If you already have tickets to the game, lucky you. If not, prices on StubHub are starting at a cool $220. With that in mind, odds are you’re looking for someplace to watch the game on TV. But big games call for mass communal viewing: a packed sports bar if you can’t be inside the stadium. And since every two-bit establishment with a cathode ray tube and a set of rabbit ears will be showing this thing, here are the best of the best:
• Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse: Free admission, an actual movie screen, comfortable seating, table service and a hardcore fanbase brought in by the DCSkins.net blog make this the place to watch if you don’t want to be interrupted by chattering bandwagon jumpers between plays.
• Penn Social: Watch the game in surround sound on a 30-foot projection screen in the bar’s downstairs game room. What’s more, there also are six 15-foot projection screens from wall to wall. Even better? $3 Jameson shots every time the Skins score a touchdown and 50-cent wings all game long.
• Mister Days: With 70 televisions all (or just about all) tuned to NBC for the game, you won’t miss anything no matter where you find a spot in this reliably packed Clarendon bar. And if you’re going to the game, there’s a bus to the stadium that departs at 6 p.m.
• Dodge City: I really like to watch big games like this one at home, but if I’m going to watch the game at a sports bar, I want it to be somewhere low-key yet passionate, like Dodge City. They’ve got a 10-foot screen, and the 13th St. Meats people will be grilling on the back patio during the game. Perfect.
• Shaw’s Tavern: Drink $3 PBR Tall Boys and eat half-price pizzas during the game.
• Buffalo Billiards: Because it’s there, it’s huge and you’ll be able to persuade your roommates to come along.
• Hill Country: But only if you’re a Cowboys fan.
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