June 6, 2018 at 5:15 PM
This post has been updated.
Free tickets for Thursday's Washington Mystics game and Washington Capitals Game 5 viewing party at Capital One Arena disappeared in less than 20 minutes. If you don't want to pay hundreds of dollars to watch the Caps face the Vegas Golden Knights on a Jumbotron, your options include gathering outside the arena to watch on G and Eighth streets NW, as during games 3 and 4.
If you don't have tickets, and you're looking for other places around the District that have as much camaraderie as Capital One Arena — but maybe a better beer selection — here are some options (in alphabetical order).
The Nats hangout is playing host to Caps faithful with the games airing on its new big screen, with $5 drink specials. A pregame concert featuring the Vegabonds begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. Pets are welcome all night, but kids can stick around only for the first period, as the outdoor watering hole will be limited to those 21 and older after 9 p.m. 1201 Half St. SE.
Celebrate the end of the “choking dogs"-era Capitals, a phrase coined by Chatter co-owner and former Washington Post sports columnist Tony Kornheiser. The Friendship Heights restaurant's TVs are showing the games with sound alongside $5 Angry Orchard Rosé Cider pints and Blue Point Toasted Lager cans, as well as $7 Corona Familiar 32 oz. bottles. There will also be $5 fried pickles and corn fritters. 5247 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
The hidden courtyard bar will be lighted red throughout the finals, and the Penn Quarter restaurant has added TV screens to its patio, which will show the games. The drink menu pays tribute to rough-and-tumble winger Tom Wilson with “The Wilson Punch,” which costs $6 — with $1 going to the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. 555 Eighth St. NW.
The Navy Yard restaurant is airing games with sound in the bar area and will run its usual happy hour menu from 7:30 p.m. until the end of the game (happy hour food specials will be offered until the kitchen closes at 10 p.m.). 301 Water St. SE.
Penn Commons's watch parties start at 5 p.m. and feature $5 beers, $6 cocktails and $7 food specials, which include pulled pork hand pies and spicy Thai chicken wings. There is also a promise of a commemorative “Stanley Cup” game cup to take home.
The biggest screens that aren't attached to Capital One Arena are inside Penn Social, where the 22-foot high-definition projection screen is surrounded by nine other 10-foot screens. Happy hour, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, includes $5 cocktails, $6 glasses of wine and $2 off all draft beers, and DC Brau beers are $5 during all games. 801 E St. NW.
Throughout the finals, the Alexandria brewery plans to project games on the wall of its beer garden, as well as show the games in the tap room. One of Port City's early spring seasonals, Metro Red, is still around to enjoy until late into the night, as the brewery will extend its hours of operation until the end of games. 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria.
Another outdoor viewing option: The Wharf set up a large LED screen on the waterfront at the intersection of Pearl and Wharf streets SW. Restaurants along Pearl and Wharf streets will be open to sell food and drinks. Pearl and Wharf streets SW.
Fritz Hahn contributed to this report. This post was originally published on May 28 and has been updated.