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Apr 2, 2012 12:38 PM

D.C. late night bars, food

Got a dozen or so people traveling from my sports bar in Oswego, NY to Washington DC in mid-June to see the Yankees play the Nationals. Our ages range from 25-60 and we are a partying, stay up late drinking group. We are looking to stay in an area that has a lively nightlife with late night food and bars (sports bars, Irish pubs, etc). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Have heard about the areas around Georgetown or George Washington, Adams Morgan, and Dupont Center. Stayed at L'Enfant Plaza two years ago to go to a game.

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    1. re: jabber811

      Penn Quarter has plenty going on and is convenient to the Green Line metro.

      1. re: Teddybear

        Chinatown is also a good area for nightlife late night drinking etc there is an Irish Bar called Fado and plenty of sports bars in this neighborhood

        1. re: agarnett100

          Yeah, based on bar scenes and proximity to the stadium I'd stick with Penn Quarter/Chinatown or Barracks Row/Eastern Market.

    2. Just decided to do the same w/a few friends, driving down from NYC next Friday afternoon. Where did you decide to stay? Does anyone have any recommendations for good bar food at any of the neighborhoods mentioned above?

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      1. re: jinglejangle

        Best Sport Bar is the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern good solid bar food - this a place for real sports fans not posers.
        Irish Bars - Fado in Chinatown
        The Dubliner Irish Pub - Number 4 "F" Street, Washington, D.C. 20001 ยท (202) 737-3773
        Kelly's Irish Times - 14 F Street / Northwest / Capitol Hill / Washington DC / 20001
        Love Marvins on 14th and U NW they have a rooftop deck which usually gets packed after 9:30

        1. re: agarnett100

          thanks for the info! looking forward to my trip.

        2. re: jinglejangle

          We are staying one block from the Verizon Center at the Fairfield Inn (might have been a Red Roof before). I've heard the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is the place. I hope so; probably will be there Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

          1. re: jabber811

            Also there are plenty of bars and restaurants around the Verizon Center. You can also catch a National home game for relatively cheap depending on the weekend

            1. re: jabber811

              If you want to change things up, there's also Red Line for your own Table Taps:

              1. re: katecm

                I feel like Redline is a sports bar in name only.

                1. re: agarnett100

                  I was thinking that same thing, but I've only been once - a couple weeks ago. It was a Friday evening (not even late) but it felt more like a club. Truthfully, I did not like it all, but I attribute that to being somewhat over the age of 35. ;-)

                  My husband made note of some of the taps on the tables. He didn't see them all, of course, but seeing Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, and that ilk was enough that we agreed we don't need to go back.

                  1. re: VaPaula

                    Just trying to give a few other options so Jabber doesn't have to spend a whole DC trip at one bar. I'd take Boundary Stone over Redline any day, but it doesn't fit the "Near the Verizon Center" requirement.

                    1. re: katecm

                      Oh I agree - the more recommendations, the better. I was just giving my opinion, especially because the OP mentioned age ranges. Not to mention that clubby and young may certainly appeal to others reading this.

          2. Bring 3 times the amount of money you expect to spend. That's probably the best advice I can give you.