screens around the space. Penn Social pulls in huge crowds for collegiate games.

2 Meridian Pint

Neighborhood restaurant upstairs, sports bar downstairs. This Columbia Heights bar manages a trifecta of stellar beer (25 on tap and more than 60 by bottle), tasty food and a lively atmosphere. On weekends in the fall, the lower level sports bar shows all the NFL and college games on 12 screens.

3 Buffalo Billiards

This enormous two-level bar bordering Dupont Circle offers big screens tuned to practically every game (no matter the sport), plus shuffleboard, darts, skeeball and pool for those who aren’t into watching (or during a break in the action). Great happy hour specials and Team USA events are a bonus.

4 The Prospect
The Prospect

Relatively new to the neighborhood, this bar rapidly gained a following for its dedication to sports. The 150-seat interior—a 40-seat patio overlooks U Street—is adorned with a collection of sports memorabilia. The food is a modern, gourmet take on tailgating must-haves (hello, venison chili dog and braised goat nachos) and the place offers a broad selection of beer, cider and cider-based cocktails. Oh, and the TVs: More than 40 HD flatscreens show games from around the world.

5 Laughing Man Tavern

This divey Metro Center bar draws a devoted crowd of U.S. soccer fans, and it’s home base for Bruins alum to catch UCLA games. The cavernous lower level features table games and a back room with a huge projector screen.

6 Nellie’s

We’re willing to wager that this is the only sports bar in town to host a jam-packed drag queen brunch each Sunday (it’s also one of the city’s top gay bars). But after the brunch crowd has gone home, the place reverts to one of the city’s finest spots to root for your team. Multiple TVs on both floors mean you’ll be able to catch a marathon of sports.

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