Where to Watch Your NFL Team in DC

Updated: 9/12/2020

Although Barred in DC is a hardcore college football fan (often spending 10 hours of the greatest season of the year inside and skipping beer festivals), I cannot deny that NFL is the most popular televised entertainment in this country and in this city. Owing to that and to the fact that crazily enough that not every game is nationally televised even in 2019, lots of bars in DC have watch parties for different teams. Some of my earliest DC memories include watching Stillers games at the Pour House on the Hill with like 1000 people crammed in all 3 floors.

With the heavy assistance from Twitter follower/redditer here  as well as some Twitter outsourcing and this Washingtonian post here, I’ve come up with a list of all teams that have folks gathering to watch their games at bars in DC below (you can find suburban links in the links above). Email barredindc@gmail.com or comment below if something is missing. I’ve tried to approximately list which bar appears to have the most fans in order (if multiple teams), but this can be subjective. A couple observations: The Patriots with SIX friggin watch parties really show their excellence (i.e., in attracting bandwagon fans) over the past couple decades. Surprising to me that the Texans get a DC proper bar while the Falcons have ZERO in the entire DC metro.

Note you can always catch more games at once at spots like Walter’s Sports Bar and other spots

  • BUFFALO BILLS: Grand Central, Exiles,

  • CAROLINA PANTHERS: Mission Navy Yard

  • CHICAGO BEARS: Union Pub (no official party, but take out packages available) Ivy and Coney (unofficial)

  • CINCINNATI BENGALS: None because The Bottom line hasn’t reopened
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS: Virtual parties only

  • DALLAS COWBOYS: Homeslyce Pizza

  • DENVER BRONCOS: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

  • DETROIT LIONS:  Ivy and Coney (unofficial)

  • GREEN BAY PACKERS: Hamilton’s, Duffy’s Irish Pub (unofficial)

  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Blackfinn DC (?)

  • MIAMI DOLPHINS: Solly’s (?), Blackfinn DC (?)

  • NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Dirty Water, Across the Pond, Irish Times (?), Proper 21 (?), Jake’s Tavern (?)

  • NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:The Brig, Lou’s City Bar, PUblic Bar

  • NEW YORK GIANTS: Across the Pond Restaurant & Pub, Nanny O’Briens

  • NEW YORK JETS: Irish Channel?

  • PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:Boundary Stone

  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Johnny Pistolas

  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Town Tavern

  • SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Red Bear Brewing Company, Lou’s City Bar

  • TENNESSEE TITANS: Lou’s City Bar

  • WASHINGTON REDSKINS: The Camelot (strip club), All spots

Nothing in DC proper: Baltimore Ravens (almost always on TV in DC anyways), Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Bucs, Las Vegas Raiders

Nothing in DC metro: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons (!), LA Rams, LA Chargers

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