The Washington Redskins kick off their season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football tonight, and it won't be hard to find bars showing the game. But if you want big screens and cheap food and drink, these are a few of our favorite spots. (We'll be adding to this list as more bars send us their deals, so check back later this afternoon.)
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
There are big screens, and then there's the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse's movie screen. There's no cover charge for the viewing party, and doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill
The Court House bar is starting the party during a special "tailgate happy hour" at 4 p.m., with half-price appetizers and drink specials that continue through game time. (New this year: Discounted 60-ounce pitchers of beer.) The game will be on all 52 televisions in the restaurant and rooftop bar, with full sound throughout.
Though it's best known for weekend club action, Bar 7 will be showing the game on 14 high-definition TVs, and offering $3 beers, $5 cocktails and $5 entrees from 5 to 8 p.m.
Barcode is the place to go if you're leaving the office early: Happy hour, which includes half-price beer, wine and mixed drinks, kicks off at 3 p.m. and runs until last call. Starting at 7 p.m., $5 wing platters and burgers are added to the mix. Barcode has an 80-inch flat-screen, a pair of 70-inch projection screens and 16 other TVs.
BlackFinn offers $3 beers, $5 cocktails and $6 appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. and then offers a special "gameday menu" that includes discounted wings (10 for $9.99, 20 for $16.99) and sliders (three for $9.99, six for $14.99). Pints of Budweiser and Bud Light are $3; Shock Top is $4 and Stella Artois is $4.50. If you're coming with a group, order a 100-ounce tabletop beer tower: Prices start at $18 for Bud or Bud Light, and $22 for Shock Top.
The Adams Morgan branch of Bourbon will have the game on with sound, and will be pouring $5 pints of beer from Atlas Brew Works, D.C.'s newest brewery, and $4 glasses of Heaven Hill Bourbon.
Caddies on Cordell
Bethesda's best sports bar gets the party started at happy hour, with $8 domestic pitchers and $14 premium beer pitchers from 4 p.m. to close, and $5.50 margaritas and frozen drinks from 5 p.m. to close. It's also half-price burger night, and personal cheese pizzas are $5 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. until last call.
This D.C.-themed bar shows every Redskins game on a large projection screen while grilling 13th Street Meat sausages on its backyard grill. Drink specials for tonight's game include $3 Miller High Life, $5 rail drinks and $1 off all draft beers.
First Down Sports Bar
There are 40 flavors of wings to try at Ballston's First Down, and you can order any of them for 59 cents each tonight until 9 p.m. (If you're not a wing fan, burgers are half-price until 9 p.m.) Drink specials are offered from 3 to 8 p.m.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
The new Hog Time Happy Hour pairs $4 local beers and half-price food on Jack Rose's rooftop during Redskins games. The featured brewery will change monthly: Flying Dog beers will be offered during September, followed by Devils Backbone in October, DC Brau in November and 3 Stars in December.
If you're watching the game in Wheaton, head for the Limerick Pub, where a long list of specials includes $2.75 pints of Miller Lite, 16-ounce PBR cans and Natty Boh; $5 Guinness pints; 50-cent wings; $5 chili-dog-and-fries combos; and $8 bowls of crab dip.
Though it's better known as a college football bar (and the D.C. base of the Baltimore Ravens), Mason Inn will have the Redskins on tonight with sound; the bar promises to play "Hail to the Redskins" on repeat during commercial breaks. Drink specials include $10 pitchers and $2.50 mugs of beer.
During the game, Meridian Pint offers pints of a selected local beer for $5 while showing the action on 14 TVs. Stick around until 11 p.m. and a dozen of the bar's draft beers go on sale for $3 each. (The bar cleans its lines every Tuesday, so they sell the beer cheaply to avoid having to dump it.)
The "Man Cave Mondays" deal, offered every week during the football season, is perfect for a small group: $30 gets you 20 wings and a bucket of five Blue Moon, Corona, Coors Lite, Miller Lite or Peroni bottles. Not that hungry? Individual bottles of Miller Lite and Coors Lite are $3 during the game, while Blue Moon and Peroni are $4.
Like craft beer with your football? R.F.D. sells a selection of "Hoppy Beers" for $4 during Monday Night Football, along with $3 Miller Lite and half-price burgers.
Tonic will show the game on both floors of its Mount Pleasant bar, pouring $3 Natty Boh drafts and serving $2 PBR cans, while the kitchen sends out $6 plates of nachos and totchos. (The latter is a pile of tater tots smothered with taco beef, salsa, guac and all the usual nacho toppings.)