Top sports bars in the District, Maryland and Virginia
Friday, September 3, 2010
Most college football teams kick off their seasons this weekend (notably, Maryland takes on Navy and Virginia Tech challenges Boise State on Monday). And the NFL returns Thursday night. We've got detailed guides to the area's top sports bars and places to watch college games with alumni on goingoutguide.com. But here, I'm making it simple and picking six places to watch big games this season -- three for college, three for the pros.
College: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
639 Indiana Ave. NW. 202-347-6666.
Plastic helmets cover the walls in the upstairs bar, including college and pro teams -- apt, because Penn Quarter welcomes out-of-town NFL fan groups, including the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, on Sundays.
Still, college football on Saturdays is the bar's bread-and-butter, with cheering crowds and the occasional pep rally (with cheerleaders and bands) outside. Food and drink specials are just gravy.
NFL: Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St. NW. 202-331-7665.