Best Bars in DMV (a.k.a. D.C., Maryland, Virginia)

Best Bars in DMV (a.k.a. D.C., Maryland, Virginia)

There is no shortage of memes to describe the insanity of 2020, so we won’t bother to jump into the fray. Instead, we choose to focus on the ingenuity shown by so many, especially bars and restaurants, which found creative ways to stay open and serve their communities responsively.

We have sung the praises of bars in many great cities. Still, the DMV (aka DC, Maryland & Virginia for those less traveled) offers a wide array of bars scattered throughout the region of 6.2 million residents.

Some of the bars on this list are accessible via METRO, while others require rideshare to get you home after an evening of fun. No matter how you get there, be sure to support your local bars that are working hard for you!

With so many great bars in the DMV, we thought it best to lean into the fall tradition of sports and share some of our favorite spots to watch the games.

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Dudley’s in Arlington boasts the largest rooftop bar in the area and serves up traditional bar food along with brunch fare on the weekends. In keeping with Arlington’s dog-friendly vibe, Dudley’s patio allows your canine bestie to hang out. But don’t think this sports bar is just about the beer. Dudley’s drink menu features a frozen apple cider slushie and adult drink pouches that must be tried!


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In the heart of DC on U Street stands Nellie’s, a fixture for sports fans in the city. They are back to hosting their weekly events, including Ping Pong Madness, Drag Bingo, Smart Ass Trivia, and Drag Brunch. They have also partnered with multiple food delivery services to ensure the goodies from their kitchen make it to your table. Jell-O shots and pouches are featured alongside bar menu staples, and their rooftop deck should not be missed.


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Another DC rooftop must-go is Public Bar on 18th in NW. They count more than 50 large-screen TVs to ensure there is not a bad seat when it comes to catching the action. In addition to craft beer, they also have a creative menu of signature cocktails across all four bars. Yes, Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, and be sure to save room for the Churros!


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For even more action, check out Penn Social, a sports bar, and an arcade with ping pong tables. Located on E Street in NW, Penn Social is the place to go if you want to watch the game while playing Rock’em Sock’em Robots – because, why not?! With three bars and more than 30 drafts, you won’t go thirsty, and their robust food menu means you won’t go hungry either.


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Rosslyn is home to Quinn’s on the Corner, which embraces Taco Tuesdays and Fireball Fridays along with weekend brunch. If you plan to chill on the patio, be sure to bring your dog as Quinn’s is woof-friendly. Quinn’s has also partnered with all the major food delivery services just in case you are craving their delicious wings, crab tots, or famous fish & chips.


These sports bars are doing right by COVID-19 guidelines set forth by local and state regulations. Be cool and follow the establishment’s procedures so we can keep these bars open!