The college basketball season is down to the wire. The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, SEC and AAC tournaments all feature early afternoon games over the next two days, and we expect many people – especially Maryland and Virginia fans – will have long lunch breaks on their schedules. To help you plan head, here are 10 places that will be open for noon games. (Just FYI: Cleveland Park Bar and Grill, Penn Social and Rhino Bar say they will open early for next week’s NCAA tournament games, but not this week's conference championships.)
Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill
The official bar of the local University of Virginia alumni club opens at 11 a.m., and specials for UVA games include: $3 pints and $12 pitchers of Miller Lite, $3 pints of Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, $3 Fireball shots, $5 burgers and half-price appetizers.
Conveniently located near Farragut Square, BlackFinn opens at 11 a.m. and offers a variety of food and drink specials during games, including $3 Budweiser and Bud Light, $4 Shock Top, $9.99 beef or pulled pork slider trios, and wing platters in multiple sizes, such as 10 for $9.99 or 20 for $16.99.
Caddies on Cordell
Bethesda’s longtime sports bar opens at 11:30 daily. During all games, “non-premium” draft beers, such as Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling, cost $2 per pint or $7 per pitcher. All the regular happy hour deals, such as half-price appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m., are still in effect.
Crystal City Sports Pub
Once March Madness gets into full swing, Crystal City Sports Pub is one of the best places to be. There are 110 televisions spread out over three floors, and the sprawling layout means that sound from six different games can be on simultaneously. “We could have the Big East on the second floor, the ACC game on upstairs, the Big 10 on the first floor and the Pac-12 on the deck,” explains co-owner Jim Madden. Adding to the excitement: The popular sports bar is home to numerous alumni groups, including undefeated Wichita State, North Carolina, Iowa, Xavier and Baylor.
First Down Sports Bar and Grill
Twenty large flatscreens and 40 flavors of wings would be reason enough to watch games at this Ballston sports bar, but it has some solid game-time deals, too, including 24-ounce cans of Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors light for $5.50, Woodchuck ciders for $4, Bud Light pitchers for $10.99, and 120-ounce Bud Light towers for $19.99. About those wings: You can get a dozen with a side of fries for $10.99.
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Home to crowds supporting highly rated Syracuse and Cincinnati, the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern opens at 11 a.m., and serves $4 Coors Light pints, $12 pitchers of Miller and $15 pitchers of Blue Moon during all games. During busy periods, different games will have sound on each floor.
The Pour House
Home of the top-ranked Florida Gators, the Pour House – which announced yesterday that it is closing at the end of April – opens at 11 a.m. for games. Food and drink specials include $16 pitchers of craft beer.
The spacious Dupont Circle sports bar will open at 11 a.m. whenever there’s an early game scheduled. Deals include $3 Miller Lite and Yuengling drafts, $5 vodka Red Bull drinks and various food specials.
Uptown Tap House
Your best bet for gamewatching in Cleveland Park will open at 11 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to show early games on 14 flatscreen TVs. Selected games will be shown with full sound. During conference tournaments, specials include $3 Miller Lite and $4 Sam Adams; these switch to $3 Coors Light and $4 Yuengling during the NCAA tournament.
Ventnor Sports Cafe
The Adams Morgan sports bar has specials planned for alumni viewing parties: The North Carolina Tar Heels will drink beer from Carolina-blue cups emblazoned with the logo of the Chapel Hill bar Here’s Not Here, while Syracuse fans can enjoy Labatt Blue specials and giveaways.