The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are back on the ice, gunning for back-to-back championships, and you, the fan, want to be a part of the entire journey.

While Capitals fans might not be able to make it to every game, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in and around the Washington, D.C. area that are great for getting together to rock the red and cheer on the Caps.

Every bar has a different vibe and every person has a unique personality, but all hockey fans have one thing in common; the love for the game.

If you are looking to catch a Washington Capitals game, these are the most popular bars in the DMV.

Capitals/Hockey bars in Maryland

  • Caddie's on Cordell. 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

The downtown Bethesda haunt is a popular spot for Montgomery county locals who love supporting the home teams. 

  • Hudson Street's Stackhouse. 2626 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore's most popular Capitals bar is the place to be this upcoming season. It's a great neighborhood bar in general, with great hospitality and decent food and drink prices.

  • Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant. 1700 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

This pub may be voted as the best soccer bar in Baltimore, but it is also the city's favorite hockey bar. They have specials during every game and were featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'

Capitals/Hockey bars in Washington, D.C.

  • The Green Turtle. 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Located just a few yards from the Captial One Arena concourse, the Green Turtle is the most popular spot for fans to congregate before games, whether or not they have a ticket to the game. The Green Turtle's Mug Club allows patrons to get cheap beers during intermission.

  • Penn Commons.  700 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This go-to industrial-chic bar is the spot for Capitals fans before the game, so be prepared for some noise. It's the perfect place to get rowdy during a Caps-Pens game.

  • Iron Horse Tap Room. 507 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

If you're not headed to the game, but are near the arena, Iron Horse Tap Room is worth a visit. The saloon has 26 taps and nearly as many TVs. 

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Traditional bar food and a wide range of televisions, this bar is only a few blocks away from Capital One Arena. This is the place to come before, during and after the game. Are the Caps on the road? This is the place to be to interact with Capitals superfans like Loud Goat.

  • The Pug. 1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

What looks like a dive bar, is actually the perfect place to chill and watch the game. Plus, locals swear by their food. 

  • City Tap House - Penn Quarter. 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

An exquisite gastropub, with plenty of TVs for those who enjoy more of a rustic vibe. 

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

If you've walked down 18th street in Adams Morgan, you've walked past Ventnor Sports Cafe. It's a sports bar for people who like sports bars. Not a lot of bells and whistles. But a lot of good bar food and a lot of good beer.

Capitals/Hockey bars Virginia

  • Bugsy's Pizza. 111 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The restaurant is owned by retired NHL player, Bryan 'Bugsy' Watson, who once played for the Washington Capitals. If you are looking for a place to truly carries the spirit of Hockey, and also sells pizza... you have found your match. 

  • Glory Days Grill. 3059 Nutley Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

Great food, great beer and zero frills. The long-time pub is the perfect setting for old-school hockey fans.

  • The G.O.A.T. 3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

What was once Hard Times Cafe, an exceptional hockey bar, is now "The G.O.A.T," a super sports bar with multiple floors, dozens of massive TVs and even an authentic scoreboard.