Food & Drink

The best DC bars for March Madness

Published On 03/12/2014 Published On 03/12/2014
Best Sports Bars DC
Buffalo Billiards
Penn Social
Bracket Room
Lou’s City Bar
Ventnor’s Sports Cafe
Buffalo Billiards
Union Pub
Ivy and Coney
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1. Penn Social 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004

There is always something going on at Penn Social, a two-level warehouse bar arcade and club with 3 full bars featuring over 30 drafts collectively. Beyond the skee-ball, hoops, foosball, giant Jenga and Connect 4, and happy hour it features 7 days a week, there is trivia on Tuesday, and music on Friday and Saturday nights. On weekends expect the downstairs to feel more like a dance club and less like a hip hangout for big groups of friends. It also have some greasy bar bites like nachos, wings, quesadillas, and pretzels with queso to help soak up the alcohol.

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2. Bracket Room 1210 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201

This sports bar and resto has an extensive menu loaded with favorites like ribs, burgers, and other pub grub, and they also serve up a host of beers, 'tails, and something called "Chris's Hangover Cure" which is a concoction of carrots, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne.

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3. Redline 707 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

The pre-Caps powerhouse is serving 10 drafts (from hometown Rockin' Red Ale to Starhills Northern Lights IPA) and pre-game bites (like chipotle BBQ'd tilapia tacos), PLUS rocking a sprawling view of the Verizon Center. Get there at the right time and you'll find yourself at a personal tap table booth where you can pour your own brews.

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4. Ventnor Sports Cafe 2411 18th St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20009

The hockey fan haven's cracked our list of Favorite 5 Sports Bars with its two stories of sports memorabilia-lined walls, complimentary popcorn, 64oz fishbowl, and trivia with a host so Paul Rudd-ingly charming, your Tuesdays will need nothing Morrie.

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5. Buffalo Billiards 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dupont's hulking game station has made our list of favorite sports bars thanks to sheer size alone, with its 14,000sqft containing 18 pool tables, nine for shuffleboard, two skeeball machines, and two ping pong set-ups. There are also 500 seats, three full-service bars, four 10ft projector screens, and 40 smaller screens, or what Darren Sproles calls "my kind of play-calling".

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6. Lou's City Bar 1400 Irving St NW , Washington, DC 20010

Decked out with wood-arched ceilings, high tables, and 16 drafts, Columbia Height's sports pub plates American dishes like colossal shrimp & mussels over pasta (with basil tomato cream sauce) and a BBLT with double-cut, extra-thick bacon glazed in maple & bleu cheese aioli.

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7. Union Pub 201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Union Pub is a great spot to watch the game on one of their 25 big-screen TVs while enjoying one of their 43 beers and eating snacks like mini corn dogs and wings.

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8. Ivy and Coney 1523 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ivy and Coney is a homey dive bar in Shaw that delivers a relaxed neighborhood vibe, delicious hotdogs, and a menu that includes nothing over $6.