Rock the Red: Where to Watch the Caps
Want to root for our hometown team with fellow fans? Check out our roundup of spots with giant TVs and discounted (or free!) food and drinks during the game. Plus, find out where to go to win tickets to game seven.
Head to this Chinatown bar at 4:30 today for a chance to win tickets to tonight's game seven. A local radio station will be setting up shop and giving out free tickets until game time. While you're there, take advantage of Bar Louie's happy hour deals (4 to 7), which include $5 Absolut cocktails and half-price appetizers. Stick around even if you don't win tickets—Bar Louie’s 15 TVs will be tuned to the game.
Local sports-and-music blogger Kyle Gustafson went to the Black Squirrel to watch the Caps beat the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. He says, “It’s not a ‘sports bar’ per se, but they have three flat screens and great mac and cheese.” On Friday nights, there’s an all-night happy hour.
There are three projection screens in this basement bar in Dupont Circle. Plus, with five dart boards, a shuffleboard table, and 29 pool tables, it’s almost impossible for non-hockey fans to get bored. To celebrate game seven, the bar will be serving up $3 Corona and Corona Light bottles and offering a $2 discount on premium margaritas and tequila shots.
Want to watch the Caps and drink for free? Head to Dupont Circle’s Darlington House, where bartenders in the restaurant’s Cantina Pub will give customers a free round of Miller Lite every time the Caps score. The flat-screen TVs behind the bar will be tuned to the game.
This one’s an obvious choice for sports lovers, but what sports-bar roundup would be complete without it? Televisions are almost everywhere you look at this tourist-laden restaurant and bar, so it’ll be hard to miss any of the action. Plus, you can play arcade games between periods.
51st State Tavern
This West End neighborhood spot has 11 TVs, including a 60-inch plasma screen. The Wednesday-night specials will be available for hockey fans: $3 Dos Equis and Magic Hat bottles from 8 PM to close.
The Greene Turtle
This place is literally attached to the Verizon Center, so we can only imagine the droves of Caps fans that will turn out to watch the game. There are 20 TVs in the place, including some in the booths, that will be showing the game. Tonight, take advantage of the Wednesday special: $1.50 of margaritas from 7 to close. Hockey fans can also sip bottles of Bud for $5.50.
Attention, Twitter users—here's a deal you can use. For game seven, this mod hotel bar and lounge is offering a Tweetup deal, where you can get half-price Cap-and-Coke drinks, Helix burgers, and wings during the game. Just mention the deal to get the discounts. All the action will be shown on a 52-inch TV.
Nellie’s Sport Bar
If you feel like braving the crowds during trivia tonight, Nellie's on U Street will be piping the audio of the Caps game through the sound systems on the upper level and the roof. TVs will be tuned to the action, too. Trivia will be played in the main bar only.
Old Dominion Brewhouse
Tucked into the side of the Washington Convention Center, Old Dominion Brewhouse will broadcast the Caps game on ten TVs. There won’t be any drink or food specials, so make the most of the trip by ordering the Beer Tower ($17 to $28), 133 ounces of the Old Dominion draft of your choice. There’s a catch: The menu says you have to share it with a friend.
Located in the old Five nightclub spot, this brand new sports bar doesn’t have food service yet, so the owner is letting customers bring their own grub. During Caps games, Public Bar’s 35 TVs will be tuned to the action, and the sound system will broadcast the game. Five booths, which seat six to eight, have their own TVs; you can control the channels on those. Drinks start at $4 for domestic drafts.
This Penn Quarter bar claims to have Washington’s largest tap list and more than 300 bottles from around the world. Tonight, Bud and Bud Light bottles will go for $3 to celebrate game seven. Sip beer while watching the Caps game with fellow fans on the bar’s seven TVs.
Stoney’s Bar and Grill
This Logan Circle spot will offer $2 Negro Modelo bottles and $2.50 Bud Light drafts to Caps fans in the upstairs bar. Root for the hometown team while you watch all the action on five 42-inch TVs.
Bugsy’s Sports Bar
Bugsy’s owner Bryan Watson played in the NHL for 17 years—including a stint with the Washington Capitals—so it’s no wonder this pizza-and-beer spot is a favorite among Old Town hockey fans. The place has 20 TVs, including 16 in the upstairs bar; the largest set is 58 inches. There won’t be drink or food specials during the game, but get there early to enjoy happy-hour prices (until 7), which include $3 drafts, rail drinks, margaritas, and appetizers.
Capitol City Brewing Company
The Shirlington location is the largest outpost of this local chain. The place has nine TVs, including a 60-inch in the Brewer’s Room. Get there before the game to enjoy happy-hour prices until 7; appetizers are $5 and beers are $3.50. Other locations on Capitol Hill and near Mount Vernon Square.
Crystal City Sports Pub
There are more than 100 TVs at this Arlington bar, including three projection screens and 28 42-inch hi-def LCD TVs. Happy hour drink specials will last until 7, but food specials, including cheeseburger sliders (yum!), will be available all night.
The Arlington outpost of this local sports-bar chain has 25 flat-screen TVs—and they’ll all be tuned to the Caps game during playoffs. Fans are in luck: Food and drink specials will be available for game seven. Other locations in Falls Church and Sterling.
Caddie’s on Cordell
You’ll have your pick of hi-def TVs at this Bethesda sports bar—the place boasts more than 40 screens. And here’s a bonus: If the Caps are losing and you can’t bear to watch, there’s a TV at every booth, and you can change the channel yourself.
Franklins Brewery & Restaurant
So sayeth the hostess: “We have three TVs in our bar area, and I guarantee at least one will be tuned to the Caps game.” Franklin’s happy hour, which includes $1 off beer, wine, rail drinks, and appetizers, goes only until 6:30, so you’ll have to get there early to enjoy the discounts.Where will you be watching the game? Tell us in the comments!