Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Washington DC

March 14, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Lou’s City Bar

Photo Credit: Lou's City Bar

Photo Credit: Lou’s City Bar

If it’s March, then it’s time for the college basketball tournament. Held each spring, the popular basketball tournament helps determine which college or university has the best basketball team in the nation. Whether your alumni basketball team has made it into the annual tournament or not, you can catch all the action at one of these best bars in Washington DC for tournament games.

Public Bar
1214 B 18th St.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-2200

Catch all the tournament action at one of DC’s most upscale sports bar. The spacious, loft-style, two-story establishment features more than 30 flat-screen televisions, one of the largest U-shaped bars in the city, plus a rooftop bar with cabanas, televisions and high tables. Start off your night with a tasty appetizer, like the crispy calamari or choose from a wide variety of delicious meals including burgers, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Public Bar features weekday happy hour drink specials, like two-for-one rail drinks for the ladies, as well as special discounts on food, including half-priced appetizers. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights feature a live DJ.

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-7200

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, then make your way to Union Pub where you will find awesome daily drink specials, delicious meals at attractive prices and 27 big-screen televisions. Enjoy more than 30 hand-crafted beers, bottomless brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays and special events like trivia nights. Popular meals at the full-service restaurant and bar include the deep-fried tater tots, buffalo wings and the veggie burger. Union Pub also features the largest outdoor patio with televisions, which is perfect to catch a breath of fresh air while watching the game.

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Lou’s City Bar
1400 Irving St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 518-5687

Forget fighting the crowds and missing a key play just to get a beer refill. At Lou’s City Bar, simply reserve a tap table and enjoy freshly poured beer within your grasp. This popular DC sports bar also features more than 20 high-definition televisions, a heated outdoor beer garden with televisions, plus daily food and drink specials. Feast on traditional American fare like burgers, wraps and wings, plus a wide selection of beers, wines and mixed drinks. Lou’s City Bar also features weekend brunch specials, including two-for-one bloody marys and mimosas, plus tasty items like the French Texas toast and the steak and eggs.

Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 521-8215

Recognized as one of the best spots to catch the latest action in college hoops (or any sport for that matter), Crystal City Sports Pub is a dream come true for sports fans. The three-story venue features more than 30 high-definition televisions, plus two eight-foot projection screen televisions, a state-of-the-art sound booth and a 12-foot ticker to help keep track of scores. The menu features a variety of tasty sports-themed meals, like the stadium pretzels, quarterback’s option pizza and the Cleveland brownie. Crystal City Sports Pub also offers daily food and drink specials, a variety of fun events and live entertainment, trivia nights, trips to local sporting events and themed parties, Sunday brunch and off-track horse betting. Come early and grab a seat because this place gets packed fast.

Union Jack’s
4915 St. Elmo Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-2561

For the ultimate pub-style bar experience, head over to Union Jack’s in Bethesda where you’ll find 12 international and stateside beers on tap, 25 high-definition televisions, plus a variety of fun and games to keep you entertained, including trivia nights, pool tables, darts, DJs, karaoke and live music. This bright and spacious restaurant and bar features a variety of places to sit and catch the game including the fireside lounge, a dining room and an outdoor patio. Enjoy traditional pub fare like fish and chips and bangers and mash, plus a variety of pub snacks, sandwiches, soups, salads and burgers. Union Jack’s also features food and drink specials, like half-priced burgers on Mondays, plus $1 Miller Lite bottles on Thursdays.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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