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.
With three bars and a massive patio, this 13,000-square-foot subterranean spot is a fun place for sports and entertainment of all kinds. A game-focused setup includes social leagues, a full arcade, cornhole, ping pong tables and billiards. On live game days, you can catch the action on a 22-foot 4k laser projector, multiple 10-foot screens and 4k TVs. In addition to the fan favorite sports bar fare, guests can dive into Detroit-style pizza.
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. Enjoy a half yard of brew, with over 100 choices on tap. Expect numerous TVs to be tuned to the big game with plenty of sports fans on hand.
Tom's Watch Bar
Tom’s Watch Bar, located just steps away from Nationals Park, offers a supreme viewing experience for sports fans. The nearly 8,000-square-foot restaurant and bar features almost 100 HDTVs, oversized screens, TopGolf Swing Suites for golf simulations and virtual games and an expansive drink menu including specialty cocktails, shots and shooters.
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.
Over in historic Georgetown is Franklin Hall’s sister bar, Clubhouse, 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 weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. as you watch the game. For a return visit, make note of trivia Tuesday specials.
Over/Under Sportsbook Rooftop Lounge
Level up your game day with city views, food and drink specials and an exclusive sports betting platform. The Over/Under Sportsbook Rooftop Lounge delivers a unique atmosphere with a neon-lit rooftop lined with TVs, specialty drinks, betting kiosks and live ticket writers.
City Tap House
The dynamic gastropub, which has locations 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 beef fried rice and smoked pork belly tacos. Its rustic and open setting is perfect for kicking back and enjoying a game.
Guy Fieri's DC Kitchen + Bar
DC’s Chinatown transforms into Flavortown as celebrity Chef Guy Fieri's DC Kitchen + Bar offers the ultimate sports bar experience. The space is not only connected to Capital One Arena but is shared with Caesar’s Sportsbook, perfect for pre-game drinks, in-play bets and post-game bites including trash can nachos, big bite burgers and Mumbo wings.
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, adjacent to Capital One Arena, 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.
For casual sports viewing with good eats and cheap drinks, TallBoy is the place to be (especially for Leeds United fans). The beer list is extensive, featuring – you guessed it – tallboy cans, but also shot combos and pitchers, while the food is straightforward with wings, tacos and a smash burger with fries. Plus, enjoy happy hour specials all day, every day.
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.
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, Detroit pizza and loaded Chicago dogs.
Walter’s Sports Bar