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Where to Watch March Madness Games in Washington

Instead of watching the tournament at home, grab your team’s jersey and head out to one of these spots.

Pull up a chair at Rocket Bar to watch the NCAA Tournament. Photograph via Flickr user kevharb.

From free taco Friday to a drawing for an HDTV, these bars have plenty of specials to keep you coming back throughout the NCAA men’s-basketball tournament.


Buffalo Billiards

Drink specials: $3.50 Coors Light and Miller Light bottles and drafts; $4 Redd’s Apple Ale; $4.50 Sam Adams, Sam Seasonal, and Sam Light; $5 Loaded Redd’s Apple Ale (topped with Fireball whiskey); $15 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Details: With more than 60 HDTVs, you won’t miss a minute of March Madness action.

Fast Eddie’s

Food specials: A different special each day of the week; most are $5.

Details: Fast Eddie’s also has Fairfax, Springfield, and Centreville locations for even more tournament fun.

Nellie’s Sports Bar

Drink specials: Bottles of Miller Lite or house vodka drinks are $2 between 5 and 6 PM, $3 between 6 and 7, and $4 between 7 and 8; Monday through Friday.

Details: This U Street bar has free WiFi and DirecTV with ESPN FullCourt to keep you fully plugged in during the games.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

Drink specials: Select draft beers, rail drinks, glasses of wine, Jack Daniel’s, and Tito’s handmade vodka for $5 from 4 to 7 PM Monday through Friday.

Food specials: A different half-price special, like cheesesteaks and wings, each day of the week after 7 PM.

Details: This Penn Quarter spot offers two full bars, 35 LED flat-screen TVs, and a heated patio to keep you coming back for each game.

Rocket Bar

Drink specials: $4 Heineken cans during tournament games.

Details: Rocket Bar also has darts, board games, pool, and shuffleboard to keep you busy in between games.

Union Pub

Drink specials: $3 rail drinks, $4 Rogue on draft, $10 pitchers; all day, every day through the tournament.

Details: This Capitol Hill gathering spot also offers more than 35 crafts beers and 25 big-screen TVs.



Drink specials: $4 Stella Artois drafts; $15 buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra; $18 Budweiser towers; $22 Stella Artois towers.

Food specials: 10 wings for $9.95, 20 wings for $16.99, 50 wings for $29.99; 3 sliders (classic or BBQ) for $9.99, 6 sliders for $14.99; 12 sliders for $19.99.

Details: Specials are valid when games are on between noon and 9 PM every day during the tournament.

Caddies on Cordell

Drink specials: $3 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts, $5 rail drinks, $5.50 Red Bull bombs, $8 Miller Lite pitchers, $12 Blue Moon pitchers.

Food specials: $5 cheese pizza starting at 4 PM on weekdays.

Details: This Bethesda bar has more than 40 HDTVs, each with its own keypad, so you can be sure you’ll catch your favorite teams.

Union Jack’s

Drink specials: $2 “college can roulette,” $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and Yuengling available during the games.

Details: Jack’s has 25 HDTVs and projector screens to make sure you can see each pass, block, and shot from every angle of the bar. The Ballston location is also offering the same specials.


First Down Sports Bar & Grill

Drink specials: $4.99 cans of Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light; $9.99 Miller Lite and Coors Light pitchers; $12.99 Third Shift and Blue Moon pitchers; $19.99 Miller Lite and Coors Light towers.

Food specials: 12 wings and fries for $10.99.

Details: First Down is also giving out customer loyalty cards for March Madness. You get your card stamped every day you come to the bar until the championship game. Three stamps will get you 15 percent off at the bar, and five stamps will enter you in a drawing for a 40-inch LCD HDTV.

Mister Days

Drink specials: $3.50 Coors Light and Miller Lite aluminums, $4 Redd’s Apple Ale and Third Shift bottles, $12 Coors Light and Miller Lite pitchers, $15 Blue Moon and Batch 19 pitchers, $20 Magic Hat beer tenders.

Food specials: A different special each weekday, including a free taco bar on Friday.

Details: TV screens cover nearly every wall in this Arlington sports bar.

Velocity 5

Drink specials: $3 Miller Lite and Bud Light cans during games.

Food specials: Pregame appetizers, like $10 coconut shrimp and $8 chili cheese fries.

Details: Velocity 5 has locations in Arlington, Centreville, Falls Church, Lansdowne, and Sterling.