9 of D.C.’s Best Sports Bars for Watching the Super Bowl

Catch every second of the big game at these top spots for sports.

Washington, D.C., may be known for its politics, but it’s also a sports haven. After all, the capital has its own NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL and even MLS home teams with rabid fans cheering each on. So it’s no surprise that D.C. has its fair share of lively sports bars. And on Sunday, February 3, those watering holes will likely overflow with Super Bowl LIII action, when the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams. Where to go? We’ve rounded up nine of our favorite sports bars, where football fiends find a variety of food and drinks, plus plenty of big screens for catching every second of the big game.

Public Bar

With three levels, Public Bar can hold up to 600 people. The main floor has 31 HD TVs and a 240-inch projector, along with extra-large booths with individually controlled TVs. The upstairs lounge has 13 HD TVs and tables with sightlines to all the screens. The rooftop deck is one of the largest in the city and offers four HD TVs, so you’ll never miss a second of the game. The menu here features burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, plus savory appetizers like tator tots, mozzarella sticks and nachos. 1214 B 18th St. NW, 202.223.2200

Public Bar

The Prospect

This two-story gastropub has over 40 HD TVs and a menu that echoes the stadium and tailgating experience. “Stadium snacks,” wings, tacos, flat breads, salads and “handhelds,” plus gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options ensure everyone in your group has something eat. The bar also has a sizeable collection of ciders, alongside signature cocktails, wine and beer. 1214 U St. NW, 202.450.4130

Nellie’s Sports Bar 

One of DC’s best LGBTQ sports bars offers a “$15 Buckets of Bud” all-day special on Super Bowl Sunday. Find burgers and sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers, plus favorites like homemade empanadas, tacos and arepas. Come early and enjoy Nellie’s Drag Brunch at 10:30 am or 1 pm that same day (tickets required). 900 U St. NW, 202.332.6355

Nellie’s Sports Bar

Lucky Bar

With three big screens and 22 TVs, Lucky Bar gives Super Bowl fans plenty of viewing opportunities. The bar also opens early on the weekends for breakfast, and for early sports games, so you never have to miss out. The menu serves up a little bit of everything, from steamed chicken dumplings to quesadillas, a falafel sandwich, grilled cheese and burritos. 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.3733 

Union Pub 

The Washingtonian called Union Pub “the most popular watering hole on the Senate side of the Capitol.” For Super Bowl LIII, the bar is offering an “All-You-Can-Drink” Super Bowl party (purchase tickets before hand to save money), with self-serve kegs, self-serve canned and bottled beers, rail liquor, appetizers and giveaways. 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.546.7200

Union Pub

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 

At Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, 35 TVs—three of which are on the enclosed, heated patio—practically guarantee fans won’t miss a second of the Super Bowl. Two full-service bars keep the good times flowing, while the menu serves up unique offerings such as tuna banh mi sliders, candied bacon deviled eggs, grilled chicken avocado and pear salad, Korean BBQ tacos and short rib mac and cheese. 639 Indiana Ave. NW, 202.347.6666

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

Jack Rose Dining Saloon 

This Adams Morgan hot spot specializes in whiskey, but pours plenty of top shelf drinks, too. For Super Bowl LIII, the bar is hosting a “Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off,” an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party with homemade chili and craft beer. Choose from five types of chili, five canned beers and 10 draft brews, such as Brooklyn Sorachi Ace saison, Hellbender Grampus, a winter brown ale from Copper Fox Distillery, a Chai Milk Stout from 7 Locks Brewing and Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager. 2007 18th St. NW, 202.588.7388

The Terrace Bar at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Penn Social 

In addition to a 22-foot movie screen and nine 10-foot screens for watching the game, Penn Social has a variety of social games like giant Jenga, shuffleboard, skee-ball, ping pong, cornhole and Mortal Kombat. Three bars pour more than 30 draft beers and popular craft brews such as Dogfish Head, Terrapin, Bell’s and Sierra Nevada. 801 E St. NW, 202.697.4900

Penn Social

First Down Sports Bar & Grill

If wings are your game-day dish of choice, then it’s worth taking a trip to First Down Sports Bar & Grill in Arlington, Virginia. This neighborhood spot offers chicken wings in 40 flavors including buffalo garlic, “Kickin’ Korean BBQ,” “Cajun Madness,” Old Bay, spicy blue cheese and mango habanero. Of course, the bar serves other fare, such as burgers, hot dogs, salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizza and tacos. Most importantly, 30 TVs screen the big game. 4213 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va., 703.465.8888

Emily Sisco
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