The Best Neighborhoods to Watch Football in D.C.
Since D.C. is home to many transplants from all over the country, you can usually find someone else who’s rooting for your favorite sports team—especially if it's a football team. Regardless if your friends are cheering for the same team, heading to the local bar to watch the game is always a good bet for a fun time. Here are five neighborhoods in D.C. perfect for getting together to watch football.
The Woodley Park/Adams Morgan neighborhoods are known for their bars, making this the first area that comes to mind for many Washingtonians looking to watch the big game.
If you can’t decide which game to watch, Macintyre’s is a stylish sports bar with 10 big-screen HD TVs. The gigantic wood paneled bar features beer on tap and tasty bar food. Their house-cut fries or nachos are great to share and warming up with a bowl of their classic chili is the ideal complement to a game day.
Those who love a good deal flock to Ventnor Sports Cafe on 18th Street. Patrons enjoy daily specials like Sunday night lobster rolls while watching games broadcast throughout the two-level bar. Pub fare like buffalo chicken fingers are best enjoyed with a draft beer, or perhaps a hard cider or two.
Foodies who want some serious grub with their games might enjoy Irish pub Blaguard. The pub serves up craft beers and fun takes on traditional bar food like totchos—nachos made with tater tots and topped with chili cheese, ghost pepper jalapeno buffalo sauce, blue cheese, bacon, and cheddar.
Traditional and preppy Georgetown has all the makings for a sports-centered neighborhood. Watching college sports is particularly fun at Ri Ra Georgetown. Ri Ra has a cozy, nostalgic feel with Irish vibes, perfect for displaced Midwesterners. Their Thursday night football special of five bottles of Bud or Bud Light for $20 isn’t bad either.
Church Hall on Wisconsin Avenue is a newer addition to Georgetown, and it’s an immense space with fireplaces and lots of comfy couches for curling up and watching your favorite team. The restaurant serves up typical beer hall food along with 28 draft beers, two draft cocktails, two types of boozy slushies, wine, and a full bar.
With Chinatown being the home of the Capital One Arena, sports bars are abound. Adjacent to the arena, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grill is best visited when the Washington Capitals or Wizards are in town—especially for celebratory drinks after a win.
If you’re looking for a dive bar to watch your favorite team, Jackpot serves free popcorn to munch on while you watch a game and sip on a beer or cocktail. Although dubbed a “dive bar,” Jackpot serves craft cocktails like “Prohibition” (gin, Lillet, orange juice, apricot brandy and lemon).
The high-end sports bar chain Yardhouse has a location in Chinatown. Their bar snacks are great for sharing during a sporting event—chips and guac; street tacos; and lobster, crab, and artichoke dip are standouts. Beers serve every taste, from dark and roasted to light, floral, and hoppy.
Capitol Hill residents enjoy flocking to sports bars to catch some Monday Night or Thursday Night Football after a long day at work. Chicago transplants love Union Pub, as it has “Da Bears” football specials like $5 Fireball shots and rail drinks, wing platters, and Chicago-style hot dogs.
The relaxed and casual Ugly Mug serves classic American fare, offers lots of beer on tap, and has plenty of TVs for sports watching. Their chicken wings come with five options for sauce, and they have lots of pizza options are available too. The chipotle chicken pizza with smoked gouda, roasted red peppers, sauteed onions, and chicken in a spicy chipotle and marinara sauce is best paired with whatever seasonal beer is on tap.
If you live just outside D.C., Arlington, Virginia is full of sports bars. Some noteworthy ones include the upscale Bracket Room. This sports lounge serves up turkey wraps and waffle chips as well as and a delicious (and gigantic) soft pretzel with white queso dip. A less indulgent option is the Super Skinny Pizza, a low-carb version of the real thing.
The G.O.A.T, or “The Greatest of All Time,” is a sports bar and gaming lounge that gets its inspiration from sports icons like Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzky. If you’re up for watching Monday Night Football, there’s a half-price burger special. For Thursday Night Football, indulge in all-you-can-eat crab legs, shrimp, and fries.