The World Series kicks off tonight. For decades, fans of both the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians have felt the pain of championship drought, and it's probably fair to say that followers of each team are probably eager to share the experience with their fellow long-suffering brethren. Here's where you can celebrate, or commiserate, as the case may be.
Billy Goat Tavern: William "Billy Goat" Sianis was the tavern owner whose unsuccessful attempt to bring a goat into Wrigley Field allegedly created the "curse" that started in 1945. Billy Goat Tavern has only one location outside of Chicago, and it's in D.C. near Judiciary Square. It serves a menu similar to the original — double burgers, domestic drafts — and draws fans of Chicago sports teams. There will be drink specials Tuesday night and throughout the entire series. 500 New Jersey Ave. NW, No. 1.
Ivy & Coney: Ivy & Coney, which flies the Cubs Win flag on the front of its building and has a mural of Harry Caray at the bar's entrance, plans to offer its dragged-through-the-garden Chicago Dogs for $1 during games. The bar has been filled throughout the playoffs, so it's best to arrive extra early (at least 90 minutes) if you want a seat on the TV-filled patio. Expect the games on all TVs, with the sound on. 1537 Seventh St. NW.
Union Pub: Chicago Bears die-hards gather at the Capitol Hill bar throughout the football season, so it's only natural that Cubs fans have found a home there, too, ordering cans of Old Style and blasting Steve Goodman's “Go, Cubs, Go” on the jukebox after victories. Expect lots of beer specials throughout the entire series, which will be shown with the sound on. 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
Buckeye + Bear: Owner Ryan Seelbach is a Cleveland native, so this bar will be showing every game of the series on a projector screen and many of its flat-screen TVs. (On Tuesday night, a few will show the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener at home, which features the banner-raising for its 2015-2016 championship.) You can drink like a Clevelander, too, with Great Lakes beer on draft. 1730 M St. NW.
R.F.D. Washington: The Ohio Society, a nonprofit social organization for Ohio expats in the Washington area, has organized Cleveland Indians viewing parties at R.F.D. for every World Series game. (It's a natural location: the Chinatown bar is home to the D.C. branch of the Cleveland Browns Backers.) Look for specials on food and Great Lakes beers, plus the game playing on the big-screen with sound. 801 Seventh St. NW.
Tysons' Biergarten: Cleveland Browns fans already gather here to watch football, so the bar is also exercising its Indians pride by showing all the World Series games on one of the projector screens. 8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Billy Goat Tavern was named after the "curse" against the Cubs. The curse was named after the tavern and its owner. This version has been updated.