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Capitals Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials

Capitals Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials

As the Stanley Cup Final shifts back to Vegas for Game 5, there will be no shortage of activities down and around Capital One Arena Thursday night. 

The Washington Capitals have an opportunity to close out the series and win their first-ever Cup on the road. 

Over 12,000 fans showed up for the Game 1 watch party at Capital One Arena and over 14,000 showed up for Game 2.

Know what you're getting into before the night is underway and consider this list. 

Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 5 Watch Party Guide

Washington, D.C.

Clyde's of Gallery Place: 707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Be right next door to the action at Capital One Arena by watching the game at Clyde's. $4 Anheuser-Busch products all night long. 

Fado Irish Pub: 808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001: Hopping Irish staple with pub fare, draft beer & late-night snacks. Thursday night specials include $25 buckets (Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra) only offered during the game. 

Franklin Hall: 1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009: Miller High Life specials include $4 pints and $8 liters. Game 5 presented on all TV's with SOUND ON. 

Hen Quarter: 750 E. Street, Washington, D.C., 20004. Besides their D.C. location, Hen Quarter has locations across the DMV in Silver Spring, Md., and Old Town. They've held watch parties throughout the playoffs, so expect some action if you decide to watch the game there.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004: Be right in the center of it all at Penn Quarter. Right near Capital One Arena, enjoy the two full bars and multiple TV's as well as sidewalk seating to enjoy the game on.

Penn Social: 801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004. $2 off all draft beers, $5 rails, $6 wine from 4-7pm before Game 5. Every seat is the best seat in the house with their 22-foot screen that will be showing the game.

Public Bar: 1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036: Located in Dupont Circle, Public Bar features an enormous projector screen on one of its three-floors available to watch the game, including a spacious rooftop with bottle service.

Sudhouse DC: 1340 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009: happy hour will run from 4 PM through all of Game 5, which will be presented with SOUND ON. Half-priced double fist (beer and a shot) drinks offered on all three floors.  

Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002: You can find some of the best game day specials here featuring: $12.50 Bud and Bud Light buckets, $10 Narragansett Buckets, $4 rails, $14.99 pitchers of "Ovi Juice:" (vodka, triple sec, cranberry and sprite), and $4 Union Pub Pilsner drafts. One new special for Thursday is the $5 shot: Toss it Back(strom). 

Ventnor Sports Cafe: 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009: Bi-level sports bar with multiple TVs, photos & memorabilia on the walls and bar food. Thursday specials include $5 tall boys and their new rock-the-red punch (strawberry punch with local DC vodka). Game 5 presented with sound on.

Yard House: 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001: known for its high-end take on the sports bar scene, The Yard House features 110 different draft beers to choose from as you cheer on the Caps. 

Maryland:

Brickside: 4866 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814: Also on Cordell, Brickside will be showing the Game and offering food and drink specials as you cheer on the Caps.

Caddies on Cordell: 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814: Watch the game on one of the 50+ TVs while enjoying their gameday specials of $3 Rock The Red shooters and $12 pitchers (Miller Lite, Bud Lite and Yuengling) all day and night. According to management, late-night happy hour will be offered from 11:30 to close. Drink specials include Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling for $3. Additionally, $4 IPAs and $6 rail drinks will be offered, along with half-priced appetizers and $7 cheese pizzas.  

Jimmy's Famous Seafood: 6526 Holabird Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224: This seafood bar in Baltimore is offering  $5 crushes, $5 crab cake sliders and $5 bombs ahead of Thursday's Game 5. which will be presented with SOUND ON. 

Lee's Pint & Shell: 2844 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224: A hip destination serving a seafood-centric menu paired with a long list of bourbon & beer. Per management, free shots are being offered after Caps' goals. If the Caps win, there will be an open bar for one full hour after the game. Game 5 presented with SOUND ON. 

McGinty's Public House: 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910: lively Irish pub that will present Game 5 on a projector with 11 additional televisions between the two floors. 

Union Jack's of Annapolis: 2072 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401: Food and drink specials. SOUND ON all TV's and projectors. 

Virginia:

#AuthenticFan Watch Part. Port City Brewing. 3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

A-Town: 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203: Located one block from the Ballston Metro Station. Street parking is available in front of the restaurant and nearby side streets, with garage parking within walking distance. Enjoy Game 5 with SOUND ON. 

Don Tito: 3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: Watch the game with SOUND on any one of their three floors. Frozen margarita specials. 

The G.O.A.T: 3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: With over 50 HD TVs and three 12-foot "Tv walls," you won't miss any of the action here. Watch Game 5 with SOUND ON in the heart of Clarendon. 

Mister Days: 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: Get there early for $2 beers (Miller Lite, Bud Light & Narragansett Drafts) from 4-6pm. In-game specials include 24 oz. big boys (Bud Light & Miller Lite) for $7 each, buckets of beer for $20 and $12 pitchers. Game 5 will be presented on the projector screen with SOUND ON.   

Twinpanzee Brewing Co.: 101-D Executive Dr, Sterling, VA 20166: Discounted pints during the game starting at 8.

Know of any other great watch parties in the D.C. area? Let us know on Twitter at @NBCSCapitals or in the comments below.

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Key Caps questions: Will the Caps suffer a Stanley Cup hangover?

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Key Caps questions: Will the Caps suffer a Stanley Cup hangover?

The dog days of summer are officially here, but it's never too hot to talk some hockey.

Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir and Capitals correspondent JJ Regan are here to help you through the offseason doldrums. They will discuss key questions facing the Caps for the upcoming season as Washington prepares to defend its title for the first time in franchise history.

Today's question: Will the Caps suffer a Stanley Cup hangover?

Tarik: The term ‘Stanley Cup Hangover’ exists because, well, it’s a real thing. And the Caps, like all teams that battle into early June, are vulnerable to suffering from it next season.

Why? Think about it. No. 1, the core group just completed the longest season—106 games—of their lives (and, somewhere, the party is still going). No. 2, the top guys aren't exactly a bunch of spring chickens. No. 3, human nature.

A little more on that last one. Alex Ovechkin and Co. have spent the entirety of their professional hockey careers chasing Lord Stanley’s Cup. And now they have it. At long last. Hoisting the Cup was as much a moment to cherish as it was a gigantic relief for a team that had been labeled perennial underachievers. Shifting gears from that feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment back to hunger and determination is difficult.

Something else that worries me a bit? They don’t have experience dealing with a truncated offseason. Rest and recovery matter. And they aren’t going to get much of either this summer.

All that said, they don’t have to stumble through the 2018-19 season. If you're looking at things from the optimist's point of view, the Cup run did something for Ovechkin and his teammates that none of the previous failures could: It showed them EXACTLY what it takes to play deep into the spring.

Eleven out of 12 forwards from the championship squad are expected back. Five of six defensemen and the goalie are returning, as well. Sure, they’ve got a new head coach, but he’s been here for four years already, giving him a huge advantage over a bench boss who’s starting from scratch. So there’s continuity and chemistry already built in.

I look at it like this: The core guys who’ve been around a while—Ovechkin, Backstrom, Carlson, Holtby, etc.—have a rare opportunity before them. After coming up short for so many years, they’ve been gifted an extraordinary chance to make up for lost time over the next 12-24 months. In fact, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Backstrom, Oshie, Eller, Carlson, Niskanen, Orlov, Kempny and Holtby have two more years together, as a core, before the next round of tough decisions will need to be made.

But it’s going to be up to them. Are they going to be satisfied with one Cup? Or will they get greedy? I’m betting on the latter.

Regan: The Capitals could enter next season hungry, motivated, in the right mindset, completely prepared in every way to avoid a Cup hangover and it may still happen. Why? Because the Capitals (and Vegas for that matter) will enter next season with less time to rest, recover and prepare after a grueling playoff run than any other team in the NHL.

First things first, no, I do not think the Caps will struggle because they are are partying too hard this summer and won't be ready for the start of the season.

It took a long time Washington to finally reach the top of the mountain. It won't be lost on Alex Ovechkin, or any of the veterans, that the year he came into training camp early and in really good shape, that was the year he was able to lead his team to the promised land. Considering all the struggles, all the early playoff exits, all the years it took to finally win, I expect the veterans will look at how they prepared last season and take that lesson to heart going into camp. Those players will enter the fall in as good a shape as the time they have this offseason will allow them to be.

But this team is not just composed of veterans of the Ovechkin era who suffered through all of those postseason struggles.

What about the youngsters? Will Jakub Vrana have the same motivation as Ovechkin or a Nicklas Backstrom to show up to camp ready next season? What about Chandler Stephenson, Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey? If any of the team's young players aren't exactly in "game shape" by the fall, they won't be the first and they certainly won't be the last to struggle with early career playoff success.

There's also a new head coach to consider. In a lot of ways, I think coming into the season with a new coach in Todd Reirden will help. I don't expect too much adjustment under a coach the team knows very well, but I do expect more motivation at the start of the regular season than you usually see from a team coming off a championship.

There are a lot of reasons why the Caps could actually avoid a Cup hangover, but the fact is that time puts them at a disadvantage. Even if they overcome all the other factors, there's nothing they can do to suddenly give themselves more time to recover and to train. For that reason alone, I do expect a few early-season struggles from the defending champs.

Other key questions

How will the Caps look different under Todd Reirden?

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Capitals' T.J. Oshie had so much fun golfing, drinking through shirt again at celebrity golf tournament

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Capitals' T.J. Oshie had so much fun golfing, drinking through shirt again at celebrity golf tournament

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may have won the American Century Championships celebrity golf tournament this weekend, but T.J. Oshie definitely had the most fun.

Using the Modified Stableford scoring format for the tournament — which included several pro and retired athletes, such as Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Charles Barkley and Joe Pavelski — Oshie finished with 11 points, tying for 48th with NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown and Golf Channel host Lisa Cornwell. 

But the Capitals' winger's score didn't really matter because Oshie was out on the Lake Tahoe golf course in Nevada just having fun with his family and continuing the epic celebration as a new Stanley Cup champion. Obviously, that meant playing and chugging a beer through his t-shirt as 'We Are The Champions' played.

His brother, Taylor, was his caddy, and at one point, Oshie borrowed his brother's beer helmet while putting. He sunk it, and it was amazing.

Yeah, Oshie had a great weekend. Here's a look at some other moments from his weekend on Lake Tahoe.

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