Your favorite team might not be going to the Super Bowl but we know you’ll still head out to a DC sports bars to catch the game (and those hilarious commercials). Grab your friends and family and head on over to one of these hot spots. Even if you don’t understand the difference between a false start or offside penalty call, these venues have something to offer for everyone.
Blue Banana Sports and Rock Bar
Hours: Mon – Thurs 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
According to Modern Luxury Magazine, the Blue Banana Sports and Rock Bar was named one of the top “best of nightlife” venues in DC for 2011. Featuring 10 flat screen televisions, and a full-service bar, the Blue Banana Sports and Rock Bar is a great place to catch the game. After the Super Bowl you’ll enjoy drink and food specials all night long.
Hours: Sun 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Mon – Thurs 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.
If your motto is “bigger is better” then head on over to Buffalo Billiards near Dupont Circle and catch the game on one of four ten-foot projection screens or 40 flat screen televisions. Buffalo Billiards also features three large full-service bars, 14 beers on tap, private party rooms, daily food and drink specials and much more. Additionally, Buffalo Billiards provides more than 14,000 square feet of fun, games and entertainment, which include seven dart boards, 18 pool tables, nine shuffleboards, two ping pong tables, video arcade games, skeeball and a jukebox — just incase the game isn’t entertaining enough for you.
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
In the midst of all the DC monuments, museums and government buildings stands the Exchange. Known as DC’s oldest sports saloon, the Exchange features plenty of options for your Super Bowl viewing pleasure. Catch all the action on one of the bar’s 11 big screens or 26 high definition LCD televisions. The also have a brand new six-foot projection screen with state-of-the-art surround sound system. The Exchange features a full-service bar, delicious lunch and dinner menus. They serve all-American cuisine favorites like buffalo wings and burgers. Happy hour specials and live entertainment make this joint worth checking out.
Grand Slam Sports Bar
Hours: Mon – Thurs 3 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
If you or someone you know plans on being in town for work or pleasure, encourage them to stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The Grand Slam Sports Bar and Lounge, located in the hotel, features multiple plasma televisions and a state-of-the-art surround sound system. After the big game, grab a controller and play some games on the Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3 gaming systems. You can also test your knowledge with trivia games or reveal your hand at Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. Grand Slam also features a full-service bar, a variety of beers plus delicious pub food.
Nellie’s Sports Bar
Hours: Sun 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Mon – Thurs – 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
History meets modern day services at Nellie’s Sports Bar in the Cardozo/Shaw neighborhood of DC. This locally-owned sports bar features authentic seats from Griffith’s Stadium, one of the early homes of the Washington Nationals. The bar also features antique photos, vintage lighting fixtures from Baltimore’s Penn Station and unique signage. Modern amenities include three full-service bars, ten flat screen televisions, a stadium-sized screen and free wi-fi. Hang out indoors or chill out at the rooftop deck, also equipped with its own bar. After the Super Bowl, enjoy exciting events like live entertainment, Drag Bingo, happy hour specials and much more.
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