Where to Watch the World Series in DC

If you can’t get in to Nationals Park, here’s where you can watch (photo by Barred in DC)For the first time 86 years (though for over one-third of them there was no team here), the World Series will be played in the District of Columbia. After a thrilling ride through the MLB playoffs, the Washington Nationals open the World Series on the road against the 2017 WS champion and heavily favored Houston Astros on Tuesday, October 22nd, with Game 2 on Wednesday again in Houston, and in DC Friday-Saturday (with “if necessary games” in DC on Sunday, and then back on the road Tues-Wed Oct 29-30th). All games start a few minutes past 8p Eastern.

Barred in DC has been to every home game in the playoffs and a different bar for every other road game (except one). But given tickets are currently going for $900+ to stand in the ballpark, going in person to all the games will likely not continue. If you too don’t have tickets to the games, almost every bar in DC that has a TV will be showing each game. For the road games, Nats will be hosting free watch parties at the stadium (ticket required). If you don’t want/can’t watch in the stadium, Barred in DC has three recommendations: 1) If you’ve watched most/every game at the same bar during the playoffs, stay at that bar; 2) head down to Navy Yard neighborhood to watch in any bar there; and/or 3) goto a local neighborhood bar if they’ve been strong with fans + sound during the playoffs. If a bar has been weak, but they have great specials during the games, then that would be an OK choice as well.

Below is a list of World Series specials for bars in DC that fit the above categories (almost all will have the games with sound), as well as some of spots that may give you pause. Some of these specials have been cribbed from more thorough guides from the Post, Eater, DCist, and Washingtonian. DC’s sports bars are listed here.

Most highly recommended are in red. 

Navy Yard

  • Walter’s Sports Bar
    • 18 foot TV screen
    • Bucket specials (5): $18 Bud Light, $20 Truly
    • $25 bucket of 20 wings
  • Mission Navy Yard
    • $25 buckets of beer / $5.50 Bud Light pints / $8 margs / $5 tequila shots
    • $3 chorizo sliders / $8 quesadillas / $9 wings
    • open at 11a on home game days
  • The Bullpen
    • massive outdoor scene (12 foot TV screen)
    • $6 drink specials for away games, doors open at 6p
    • Doors open home games at 2p
    • game 3-$2 off select drinks if you pay with Chase card
    • live music
    • all drinks $5 3rd-7th inning
    • Note game may be on a delay due to streaming
  • Hampton Inn Top of the Yard
    • rooftop bar can see somewhat into stadium
    • open at 1p during home games
    • Giveaways
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Dacha Navy Yard
    • bubbles & wine 25% off during playoffs
  • The Salt Line
    • Ryan Zimmerman is part-owner and players/manager went after NLCS clinch
    • Away games specials ONLY
      • 1/2 price oysters,
      • $3 ‘Gansett / $5 DC Brau / $5 wine / $7 draft cocktails
  • All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
    • DC Brau Watch Party during home games, specials on Full Count and Joint Resolution
    • extra TVs throughout, patio expanded
    • Kitchen open early for lunch on Fri (Noon) and til midnight during home games and last call at 2a
  • Declaration
    • HH 11a-8p everyday
    • outdoor bar to watch games
  • El Bebe
  • Circa
  • The Big Stick
    • Always great spot to watch
    • game 3 pregame With local ESPN affiliate
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Roy Boys
    • $5 beer cans / $10 loaded base cocktail / $5 Natitude Red shots
  • Bonchon
    • Games 1-2 $1 Sapporo drafts from 7p-close
    • All games feature $13 wings and side and bottled beverage special
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Willie’s
    • $4 Bud/Bud Light bottles / $12 Bud Light pitcher / $5 Jameson
    • $5 bites (wings, nachos, pretzel bites, sliders, bbq sliders, chips & dip)
  • Bluejacket
    • 86 Years Double IPA tapped on Tuesday on draft during duration of series
    • AWAY GAMES ONLY:
      • Select $5 cans/drafts
      • $4 popcorn / $5 onion rings / $7 fried chicken bites / $12 peel & Eat shrimp / $10 short rib nachos
  • Due South & Dockside
    • $6 select drafts, well drinks, house red/white
  • Agua 301
    • Pre-game $6 margs / $4.50 drafts & food specials
    • during games: $7 margaritas drop 25 cents for every run score / $2.50 Bud Light bottles / rotating food specials
  • District Winery
    • away games only: 1/2 price bottles all night long
  • The Brig (really shared by Navy Yard & Barracks Row)
    • table reservations at info@thebrigdc.com
    • Game 1 – $1 every bottle sold benefits breast cancer awareness
    • $6 Bold Rock Rose bottles / Brig Lager specials ($7 half liter / $13 liter) / $25 bucket specials
  • Taco City (across from The Brig)
    • after 4p during WS
    • $15 Mahou pitcher, $5 Taco City margarita
    • $2 tacos
  • Capitol Riverfront parties (booze sales may or may not end at 11p
    • game 3 in Yards Park (capacity 4000)-party starts at 6p
    • game 4-5 in huge lot at NJ and M (capacity 8000)-part starts at 8p

Outside Navy Yard – Strong Throughout Playoffs (per reports/personal knowledge)

  • The Pug (H Street) 
    • Lots of cheap dad beer at 14th worst bar in DC
    • Pizza has been bought at some point for most games
  • The Blaguard (Adams Morgan)
    • rotating specials
    • $3 Bud Light / Natty Boh
  • Tunnicliff’s Tavern (Eastern Market)
    • great older crowd 
    • Barred in DC watched G5 of NLDS here, 76 year lady there cheering till end
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (H Street)
    • $4 Budweiser Tallboys & $5 shots
    • normal 1/2 priced wings on Wed (Game 2)
  • Penn Social (PQ/Chinatown) 
    • $5 drafts from DC breweries during games
  • Across The Pond (Dupont) 
    • 55 cent wings (min 10)
    • $4 ATP Pilsner pints / $15 ATP Pilsner pitchers
    • beer/wing combos: $20 (either 10 wings + bucket of macro beers OR 20 wings + ATP pitcher); $26 (20 wings and other beer pitchers, other than Smithwicks or Guinness)
  • The Midlands (Park View) 
    • hot mulled cider with spiced rum
    • $5 pints of Mermaid Pilsner all night
  • Lou’s City Bar (Columbia Heights)
    • $4 Bud Light / $4 Miller Lite / $5 Sam Adams products during games
    • Team 980 pregame Game 1 radio pregame
  • DC Reynolds (Park View)
    • BOGO 5-9p (all days except Sun)
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar (U STreet
    • $3 Miller Lite/Coors Light / $6 Sam Adams seasonal & Coney Island Pilsner / $15 buckets
  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (PQ/Chinatown)
  • Hellbender (way up there)
    • $5 pints
  • Dirty Water (H Street)
    • Game 1 & 2 specials
      • Pregame Bud Draft specials: $1 6-7p, $2 8-9p
      • During game $5 John Daly, specials on beer buckets and quart pails
  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
    • drink and food specials during games
  • Exile’s (U Street)
    • pregame HH
    • bucket and DC draft specials during games
  • Capitol Lounge (Capitol Hill)
    • 25 cent wings every game

Other Spots With World Series Specials (sound noted where it may be surprising)

  • Atlas Brew Works (Ivy City)
    • $5 pints of 1500 S Cap Lager on game days
  • The Game Sports Pub (Adams Morgan)
    • $20 Bud/Bud Light buckets (5) / $30 San Miguel buckets (5) / $10 select beer + shot combos / $6 select wine or sangria / $7 punch
    • $3 off burgers for Tues/Wed games / $8 chili cheese fries / $10 grilled cheese + Fries
  • Boundary Stone (Bloomingdale)
    • $5 beer/wine/cocktails
  • Rock & Roll Hotel (H Street)
    • At least for Game 1 (Tues)
    • game on 2 floors with sound
    • $5 Bud/Bud Light 16 oz cans / $7 Devils Backbone ERA on draft / $1 off rails
    • raffles/giveaways
  • Tico (14th St)
    • Wear Nats or Astros gear get $30 bottomless wings, nachos, and beer each game
    • soun on
  • Matchbox (Barracks Row, 14th St, Chinatown)
    • HH food/drinks when wearing Nats gear during games
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (Capitol Hillish)
    • 50 cent oysters all day until end of World Series w/ purchase of alcoholic beverage
  • Proper 21(Downtown)
    • $5 Bud Lights / $5 Jameson shots
    • $5 fried chicken sandwich
  • Red Bear Brewing (NoMa)
    • HH pricing during WS games if come in Nats gear
  • Nick’s Riverside Grill (Georgetown)
    • $5 drink specials during games
    • Halloween costume party for Friday’s game
    • drink/food specials
    • prizes/DJ
  • 3 Stars Brewery (Up there)
    • draft specials
  • Hook Hall (Park View)
    • bring dog in Nats gera, gets $3 off any Dogfish Head beer
    • food specials
    • Hook Hall Lager goes down 25 cent for each Nats run
    • $1 Bud/Bud Light (limit 2/person) in first inning while Nats are batting
    • $3 Fireball shots with Nats hoer
    • $5 mulled wine/cider
  • The Cloakroom Rooftop (Mt Vernon Triangle)
    • yes this is a strip club’s rooftop bar
    • HH 1-9p $3 domestics / $4 imports / $5 rails/ $8 pizzas
    • get free koozie if you say you’re there to watch the Nats
  • The Wharf
    • 17 foot LED floating stage next to District Wharf behind Cantina Bambina
    • $6 16 oz cans of Bud/Light/Goose Island/Michelob Ultra
  • Pearl Street Warehouse (The Wharf)
    • $5 Bud/Miller Light/Shiner Bock / Dickel shot
    • Cantina Marina gumbo / nachos
  • Hank’s at the Wharf
    • food and drink Nat-themed specials during and after games
  • Culture House (Southwest)
    • venue (formerly known as Blind Whino) 14 minute walk from stadium
    • free watch party with hosted bar + food
    • all ages allowed
    • the game on two 70” LED TV’s in Lounge and a 10′ x 20′ Large Format Projector Screen upstairs in Performance Space w/ mini baseeball diamond for games and contests
  • Shaw’s Tavern (Shaw)
    • $6 wings / 50% off burgers
    • $14 Miller Lite / $16 Blue Moon pitchers
  • Church Hall (Georgetown)
    • $8 stein of Gansett / Bulleitt shot
  • The Eastern (Eastern Market)
    • games with sound
    • HH draft beer specials ($6 Gold Leaf and Astrodon)
  • Truxton Inn (Bloomingdale)
    • HH specials all night ($6 Old Fashioneds / $5 wine / $3 gansett) for Games 1-2
    • games with sound
  • DC9 (Shaw)
    • 1st floor bar has games with sound
  • Union Trust (Downtown)
    • with sound
  • Ivy City Smokehouse (Ivy City)
    • wear Nats gear and get HH prices all day
  • Bar Deco (PQ/Chinatown)
    • free popcorn during games
    • themed food specials
    • $4 Labatt Blue Lights / $5 Makers Mark shots
  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • $5 Old Grandad bourbon and Old Overhold rye all night during games + specialty cocktail
    • $10 cocktail THe Curly W
    • $8 fried wings with coleslaw and poblano mayo
  • Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill (Georgetown)
    • HH all night (includes $10 burger and $9 calamari)
  • Casolare (Glover Park)
    • games on outdoor screen
    • 2 chili dogs + fries for $10
    • 5 Miller High Life bucket for $10
    • HH all night
  • Alta Strada (Mt Vernon Triangle)
    • HH all night
    • sound doubtful
  • The Riggsby (Dupont)
    • HH all night
    • sound doubtful
  • Streets Market (NoMa)
    • first draft free
    • $4 DC beers
    • all night HH
  • Union Pub
    • drink specials include $5 select beer / $4 Bud Light drafts / $6 rails / $10 Rolling Rock buckets / $2 off wine
  • W Hotel (Downtown)
    • Corner Office “Tony Two Brews” gets  2nd beer off
  • Logan Tavern (Logan Circle)
    • HH all night at bar
    • $7-8 signature cocktails / $5-6 wine / $25 beer buckets
    • $7-8 bar bites
  • The Occidental (Downtown)
    • where Senators celebrated its last appearance has screenings on bar and patio
    • special Nats cocktails for $10
  • Finn McCool’s (Barracks Row)
    • $4 draft beer / $15 pitchers
    • $5 apps
  • Spots that usually don’t turn on their tv but are (probably without sound)
    • Beuchert’s Saloon
    • All Souls
    • The Royal (with sound)
  • The Ugly Mug/Valor Brew Pub (Barracks Row)
    • $15 combo (I believe a pint of their beer plus Halfsmoke fried price and either 1/2 basket of wings or French dip sandwich)
  • Wundergarten (NoMa)
    • Watch parties
    • caliburger available
  • Nomad (H Street)
    • $3 beer
  • H Street Country Club (H Street)
    • Game 1: all night HH ($5 margs & $3 beer)
    • Rest of games: $4 bud lights and $18 buckets
  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Cleveland Parkish)
    • Sound on
    • $5 beer/bourbon/vodka drink specials
  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $5 Jameson at least for game 1
  • Granville Moores (H Street)
    • great $5 craft beer (select drafts, can, bottle
    • $5 wings, burger, mini-moules, brats, fries
    • specials may vary
  • Chop House (PQ/Chinatown)
    • extended HH 4p-end of game on game nights at bar only
  • American Ice (U Street)
    • $4 Sam Adams
    • 1/2 wings
    • Sound on
  • Wingo’s (Glover Park)
    • $2 tequila shots / $15 margarita pitchers (at least game 1)
  • Mr. Smith’s (Georgetow)
    • $5 drink specials (Nat’s themed) – think Absolut voda/cran/OJ/sprite
    • $5 potato skins filled with breaded chicken
  • Free State (PQ/Chinatown)
    • $2 off DC drafts during games
  • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)
    • upstairs covered/heated (but smokers) terrace on 4 TVs
    • $5 cans (Flying Dog, RAR, Coors Light)
    • 1/2 price whiskey wings / $15 beer & Big jack burger
  • Astro Beer Hall (Downtown)
    • $18 pitchers of Miller lite / $5 Washington Apple shooters / $1 off local draft DC beers
  • The Brighton (The Wharf)
    • $5 Bud/Bud Light
    • $6 hot dog
  • Pop’s Sea Bar (Adams Morgan)
    • $5 3 Stars Diamonds are Forever Hazy IPA cans all games
  • Kraken Axes (Downtown)
    • $1 off select cans and 10% off next group booking of 6 or more if you wear Nats gear Games 1-2
  • The Crown and Crow (14th St)
    • game 1: $5 rails / $5 domestic beer / $2 off select wine
  • The Berliner (Georgetown)
    • Game 1: sound on, drink specials all night
  • Tony & Joe’s (Georgetown)
    • Mustang Sally on special during games
  • Mi Vida (The Wharf)
    • Free apps in the bar for every home run
Caution
  • Matchbox Barracks Row didn’t put NLDS Game 1  over NFL Thursday night football when asked
  • Wundergarten had trivia not sound during at least one NLCS game
  • Nanny O’Brien’s had trivia not sound during at least one NLCS game
  • Franklin Hall – some games didn’t have sound except in certain back room and otherwise place is too loud to hear anything
  • Union Pub is a Bama bar and will definitely play the sound on for their game which conflicts with Saturday’s game. They also played sound for the debate over the World Series.
  • Jackie Lee’s has said “they aren’t a sports bar so we don’t play the games with sound”
  • The Crown and Crow played the debate in much bigger tv with sound
  • Kingfisher self-proclaims itself as a terrible place to watch sports
  • Red Derby has one TV in back
  • The Pitch Tavern sports bar is closed currently for renovations
  • Possible College Football Conflicts (These may be resolved with separate rooms or cancelled watch parties)
    • Friday night (Game 3)
      • Fado (USC),
      • Penn Social (Colorado-but multiple rooms)
        • Nats sound on big screen
    • Saturday night (Game 4)
      • Mission Navy Yard (Clemson)
        • Sound for Clemson at back bar on South Capitol
        • Sound for Nats everywhere else
      • Union Pub (Alabama)
        • Bama  sound priority)
      • Penn Social (Michigan, UCF )
        • Nats sound on big screen
      • Bullfeathers (Texas Tech)
      • The Exchange (Notre Dame)
      • Finn McCool’s (Notre Dame)
        • sound on Notre Dame in one floor
        • Nats on another floor
      • Ivy & Coney (Michigan)
        • Inside: Nats with sound
        • Deck: Michigan with sound
      • Across the Pond (Boston College)
        • BC will be shown in restaurant (w/ sound) on projection TV with WS game on walls
        • WS shown with sound in bar area
      • Willie’s (Mizzou)
      • Town Tavern (Kentucky)
      • The Game Sports Pub (Arizona State)
      • Astro Beer Hall (UCLA)
      • Homeslyce (Cal)
      • The Ugly Mug (Washington State)
      • Irish Channel (Oregon)
        • Front/main section will have WS with sound
        • Back section will show Ducks with sound
  • Potential Trivia Conflicts
    • Tues Game 1: RiRa, Hawk n Dove, Whiskey Diner, City Winery, 3 Stars, Exile’s, Mellow Mushroom (2nd floor), Kingfisher, Moreland’s (trivia upstairs, sound downstairs)
    • Wed Game 2: Astro Beer Hall, Wingo’s, Homestead,  Smoke & Barrel, Provision No. 14, The Coupe, Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom (7-9), Crown and Crow, Froggy Bottom Pub, Wundergarden
  • Houston Astros fans have/will likely congregate at following spots
    • Republic Cantina – Main Astros party with specials (7 oz Miller High Life + 1 oz pop of Santa Teresa Venezuelan rum), though no booze after 10:45p
    • Across the Pond hosted watch parties during previous rounds of playoffs
    • PQ Sports Tavern was the officialish Astros watch spot earlier though reports have said the bar has squeezed out outside MLB teams in favor of Nats exclusively during playoffs
    • St. Arnolds on Jefferson is the Houston Texans bar so wouldn’t be surprised if folks go there.
  • Bars without TVs:
    • Destination Wedding, Bistro du Coin, The Black Cat, The Columbia Room, Harold Black, Copycat Co., The Gibson, Jack Rose (Saloon bar only), The Saloon, Wonderland, A&D, Compass Rose, EL Centro D.F. 14th, Ghibellina, McClellan’s Retreat

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