February 4th and Super Bowl LII will be upon us before we know it. We’re hoping an asteroid won’t hit earth (spoiler alert: there is zero chance it will), and that the Eagles’ Lane Johnson won’t go broke buying literally “everyone” a beer for the occasion.
Most importantly, we are plotting the best spots in the Washington, D.C. area to catch the game over brews, snacks, and planted in front of big screens. For the second year in a row, Patriots fans will bring the enthusiasm rooting for a sixth Super Bowl victory, while Eagles fans can eagerly celebrate their first Super Bowl game.
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m., but check the details of the ticketed event to see when you can get your day of fun started, or come early for first-come-first-serve arrangements.
ON LARGE SCREENS
Clarendon | Directions
This multi-floor, recently opened Clarendon bar and restaurant (formerly Rí Rá) has also installed a huge projector screen along one of the chic walls– perfect for game days. Grab some wings or delicious Hardware Fritters, a beer or signature cocktail, and get ready to cheer.
Penn Quarter | Directions
This cavernous space offers a class sports bar vibe on a large scale, with one 22-foot screen and nine 10-foot screens. If you’re equally (or more) into the Super Bowl commercials, consider coming back to hear advertising professionals discuss and recap the best and worst moments with the American Advertising Federation on February 6.
Dupont Circle | Directions
This three-level spot in the center of all the action is a popular place to catch any game, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house for keeping your eye on the ball (on the TV). Call in advance to check for table space.
WITH BOTTOMLESS FOOD AND DRINK DEALS
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Glover Park | Directions
This upper Georgetown destination is a cozy watering hole (with plenty of TVs!) bringing you local beers from their Falls Church brewery. For the big day, you’ll have all the best traditional game day foods with unlimited pours of their brews or wine.
U Street | Directions
At this popular Irish haunt, for $45 per person you can have unlimited beer and cider pours from 5 pm until the end of the game, and a buffet from 6 to 9 pm with classic snacks like wings, tots, shepherd’s pie and pupusas. Their wings have won City Paper’s Readers’ Choice for Best Wings in 2017 for the seventh time in a row! (Pro tip: If you are watching at home, you can pre-order wings from Duffy’s online.)
Union Market | Directions
This Michelin Bib Gourmand designated destination is known for its local, organic and sustainable food program. This is far from a sports bar, but if you’re looking for a reason to visit, on Super Bowl Sunday they offer a top-notch buffet (we are dreaming of cheesesteaks and chorizo nachos) and open bar from 6 p.m. through the end of the game.
Adams Morgan | Directions
If you’re worried about comfort food to keep you cheering (or get you through stressful game moments), what better choice than endless bowls of five different kinds of chili? Head to the indoor space here for all you can eat and drink (with an impressive beer selection), or check out the weather-proof roof for a la carte ordering.
WITH GOOD BEER
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Tysons Corner | Directions
Join this party for the abundance of German beers and American craft brews (including selections from local Fair Winds Brewery in Lorton, VA)– and stay for the game, which will be on 17 HDTVs, two projector screens, one massive TV wall. Or is it the other way around? If you’re feeling brave, skip out on JT and join a half-time wing eating competition for $20 (includes 2 beers) and the chance to win $100.
Navy Yard | Directions
In the past, Bluejacket had several great Super Bowl bites and beer specials– check back closer to game day or show up for the huge industrial space, great vibe and unique beers you can’t get anywhere else.
Shirlington | Downtown | Directions
While this isn’t your typical sports bar, why not make an occasion out the game and knock a brewery visit off your bucket list at the same time? Check out either location for their beer lineup (plus seasonals), sure to keep you going or to cheer you up– depending on how your team is faring.
Courthouse | Directions
This recently-repainted red pub is at the top of the list in Arlington for Patriots fan, so you’re sure to be in good company. A word of wisdom to come early; seats are likely to fill up quickly!
Old Town | Directions
This watering hole is a neighborhood staple for locals, but also a great reason to visit Old Town. Come here for Sam Adams specials, game day food, and a chance to win a raffle of prizes.
Capitol Hill | Directions
Downtown | Directions
The recently revamped bar at 18th and M Streets (formerly Sign of the Whale) continues to be one of the best places for Phillies sports fans. It may be a tight squeeze for a larger crowd, but with Eagles jerseys pinned over the bar, you know you’re in the right place!
Bloomingdale | Directions
This neighborhood gem is something of a very unofficial Eagles bar. For the last Eagles game day, they offered cheesesteak and Weyerbacker beer specials– we wouldn’t be surprised if they had something special coming along for the big day.
Adams Morgan | Directions
Owned and operated by a Philly native, this casual sports bar is sure to bring top-notch excitement for the Super Bowl.