Best Bars to Watch the NBA Finals In The DC Area

May 17, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: Mason Inn

The Washington Wizards may not be in the NBA finals this year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find great food and drink specials during the finals as a result. Visit one of these D.C. area bars to catch the last games of the NBA season.
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Mason Inn
2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1313

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 12 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

With a 100-foot projection screen, you won’t miss any of the NBA Finals action at the Mason Inn. Located in the Glover Park neighborhood, the restaurant and bar also boasts eight 60-inch high definition televisions, comfortable booths, high top chairs and other seating arrangements. Enjoy drink specials, such as half-priced pitchers and shots during happy hour Monday through Friday and discounted mimosas Saturday and Sunday. The Mason Inn also features live music from local bands, DJs and dancing, as well as fun bar games like flip cup and even a rock, scissors, paper tournament.

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Meridian Pint
3400 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 588-1075

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Catch the NBA Finals and save the planet at the same time. Meridian Pint is perhaps the most environmentally-friendly bar in the D.C. area. The bar serves mostly draft beers, which helps reduce the impact caused by Trans Atlantic shipping as well as excess waste caused by bottles and cans. The electricity comes from windmill farms and 95 percent of its staff lives within walking distance, which helps reduce pollution and carbon print. Perhaps the best part is that the Meridian Pint also features self-serve taps at each table. Enjoy specials on beers from the team’s hometowns.

Related: Best Sports Bars in the DC Area.

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Sign of the Whale
1825 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1110

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Get caught up in the unbeatable atmosphere, tasty foods and awesome specials all while enjoying the NBA Finals at Sign of the Whale. Located in the heart of the District, Sign of the Whale features multiple high definition plasma televisions, state-of-the-art digital surround sound, three different bars and more. Enjoy food and drink specials, such as 25 cent wings Mondays and half price happy hour Fridays. The bar and restaurant also features other special events including Martini’s and Manicures, Best Terrible T-shirt Party and Little Black Dress Saturdays.

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Penn Quarter Tavern
639 Indiana Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-6666

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Located within blocks of the Verizon Center, the Penn Quarter Tavern offers everything you need to enjoy the NBA Finals. The two-story establishment features state-of-the-art flat screen televisions, two full-service bars and daily food and drink as well as game day specials and a covered patio area. Voted Best Sports Bar by the Washington Post, you can catch just about any other sport in addition to the NBA at the Penn Quarter Tavern. This is also a great spot to hold private parties.

Related: Best College Basketball Bars in DC.

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Summers Restaurant
1520 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-8278

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sat to Sun – 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

For NBA fans who prefer a casual dining experience without sacrificing the quality of the food, Summers Restaurant is just the place to be. The menu features many high quality items, like steak and ribs, as well its famous 1/2 pound burgers and a plethora of alcoholic beverages to suit your taste buds. Enjoy food and drink specials Monday through Friday. The restaurant also features multiple high-definition televisions to watch the NBA Finals as well as other sporting events like soccer and football, DJs and Karaoke nights and a separate dining room for smokers and non-smokers.

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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