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Where to Watch NFL Football in Washington
We’ve rounded up the best spots to cheer on your team—no matter which one it is.
It’s that time of year again: “Sunday best” means your favorite jersey, drinking beer at noon is not only acceptable but expected, and chanting the names of various animals is commonplace. That’s right—it’s football season. And while we may be in the home of the Redskins, Washington is still a transitory town. There’s a joint for every team; find yours below. Don’t see it on the list? Leave us your suggestions in the comments section. — Additional reporting by Nicholas Hunt
Baltimore Ravens: Mason Inn
This year, Mason Inn is focusing on the Ravens on Sundays, offering $8.75 Bud Light pitchers starting at noon and running all day. Of course, the I-295 is right there for Baltimore fans.
Buffalo Bills: The Laughing Man Tavern
The official destination for Buffalo Bills fans comes with everything you’d expect: bacon, cheddar cheese fries, bacon-wrapped burgers, and, of course, wings. Keep an eye out for beer specials.
Carolina Panthers: McFadden’s
This Foggy Bottom bar, famed for its partying GW patrons, also stakes its claim as DC’s “home of the Carolina Panthers.” During games, it offers $10 pitchers of Bud and Bud Light, $12 buckets of the same, and half-price apps.
Chicago Bears: Union Pub
Look for more deals packed onto the weekend special of $3.50 rails, $1 off craft bottles, and $12 Bud Light buckets at this Capitol Hill bar, which has been home to Da Bears for the past several years. Add in tons of fans, and you’ll feel like you’re back in the Second City.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bottom Line
Rey Maualuga jerseys? Check. Old-fashioned Cincinnati chili? Check. Cheap beer? Check. You’ll find this place filled with Bengals fans every Sunday.
Cleveland Browns: Mick’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge
For Browns fans living in Virginia, Mick’s is the spot to be. It’s outfitted with more than 20 big screens so fans can keep an eye on the competition as well their hometown heroes.
Dallas Cowboys: Panache Restaurant and Lounge, DC
Who knew America’s team had such fancy taste? Cowboys fans meet at this downtown tapas restaurant that shifts into a late-night bar on the weekend. It tends to fill up, so be sure to reserve a table.
Denver Broncos: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
The Blue and Orange are the second team on our list to congregate at Penn Quarter. Luckily, the bar has two floors, so fans won’t have to intermingle. The Broncos Meetup Group includes about 450 members, so except a whole lot of love for Peyton Manning’s second coming.
Detroit Lions: Capitol Lounge
Though they’re splitting time with the Patriots, Lions fans seem to be meeting up at Capitol Lounge. Wash down some Calvin Johnson’s Wings or Jahvid’s Best Nachos with a $4 GOOOOO LIONS! shot (blue curaçao and vodka).
Green Bay Packers: Duffy’s
The Washington Post says it best in an article bemoaning the lack of Skins bars in DC: “Have you ever been to Duffy’s when the Packers are playing? You might as well be in Green Bay.” Showing all the games and serving up $18 Heineken and Blue Moon pitchers, $10 Miller Light pitchers, and cheap buckets of Miller Light and Coors Light, this might not be Lambeau Field, but it’s as close as you’ll come around these parts.
Indianpolis Colts: Carpool
Colts fans meet for every game at Carpool in Arlington, which comes equipped with a number of pool and shuffleboard tables.
Kansas City Chiefs: Grevey’s
A longtime Chiefs watering hole, Grevey’s doesn’t skimp on screens. There are 50 high-def screens, a couple of projectors, and a television in every booth. Be pretty hard to miss the game with those stats.
Miami Dolphins: Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
Dolphins fans are hoping to turn their luck around this year with Reggie Bush leading the way. Fans will be watching his original style of dancin’ around on the field at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston. The bar features a plethora of game-day specials on beer and bar foods, including 50-cent wings and select apps for $4.95.
New England Patriots: Murphy’s Irish Pub, Alexandria
This place gets packed to the gills with Pats fans. Starting early? It’s got brunch, priced from $8.95.
New Orleans Saints: 18th Amendement
For any Saints fans looking to go marchin’ in on Sundays, this is Who Dat Nation’s embassy in Washington, DC. With a variety of hometown Abita beers in bottles and on tap and enough black and gold to be a jewelry store, there’s no better place to watch Brees and the boys.
New York Giants: 51st State
This is the joint for Giants fans, Jets fans, even Yankees and Mets fans. To wit, this is the New York sports bar, and don’t let anybody tell you different. Take advntage of $18 Brooklyn Pennant Ale buckets and hot dogs starting at $2.50.
New York Jets
As much as it might pain Jets fans, see the New York Giants listing.
Minnesota Vikings: Mackey’s Public House
Vikings fans congregate at this Washingtonian staff favorite. Though a far cry from the team’s mascot, the Irish pub offers a solid draft list and a number of different bar food items guaranteed to help you eat and drink like a Viking.
Oakland Raiders: Kelly’s Irish Times
Though not an official Raiders bar, the local DC Raiders group plans to take advantage of the $3.50 PBR tall boys. Keep an eye on the group’s website for venue changes.
Philadelphia Eagles: Rhino Bar and Pumphouse
The official DC home of the Eagles, Rhino Bar offers 25-cent wings and $8 pitchers to keep fans going all day long. During Monday night games, the wings are 10 cents each.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pour House
Partnered with the DC Steeler Nation Fan Club, Pour House is the place to watch one of the all-time classic teams in the NFL. And with a brunch extended until 3 PM, complete with a $12 Bloody Mary bar and $15 bottomless mimosas, it might be a good place to forget the game, as well, if things don’t go as planned.
San Diego Chargers: Guido’s Speakeasy
Chargers fans kick it old-school at a bar that doesn’t even have a website, just a Facebook page. This Frederick, Maryland, bar is a old favorite for the Chargers fans in the area.
San Francisco 49ers: Town Tavern
The San Fran 49ers MeetUp group, rising from the ashes of a dissolved fan club, plans to meet at Town Tavern for games this year. Not a bad choice for beer drinkers, since $12 earns you as many free domestic drafts as you can drink until 3 PM. And for $10, fans can enjoy a pitcher and wing combo.
Seattle Seahawks: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Seahawks fans will be meeting at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern on game days this year, taking advantage of the two full bars and 19 huge flat-screens lining the place. The heated patio will come in handy come the end of the season.
Tennessee Titans: Crystal City Sports Pub
Titans fans have their own little corner at this three-story sports pub. In addition to great football, the spot offers a huge brunch on Sundays featuring a carving station, an omelet station, even a s’mores station. Being a Titans fan has never been more delicious.
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