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Top ACC bars in D.C.

Top ACC bars in D.C.

What makes a sports bar great? Is it a delicious food selection, drink specials or multiple TV’s?  

We know that the start of college football will be here within the blink of an eye and we know that you’ll want to catch the game somewhere worthwhile. 

This list includes the top D.C. sports bars that cater to your favorite Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college teams. 

Clemson 

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub 
3207 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

O’Sullivan’s features a menu with traditional Irish food and drinks, specializing in whiskey. By just watching the game at O’Sullivan’s you are supporting our Club’s Memorial Endowed Scholarship to help local high school students attend Clemson. Both bars are generously donating 5% of all first half food and drink sales back to our Scholarship Fund.

Boston College 

Across The Pond 
1732 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20009

Located in Dupont Circle, this neighborhood restaurant pub has freshly cooked, homemade style dining, beer specials, and a friendly atmosphere. Across The Pond has a Boston sports fans meetup group and welcomes Boston fans to come out and watch the games on projections screens and many HD TVs with house sound. 

Duke 

Blackfinn Ameripub DC 
1620 I St NW Washington, District Of Columbia  20003

Blackfinn Ameripub offers a variety of crave-able items including Nashville hot chicken sliders, street tacos, and local and regional crafts. DC welcomes fellow Duke alumni family and friends to football watch parties this upcoming season. 

University of Miami 

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 
639 Indiana Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20004

Enjoy traditional American favorites like nachos, wings, and burgers at the bar, in a booth or outside on the enclosed heated patio. $12 pitchers of beer and half-priced foods are available during weekday happy hour after 7 p.m. Many University of Miami alumni call Penn Quarter Sports Tavern home and often gather there on game days. 

University of Virginia (UVA)

Rebellion
1836 18TH Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

After several faithful years, Rebellion has partnered with UVA to bring the DC Hoos an unforgettable game-day experience. Located in Dupont circle, Rebellion strives to provide a true neighborhood feel. From great food to a vibrant bar scene, Rebellion is all about promoting a fun fan experience. It has a bar, dining area, and open-air rooftop patio seating. 

North Carolina State 

Ugly Mug
723 8th St SE Washington, D.C. 20003

The Ugly Mug is a casual bar with a rooftop deck. This bar specializes in classic American fare and a great old time with $30 towers of Miller Lite available on game days. 

Georgia Tech 

Penn Social 
801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Looking to get cozy and enjoy the game? Penn Social has couches and seating for groups of all sizes. Penn Social also has a spacious viewing room with large projector screens and HD TV’s placed along the walls. There are three bars and over 30 drafts. 

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Watch a George Mason walk-on receive a full scholarship

There are not many videos better in this world than walk-on college athletes receiving a full-ride scholarship and their ensuing reaction. 

George Mason's men's basketball team gave everyone one of those emotional moments. Jack Tempchin, who's in his third year as a preferred walk-on for the Patriots, received the scholarship after Thursday's practice. 

His teammates reacted appropriately. 

On Twitter, the redshirt junior thanked his teammates, coaches and family who helped get him to this point. 

As a walk-on, Tempchin has only played in 16 games throughout his three years. Most of his minutes have been in garbage time of blowouts or to come in the game to pick-up a quick foul. Throughout those appearances, he's put up six points, four of them coming from the charity stripe. 

Gotta love when a player gets properly rewarded for their hard work and dedication. 

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Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Shock and disbelief were carved onto the faces of the Virginia Cavaliers as they walked off the court from their lone NCAA Tournament game in March 2018.

The top-seeded Cavaliers had just lost, as is the case for 67 of the 68 teams that enter the big dance. But their loss was different. Their loss was unprecedented. 

They had just entered the record books for all the wrong reasons. The 2018 Cavaliers became the first-ever No. 1 seed to be upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to a No. 16 seed. 

The greatest upset in college basketball history belongs to the UMBC Retrievers for their manhandling of Virginia that day. However, that unlikely victory – as incredible and monumental the feat was – is not what is highlighted today. 

That UMBC victory sparked what would become a great comeback year for Virginia. A year later, the Cavaliers would squash their demons and take home the national championship.

Both years were exceptionally dominant for Virginia. The former being the No. 1 overall seed of the tournament. Combined their records were 60-5 excluding their NCAA Tournament games. To produce such an incredible mark, they rode on the back of their intimidating defense to get there. In 2018 they were fifth in adjusted defense according to KenPom. That rose to first the year that they won it. 

With such a good defense, it left some holes on their offense. Sure, they held opponents to only 53 points but they did not muster much better on the other end of the court. Their offense was a problem and it cost them by scoring only 54 to UMBC. 

Nothing changed for Virginia the following season. Their identity – a slower pace, defense-first mindset that many regarded as the sole reason for their loss to UMBC – did not waiver. Head coach Tony Bennett just had them improve in every aspect of their game. 

Most importantly, though, they got all their key figures to return. DeAndre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome were all there to avenge the loss.

It made the celebration for the Cavaliers so much more triumphant. It was easy to feel the relief that Hunter exhaled as he chucked the basketball to the rafters as the final seconds in the national championship game ticked away. A story tale ending was complete. One that was filled with chills and narratives that the best storytellers in Hollywood could not script.