Public Bar

Sports Bar, Lounge, Bar

Editorial Review

What's remarkable about Public Bar is how spacious it is -- it feels like there's plenty of room to stand and watch the sport of your choice. The large U-shaped main bar is in the airy two-story room where Five's dance floor used to be. Video games and barstools are arranged in front of the extra-tall windows that overlook Connecticut Avenue, and several wide booths near the main entrance are outfitted with their own TVs so you can pick your own game to follow.

If you're not in one of those booths, you can watch on the numerous flatscreen TVs that climb the exposed brick walls. They're always tuned to different channels, so you can watch multiple games without having to turn your head. The mezzanine level upstairs is more lounge-like, with leather couches and blocky tables.

Up another flight of stairs is a large rooftop deck with a good-sized bars, multiple TVs and a covered seating area.

Happy hour, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays, offers $3 beers and $5 mixed drinks, but outside of that time period, the $6 glasses of Peroni indicate that this isn't a cheap-beer-and-wings sports bar.