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The best sports bars in Washington, D.C.

The best sports bars in Washington, D.C.

One thing about Washington D.C.'s bar scene, unlike other areas in the country, is that they have several great bars in the area. There are not just a handful of gems hidden throughout the city, they're all good. 

Sports bars in D.C. are the same. Whether you're looking for a local bar that celebrates your college team on Saturdays or just give you a slice of another city, the district has it all. 

But, there are some that stand out above the rest. Some are guaranteed to give you a good time every time that you show up, not just on game nights. 

And these sports bars, are not the bar home for another city's sports team. Next time you go out, keep this list handy. 

*Penn Quarter Sports Tavern - 639 Indiana Ave. NW

Three blocks away from Capital One Arena, the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is a popular location for Washington Capitals fans before and after their games. In 2018 it was voted the Washington Post Express' "Best Sports Bar" in D.C. Like all good bars, they have an outdoor patio and to make it even better it is heated. There are 35 TVs across the bar showing any game on for the day and has a 4-7pm happy hour every weekday. 

*Yard House - 812 7th St. NW  

Yard House is not just a special find in the nation's capital. There are a handful of locations across the East Coast. But for beer connoisseurs, Yard House claims to have the 'World's largest selection of draft beer.' And they are not kidding, look at their menu, with over 100 beer on tap. When it comes to food they have something for everybody and their quality is a step or two up from what one comes to expect at a sports bar.

*Penn Social - 801 E St. NW 

Not just a bar, Penn Social has an entire floor dedicated to bar and arcade games and you wouldn't even know it upon entering. It's a great place to go no matter what your intentions are for the outing. With 13,000 square feet, there's are so many activities to keep you occupied whether you are killing time during halftime of a game or just waiting for rush hour traffic to die down. Oh, and they have a 22-foot screen projector for all the major events. 

*Buffalo Billiards - 1330 19th St. NW 

With a mix of class and leisure, Buffalo Billiards brings exactly what you are looking for in a sports bar. There's a TV in all the nooks and crannies of the restaurant with every bar game imaginable. There are couches, standalone bar stools and of course tables for whichever mood you are in. They can also host private events and parties in one of their side rooms. 

*Franklin Hall - 1348 Florida Ave. NW

Walking into Franklin Hall feels like they put an extended bar in a small warehouse (actually it's a former laundry building), but it can pack the house for big events. There are limited options in terms of TV options if one wants to sit in the restaurant part of the bar, but a great gathering for a large group of friends. 

*Nellie's Sports Bar - 900 U St.

Known as D.C.'s first gay sports bar, Nellie's is one of the top spots in the area to come and watch a game. Typically mornings are saved for brunch specials and the late afternoons and early evenings transition to game nights. 

*Lucky Bar - 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW

If you need a place to grab the early European soccer games, Lucky Bar is the place for you. As such, they also have an early and long happy hour (3-8pm) with a no-frills policy. Smaller than a majority of the other bars on this list, it an intimate location with an outgoing personality. 

*Cleveland Park Sports Bar and Grill -3421 Connecticut Ave. NW

A fan of hidden gems? Cleveland Park Sports Bar and Grill is that location. A small business that is in their 15th year of operation is a local's favorite not too far from the National Zoo. The food will not wow you, but for the price and the environment, it's a nice stop and variation from a typical city bar. 

*Lou's City Bar - 1400 Irving St. NW

Tuesday trivia nights and Friday karaoke nights are a must visit at Lou's. There are comfortable bar and table seating, with an outdoor patio. Located right by the Columbia Heights Metro stop, it's a convenient bar for those on their way in or out of D.C. 

*Dock FC - 1400 Okie St. NE

There's not a better place to catch a soccer match in DC than Dock FC in Ivy City. There are so many TVs that when you first walk in it can seem overwhelming. If there is not a soccer match or marque sporting event there will be plenty of space and the servers will take care of you. On soccer game days, well it's about what you expect. 

*Penn Commons - 700 6th St. NW

Watching multiple games at once will not be a problem whatsoever here. And their happy hour drinks and food specials are fantastic. If you are an avid sports fan, this is the place for you. 

*Player's Club - 1400 14th St. NW

An old-school 1970s style bar is a great venue to go out and enjoy a night watching sports. During special events, it is packed from wall-to-wall and there are waits for the arcade games (which are either 25 or 50 cents).

Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years has been an incredible one so far

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Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years has been an incredible one so far

The last time a Virginia team qualified for a spot at the Little League World Series was 1994. This was also the year Disney released the original Lion King and Forrest Gump made his monumental run around the United States. 

Twenty-five years later, the Loudon South Little League team will be making their run (or hopefully, runs) around the bases. 

It all started back in South Riding, Va., where the team won 16 consecutive games to take the Southeast Region tournament title. Pitcher Justin Lee fell to his knees amidst the final out of game 16, where Loudoun South dominated Peachtree City, Ga. 12-2, and advanced themselves to the Little League World Series. 

Led by head coach Alan Bowden, this experience had been a dream for both the players and the coach. Bowden has coached the program for numerous years, and more than two-thirds of the team have played on other successful squads of his. To put it lightly, Bowden is a community man coaching a community team. And given Loudoun South's positive results, it definitely shows. 

The boys entered their first LLWS game against New England's Barrington Little League team on Friday, August 16th. With tenacity and what appeared to be just sheer coolness, the Southeast regional champions completed the 52nd no-hitter in LLWS history, crushing the Rhode Island team 3-0

Loudoun South didn't stop there. Lee returned to the mound and proceeded to complete the 53rd no-hitter in LLWS history, striking out six and walking only two. The game ended shortly after as Lee and the team reached the Little League's margin-of-victory rule. 

The Virginia team's next matchup will be against West champions Hawaii. Central East Maui baseball team most recently completed a 6-0 victory over Elizabeth, N.J. on Monday, August 19th. 

Wednesday may be a humbling experience for Lee, who has gained much public attention and sparked excitement on social media. Central East Maui's Jaren Pascual is one of the best sluggers in the league, packing a dangerously powerful bat and scoring an unlikely home run last Sunday. 

With one of the league's best pitchers facing off against one of the league's best at-bats, teams, communities and the astonishingly large amount of spectators all over the world will be sitting on the edge of their seats. 


Justin Lee throws no-hitter to lead Loudoun South in dominant Little League World Series win

Justin Lee throws no-hitter to lead Loudoun South in dominant Little League World Series win

The first team from Virginia to make the Little League World Series in 25 years is certainly making the most of its opportunity. Loudoun South threw its second no-hitter in as many games in a dominant 11-0 win over the Midwest Region champion out of Minnesota on Sunday.

Justin Lee enjoyed another dominant start. In the team’s first win on Friday, Lee pitched 2.2 innings in the combined no-hitter. On Sunday, he was able to go the distance. Lee pitched the full four innings with six strikeouts and two walks in 54 pitches.

As dominant as the pitching was, however, the bats were there to match.

Loudoun South did not wait long to take control. A double by Liam Thyen in the first inning brought in three runs giving the team a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish. A five-run second inning further cemented the dominant lead.

The bats were hot all day for Loudoun South who finished with nine total hits in just four innings. Thyien finished the game with five RBIs.

With the win, Loudoun South advances to within one game of the United States Championship. They will play the winner of the West and Mid-Atlantic champs on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.