DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

I am so thrilled to launch a new series here on ALP inspired by my A DC Perspective page. In my opinion there is nowhere online that tackles the sort of things I search for when looking to step out of my home and go play in this historic city. From hip new restaurants that don’t break the bank to where to get your nails done to where to workout to museums I can hit where I won’t be surrounded by tourists. It’s not out there. After almost 9 years of blogging here on ALP and thousands of emails asking me for suggestions in the DC area whether they are local or just visiting I think it is time to get this all down in one place with a weekly series specific to my home for a decade, Washington DC. I hope this will become a place where Washingtonians like myself can come to find lists that feel like they were made just for them. Lets get started…

I cannot count how many times I have gone out with my husband and his friends to watch THE sporting event of the evening, the one “we just can’t miss, babe” and knew I would be heading to an oftentimes sticky ground, stench I can never quite put my finger on, a list of basic beers (and they call it their “drink list”) and bad bar food. The list below are bars that are self-claimed “Sports Bars” where I believe you will find a clean atmosphere, a drink list with variety, great food (for a sports bar) and friendly staff that isn’t there to just take your order and run. These are sports bars you actually want to go to…

DC Sports Bars That You'd Actually Want To Go To

Airedale (3605 14th Street NW)

This soccer bar through-and-through has an amazing bottomless brunch available ($15 for mimosas from 10am – 3pm), and serves food that’s perfect for him, like the “Hat Trick,” and an indulgent Croque Madame for you. Not the largest bar but is typically only crowded for big football (AKA Soccer) matches. Perfect place to go for games that aren’t soccer as well (see less crowded) and don’t forget to check out their adorable outdoor patio.

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern

VIBE: Chill

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Bottomless

DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

High Velocity (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, inside the Marriott Marquis)

Don’t let that this sports bar is attached to a hotel fool you as just another hotel bar. There are tons of large televisions, a great drink selection, killer food and a sleek, clean esthetic. Perfect place to go after work for a game if you are still in your business attire.

PRICE POINT: Legislative Assistant 

VIBE: Chill (…but you will find business men and women post conference, meeting, etc there so you may see people in suits if you feel like you want to go right after work.)

REASON: People Watching + To Be Seen 

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Happy hour

DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

Prospect (1214 U Street NW)

This U Street hotspot draws a diverse crowd with their drink specials and plethora of TVs, but keeps people there with their amazing food and friendly staff. If you can snag a high top table against the back wall, you’re golden.

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern

VIBE: Chill + Buzzing

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Bottomless + Happy Hour

DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

Dock FC (1400 Okie Street NE)

With a very industrial vibe Dock FC is another soccer bar that is perfect to use for any sporting event. Their clean, simple lines keeps it easy for you to focus on the game and their lengthy beer selection (heavy on can options). Don’t forget to get the tacos. 

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern/Legislative Assistant

VIBE: Very DC + Buzzing

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Breakfast All Day

DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

Sudhouse (1340 U Street NW)

You’ve probably walked by this unassuming bar on a Friday or Saturday night on U Street, but inside you’ll find an inviting space that brings the culture of the Corridor indoors. With different specials 7 days a week (we recommend Taco Tuesday or the Fun Friday extended happy hour), you can enjoy this boho atmosphere at a cheap price.

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern

VIBE: Chill + Very DC

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Happy hour + late night eats 

DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

VA Bonus: Bracket Room (1210 N Garfield St, Arlington)

While this bar may come off as extremely masculine, you’ll often find girl groups indulging in their bottomless brunch in the booths around the perimeter – there are no seats in the house not within view of a TV, and their shot selection is both cheeky and amazing – try the wings. You won’t be sorry.

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern/Legislative Assistant

VIBE: Buzzing

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Bottomless


DC Sports Bars That You Actually Want To Go To

MD Bonus: Tommy Joe’s (7940 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda)

At Tommy Joe’s, the fun starts on the second floor. Ride the picture-plastered elevator (see if you can find a photo of former Redskin Pierre Garçon!) until you reach the sprawling bar, covered in TVs and even boasting an outdoor space. You won’t have to worry about college kids spilling their cheap beer on you, and you can’t go wrong with any of their appetizers.

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern

VIBE: Chill + Buzzing

REASON: Get a Buzz + Support a Team

ATTIRE: Casual

SPECIALS: Bottomless + Rooftop

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I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE SUDHOUSE ON HERE. Hahah such a great dive. I go there too often.

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