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).