In the early days of the Navy Yard neighborhood, Justin’s Cafe was one of the first spots to grab a beer and watch a game. In 2014, owner Justin Ross opened The Big Stick, a sausage- and beer-slinging sports bar outfitted with a rustic decor and lots of wood accents. Its proximity to Nationals Park makes baseball the sport of choice here when it’s in season.
It’s likely not the literal “Greatest of All Time” sports bar, but Arlington residents will do well sprawling out at this sleek bar and restaurant inspired by the world’s premier athletes. There are more than 50 TVs along with three 12-foot “TV walls” and a handful of arcade games to help pass the time. The G.O.A.T. places an emphasis on its food menu too, serving up creative dishes such as a duck quesadilla, wagyu beef meatball sliders, and fried oysters. It may just be enough to convince those DC friends to venture across the Potomac.
Followers of Florida State University and the Chicago Bears fill this no-frills Capitol Hill spot on weekends for all-day specials on beers, shots, and rail drinks. Brunch and bottomless cocktails are served from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sunday as well, for those who prefer to get an early start on game-day drinks.
Philadelphia fans flock to Ventnor’s on the city’s game days, taking advantage of the bar’s two levels and many TVs. The bar plays DC sports regularly too, as well as other important matchups from across all leagues. Ventnor may not be one of the largest spots to watch sports, though what it lacks in space it makes up for with its respectable craft beer list and pub food.