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15 Sports Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

Penn Social - Places to Watch Football in Chinatown - Washington, DC

These sports bars draw crowds for watching football and other fall sports with huge TVs, special discounts and free-flowing beer.

When the seasons begin to change, it's time to cozy up to a bar, order a brew and some apps and watch the big game. We've compiled a great list of bars and restaurants that make for the perfect fall game day experience in the nation's capital.

1 Penn Social

Penn Social - Chinatown - Washington, DC

This 13,000 square-foot subterranean spot is a fun place for sports thanks to a game-focused setup that includes trivia nights, cornhole 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 or on nine 10-foot screens around the space.

2 Yard House

Group of friends dining at Yard House - Sports bar in Washington, DC's Penn Quarter-Chinatown neighborhood

Yard House has quickly become of the most popular gathering places in DC’s Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood. The restaurant and bar is perfect for a night out with friends, especially when a big game is involved. Select a brew from 110 taps 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 to support their team.

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3 City Tap House

Burger and beer at City Tap House in Penn Quarter - Best sports bars in Washington, DC

This gastropub, with locations in the heart of Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle, provides plenty of craft beer, plenty of hospitality and a food menu plentiful with innovative takes on classic bar dishes (corn and crab hushpuppies, Korean short rib tacos, blue crab mac and cheese). Its rustic and open setting is perfect for kicking back and enjoying the game.

4 Nellie's Sports Bar

Nellie's Sports Bar on U Street - Gay Sports Bar in Washington, DC

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 watch a game. Multiple TVs on both floors mean you’ll be able to catch a marathon of sports.

5 Astro Beer Hall

Fried chicken sliders from Astro Beer Hall in Downtown DC - Where to watch sports in Washington, DC

Astro Beer Hall presents the rare cafe-by-day/beer hall-by-night combo. The two-level space in Downtown DC from the team behind beloved Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken serves up La Colombe coffee and 20-plus beers on tap, has more than 30 HD TVs and a fried chicken-focused menu. We’re talking about mouthwatering choices like Astro’s classic fried chicken, a fried chicken BLT and spicy chicken sandwiches, as well as lighter salad options (with the option to add fried chicken, of course).

6 Franklin Hall

Crowd at Franklin Hall beer hall near 14th Street - Washington, DC's best sports bars

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 draughts, as well as board games and a walk-up kitchen with bar food classics.

7 Church Hall

Watching professional sporting event at Church Hall in Georgetown - Washington, DC's best sports bars

Over in historic Georgetown is Franklin Hall’s sister bar, Church Hall, which channels similar game day vibes with college and professional football contests on featured on the nearly 20 TVs throughout the fall. Cozy up to one of the multiple fireplaces in this 7,000 square foot bar and enjoy boozy slushies, plenty of beers on tap and weekday happy hour specials.

8 High Velocity

High Velocity Sports Bar at the Marriott Marquis - Washington, DC

Found inside the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, this vibrant sports bar should be at the top of your list for catching a game. Forty large flat-screen HDTVs line the walls, and you can settle in with your pals at the communal tables. The bar menu has everything you could possibly ask for, while a selection of nearly 50 beers on tap (from imports to local favorites) means you’re set up for quite an evening of sports-watching bliss.

9 Blackfinn Ameripub

Guests at Blackfinn Ameripub - Best sports  bars and restaurants in Washington, DC

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 deals like Nashville hot chicken sliders or flatbreads for under $10 – paired best with a novelty beer tower – during the big game.

10 Mission Navy Yard

Crowd at Mission Navy Yard on the Capitol Riverfront - Where to watch sports in Washington, DC

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) and a robust rotation of 16 draft beers. The space is perfect for watching your favorite sports team play with a side of tacos and tequila.

11 Clyde’s of Gallery Place

Clyde's of Gallery Place - Sports Bar in Chinatown, Washington, DC

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. Expect a lively crowd, too.

12 Public Bar Live
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This Dupont Circle mainstay recently underwent significant renovations, emerging as Public Bar Live – a sports bar-concert venue hybrid with a brand-new 24-foot stage. With 48 TVs and a revamped bar menu, sports fans will still find the three floors of game-watching bliss they've come to expect. Bar food and brews? Sounds like a great spot to watch sports.

13 Ivy and Coney
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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 and Chicago dogs (just don’t even think about asking for ketchup).

14 The Ugly Mug

Guests at The Ugly Mug on Barracks Row - The best sports and football bars in Washington, DC

With a gorgeous upstairs bar and a menu influenced by Food Network Chef Alex McCoy, watching a game at The Ugly Mug is actually a beautiful proposition. Be on the lookout for special food and drink offerings on game day.

15 Meridian Pint

View of the bar at Meridian Pint in Arlington, Virginia - Washington, DC area's best sports bars

Neighborhood restaurant upstairs, sports bar downstairs. The Meridian Pint, which relocated to Arlington, Va. in early 2019, manages a trifecta of stellar beer (20-plus on tap and more than 50 by bottle), tasty food and a lively atmosphere. Those accustomed to cheering for their team in the former Columbia Heights location will still find plenty of TVs behind the bar tuned to the big game.

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