Watching the Super Bowl is one of America’s greatest traditions, and the best way to do it is with a group of friends, good food and plenty of drinks. Hosting a party is fun, but a lot of work, so it may be more fun to grab a group of people and head to a local bar. Since it may be hard to choose among the various bars in D.C., here is a list of your five best options. These bars are known for providing a fun atmosphere, plenty of large screen TVs for viewing as well as food and drink specials.
801 E. St. N.W.
Washington DC 20004
The size of this huge venue makes it one of the best places to watch the Super Bowl. Penn Social has two levels, more than 10 HD TVs and plenty of seating for you to enjoy the game to the fullest. For all NFL games, including the Super bowl, Penn Social offers $3 Bud Lights, as well as $4 shots, $12 pitchers of beer and $4 pretzels. Other food options are also available, such as spinach and artichoke dip, chips and salsa and house-made hummus. As its motto clearly states, Penn Social is a great place to “Watch. Eat. Play. Drink.”
1620 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Head to BlackFinn, one of the Black Restaurant Group’s many popular venues in DC, for a fun night of Super Bowl watching. The event is guaranteed to have an endless flow of beer, tasty snacks and a plethora of TV screens for your viewing pleasure. Some of the best food items on the menu include pretzels that have been baked with garlic butter and Parmesan, cheese sticks and Portobello fries. See the website to find out more about Super Bowl food and drink specials.
1214 B 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Public Bar is one of DC’s most well-known bars for watching sports games, largely due to the high volume of TVs displayed throughout the multi-level venue. The beer and food specials don’t hurt either. Take advantage of $3 pints of beer during the game, and various food options that include crispy tater tots and irresistible sweet potato fries. Just be sure to arrive early on game day because the venue gets packed as soon as it opens.
707 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The major advantage of Redline is that you can reserve one of its personal tap booths, which means you can pour your own beers and then just pay at the end. That way, you don’t have to fight the crowds at the bar every time you want to get a beverage. The gastropub is also great because it has over 40 flat screen TVs and an 11-foot projection screen so you can be assured that you will be able to watch the Super Bowl no matter where you get a seat. In addition to an extensive beer menu, Redline offers tasty dishes to keep you satisfied during the game, such as creamy guacamole, gooey mac n cheese and a variety of pizzas.
Duffy’s Irish Bar
2106 Vermont Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Casual and fun, Duffy’s is a great neighborhood bar where you can watch the Super Bowl. Pitchers of beer, shots of whiskey, fried pickles and onion rings are some of the items available at Duffy’s, which are guaranteed to make your Super Bowl Sunday 2014 enjoyable and memorable. The bar has 12 flat screen TVs and plenty of seating so you can relax while watching the game, and vegetarians will appreciate the veggie dog on the menu.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.