Are you a Broncos fan or the Panthers’ 12th man? An all-around sports enthusiast? A lover of beer, wings, nachos or burgers (who isn’t)? If so, you’re going to want to check out some of Alexandria’s top sports bars. We even asked a few locals what they think!
Here are some of the top sports bars in Alexandria:
1. Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
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If you’re a Patriots fan, Murphy’s is your home away from home any day the Pats play. Many game days, fans are lined up outside well before Murphy’s opens its doors, so get there early if you want a seat upstairs, where the games are televised on eight 42” high-def screens. Murphy’s is also a popular spot for watching the World Cup, the Olympics, MLB and other events.
“I would say Murphy’s is my favorite since it’s one of the biggest restaurants/bars in Old Town. Great food and beer selection plus live music, too.” – Igda
2. Joe Theismann’s
It’s only fitting that a restaurant owned by the former Redskins quarterback would be a hotspot for watch parties. And with its 40 seat bar right by the King Street Metro, Theismann’s has all a football fan needs—great food, draft beer, 13 55” flat screen TVs, and maybe even the chance to see Joe. They also have college football and basketball, and not to mention, an eclectic menu: from spicy wings to sushi grade sesame crusted ahi tuna.
“Theismann’s would probably be my best bet. Murphy’s at a close second because of its lively atmosphere.” – Ronalyn
3. Anchor Bar at Fish Market
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Catch all NFL games, college football and local team games (Capitols, Nationals, Wizards) at the Fish Market in Old Town, with fresh seafood, two bars and high-def TV screens. On Sundays, NFL fans can enjoy the Fish Market’s 1st and Goal Sunday Tailgate Menu, featuring discounted beer specials plus wings, nachos and more. For weekday games, get your pre-game on at the Market’s Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m.
4. T. J. Stone’s
Beer and sports go together like rama lama lama…you get it. So get thee to T. J. Stone’s, where the extensive beer list includes 90 bottled beers in addition to cask beer and brews on tap. Then sit back in the Tap Room, with 11 flat screen TVs, surround sound for all NFL playoffs, and playoff food and drink specials, to watch the big game. Plus, they have the NFL, college basketball, and NHL special packages, so you’ll be able to cheer for your favorite team.
“I’ll go with T.J. Stone’s. They have a nice local feel, great food, plenty of televisions to watch a variety of games, and friendly service.” – Aaron
5. Light Horse
The Light Horse’s upstairs bar is a fun neighborhood gathering place, sports bar, and late night destination. When you factor in lots of TVs and delicious smoked wings, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh wait, it does—how about taking a break and trying your hand at skeeball or shuffleboard?
“To be honest, we tend to favor The Light Horse for games. Perfect game food, and lots of room for friends!” – Al, In a DC Minute blogger
6. Ramparts Tavern and Grill
A neighborhood favorite for over 30 years, Ramparts Tavern and Grill at the West End has 26 flat screen TVs, surround sound for the Super Bowl, and a selection of over 100 beers. They have football and baseball packages, and also show basketball, soccer, and tennis games.
“I go to Ramparts to watch games. The food is good, the service is great, lots of TVs and everyone seems to get into the games. It’s a great neighborhood spot with a lot of familiar faces in there.” – Chris
7. Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar
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With its casual setting on King Street, Bugsy’s has been a staple for sports fans for more than 30 years. Head upstairs to the sports bar and you’ll find 15 HDTVs and an extensive collection of sports memorabilia. Although it’s a great place to watch any game, Bugsy’s is best known for drawing Capitals fans—former owner Bryan “Bugsy” Watson is a retired NHL player.
“Bugsy’s pizza is awesome, the space is cozy, so it makes the sports-viewing experience a more social engagement. You’re likely to make a new friend while watching the game. Plus they don’t mind if you’re shouting at the TV because you’re team isn’t playing up to snuff!” – Old Town Courtney
8. Mason Social
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A neighborhood go-to in the booming Braddock area, Mason Social has seven TVs at the bar and one in the dining room, all constantly tuned in to sports. They boast a beer selection that’s mostly domestic and local, with six on tap and 20 bottles available. Want a break from sports? Come in Thursdays at 9pm for movie night till closing. Pro-tip: try the house made chili dogs and carnitas tacos.
Bonus: Pizzeria Paradiso
If you’re looking for a more quiet setting, try Pizzeria Paradiso. With one TV and a small bar, you can watch the game in a more laidback style. Plus, they have beer specials featuring the teams going head to head. For the big game, you can sample craft beers from Carolina and Denver. For the Olympics and World Cup, they featured beers from the competing countries.
“My pick: Pizzeria Paradiso. Friendly staff, an extensive beer list (including lots of local and craft beer selections), and some of the best wood-fired pizza in the Washington area. Plus, with its central King St. location and large front windows, you will be in the heart of all the excitement in Old Town Alexandria during the big game!” – Melissa
Game day take out: Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
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If you’re looking to feed a team of hungry fans, Rocklands in Alexandria’s West End has some crowd-pleasing deals. Order a mix of wings, pulled meat by the pound, racks of beef ribs, and potato rolls, and you’re good to go.
Your turn: What’s your favorite sports bar in Alexandria?
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