College football bars: Where in Washington to watch the Top 25 teams

August 28, 2014

Alumni from every major Football Bowl Subdivision school host game-watching parties in the Washington area. Some have central locations: Florida State crowd cheers on the Seminoles at Union Pub, and Michigan State gathers at Capitol Lounge. Others are much more spread out: Ohio State has five “sponsored bars” in the District, Maryland and Virginia, as does Penn State.

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Want to watch Jameis Winston and Florida State defend their national title? Head to Union Pub. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Here's the list of the 26 teams in the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls and where they watch games. There are two big moves this season: Alabama, which had for years been watching games at the Old Dominion Brewhouse, has moved to Buffalo Billiards, with Bracket Room as a satellite viewing location. The D.C. Texas Exes, meanwhile, are taking over Penn Social this fall after years of rooting for the Longhorns at Rhodeside Grill.

1. Florida State: Union Pub
2. Alabama: Buffalo Billiards, Bracket Room
3. Oregon: Irish Channel, Heavy Seas Alehouse
4. Oklahoma: Buffalo Wild Wings (Crystal City)
5. Ohio State: Rhino BarSolly'sUnion Jack's (Bethesda), Mister Days,Velocity 5 (Sterling)
6. Auburn: Blackfinn Ameripub (Merrifield)
7. UCLA: Laughing Man Tavern
8. Michigan State: Capitol Lounge
9. South Carolina: Redline, The Green Turtle (Ballston), Mason Inn
10. Baylor: Crystal City Sports Pub
11. Stanford: Mackey's Irish Pub
12. Georgia: Public Bar, Mason Inn, Crystal City Sports Pub
13. Louisiana State University: Blackfinn (D.C.)
14. Wisconsin: Hamilton's, Lou's City Bar
15. University of Southern California: Penn Social
16. Clemson: Southern Hospitality, O'Sullivan's Irish Pub
17. Notre Dame: The Exchange
18. Ole Miss: Mason Inn, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
19. Arizona State: Crystal City Sports Pub
20. Kansas State: Molly Malone's
21. Texas A&M: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
22. Nebraska: 201 Bar
23. North Carolina: Carriage House
24. Missouri: Mister Days
(24 in the USA Today Poll is Texas: Penn Social)
25. Washington: Lou's City Bar

Locally, the University of Virginia's DC Hoos alumni group has organized weekly game-watch parties at Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill and the National Capital Region Chapter of Virginia Tech heads for the Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon.

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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