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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/ 5/2007

The Bus to the Ballgame

By Fritz Hahn

The Nationals are back at RFK, and so is my favorite way to get to the game: the Kegbus. Offered before and after every Friday and Saturday home game, the free shuttle runs between the stadium and seven Capitol Hill bars. I love the business model: You get a ride to the ballpark, and the taverns get more people through the doors for pre- and post-game happy hours.

The whole process is pretty simple: Stop into any of the participating bars, ask the doorman or a bartender for the free wristband that allows access to the shuttle, and wait for a yellow school bus to arrive. (Last year, the bouncers were pretty good about announcing the arrival of the bus, but you might want to hang out near the front doors, just in case.)

The route starts around 5:30 at Bullfeathers, and stops at Tortilla Coast, the Pour House, Hawk and Dove, the 18th Amendment, the Ugly Mug and Trusty's before heading to the stadium. Once everyone's unloaded, the bus heads back to the Hill for a second loop, which begins at the Pour House, skipping Bullfeathers and Tortilla Coast.

Because there are only two loops, it's not really the best way to do a pre-game bar crawl, but if you're meeting friends before the game, it's the way to go.

After the final out, you'll find the bus idling by the Stadium-Armory Metro station, and once enough people are on board, it traverses the route in reverse, with Trusty's as the first stop.

There may be a second loop, but that depends on the crowd, so don't count on it. The only downside to making the return trip is that there's no posted schedule, so you don't know if the bus is coming back. Personally, if I got out there and didn't see a bus, I'd probably just walk over to Trusty's or Eastern Market - -far easier than dealing with the crowds on the Metro.

Since the Kegbus is sponsored by Miller Lite, there are (surprise) Miller Lite specials at all participating bars before and after every game. Oh, and just a reminder: Even though it's called the Kegbus, no alcohol is allowed on the bus itself -- carrying a bottle or glass of anything out of a bar is illegal.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | April 5, 2007; 10:13 AM ET
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"The Nationals are back at RFK, and so is my favorite way to get to the game: the Kegbus. Offered before and every Friday and Saturday home game, the free shuttle runs between the stadium and seven Capitol Hill bars. I love the business model: You get a ride to the ballpark, and the taverns get more people through the doors for pre- and post-game happy hours. "

Is that before and after every fri and sat game or before every game, including fri's and sat's?

Posted by: mcmc | April 6, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Before and after every Friday and Saturday game. No shuttles Sunday-Thursday, although I hope they make an exception for the July 4 game against the Cubs.

Posted by: Fritz | April 6, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What a great concept... I checked the website out (www.kegbus.com) and KegBus is awesome!

Posted by: Jim | April 19, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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