Nightlife: Sports Bars
By Katie Greenan and Dena Levitz / Photography by Erick Gibson
Broadlands Sports Bar and Grille
42882 Truro Parish Drive, Ashburn; 703-729-7119; sportsngrill.com
Along with being a standout place to watch football, baseball and basketball games, among other sports, Broadlands also has branched out into allowing its customers to bet on horse racing live. Doing so has resulted in a spirited venue.
Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd St. S., Arlington; 703-521-8215; ccsportspub.com/home
Come gamedays, college or NFL, there’s no place like this hardware store-turned eatery. Two floors overflow with football lovers from all corners of the country. It’s a lively atmosphere that’s often standing room only in front of large screens and heavy-duty sound system.
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
697 Spring St., Herndon; 703-435-5467; jottnew.com
Jimmy’s isn’t just a tavern; it’s a piece of history. The building was once a general store and is rumored to be haunted by friendly ghost. Now locals come for the welcoming atmosphere. Technically it’s a Buffalo Bills institution yet fans are far from pushy about it.
111 King St., Alexandria; 703-683-0313; bugsyspizza.com
Downstairs, Bugsy’s features a family-friendly pizza buffet. Up a front set of stairs, though, is a hockey mecca with framed Messier and Gretzky jerseys and photos on every inch of the walls. TVs are widespread, and Bugsy’s has its own Samuel Adams-made brew.
815 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-836-6222; southside815.com
There are two clear sections of Southside 815: the bar area on the left and a quieter, sit-down restaurant (Southern comfort menu) to the right. The casual venue sits in a less retail-heavy part of Old Town, attracting nearby residents.
1800 Diagonal Road, Alexandria; 703-739-0777; theismanns.com
The cuisine is more elevated than you’d expect from an establishment named for and by an area football legend. Joe Theismann’s has become a staple showing a range of sports games amidst a well-regarded restaurant with rows of booths.
Joe Theismann’s shows all games and doesn’t offer special deals for any team but the hometeam, there’s certainly Redskins loyalty. Same with Front Page.
Hockey-crazed Bugsy’s is unmistakably a Washington Capitals bar. And Front Page Rocks the Red, even with the players at lunchtime.
One of the Southside 815 owners is from Pittsburg. The Steelers are also the top team at Broadlands; the largest group in fan gear gets 10 percent off its food tab.
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
And both Grevey’s and Jimmy’s Old Time Tavern favor the Buffalo Bills, with Grevey’s devoting its entire first floor to followers of the team.
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