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Friday Question of the Day – Favorite Sports Bar? Favorite Bar to Watch Sports?

by Prince Of Petworth — March 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm 60 Comments

51st state
2512 L Street, NW

Sources say that 51st State has closed. Their phone goes to generic voicemail, website is down and their Facebook hasn’t been updated since Feb. 2. And with March Madness starting as well as yesterday’s question about NASCAR – I thought we should revisit our favorite spots to watch sports in DC? Do you have particular spots you prefer depending on the sport? If so, please specify which sport you are watching at each bar/restaurant?

  • saf

    I love Walter’s, as they actually show DC sports, especially the Nats. I also enjoy watching sports at Meridian Pint, Smoke and Barrel, and Red Rocks. I used to enjoy watching the Nats at Kangaroo Boxing Club (Thanks Carrie! And Kat, thanks for putting on the Nats, despite your loyalties.)

    • saf

      Oh, I also like Ventnor’s, they just aren’t as convenient.

      • Anon

        +1 for Ventnors. Great food and nice staff and as a Flyers/Phillies/Eagles fan, it’s perfect.

    • Guillermo Brown

      +1 for Walters. Great viewing set up

    • Ben

      The setup at Walters is ideal but the food is crap (haven’t really tried it sense they changed owners a few months back so maybe that’s changed).

      • tim

        …nope – still not great.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I can’t say anything about the food, but the drinks are pretty damn good, in my book – good HH specials and STRONG!

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think the food at Walter’s is bad (i.e. inedible), but agree it’s a notch below most sports bars. Hopefully, they’ll step up their game because I agree, it’s a great sports bar. They have one of the most unique happy hours in DC. They are my go-to sports bar in Petworth.

          • dcd

            What makes a happy hour unique?

          • DCresident

            +1 @dcd – the happy hour is east coast beers 5-7 and west coast beers 7-9 I believe. Basically the hh beers change based upon the time zone where the beer is from, which is pretty neat.

        • textdoc

          I don’t even like sports, but I like Walter’s (Walters?) when there’s not a game on — nice neighborhood joint, and I agree with LBP about the cocktails being both good and strong. (Without actually _tasting_ strong, which is a plus.) See our comments on the topic at https://www.popville.com/2016/02/random-reader-rant-andor-revel-1504/#comment-1087526 .
          .
          I haven’t been to Walter’s in a while, and when I was just checking the menu on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/walterssportsbardc/menu/?ref=page_internal ), it looks like their happy hour no longer includes $5 (or maybe it was $6?) cocktails, which makes me very, very sad. 🙁
          .
          I LOVED their Ruby Slipper cocktail (Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice, and St. Germain), especially for $5.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            oh booo! That sucks!

    • lizcolleena

      ugh Walters’ food is terrible, and their set-up is not great. At least three times I’ve been to watch NFL, and I can either not see my game on TV due to so many people standing behind the bar seats with their butts/backs in my face and/or I have to crane my neck to see half the screens.
      .
      Meridian Pint, while not being a perfect set up, at least has enough TVs to separate people a little bit. I don’t want some dude’s butt in my face!

  • Christopher Russo

    I assume this means that the Watergate West poker room above 51st State is also gone? Used to see some crazy action there almost a decade ago.

  • Will

    Penn Quarter Sports Bar

  • Ben

    I liked the upstairs bar at Homestead during the Nats playoffs. I need to give the Pitch a try…. I’m in search of a good sports bar in Petworth with decent wings – Walters just doesn’t cut it.

    • timmyp

      The Pitch is AWFUL!!! Given it 10+ tries. You’re better off walking down to Reynolds or Walter’s provided Walter’s isn’t doing trivia over a playoff game like they did twice last year.
      Duffy’s is still my go to but if I’m walking I’m going to one of those two or the Midlands. Midlands is going to be great once it warms up but even still there is a really good sized indoor space as well. Watched a game there last year and enjoyed it.

      • Ben

        Good to know. Yea forgot about Midlands for watching sports. I might have to give them a try come April….

  • Diane

    Cleveland Park Grill. They have decent bar food, lots if televisions, and a patio bar upstairs.

    • Cleveland Park runner

      Yes, CPBG is awesome. Football Sundays are great, because they play literally every game and mark which TVs will play which game, which is very helpful when one arrives early to stake out a spot.

      • PetworthGuy

        +1 Soooo many TVs, plus a rooftop with TVs as well. Food is actually pretty good and their happy hour is a good deal also. This was my go to when living in Mclean Gardens.

        • sorry, I like CPBG but I think the food is pretty terrible and also overpriced for a sports bar.

    • maxwell smart

      +1 Food is pretty great, decent beer selection, and the roof deck in the summer is amazing.

    • MtP

      Yep, CPBG is the best sports bar in the city, in my opinion. I like the vibe at Walter’s better, but the food and more TVs put CPBG over the top.

  • AJSE

    Justin’s Cafe!

  • Ward One Resident

    I actually just prefer to go to my favorite neighborhood spots. They all have TVs and if you’re there enough (which my liver confirms that I am), they will typically put on anything you ask.

  • Anonymous

    To be a good sports bar, you have to have the SOUND on for games. I don’t even care if it’s the game I’m watching. No sound, no sports bar.

    • Nosoundguy

      What does sound add? The yabbering idiotic play-by-play to yell at? The commercials?

      • Ben

        I personally love the dorkiness of F. P. Santangelo, color analyst for the Washington Nationals

        • He drives me a little crazy as he tends to come off as master of the obvious, but anything is better than Rob Dibble.

    • saf

      In that case, I will never go to a sports bar. The sound is always acoustic mush, and if there’s more than one game on…

  • Crazyquilt

    Duffy’s for me, hands down.

  • MarkQ

    Even as an avid sports fan, I never quite got into the sports bar culture. Would much rather watch an event live or in the comfort of my home, where I don’t have to deal with drunks and rowdy grown fans. Having said that, I do occasionally go to Crystal City Sports Pub on NFL sundays and Summers for soccer mainly for the social spectacle of it all.

    • anon7

      I’m not personally a big fan of Clarendon/ Courthouse, but they do sports bars right over there. Summers, Bracket Room, etc…

    • dcd

      Absolutely agree. If it’s a gam I care about, I watch it at home, or a friend’s house. If I am just interested in the event or spectacle, then a sports bar is fun.

    • DeanWillow

      Agree about Crystal City Sports Pub. Used to live down there. Now live in DC and I still return for NFL games.

  • Joe C

    Penn Social does it right

  • Anon H St

    Any suggestions for a good bar to watch sports in the H st area? We haven’t had great luck so far.

    • skj84

      I’m not even kidding, but the Pub at the new Whole foods has a 90 inch tv. They were playing college basketball on Weds, so I’m sure other games will be shown going forward. Other than that I’m not sure. Maybe Big Board?

      • Ben

        That’s awesome. If it’s like other bar Whole Foods – you can order $1 oysters from the bar!

    • HStLion

      Star and Shamrock, Big Board, Vendetta will put a game on if you ask, Kitty’s Saloon, there are others as well that I just can’t think of right now.

    • Bryan

      Queen Vic is a big EPL bar. If not, I would say Star and Shamrock. But not many sports bars around that way.

    • Sean

      On the eastern side, Queen Vic and Biergartenhaus are the best bets. On the western side by Union Station, it’s Big Board for sure.

      90in TV at the Whole Foods, you say? Count me in.

    • beamer4prez

      Biergarten Haus is one of the best NFL spots in the city. Not sure about other sports though. They do a great job of labeling all the TVs on the patio for what game will be one to save changing channels/arguments. Plus, giant steins of beer and brats.

  • Egad

    Bravo Bar.

  • DCLadyinWaiting

    Ivy and Coney because it feels like home (aka the Midwest!)

  • KS

    Stoney’s on P St. for Nats and Wizards, Penn Commons in Chinatown for Caps (mostly for the round-the-clock HH and proximity to the action, for a fraction of Verizon Center prices).

  • Breezy

    On H St Star & Shamrock, The Big Board and Red Rocks have TVs and always show games.

  • Bryan

    I can’t believe 51st State closed! While Rebellion in AdMo replaced it as my New York Giants bar of choice (due to proximity), I spent many a Sunday there for Giants games and the occasional Yankees game. Great atmosphere. Better than expected burger and good prices on Brooklyn Lagers. This really makes me sad!

  • U st.

    The Pinch (not Pitch) and Meridian Pint. I know this was not the question, but I gave Prospect about 5 too many chances. So many things wrong with that place, including the unfortunate lay out of the floor/TVs and the changing of TVs even though you’ve been there for an hour to stake your spot out in front of the marked TV with your game (didn’t just happen once or twice..)

  • Anonymous

    Duffy’s, for wings, cheap ass pitchers, and the atmosphere. Good craic.
    Black Squirrel is great because it’s never too crowded on sports days and they’ll turn on whichever game you request. Plus I live a few doors down.

  • skaballet

    Rave: Seattle trip today to see good friend I haven’t seen in a long time.
    Rave/Rant: Potential tenants to rent apt, but want to move Apr 1 which means I need to change move date and have under a week to pack once I return.

    • skaballet

      oops wrong thread

  • soozles

    Lou’s City Bar. Great beer selection and great quinoa burger.

  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    I’ll throw in for Ventnors downstairs. Feels nice and basement-y, free popcorn, cheap Budweiser.

  • BIFM

    Ventnors and it’s not even close.

  • Michael Pierce

    Duffy’s has always been my favorite but it’s good to hear that more bars around town are finally acknowledging the Nats’ existence.
    .
    Has anyone tried Macintyre’s in Woodley Park across from the Metro? I’ve walked by a thousand times and it looks nice from the street.

  • wpk_dc

    I’m a big European soccer fan so I love Lucky Bar. Also since I’m specifically a Barcelona fan, I love watching their matches at Elephant & Castle (19th and I) as that’s the Barcelona Penya (fan club) bar. But overall sports bar: Nellies for sure!!

  • M

    Nellie’s. Great atmosphere, location, bar food, clientele and location

  • todd

    H Street needs a good sports bar. Big board is good, but not a pure sports bar.

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