Boston sports fans far from home deserve a place to watch their seemingly endless championship dynasties reign. If nothing else, this is a place for D.C. sports fans to avoid on certain game days. Whether it's a Sox game at 1:05 p.m. or one of those nights where the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots overlap, these bars, pubs and taverns will make you feel as close to home as possible 500 miles away.
1. Dirty Water DC
While they brand themselves as "The Boston Sports Bar of DC," Dirty Water is much more than that. Known to host quite a few parties for all kinds of sporting events day or night, every Boston sports fan should celebrate here at least once. This is the place for the most raucous and rowdy -- prepare for champagne showers.
2. Capitol Lounge
Their tagline is "No politics. No Miller Lite," which seems too good to be true. The part that makes Capitol Lounge so great is their specialized New England Patriots food menu for game days -- highlights include with Yo Soy Fiesta nachos (shoutout to Gronk), Gooddell Can Suck My Quesadillas, Foxboro fries, and Beli-chicken tenders. I'll take one of everything!
3. Buffalo Billiards
BB carries Sam Adams Boston Lager, Light AND seasonal in addition to having billiards, skeeball, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong and a handful of classic arcade games. Located in Dupont Circle, it's a convenient location to meet up with other Boston fans across the district. Patriots and Bruins fans have been known to spend game nights here.
4. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub
I would not lead you outside D.C. if it wasn't worth it, but Murphy's is a diehard spot for all things New England sports. This tavern as authentically Irish as it gets, with the added bonus of welcoming Notre Dame fans as well. They reserve the upstairs level of the restaurant for Patriots games watch parties in season and plaster their televisions with NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Gameplan along with NHL, Big 10 and MLB pay-per-view packages.
5. Ireland's Four Courts
Four Courts has been a staple of the Arlington Courthouse neighborhood for nearly 20 years. You may have heard of them as a soccer pub, but they're also members of Patriots Nation. Four Courts keeps a hearty amount of Irish beer and whiskey on the menu for all drinking festivities.
6. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
PQST is tons of fun for any sports fan and was voted the Washington Post's 2018 Best Sports Bar. They air every single DirecTV sports package and have an outdoor patio just three blocks from Capital One Arena.
7. Church Hall
This Georgetown beer hall boasts liter pours of beer, including Narragansett and Allagash White on draft. With TVs lining the walls above seated booths and long hall tables, there's room for everyone to watch the game at Church Hall.
8. Penn Social
This sports bar with a patio and arcade is in the same family as Church Hall, so they're doing something right. PS keeps a 22-foot movie screen and nine 10-foot flatscreens to keep the games their patrons want are on while you're drinking in celebration or worry.
9. Public Bar
Public Bar was one of D.C.'s top-five sports bars until it temporarily closed in 2018. To class it up a bit, Public Bar was revived in March 2019 with a live music stage but retains its passion for being a sports bar. The revamped decor is modern yet sporty and attracts lively fans looking for any game.
10. Across the Pond
ATP serves better-than-average pub fare in the heart of Dupont Circle and is an official sponsor for a Boston Fans in D.C. group that regularly meets up for games and organizes events when Boston teams are in town, including buses to Camden Yards. One of the owners claims loyalty to the Red Sox, Pats and Bruins.
11. Blackfinn Ameripub DC
To include an honorable mention outside the top 10, we land on Blackfinn Ameripub adjacent to Farragut Square. I have personally spent two Super Bowls here in five years of living in the D.C. area, just because so many Patriots fans meet up here. The classic bar food is spectacular, and the staff enjoys the spirit of gameday here.
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