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Five Fun Places to Watch the Nats With Other Fans (But Not at the Stadium)

Don't have a ticket to Nationals Park? You don't have to watch a game at home alone.

Nats fever: Midlands Beer Garden. Photograph courtesy of Midlands beer garden.

The Midlands Beer Garden

More than 15 televisions—including huge outdoor flat screens and indoor TVs visible from open-air garage door entrances—plus beer and canned-cocktail buckets, heaping nacho trays, and daily happy hour until 5 make this spacious beer garden in DC’s Park View neighborhood a crowd-pleaser. 3333 Georgia Ave., NW.

Duffy’s Irish Pub

Though not as roomy as some beer gardens around town, the new outdoor space adjoining this Nationals-approved watering hole along the H Street corridor is a spirited spot on game days, with alfresco TVs amplified by stadium sound, along with Duffy’s justly famous wings. 1016 H St., NE.

Walters Sports Bar

You can’t throw a baseball around Navy Yard without hitting a Nats bar, but this newer addition—named for Senators pitcher Walter Johnson—is one of the best, thanks to 24 self-pouring beer taps, a 150-plus-seat patio lined with TVs, and $5 brews from 4 to 7 on weekdays. 10 N St., NE.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

The open-air terrace atop Adams Morgan’s whiskey mecca doubles as a relaxed hangout for fans on game nights (and weekend days) when TVs above the bar and a large projector show the action, bartenders pour tasty cocktails, and fine bourbons—favored by several Nats players—are at the ready for a big win. 2007 18th St., NW.

The Brig

This huge, 399-person beer garden and its multiple TVs are close enough to Nationals Park to feel part of the action but far enough away—a 15-minute walk—to avoid the pre-and-post-game mobs. A projector shows games in 25-foot-wide megavision on the side of a neighboring building, while grills turn out tasty sausages to match the German beers. 1007 Eighth St., SE.

This article appears in the July 2021 issue of Washingtonian.

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Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.