It’s finally happened—Washington, D.C.’s hometown Major League Baseball team, the Washington Nationals, are going to the World Series, and fans are understandably losing their minds. After all, the last time the capital’s baseball team made it to the series was 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt threw out the first pitch opening Game 3. And it was 1924 when D.C.’s team—then the Washington Senators—won the coveted title, beating the heavily favored New York Giants in an epic extra innings Game 7 victory.
This time, the Nats are again considered the underdogs, going up to bat against the American League champs, the Houston Astros, who won it all in 2017. Currently, Games 1 and 2 run Tues., Oct. 22 through Wed., Oct. 23 at Houston. Games 3-5 run Fri., Oct. 25 through Sun., Oct. 27 in D.C. Don’t have tickets? Luckily, the District is packed with bars and restaurants with plenty of big-screen action (and likely tons of specials). Here are a few places around town to cheer on D.C.’s hometown heroes.
1070 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.847.0953
This cavernous lounge-meets-indoor beer garden in Georgetown offers cozy bi-level quarters for bonding with fellow game lovers. In the bar, find 28 draft beers plus slushies. On the menu, find classic beer hall bites and heftier fare like burgers and tacos. The World Series brings specials including $8 steins of Narragansett beer and $8 Bulleit whiskey.
50 M St. SE, 202.899.2800
With sightlines overlooking Nationals Park, this Navy Yard hotel (an official Nats partner) is the next best thing to being in the stands. Luckily for locals, the roof deck is open to the public Friday (4-9 pm) and Saturday (noon-9 pm), just in time for the Nats to take the home field in Games 3 and 4. Look for local brews and themed cocktails like “The First Peach.”
1221 Van St. SE, 202.810.7010
If you can’t be in the stands for all the action, this spot is the next-best thing. Located just a stone’s throw from Nationals Park, the two-story space has four bar areas—one of which claims D.C.’s longest bar at 150 feet—with plenty of big-screens, plus a menu of Tex-Mex favorites to keep you energized when the action goes into extra innings. Look for World Series specials, when the bar opens at 4 pm Tuesday-Wednesday, and 11 am Friday-Sunday.
639 Indiana Ave. NW, 202.347.6666
Located near Capital One Arena in bustling Penn Quarter-Chinatown, this space normally draws Washington Capitals fans for NHL action on the big screen. But expect a rambunctious crowd of sports fans of all stripes during the World Series matchup. Here, fans have 35 TVs and two full bars. The kitchen turns out dishes like Korean BBQ tacos and the Penn Quarter Burger, made with a half pound of certified Angus beef served on a brioche roll.
1214 18th St. NW, 240.308.9267
When it comes to sports, this Dupont Circle space has it all. It claims the largest HD projector in D.C., with 31 HD TVs on the main floor, another 13 in the upstairs lounge and four more on the roof deck. On the menu, find all your bar favorites, from nachos to chicken strips and tater tots, plus Bell’s Two Hearted ale on tap and Goose Island IPA in bottles, among others.
1210 N. Garfield St., 703.276.7337
Fans looking for a stylish, modern spot to hole up might want to head here. With 2,800 square feet of space, fans have tons of space to settle into, plus 39 “infinity-edge” television screens. High-rollers can go all out for the series and reserve the VIP area with its three TVs.
529 23rd St. South, 703.521.8215
This sprawling space gives sports fans tons of places to roam. A dining room serves up plenty of hunger-satisfying dishes, while multiple bars offer up all the baseball action. When things slow down or get too hot to handle, fans can take a break in the pool hall (which also has several big screens, naturally).
3028 Wilson Blvd., 703.528.8888
Three areas and two floors equal 10,000 square feet of fun at this game-lover’s hot spot. More than 50 HD TVs and three TV “walls” promise plenty of sightlines so you won’t miss a minute of the series. And a wide-ranging menu ensures enough sustenance to keep you going into extra innings.
1106 King St., 703.721.3970
Newly opened on Old Town’s main drag, this spot has two stories and an outdoor beer garden, where fans can catch all the action. In-house beer “Cicerones” offer expertise on the extensive beer list, which complement the kitchen’s Belgian flavors. Get there early to snag a seat in front of the televisions in this cozy space.
1501 Mt. Vernon Ave., 571.319.0343
Opened by the owners of well-regarded Live Oak nearby, this Del Ray newbie naturally dishes up some tasty fare for the sports-loving crowd. Several big-screens carry series action, with game-day specials like $3 lagers during the first inning and $5 chili cheese dogs and “Ball Park Caramel Popcorn.”