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10 Great Sports Bars & Restaurants in Washington, DC

These sports bars draw crowds with huge TVs, special discounts and free-flowing beer.

When the big game is on, it's time to cozy up to a bar, order a brew and some apps, and enjoy. We've compiled a great list of bars and restaurants that make for the perfect sports-watching experience in Washington, DC.


Penn Social

With three bars and a seasonal patio, this 13,000-square-foot subterranean spot is a fun place for sports of all kinds. A game-focused setup includes trivia nights, cornhole leagues, beer pong tournaments, shuffleboard, foosball and giant Jenga. On live game days, you can catch the action on a huge 22-foot movie screen or on nine 10-foot screens around the space.


Yard House

Yard House has quickly become one of the most popular gathering places in DC’s Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood. The restaurant and bar are perfect for a night out with friends. Select a brew from over 100 on tap or savor one of Yard House’s 100 specialty cocktails. Expect numerous TVs to be tuned to the big game with plenty of sports fans on hand.


City Tap House

This gastropub, located in the heart of Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle, provides plenty of craft beer and hospitality, and a food menu filled with innovative takes on classic bar dishes, such as elote (street corn) dip, Korean short rib fried rice, and blue crab mac and cheese. Its rustic and open setting is perfect for kicking back and enjoying a game.


Nellie's Sports Bar

Warm up with a pre-game party at Nellie's jam-packed drag queen brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. But after the brunch crowd has dissipated, it’s game time. Multiple TVs on both floors mean you’ll be able to catch all the action on game day.


Franklin Hall

Located in the historic Manhattan Laundry building just north of U Street, the expansive Franklin Hall is your go-to spot for large group gatherings for the big game. The beer hall features a 60-foot bar with rotating drafts, as well as board games and a walk-up kitchen with bar food classics.


Church Hall

Over in historic Georgetown is Franklin Hall’s sister bar, Church Hall, which channels similar game day vibes with nearly 20 TVs. Cozy up to one of the multiple fireplaces in this 7,000-square-foot bar and enjoy boozy slushies and plenty of beers on tap as you watch the game. For a return visit, make note of weekday happy hour specials from 4–7 p.m.


Blackfinn Ameripub

Eat, drink and be lively is the motto at Blackfinn Ameripub, a Downtown DC sports bar focusing on American pub fare and game day specials. Choose from happy hour bites like Nashville hot chicken sliders or watermelon tuna tacos, or order the whole happy hour menu for $25.


Mission Navy Yard

Just across from the Centerfield Gate at Nationals Park lies happy hour and sports haven Mission Navy Yard, a massive two-story restaurant with four bars (including one that’s 150 feet long) with outdoor balconies, and a robust rotation of 16 draft beers. The space is perfect for watching sports with a side of tacos and tequila.


Clyde’s of Gallery Place

Clyde’s has been a staple of DC since its Georgetown location opened in 1963, and the Gallery Place rendition dazzles upon entering. The two-level spot features three bars and a strong sports theme – a portrait of Babe Ruth greets you upon entering. Clyde’s regulars rave about the chili, the Buffalo wings and the burgers, while the full raw bar is both light and refined.


Ivy and Coney

If you can’t make it to Wrigley Field during baseball season, Ivy and Coney in Shaw might just be the next best thing. This neighborhood bar was built as a home away from home for Chicago and Detroit sports fans, complete with Midwestern brews, cheese curds and loaded Chicago dogs (just don’t even think about asking for ketchup).

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