It’s football season, DC, which means you could do you Sunday RedZone binge alone, at home, with some excellent pizza delivered to your lap. But why ignore the fantastic bars DC has that aim to make your game-day that little bit more excellent. They’re the dive bars drawing fans of all stripes with great atmospheres and killer bar snacks and they’re the halls of mega-screens making sure you never miss a moment of the action. And they’re waiting for you. So, helmets on, and get playing.
The best sports bars in DC
Our guide to the sports bars DC folks need to hit to watch football, soccer, baseball and more with great bar snacks and beers
Best sports bars in DC
The front Bar at Solly’s hides a deceptively large space for living and dying with your favorite teams. This is especially true if those teams include the Ohio State Buckeyes or Miami Dolphins. This is one of DC’s best dives, and although you can get craft offerings like DC Brau, the PBR and Schlitz flow freely. Don’t let the suds fool you though: the kitchen is knocking out delicious bar food. The wings (with extra chunky blue cheese dressing) and burger (with hand-cut fries) aren’t to be missed. No room in the front? Check out more TVs and bars in the back or upstairs.
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Although Lucky Bar has long been recognized as the premier DC location to watch soccer, don’t sleep on it as an option for other sports as well. Food and drink specials every night of the week ensure that you’ll find a deal no matter what sport is on the screen. The food isn’t going to surprise you (except for maybe the full English breakfast, which is available on weekends), so don’t come looking for gourmet. Supporters of Arsenal FC and both Manchester United and City FCs will find kindred spirits here, but that shouldn’t scare off fans of any other stripe.
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Enter a rundown, residential-looking storefront notable only for the litany of recent bar trends spray painted on the door (you won't actually find small plates, daiquiris or mojitos here), walk up a flight of rickety stairs and find the diviest of the bars on this list. Okay, so it’s not a “sports bar,” in the traditional sense: there aren’t banks of TVs or greasy burgers. But so long as a team from Detroit or Chicago (or DC) is playing, Ivy & Coney is a haven for sports fans. Enjoy a Detroit-style coney or Chicago-style dog, some cheap beer and the camaraderie of those who like all of the above. Bring cash though—credit doesn’t cut it here.