It's time to grab a beer and get your butt down to the local sports bar for some sports action. Whatever your favorite team, there are way too many choices for eager fans in this area. So here's a list of eleven of our top picks to catch a game (and drink cheap whilst doing so).
Score at these local bars
Whatever your game is, you'll find it at one these sports fan favorites
By Jason AdamsMetromix
November 10, 2010
Love the Redskins? Then you'll love Mister Day's, conveniently located beside the Clarendon Metro. For every home game, the "sports rock cafe" offers a full-day package that includes brunch, a luxury bus that takes fans from the bar to the stadium party-style, and dinner and drinks when they get back. But if staying in and watching the game is more your scene, Mister Days still offer nearly a hundred TVs and great specials during game time. (And once in a while, Redskins cheerleaders may even show up.)
With countless big screen TVs and plenty of great specials and fun events, Rhino is one of the area's best known and regarded sports bars. And while they don't take sides, they do have some favorites, holding special events for all games featuring the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Eagles, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse and Georgetown -- with special deals to go along with each. Best of all is the $8 pitchers of Bud Light and 25 cent wings during all Red Sox and Eagles games.
If you're in Dupont Circle and jonesing for a sports fix, there's no better place to go than Buffalo Billiards. While the bar has plenty of games customers can play themselves (everything from billiards to shuffleboard), they also offer some of the best sports viewing facilities in the area. Football, basketball, baseball, boxing, UFC and other MMA -- if it's being televised somewhere in the northern hemisphere, chances are Buffalo Billiards is showing it. And with different food and drink specials for each sporting event, you're sure to never get bored.
With three floors of sports viewing heaven, it's hard to imagine a better place to watch whatever game you want than Crystal City Sports Pub. The first floor has two large outdoor decks, pool tables, darts, video games and of course a bar. Second level is more of a "cozy" bar that seats over 100, including a balcony that overlooks the city, while the top floor is the "club" setting, perfect for parties. In total, that's over a hundred TVs, 20 game tables and activities and more drink specials then you can shake a beer at.
Marylanders have their own great sports bar with BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon. With a state of the art sound system and flat panel TVs in every booth, fans won't miss a single play when it comes to the Redskins, Nationals, Orioles, Wizards, Capitals or D.C. United. For football season this fall, the saloon has brought out special Game Day food and drink menus; enjoy $3 Miller Lite drafts, $6 Miller Lite pitchers and $18 Miller Lite towers. And if that wasn't enough, enter one of their contests or fantasy football leagues and win everything from Black Finn gift certificates to a trip to the Super Bowl.
From the Terps banners to the framed Colts jerseys, the Greene Turtle is a Maryland sports bar institution and Saturday and Sunday is Game Day at their location in Laurel. Watch your favorite college team while enjoying $1.99 Bud, Miller and Coors or $2.99 16 oz pints of Stella and Bass. And if you're still frothing at the mouth for more pigskin during the work week, they've also got specials running for Monday night football and Wednesday with their free Miller Lite Fantasy Football Challenge. Even if you don't go home with cash or prizes, cheap beer all night is still a win our book!
The only real sports bar you'll find in Adams Morgan, Ventnor has two floors of screens that promise to show all MLB, NCAA, NFL, and NHL games. (To make sure you get as much sports in as possible, they even open before noon all weekend.) This fall, come out for Monday Night Football and enjoy 35 cent wings and $3 Miller Draft all night.
No place takes football seriously like they do in Texas, and we know you local longhorns are itching for some college football action. There's no better place than Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, with weekly UT get togethers for games, 35 cent wings on Sunday and lots and lots of Shiner Bock. Get there early, cuz by kickoff it's usually standing room only.
If you're a Patriots fan and you've forgiven Tom Brady for last year's Super Bowl, you'll love this Bethesda beach bar -- the official bar for New England (and the Michigan Wolverines). Watch all the games on their 25 screens with food and drink specials to go with it. Plus, on Monday nights they raffle off an authentic NFL jersey of each team playing that night. The winning team/jersey also gets a $50 promo check!
Yes, it may seem silly to have a movie theater on a sports bars round up, but The Arlington Drafthouse loves showing Virginia Tech games on the big screen. And who doesn't want to watch a football game in a full theater size venue while waitresses bring you alcohol? That just might be better than the real thing.
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...or you could always stay home and watch the game. But that's no fun.
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