Best Places for Families to Watch ‘the Game’ in D.C.

July 25, 2014 7:00 AM

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Sports bars are obviously great places to watch a game in Washington, D.C. But if you want to watch a game and bring the whole family along, not every sports bar will work. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in the city for you to bring your kids and watch a game. Here are some of the best restaurants to choose from.

Gordon Biersch Brewery
900 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-5454

A brewery doesn’t scream family friendly, but Gordon Biersch is a family-friendly restaurant. Whether you are having a private party or having a family dinner after strolling through the monuments, this brewery is a great place to unwind and enjoy a good meal. And when you want to combine family time with watching a game, you won’t have to compromise. You can get its legendary garlic fries, watch a soccer game and spend time with your family all at the same time.

Hard Times Cafe
4920 Delray Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-3300

Hard Times Cafe’s tagline is “Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports.” It is the perfect place to watch a game while you are out with your family. If a Capitals, Redskins or Nationals game is on, this is the place to go. And with chili that rivals Ben’s Chili Bowl, this sports-loving restaurant doesn’t slack in the kitchen. From boxing to cycling and soccer to baseball, Hard Times Cafe has got you covered. You won’t have to worry about whether this restaurant is playing the game.

Old Glory BBQ
3139 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-3406

D.C. isn’t known for its barbecue, but Old Glory BBQ is. This Georgetown restaurant serves up award-winning barbecue that reflects the different types of barbecue you can find around the country. The down home feel makes people feel comfortable, and the food keeps them coming back. When your family is in the mood for barbecue, this is one of the best places to go. The food is so good, you might forget that the game is even on.

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Hard Rock Cafe
999 E. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-7625

Penn Quarter is is one of the most popular areas on Washington D.C. for tourists to flock to. It is close to the monuments and the White House, has museums and historic buildings, theaters and more. So it would make sense that there would be a Hard Rock Cafe. Tourists and local families have lunch and dinner at this famous restaurant because of its rock and roll theme and American cuisine. The kids can have mac and cheese and wings while you have grilled Norwegian salmon and bruschetta. Watch a game during a meal with your family at this fun restaurant in downtown D.C.

Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-8222

There is a reason handmade things tend to be better than manufactured things. The quality and care that goes into making something by hand and from scratch makes it that much better. And in the case of Good Stuff Eatery, the burgers and milkshakes taste like the best food you’ve ever had. While your kids delight in the hand-spun milkshakes and hand-cut fries, you can watch the game without missing a beat. Take your family to this Capitol Hill must.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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