Where to Watch Mayweather v. McGregor in DC

Two years after the Fight of the Century (Mayweather v. Pacquiao), the next Fight of the Century is coming to Vegas and bars across America on Saturday August 26th.  That night, Floyd Mayweather fights MMA/UFC star Conor McGregor in a clash of two fighting styles (literally). Once again, many folks in DC will be deciding not to pay the $100 for Pay-Per-View and instead go to one of the bars listed below. This post will be continually updated as bars announce plans, add details (including covers), etc. FYI-bars aren’t making a lot of money on the cover; typically bars must pay around $30/person based on max occupancy.


[In a surprise, Buffalo Billiards confirmed on 8/22 that they are NOT showing the fight. Ventnor Sports isn’t either]

  • Sauf Haus
    • $25 gen admission (inc. one 1/2 liter or mixed drink) 8p-1a
    • Options for reserved seating/tables (low as $25 for reserved barstool in 2nd floor bar
    • DJs before/after show
    • $15 pre-party 5-8p
  • Barcode
    • $10 until 8/23; $20 after 8/24; TBD at door
    • party starts at 9p
    • table reservations for $500 for 6-8 guests, include 2 bottles of liquor
    • full menu available till midnight
  • James Hoban’s
    • $25 cover
    • Select $5 drafts
    • Irish bar
  • Parlay
    • $20(?) cover
    • doors open at 7p
    • e-mail parlaydc@gmail.com for reservations for tables
  • Public Bar
    • $25 general admission/$30 at door
    • $125 reserved stools (includes $100 worth of food/drink)
    • Options for reserved tables range from $65-75/person
    • Bottle service specials –  $300 – one bottle of Stoli and one bottle of Moët Ice Imperial $400 – two bottles of Stoli  $500 – two bottles of Stoli and a bottle of Moët Ice Imperial
    • E-mail events@publicbar.co
  • Dirty Bar
    • $30 cover (includes 1 drink)
    • free popcorn


  • Fado Irish Bar
    • $30 advance / $40 at door
    • $50/each for VIP table
    • must arrive by 10p to guarantee entry
    • Irish bar
  • Archibald’s/Fast Eddie’s
    • $30 general admission starting at 7p
    • yes, this is a strip club
    • VIP reserved seating available
  • Proper 21
    • $30 general admission ($35 at door)
    • $40/person reserved table
  • The Park on 14th
    • FREE before 11p with RSVP 
    • $20 guaranteed no wait entry

Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/H Street/Navy Yard

  • The Ugly Mug
    • $25 cover at door
    • $40/each for reserved tables include 1 drink
      • options for groups of 2, 4, 8 and 10
  • Finn McCool’s
    • $20 cover at door (includes 1 draft beer)
    • doors open at 5p
    • Irish bar
  • The Haymaker Bar
    • $30 presale/$40 at door (includes 1 Bacardi drink)
    • $50/each for reserved seat at 5 seat table (includes 1 Bacardi drink)
  • The Big Stick
    • $20 cover
  • RedRocks H Street
    • No Cover
    • action starts at 9p, on all levels

Georgetown/Glover Park

  • RiRa Georgetown
    • $30 ($35 at door)
    • Doors open at 6p (pre-fights upstairs), entire bar at 8p
    • Irish bar
  • Mason Inn
    • $50 open bar (early bird 1st 25 tickets); $75 regular price
    • $20 admission only
    • party starts at 7p

Columbia Heights/Petworth/U Street/Brightwood

  • DC Reynolds
    • $20 cover (general admission, no seat guaranteed)
    • $25 reserved seating (min. 2 people, indoor tables for 2 or 4 people, (sold out) outdoor picnic tables for 6 people)
  • Lou’s City Bar
    • $20 advance / $25 cover at door
  • The Prospect
    • drink specials
    • Covers
      • 7-8p will be $20 for guys $10 for girls
      • 8-9p will be $25 guys $10 for girls
      • after 9pm, depends on the crowd
  • Deset Lounge (Ethiopian; in Brightwood)
    • $15 early bird (higher at door)
    • doors open at 7:30p

Northeast/Ivy City


  • Tenley Bar & Grill
    • $20 cover (2nd floor standing room only)
    • $100 for reserved bar seat (plus $50 min food/drink spend) includes sparkling wine toast
    • reserved tables for 2-6 people ($100-125/person) include 1 or 2 bottles of liquor

Once again, Barred in DC is counting on tens of thousands of hits to chronicle DC bars showing the fights (the previous fight post still set a an-all time Barred in DC  record for hits with 40,000)

Soviet Safeway’s Liquor License Protested by Over 600 People

Top of an Anti-Safeway Liquor License Petition Likely Circulated by Cairo Liquor

The “Soviet” Safeway, located on 17th Street and Corcoran in the heart of Dupont Circle, is seeking a liquor license so it can sell beer and wine for purchase. These efforts have hit a snag; by last week’s protest deadline, FOUR different groups have protested the liquor license:

  • The local ANC 2B, which voted 4-3 in June to protest (see protest letter here)
    • ANC is protesting “based on adverse impact on the peace, order, and quiet of the neighborhood, subject to a negotiation of a settlement agreement that allows for the peaceful cohabitation with current neighbors”
  • The Dupont Circle Citizens Association, a group that historically isn’t a huge fan of development in Dupont Circle, voted 6-2 in June to protest (see letter here); they’re concerned about:
    • the effect of the issuance of a license on peace order and quiet;
    • the proximity of the establishment to Ross Elementary School; and
    • an overconcentration of licensed establishments in the area”
  • 58 Parents, Guardians, and Teachers of children at Ross Elementary School, who are upset about
    • Proximity to school (Playground is just 15 feet away from Safeway across an alley)
    • “decrease in proportion of retail space committed to food and fresh goods which serve the needs of a school and a neighborhood with a growing number of children”
    • “Overconcentration of licensed establishments in the area”
      • 3 liquor/beer stores within 400 feet
      • Dozens of bars/restaurants/clubs on 17th Street
      • Reduces amount of space available for fresh products, groceries, & other basic consumable on the street when alcohol is already available
  • 589(!!) “Safeway customers”
    • Nearly 600 people signed a 26 page-long petition entitled “Prevent Safeway from Selling Beer and Wine!”
    • Petition stated “As a Safeway customer, I request [ABRA] deny any request by Safeway…to sell beer and wine in the Dupont Circle neighborhood store. The store is small, and the limited space is vital for providing food and living essentials to area residents. Furthermore, there is ample availability to purchase all forms of alcohol within the neighborhood from existing stores.”
    • The long-standing Cairo Liquor almost certainly facilitated this group.
      • As it stands just across the street from Safeway, it stands to lose sales or be forced to drive its prices down.
      • Mitch Aaronson is listed as the group’s designated representative; Mr. Aaronson is listed as a Vice-President of Cairo and is related (brother? son?) to Cairo’s owner Howie Aaronson.
      • The scuttlebutt is that the petition signing took place in front of Cairo.

The Current’s article is worth the read for more details; Safeway only claims that less than 4% of the offerings will be beer and wine.  A Roll Call hearing was scheduled earlier this week and the protest is scheduled for September 27th. In the end, expect the ANC to enter into a settlement agreement with the Safeway; this would automatically dismiss the Ross group and the huge group of 589. Only the DCCA group would remain for the protest, and I can see them pursuing it going forward.

[Note: Barred in DC shopped for 8 years at the Soviet Safeway, enjoying the lack of selection, and bought lots of Mark West Pinot Noir wine, handles of Svedka vokda, and pumpkin beer at Cairo over same period of time].