Fight Night Thrills
With one of the biggest bouts in recent memory coming up on Saturday, there's only one question in the minds of boxing fans: Which bars are showing Oscar De La Hoya take on Floyd Mayweather?
The answer: Not as many as you'd think. (Update: More bars added on May 3)
A common refrain, even from the owners of such prominent sports bars as Summers and Mister Days, is that broadcast provider HBO is "just asking for too much money" for the right to show the event -- several thousand dollars, if what I've heard is true. Summers is still deciding whether or not to take the plunge; Mister Days is not. Meanwhile, ESPNZone is closed for a private event.
Here's the latest list of bars who've confirmed that they will be showing the fight. I'll add updates later in the week if I hear of more.
Of all the pugilist-friendly nightspots, Love is going to be the craziest. Boxing on 32 screens and two hours of free Hennessy with a free dinner buffet would be enough, but Jamie Foxx is coming over to host the party after his show at Constitution Hall, which should really set the club off. Tickets are $20 in advance from groovetickets.com.
Juste Lounge will have the fight on all its screens, too, plus two free drinks per person from 9 to 10 p.m. After the inevitable knockout, DJs spin salsa and Caribbean music until 4 a.m. Get a free pass from justelounge.com.
At Bohemian Caverns, the usual party upstairs is billed as "Fight Night at Touch!" with the bout on multiple flat-screen TVs. Admission is free until 11, rail drinks and martinis are half-price until midnight, and WPGC's DJ Quicksilva is on the decks all night. Dress well, because people sporting battered kicks and rumpled shirts won't make it past the discerning doorman. Passes can be found at usualsuspectz.com.
The Ugly Mug is showing the fight on its high-definition screens, and offering $2 Coors Light drafts and $3 bottles from 5 to close.
On the Waterfront, enormous nightclub H2O is tuning more than 40 screens to the action from Las Vegas. Doors open at 9, and if you get there before 11, there are free drinks and a cookout on the patio. Free passes come from h2odc.com
More nightclub action: Platinum, which doesn't have as many screens as its sister bar H2O, is also showing the fight, followed by DJ Joe's mix of hip-hop and reggae. This is the only venue advertising that it will allow the 18-and-over crowd.
De La Hoya and Mayweather is only one of the attractions at the Icon in Waldorf, where the evening also includes an open bar from 9 to 10, a free buffet and the "grown and sexy" go-go music by L!ssen da Grewp.
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