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Finding a sports bar with good food

At upscale sports bar RedLine, you can watch the game on the many TVs and tuck into the ambitious menu. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)

I was wondering if you had a recommendation for a fun place to watch the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday. My husband is taking a day off from work (his birthday present to himself) to go watch the first round of games somewhere. We live in Bethesda, but we can go to DC or NoVa. The key is that my husband is a beer snob, and I’m a food snob. So in addition to big-screen TVs, we’d like to find a place with a great beer list and at least above-average bar food. Any thoughts?

Her question is one we figured many others might ask, so we polled the group and wrote her back. Here’s what we said:

First of all, thanks for asking, Molly! (And happy birthday, hubby.) For March Madness, we’re thinking you will want a place with enough TVs for you to see the games you want, and that probably means a sports bar. Here are some places that go beyond your typical bar/pub food.

If you’re in the mood for European fare like wiener schnitzel and goulash, go to Thirsty Bernie’s in Arlington.

If there’s one particular game you want, give EatBar in Arlington a call. There’s one giant screen, so find out if your game will be playing on it. This probably has the best food options for you with a big screen.

In D.C., near the Verizon Center, RedLine is an upscale sports bar with a more ambitious menu. From Fritz Hahn’s write up:

The menu features 10 appetizers, two salads and five entrees, including marinated hanger steak ($24) and half of a Peruvian roast chicken ($22).

Also in D.C., Public Bar aims for a more upscale crowd, too.

Let us know how those work out for you. Happy birthday to your husband!

In Got Plans? style, we welcome your suggestions, too. Add your ideas to the comments. And join us this week for our online chat, where more March Madness questions are bound to pop up.


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