Although Washington, D.C., is best known for the sport of politics, it’s home to plenty of sports of the athletic variety as well–and it’s one of the Top 10 Cities for Sports Fans. Our nation’s capital boasts more than five sports teams, including the Redskins (football), the Nationals (baseball), the Capitals (hockey) and D.C. United (soccer). If you’re a die-hard fan, you’re probably on the hunt for the best sports bar near your Washington, D.C. apartment. Well now you can grab your lucky jersey and head out the door, because we’ve got you covered.

Kangaroo Boxing Club

The name of this sports bar was conceived by a group of inebriated friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so it should come as no surprise that it’s a haven for Wolverine fans. However, on Sundays, D.C. sports fans of all collegiate allegiances come together to watch their beloved Redskins play. Because the space is intimate (read: small), Kangaroo Boxing Club doesn’t take reservations. So if you want to catch the big game at this popular sports bar, you’ll have to arrive early to grab a table.

Nellie’s Sports Bar

Nellie’s Sports Bar is not only a favorite gathering place for fans of professional sports teams, it’s also a popular watering hole for amateur athletes (it lists numerous intramural teams and activity groups on its website). Nellie’s is probably best known for its Beat the Clock happy hour, which is held Monday through Friday, and it’s amazing rooftop deck. Did we mention that it’s a gay bar too? Be sure to check out Drag Brunch on Sundays!

Regional Food & Drink (RFD)

Known simply as RFD by locals, Regional Food & Drink is often touted as having the best draft beer selection in Washington, D.C. – and with more than 300 bottled beer varieties and 25 taps from which to choose, it’s difficult to argue with that claim. In fact, beer is a central theme at this D.C. sports bar – many of RFD’s menu items use it as a central ingredient. It’s also located near the Verizon Center, so you can stop by before or after the big game.

Lucky Bar

If you’re a soccer fan living in Washington, D.C., then you can plan on spending a lot of time at Lucky Bar. Although it also shows football and basketball games (both college and professional), it’s first and foremost a D.C. United sports bar. There are 22 TVs in the space, so even if you don’t have the same allegiances as your fellow Washingtonians, you can root for your favorite teams without much contention.


For the sports fan that prefers a more luxurious involuntarily-yelling-at-the-TV experience, Redline is the place to be. This gastropub is a favorite spot for Verizon Center patrons to visit before a game, and also has an 11-foot projection screen and more than 40 flat-screen TVs, so you can watch the matchup if you couldn’t score a ticket. Redline also has some pretty awesome happy hour deals.