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Where to Watch the Game in Washington D.C.

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on September 08, 2017

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A Senate member with a beer in hand, shouting at a football game on television might seem like a rare sight. But in Washington D.C., even the leaders of the country need a little R&R—especially on game nights. When you're done rubbing elbows with the nation's politicians, appreciating the Declaration of Independence, or paying your respects at Arlington Cemetery, hunker down with a drink and boo and cheer at something other than CSPAN. Game night is about to get that much better in this guide highlighting the best sports bars in Washington D.C. So no matter what side you're on, you'll always come out a winner.

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You can't miss a game at this swanky sports bar situated inside the Mariott Marquis, thanks to the 40+ TV screens on the walls. So root for your team with a drink in hand while you chow down on wings at this spot that's sure to become a favorite.

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Mule cocktails, Crispy calamari, Maryland crab cakes, Mighty Moe burger

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Whether it's watching a game or playing one in real life, Buffalo Billiards has enough space to do it all. Grab a beer after work at Dupont's largest sports bar, with cheap brews, yummy pub grub and fun bar games like shuffleboard and skee ball.

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There’s something for everyone at Penn Social – seriously. Whether you’re a sports fan or are just looking for some fun, the plethora of tv screens, weekly trivia, games and live music will keep you busy. Late nights often end in dance parties here.

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Fans of wings and sports continue to find their home at this divey Packers and Nats hub. Watch the games on one of 15 TVs, and enjoy some seriously saucy wings (or aim for the dry-rub Chesapeake version) and a classic pint of Guinness.

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Chesapeake wings, pulled pork sandwiches, Guinness

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Head to Nellie's Sports Bar for a trendy one-stop shop for all things fun: Nellie's has everything from trivia nights to beat-the-clock happy hour to Sunday drag brunches. It's one of the liveliest bars in town, plus it has a killer rooftop. Visit.

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BBQ ribs, veggie burrito, empanadas

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Soccer fans pack this laid-back bar on weekends for Premier League games, beers, and savory bar grub. But if you're into dancing more than sports, heat up the place with locals on Salsa Mondays and stay for the cheap cocktails and brews.

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Fish and chips, breakfast burrito

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If you've spent any time in the Midwest, you know of the region's love affair with sausage and beer. The guys who run Ivy and Coney built a whole bar around it. So if you're craving a Chicago dog in the nation's Capitol, this is the spot for you.

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Whether you need to watch the game, commiserate with co-workers over happy hour, or have a casual weekend brunch, Solly's Tavern has your back for every occasion with hot wings, trivia night, and live music in divey neighborhood digs.

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Hot wings

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A true sports bar done right, this spacious multi-level venue is an essential whether you want to watch a game or grub down on quality pub fare. With plenty of TV's, you won't have to fight over which channel to turn on- no game is left behind.

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Buffalo chicken dip, New York Reuben, All American Burger, Golden ale fish & chips, Crab cakes

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This divey sports bar just outside of DC is a neighborhood haunt to unwind with 20 draft beers, 28 HD TV's, and hilarious theme nights. Wednesdays is All You Can Eat Wings night, and stop in for trivia on Tuesdays.

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Coyote Burger, Buffalo wings, The Strasburger, Chicken quesadilla, Sriracha shrimp tacos

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Since 2014, The Big Stick has been the place for pre-gaming before heading to Nationals Stadium. The fireplace makes it great for cold DC nights, and its modern, blissfully non-frat-like decor makes this bar approachable to even casual sports fans.

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