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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2007

... And Then There Were Four

By Fritz Hahn

Now that we're down to the Final Four, fans and alumni are writing to ask where they should go to watch their teams. There's nothing like a room full of fellow supporters holding its collective breath with every foul shot and cheering every miss by the other team.

Here's a rundown of where the groups who aren't going to Atlanta will be watching Saturday's big games.

UCLA alumni are sticking with their regular bar of choice, the Ugly Mug on Barracks Row. Get there early for a view of one of the 14 televisions -- the space itself can be kind of tight once a crowd shows up.

Florida fans are making the usual trip to Joe Theismann's, a sports bar near the King Street Metro Station, and alumni who live closer to Maryland might want to meet up at Columbia's Rocky Run brewpub.

Ohio State's followers are either heading to Willie and Reed's in Bethesda, which has a ton of high-definition televisions, or to the Rhino Bar.

Wait, a bar in Georgetown will have fans cheering for Ohio State? Actually, the Rhino Bar should be the most interesting place in the area on Saturday night. It occupies a prime piece of M Street real estate and caters to the local student crowd, but it's also an official sports viewing location for the local Ohio State alumni group.

"It's a very tough game for us," says manager Dave Nelson. "We're in Georgetown, so we're probably going to root for Georgetown, but we're not going to be vocal about it."

Explaining how the staff would manage the competing fans, Nelson says, "Ideally, the way we'll play it is that we'll have Georgetown [fans] upstairs and Ohio State [alumni] downstairs, but the bar itself is going to be neutral."

The plan is to open doors a little before noon -- Nelson is anticipating a line by that time -- and to offer $8 pitchers of Bud Light and 25-cent wings all day long.

Georgetown fans looking for a less chaotic (read: older) atmosphere should try Town Hall in Glover Park, where the game will be on all the flatscreens and Miller Lite is $2.50 a pint. In Adams Morgan, the Adams Mill Bar and Grill has also become a default hangout.

For larger-than-life viewing, the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is foregoing its usual ties to Virginia Tech and jumping on the Hoya bandwagon, showing Saturday's game on a full-size movie screen. Doors open at 5:30, a half-hour before tip-off, and there's no cover. (Arrive early, as crowds are expected.)

If Georgetown wins that game -- and my bracket hopes they do -- then the Draft House is cancelling all movies on Monday evening and showing the championship game instead.

If your team didn't make it, don't worry: we have ideas for lots of other sports bars that are prime spots to watch the games.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 29, 2007; 12:39 PM ET
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A younger crowd of D.C. area Florida Gators is going to Bailey's in the Ballston Mall for the games.

Posted by: D.C. Gators | March 29, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The GU Club of DC will be hosting alumni game watch parties at SoBe Seafood Grill in Clarendon, McFadden's in DC, and Tommy Joe's in Bethesda.

Posted by: DC Hoya | March 30, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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