That rumbling excitement in your gut isn’t gas—it’s March Madness. (Well, maybe just a little gas). Time for all of the college basketball games and all of your favorite teams and players—all of the time. Here’s an update on the best DC-area bars where you can tune in, cheer on and let loose.
1221 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, DC 20036
With three big screens, 22 TVs and enough cable sports packages to keep your eyes glued, Lucky Bar is more than equipped for March Madness. But even when March is in your rear view mirror, the bar serves as an ideal spot to view all of your favorite sports. NFL Sunday Ticket and satellite feeds for soccer round out coverage of the sports you want to see. Your eyes can feast on the game while your taste buds savor the Lucky Bar menu. Tasty favorites like cheeseburgers, french fries, onion rings, chicken tenders, nachos and mozzarella sticks will hit the spot. But if you’ve got to keep an eye on your waistline, the bar offers lighter fare like Caesar and house salads, and even steamed pork dumplings. Yes, dumplings. Either way you cut it, Lucky Bar has got you covered.
707 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
When you ride Metro, be sure to catch Redline. Situated just steps from the Verizon Center, this cleverly named sports pub will make sure that you don’t miss a play during March Madness. With more than 40 flat-screen televisions that line its exposed brick walls and a gargantuan 11-foot projection screen, you can rest assured that every seat will be a good one and that you won’t miss a single layup, jump shot or three-pointer. During March Madness, the pub even allows you to reserve a booth for you and your friends so that you can make sure that you’ve got a front row seat to all the action.
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
639 Indiana Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Located in the heart of downtown, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is a hearty bar that serves up good food and an equally good atmosphere. With 35 LED flat screens, just about every spot makes the perfect perch to get lost in a little March Madness and a savory meal. Munch on tasty treats like beef sliders, shrimp tacos and nachos while you cheer on your favorite team. The establishment has not one, but two bars. There’s even an enclosed heated patio, outfitted with flat-screens of course, as well as a sidewalk cafe.
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Halftime On H St.
1427 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Touted as “where you want to be with the game tied and seconds on the clock,” Halftime On H St. is a fledgling sports bar looking to carve out its niche on DC’s bustling H Street. In addition to wall-to-wall TVs so that you don’t miss a single second of the game, Halftime offers patrons a hearty menu of tried-and-true American classics like The Homerun Burger and Halftime wings and fries. You can wash it all down with your favorite beverage. This is a great spot where you can unwind while you get wound-up rooting for your favorite team and unleashing your inner sports fanatic.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..