Where to watch the Nationals: The Tune Inn

Need a place to watch the Nats during the playoffs? The Tune Inn will be a lively choice. (Photo by Tim Carman/ The Washington Post)

[The second installment in a five part series. Previously: Duffy’s]

I always know the Nationals game will be on at the Tune Inn . Doesn’t matter if it’s a middle-of-the-week late-night snoozer broadcast from Houston or last Saturday’s extra-innings nail-biter in St. Louis, when the Alabama football game was relegated to the back of the dining room because everyone else was watching the Nats.

The gray-haired regulars on one set of bar stools are talking about the pitcher’s delivery, while the Hill staffers on the other side leap and applaud and high-five when the Nats score the go-ahead run. Just be careful that you don’t spill that Beam-and-a-PBR combo while celebrating.

The Tune Inn has been a baseball bar for as long as the Nats have been in town. I remember hopping off the Orange Line and stopping in at my favorite Capitol Hill dive for beers and wings on the way to and from games at RFK Stadium. Games were shown on most of the bar’s standard-definition TVs, with one set aside for Keno. When Nationals Park opened, even more red ballcaps started showing up before and after games: It’s an easy walk from Tune Inn and the Circulator to the ballpark stops just down the street.

The Tune Inn isn’t the kind of place that will have a Stephen Strasburg autograph on the wall — Janet Reno is much more the Tune Inn’s style — but if you want cold beer and greasy food while watching the Nationals in a no-nonsense atmosphere, it’s the place to go.

Read more from the Going Out Guide:

Pre- and post-game happy hours near Nationals Park

• Take a ‘cortisone’ shot for the Nationals

• Eating and drinking at Nationals Park

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.


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