Best Bars to Watch Hockey in Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2014 1:00 AM

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The race to the Stanley Cup is heating up. With only about a month left in the regular NHL season, there are still plenty of opportunities to watch your favorite team make its way through the rankings. If you’re looking for a place to share cheers, jeers and beers, check out one of these best bars to watch hockey in the D.C. area.

707 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-8683

With more than 40 flat-screen televisions, an 11-foot projection screen and built-in beer taps at each table, Redline is one of the best bars in D.C. to catch all of the latest hockey action. Enjoy happy hour specials Monday through Friday including 20-percent-off appetizers, $4 domestic drafts and $6 select wines by the glass. Menu items include traditional bar favorites, like chicken wings and burgers, plus decadent items, like lobster macaroni and cheese and a rack of lamb. Redline also offers eight premium booths, each with its own tap system. Reservations are encouraged for parties of six or more.

Iron Horse Taproom
507 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-7665

Catch the game, and the latest craft beer selection, at the fun and festive Iron Horse Taproom. Challenge your friends to a game of skeeball, shuffleboard or pool or snag a booth and order up a round from a long list of delicious craft beer selections. With 26 tap lines, the Iron Horse Taproom constantly rotates through a smattering of the best American, Belgian, German and specialty import beers from around the world. The bar also offers beer-focused events, like tap takeovers from craft breweries, as well as a robust bourbon selection. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat before you visit as the Iron Horse Taproom doesn’t offer food.

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Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-3070

Ventnor Sports Cafe offers all of the fixings of a traditional sports bar with a few perks. Chow down on tasty menu items, like buffalo wings and nachos, or order up you adult beverage of choice at the bar. The popular restaurant and bar also features plenty of televisions to catch the game, free popcorn as soon as you sit down and a variety of specials and special events including bottomless mimosas for Saturday brunch and trivia Tuesdays. Ventnor Sports Cafe welcomes all fans including Washington Capitals, Syracuse, Michigan and UNC.

Bugsy’s Sports Bar
111 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-0313

Owned and operated by retired NHL player Bryan “Bugsy” Watson, Bugsy’s Sports Bar in Old Town Alexandria is known as the “must stop location” for sports fans. Enjoy menu items made from the freshest ingredients, including tasty pizzas, pastas and salads. Check out the impressive collection of sports memorabilia upstairs at the bar. Bugsy’s Sports Bar also features plenty of flat-screen, high-definition televisions plus plenty of happy hour and game-day specials including $2.50 Bud Lights and appetizers for $3.50. The ladies will love Friday nights where they will enjoy specialty cocktails for half the price. Watson began his NHL career playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He also played with the Detroit Red Wings, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals.

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Big Play Sports Grill
7313 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 454-0135

Recognized as the newest sports-themed restaurant in College Park, Big Play Sports Grill offers sports fans plenty to talk about. Watch the big game on one of 16 large flat-screen televisions and enjoy your favorite food and drinks, like crab cake sliders, blackened chicken pasta or the no-hitter New York strip. Stop by on Monday and check out the $5-$4-$3 drink specials or enjoy drink specials and only the 21-and-up crowd on Thursdays. Big Play Sports Grill also features special events, including pre-holiday bashes and new food tastings, plus music, DJs and dancing.

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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