Watch Sports For Free: Top 5 Sports Bars In The District

January 13, 2014 3:00 AM

sports bar fans Watch Sports For Free: Top 5 Sports Bars In The District

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Washingtonians are passionate about their sports teams. From Redskins football to Caps hockey and everything in-between, these bars are your best bets for watching the game on the big screen and cheering or jeering along with fans. 

Greene Turtle
601 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-8889

Situated at the Verizon Center with an entrance to the venue, the Green Turtle is the perfect place to pre-game or watch the game on TV with other fans that didn’t get tickets. The Verizon Center hosts Capitols Hockey and basketball from popular college games like Georgetown to pro ball like the Wizards. Greene Turtle is a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat as well. Hang out after the game when game attendees come to celebrate a win or drown their sorrows.

Lucky Bar
1221 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-3733

Known for being a great place to catch a soccer game, Lucky Bar in Dupont Circle has many TVs to suit everyone’s needs. You’ll find a soccer game on one of its dozen screens, including a large projection screen in the back, but then there’s college football on Saturdays and NFL on Sundays. Lucky Bar also has pool tables to entertain you during halftime and a great menu of upscale bar food.

Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-6355

When you’re looking for a sports bar with a little bit of flair, head over to Nellie’s, DC’s popular gay sports bar on U Street. With two floors of bars, the first floor is your best bet to find the game. The front room has sports memorabilia and pennants lining the walls and large TVs to watch the game. During breaks in the action, check out the upstairs bar and deck, open year round for a fun crowd. There’s also a full menu of classic sports bar foods, and on Sundays, Nellie’s offers a Drag Brunch.

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

Located near the Verizon Center in Penn Quarter, Redline is the ultimate place to see the game in DC. With an 11-foot projection screen and electronic board of scores, the main screen is one option for watching the most important game of the evening. There are also 40 additional flat screen TVs lining the walls of the pub, so you’ll be able to see the game no matter where you sit. Redline’s channel line-up includes NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Gameplan, MLB Extra Innings and ESPN Deportes.

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

Ventnor Sports Cafe in the trendy Adams Morgan area is a local bar that is really into sports. It specializes in football both on the professional and collegiate side. This cozy cafe offers enough TVs to watch the game without being overwhelming and free popcorn to nosh on. It’s a great place for a sports party as there’s no charge to rent the upstairs room. Ventnor’s will also work with you to make your event themed just for your team.

Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at