Reader Molly Pisula e-mailed us this weekend looking for advice on a place where she and her husband could watch the NCAA tournament and enjoy quality food and beer:
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:
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!