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Where to Watch This Weekend’s NFL Playoffs in Washington

This weekend’s games determine who will be headed to the Super Bowl. Find out where to root for your team.

Giants fans will convene at 51st State for this weekend’s game. Photograph by Flickr user Travis S.

With the Redskins out, maybe you’ve thrown your weight behind the next closest franchise in Baltimore . . . or maybe not. Or maybe you’re a Washingtonian who originally hails from San Francisco, New York, or New England. Whatever your reason, you’ll be rooting for someone this Sunday, and we have great options for watching this weekend’s games. Here’s a list of the best bars around town to catch your team on a big screen with like-minded fans.

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan, try:

Champion Billiards Sports Cafe in Frederick, where you’ll find seven 100-foot HD projection screens showing the game, plus half-price wings and $2.50 domestic drafts.

The Barking Dog in Bethesda, where $20 gets you unlimited wings, nachos, and domestic drafts on the second floor; the first floor serves the full menu. With 13 TVs, you’ll have no trouble finding a great seat.

Lucky Strike in Gallery Place, where a Ravens contingent gathers weekly for $5 Captain Morgan drinks and beer towers ranging from $25 to $30. Make sure to call ahead if you’d like to bowl, or just walk in if you plan to stay in the bar.

The Pug on H Street, which this weekend will have $2 Natty Boh cans, $5 Pikesville Rye shots, and crab-cake and pit-beef sandwiches in honor of the Ravens.


If you’re a New York Giants fan:

Check out old favorites 51st State Tavern in the West End and Nanny O’Brien’s in Cleveland Park for food and drink specials and plenty of fellow New Yorkers.


If you’re a San Francisco 49ers fan:

There’s only one game in town: Town Tavern in Adams Morgan will open its top floor—usually only accessible at night—to accommodate a San Francisco contingent expected to arrive en masse. The 49ers game will show on many of the bar’s 15 TVs, and specials will include $8 domestic pitchers, a $10 pitcher-and-wing-basket combo, a $5 burger basket, and Jell-O shots (red, in honor of the 49ers).


If you’re a New England Patriots fan:

The possibilities seem endless, so we’ve selected just a few: Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, which expects to fill a majority of its 250 seats with Pats fans. Many of the 22 HDTVs will play the game with sound, and specials will include $3.50 Miller Light and Coors Light drafts, plus half-price nachos, wings, and quesadillas.

Mad Hatter in Dupont, which is accepting walk-ins and call-aheads for specials that include a $5 appetizer menu, $25 Super Tubes, and $20 buckets during the game. Beginning at 6 PM, offers will include a $17 rib special (which comes with unlimited fries and coleslaw and a beer or glass of wine) and $4 drafts.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub in Old Town Alexandria and Woodley Park, where bar specials will include wings, potato skins, chicken tenders, hot dogs, and nachos. The DC location will add Sam Adams specials, and the Old Town location will dedicate the entire top floor to the game.

Kelly’s Irish Times in Capitol Hill will fill up quickly with fans looking to take advantage of $3 Budweiser cans, $1 off domestic beers, and other food and liquor specials.


Did we forget your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments.