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Place to watch Sunday football with good beer? (Near Dupont if possible)

orangemix Jan 19, 2011 11:42 AM

Hi all - I have a friend coming in from out of town staying in Dupont Circle who wants to watch football Sunday. Problem is that I'm in Arlington, so I have no idea where to go for decent brews + food and game.

I have a car, so I'm willing to drive nearby but not pick up and drive into Virginia type of thing (yes, I'm being slightly picky).

Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

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    Flaxen_Vixen RE: orangemix Jan 20, 2011 10:04 AM

    Are you supporting a certain team? In DC some bars are team bars and transplanted fans can get a little rowdy.

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      orangemix RE: Flaxen_Vixen Jan 20, 2011 07:50 PM

      Friend is a Jets supporter. v@Steve - a buddy suggested Bourbon - have you been there for sport watching? What is the Black Squirrel like? (Have not heard of Blaguard.) Thanks!!

      The Black Squirrel
      2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      The Blaguard
      2003 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        Steve RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 04:22 AM

        Uh Oh, I just took a look at the link below, The Blaguard is a Steelers bar.....

        I recommend you call a place before you commit, just to get a feel for how they expect to handle the game. Since it is just the two of you, that gives you leeway to sit at a bar, find a table, etc.

        The Black Squirrel is a bar/tavern though not specifically a sports bar. They take food seriously.


        The good thing about Adams Morgan is the selection of places to go. You could literally do first half in one place and then walk to another for the second half.

        And here is The Granddaddy list of sports bars in DC.......


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          Flaxen_Vixen RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 07:51 AM

          I'm pretty sure 51st State on Pennsylvania Ave in Foggy Bottom/West End is a Jets bar. Food is mediocre to bad, but they've got a decent beer list and do good cocktails. Avoid the burgers - they always come out well done and greasy. For food hop across the street and try out Bayou. Good Cajun/Creole/NoLa bites. Do NOT go to the Thai joint next to 51st state. Horrible beyond measure.

          51st State
          2512 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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        Steve RE: orangemix Jan 20, 2011 10:30 AM

        Adams Morgan has a few places......

        The Blaguard and Black Squirrel come to mind ..... probably others like Millie and Al's (though more for 'ambience and alcohol' than food). Quite a few choices within walking distance, so if you don't like one place.....

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          rappel75 RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 05:21 AM

          Nellie's on U street is a good sports bar if you do not mind the fact that it is gay friendly. Buffalo Billiards and Lucky Bar are also decent places to watch a game in south Dupont. The problem really is that sports bars and good food do not really mix very well. Churchkey in logan circle shows the games at the bar and has good food/beer. U street and logan circle are both pretty close to dupont. Good luck.

          Buffalo Billiards
          1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC

          1. monkeyrotica RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 05:40 AM

            The Big Hunt.

            The Big Hunt
            1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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              katecm RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 09:08 AM

              I actually love Solly's or Duffy's, both around Florida and 9th or so.

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                dcandohio RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 10:59 AM

                Cleveland Park Bar and Grill, just up the red line in Cleveland Park from Dupont. Tons of TVs, and fans from all teams. Never had the food there, but it doesn't look terrible when I see it.

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                  flavrmeistr RE: dcandohio Jan 21, 2011 11:44 AM

                  Besides, you'll be in Cleveland Park surrounded by decent food options.

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                    rappel75 RE: dcandohio Jan 21, 2011 02:54 PM

                    Actually, food at Cleveland Park Bar and Grill is decent, for a sports bar.

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                    katecm RE: orangemix Jan 21, 2011 11:47 AM

                    Silly me! Churchkey is open on Sunday afternoon, has great beer, and has a few TVs behind the long bar.

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                      martyd RE: katecm Jan 21, 2011 04:35 PM

                      Churchkey and Cleveland Park B&G are great choices but very different. For great beer and comfortable atmosphere Churchkey is great. Cleveland Park is a great and typical Sports Bar with great food, I go there for the food, even when there are no games to watch. Food at Cleveland Park is better and beer is better at Churchkey. Both have great TV viewing.

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