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

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

These sports bars and restaurants draw game day crowds 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 day watching football and other fall sports 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 Penn Commons
Penn Commons Penn Commons

This Penn Quarter bar screams “Sports Fan Heaven” as soon as you walk in the door. The circular bar is outfitted with high-def TVs, so you’ll never have a problem catching game action. The jaw-dropping beer list is full of flavors and styles, and you will not want to miss out on spicy chili wings or the chorizo nachos. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. until closing time on Saturday, and, wait for it: all day on Sunday.

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3 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/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.

4 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.

5 Franklin Hall & Church 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. Over in Georgetown is Franklin’s sister bar, Church Hall. Cozy up to one of the multiple fireplaces in this 7,000 square foot bar with nearly 20 TVs and enjoy boozy slushies or plenty of beers on tap.

6 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.

7 Buffalo Billiards

Buffalo Billiards - Places to Watch Sports, Eat and Drink in Dupont Circle - Washington, DC

This enormous two-level bar bordering Dupont Circle offers several big screens, 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 District Trivia Wednesdays are a special bonus.

8 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.

9 Public Bar
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Public Bar is three floors of game-watching bliss in Dupont Circle. Its main floor features 31 HDTVs and one of the largest HD projectors that you’ll ever see in your life. The upstairs lounge has 13 HDTVs of its own, as well as lounge table seating with views of every screen. To cap it off, the rooftop deck is one of the largest in the city, with four HDTVs, cabana-style seating and bottle service Thursday – Saturday. Bar food, brews and great views? Sounds like a great spot to watch sports.

10 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 gameday 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.

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 Meridian Pint

Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights - Restaurant and Sports Bar in Washington, DC

Neighborhood restaurant upstairs, sports bar downstairs. The Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights manages a trifecta of stellar beer (20-plus on tap and more than 50 by bottle), tasty food and a lively atmosphere. The lower level sports bar features 12 screens.

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 Mackey's Public House
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This divey Metro Center bar was once known as Laughing Man Tavern, but now operates as Mackey's Public House. Buffalo Bills fans flock here during football season. You can also enjoy a cavernous lower level that features table games and a back room with a huge projector screen.

15 The Ugly Mug

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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.

16 The Billy Goat Tavern

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Originally founded in Chicago (with its staff’s communication becoming the basis of a legendary Saturday Night Live skit), the Billy Goat Tavern is an ideal gathering place to enjoy burgers, beers and sports. Neighborhood vibes pervade, with friendly bartenders and even friendlier prices. Conveniently located near Union Station, you can watch the game here and feel right at home, even if you’re from out of town.

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