Although enjoying the game from the comfort of your own home is a nice option to have, nothing really compares to the lively atmosphere at a sports bar on game day/night. And while there are certain bars you need to visit in your life and some great dog-friends beer gardens, if you’re looking to support your team in a sports-focused setting, we’ve got you covered. Here are nine sports bars where you can watch the next big game in D.C.
1. Walter’s Sport Bar
With over 30 TV screens of 220 inches and 4k quality, this is a sports bar to go to even if there is a crowd because you’ll actually be able to see the action. Located right in front of the Nationals Park, this is a great place to go to watch a baseball game. Choose from 24 different draft beers and order your favorite bar food, because they have it all!
📍 10 N Street SE, Washington, DC 20024
2. City Tap House
City Tap is a more sophisticated sports bar where you can enjoy a nice meal while watching the games without the commotion of an intense sports bar. Their elevated menu serves chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, mussels and so much more. Have an elegant dinner while rooting for your favorite team!
📍 901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
3. The Big Board
The Big Board has TV subscriptions to MLB Extra Innings, NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network, so no matter what sport is playing you’ll be able to watch it here. They’re serving up all American food, beers, wines, cocktails, to keep you satisfied as you enjoy the games in a friendly atmosphere in the heart of D.C.
📍 421 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002
4. The Game Sports Pub
Located in Adams Morgan, this pub puts a modern twist on typical sports bars. They serve affordable food and drinks in a friendly environment where visitors can support the same teams or clash against rivals. They are open until late every day except Sunday when they close at 10 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday where draft beers are $6.
📍 2411 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
5. Nellie’s Sports Bar
Named after the owner’s two grandmothers, both named Nellie, he wanted to honor their warm hospitality by recreating the positive environment these women made at their homes to this bar. While you’re here watching the game, snack from their extensive menu, and fun cocktail selection. Their Funsies items include cheaper drinks like $3 Jell-O shots, $6 Ice Pops and $16 slushies. Have a delicious sweet beverage, and enjoy the vibrant ambiance of this lively bar.
📍 900 U Street NW Washington, DC 20001
6. Franklin Hall
Located right off of 14th Street on Florida Ave, Franklin Hall is the place to go to have a memorable game day! The American beer hall boasts two massive open spaces with picnic tables and high tops, along with plenty of bar seating. Along with a lengthy list of beer, seltzer, spirits, and wine, Franklin Hall serves up several shareables and sandwiches, like their loaded fries, crispy chicken wings, smash burgers and pulled pork sandwiches.
📍 1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
7. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Repeatedly voted D.C.’s best sports bar by the Washington Post, it’s a must-visit on game night! Located three blocks away from Capital One Arena and across the street from Archives/Navy Memorial Metro stop, it’s conveniently located for sports fans. They serve up classic all-American bar food like crispy wings, pretzel bites, buffalo chicken sandwiches, southwest burgers and so much more! When the weather is nice, you can sit outside and still have a perfect view of the TVs playing the game!
📍 639 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
8. Big Sticks
Big Sticks is a lodge-themed restaurant and sports bar that serves menu items focused around specialty sausages and a large craft beer selection. When baseball season is upon us, this bar lights up for Nationals fans, giving them a joyful scene to enjoy a pint during and after the game. Enjoy the bustling ambiance with a beer in your hand at this boisterous sports bar no matter what sport is on!
📍 20 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
9. The District Sports Bar
This upscale sports bar is located on U street and is a calm place to enjoy delicious food, watch the game and listen to music while having a pleasant night with friends. Their menu has remarkable food items; 6 wings for $14, crab fries, surf and turf burger, salmon BLT, crab cake BLT and so much more! If you’re looking for a chill place to go with good food, this is the place you’re looking for.
📍 900 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20001