Where to Watch the College Bowls

By Fritz Hahn
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 27, 2005; 12:00 PM

College bowl season is here, and while sure, you could watch football on your couch, it's a lot more fun to be surrounded by other fans and alumni in school colors singing fight songs. Here's where the action -- and the largest booster groups -- will be for the big games.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Alamo Bowl
Michigan versus Nebraska, 8 p.m.
Michigan fans are occupying the top floor of the Pour House on Capitol Hill and Tommy Joe's in Bethesda. The Cornhuskers have reserved a room at Bailey's. (Visit dchuskers.org if you want to reserve a space.)

Friday, Dec. 30
Music City Bowl
Minnesota versus Virginia, Noon
You can't turn around at most Northern Virginia sports bars without hitting a Hoo, so Cavs alumni can choose from regular watering holes like Mister Days, Crystal City Sports Pub or Champps Americana, but the biggest party with the biggest screen is at Arlington Cinema N Draft House. Doors open at 11:30, and you'll want to arrive early to beat the members of the University of Virginia Club of Washington to the best seats. University of Minnesota fans often gather at Arlington's Stars and Stripes Restaurant, which, not coincidently, is where Minnesota Vikings fans gather.

Sun Bowl
Northwestern versus UCLA, 2 p.m.
No matter which jurisdiction they live in, Northwestern fans have a choice: Willie and Reed's in Bethesda, Bailey's in Ballston or Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle. Bruins choose flatscreen tvs, beer and miniburgers at the Ugly Mug on Capitol Hill.

Peach Bowl
Miami versus LSU, 7:30 p.m.
Hurricanes blow through the Grand Slam Sports Bar at the Grand Hyatt downtown, while Louisiana State's Tigers will be roaring at Tallula.

Monday, Jan. 2
Cotton Bowl
Texas Tech versus Alabama, 11 a.m.
Texas Tech's Red Raiders take over Arlington's Rhodeside Grill, and the Tide rolls through Stars and Stripes.

Outback Bowl
Iowa versus Florida, 11:00 a.m.
Iowa fans bask in the glow of 60 televisions at the Crystal City Sports Pub. Gators can be found at Joe Theismann's Restaurant in Alexandria or Rocky Run Tap and Grill in Columbia.

Gator Bowl
Louisville versus Virginia Tech, 12:30 p.m.
There are many Hokies in Northern Virginia, so there are a wide number of places showing every game. The Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse is showing the game on its movie screen, but smaller venues, ranging from Grevey's in Falls Church to Damon's in Chantilly, are favorites of the Hokie Club. Cardinal alumni are hosting a private party at a member's house (more information is on the chapter's Web site), but Grevey's will also have space for Louisville fans to gather.

Fiesta Bowl
Notre Dame versus Ohio State, 4:30 p.m.
If you were betting on where the Fighting Irish were watching the game, you'd probably put your money on an Irish pub -- and you'd be right, as the party is at Sine Irish Pub on Pentagon Row. Buckeyes root for their team at Willie and Reeds.

Sugar Bowl
West Virginia versus Georgia, 8:30 p.m.
Mountaineers head for Ragtime, near the Court House Metro Station, while the Dawgs bark at Crystal City Sports Pub.

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Orange Bowl
Penn State versus Florida State, 8 p.m.
Penn State offers food and drink specials for alumni at the Rhino Bar in Georgetown, Carpool in Arlington and Uncle Jed's in Bethesda. The 'Noles can choose from Grevey's in Falls Church or Porter's Dining Saloon downtown.

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Rose Bowl
USC versus Texas, 8 p.m.
It all comes down to this game for the BCS championship. Bailey's hosts the USC crowd, while the 'Horns hook discounted appetizers and drafts at the Rhodeside Grill. (As a side note, the two alumni groups are hosting a "Bash Before the Clash" happy hour at McFadden's on Tuesday night from 6 to 8.)

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