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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Bars offer super specials for the Super Bowl

By Fritz Hahn

Can't make it to Miami this weekend? Saints fans will be taking over multiple D.C. bars on Sunday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Saints and the Colts face off in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. Some people care about the commercials or the Who's halftime show, but for many of us, the big question is "Which bars have the best game-day specials?"

Here's our list of the top places to watch the game. Unless otherwise noted, these parties are first-come, first-seated. Be smart and arrive early -- at least an hour before the game if you want a good view of the screens and easy access to the bar.

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Washington D.C.

18th Amendment
Lots of bars jump on the Saints bandwagon, but this bar has been there for the start: it's home to fans and alumni of Louisiana State University as well as the Who Dat? crowd. During the game, there will be specials on Louisiana's own Abita beers -- $4 bottles of Turbo Dog and Amber, and $12 pitchers of Purple Haze -- plus $5 Jack Daniels or Jim Beam drinks and $5 platters of chicken tenders. There will also be a game-day menu with crawfish mac-and-cheese, king cake and other New Orleans favorites.

The Louisiana-style restaurant has won raves for its Sazerac cocktails and po'boys, so it's a natural place to celebrate the Saints. The "Super Saints Sunday" party offers a $29 unlimited menu from kickoff until the end of the game, including Louisiana oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, Louisiana crawfish etouffee, Cajun wings and beignets. (Buckets of beer and house cocktails, like the Bayou Brees, are extra.) The game will be shown on two LCD projection screens in the dining room and a high-definition flat-screen TV in the bar.

Buffalo Billiards
You might not think of the large pool hall as a place to watch sports, but it has 60 TVs and a half-dozen huge projection screens. The game-day specials include $3 Miller Lites and half-price wings. There will be a raffle for a 32-inch flat-screen TV at the start of the fourth quarter; you get an entry ticket every time you buy a Miller Lite.

This Super Bowl party is not for the neutrals. Tell your bartender or server which team you're supporting, and when you order a drink or a snack, you'll get a colored chip representing the Saints or the Colts. Then settle in to watch on a projection screen in the pub's dining room or at the bar. Every time your team scores a touchdown, you score a 10-ounce beer (also known as a British half-pint). Considering the two quarterbacks involved, everyone should be a winner.

Duffy's Irish Pub
Attention, Saints fans on U Street: Duffy's Irish Pub is turning into Duffy's New Orleans Pub for the day, with $5 Abita beers and $6 pint-sized hurricanes. Beads are optional.

Gin & Tonic Tavern
The Glover Park hangout is offering $7 pitchers of beer and $5 rail drinks all night, plus $2 shots after every score. But the clincher is this: e-mail to get on the guest list, and you can get penny drinks and free food between 6 and 7. (Space is limited, so e-mail ASAP.) The bar has five large flatscreen TVs and one large projection screen, and there will be a party with dance music after the game.

Greene Turtle
If you're going to the 12:30 p.m. Caps and Penguins game, you might want to hang around the Verizon Center afterward and watch the Super Bowl. The Greene Turtle has televisions all over the room, including TVs in individual booths, and $3.50 Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts and bottles from 5 p.m. to close. Because it's Sunday, the usual "Value Menu," with $5.99 wing platters and cheeseburger sliders, is in effect all day.

The Wizards' Caron Butler and Tampa Bay quarterback Byron Leftwich -- a D.C. native who won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in 2009 -- host this party, along with two-time world welterweight champion boxer Paul "The Punisher" Williams. Hogate's -- formerly H2O -- has two large projection screens and 26 plasma TVs. Advance tickets are $20 for men and $10 for women, available at All Daz and Downtown Locker Room locations.

At this party, a portion of the food and drink sales and proceeds from a silent auction and raffle benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The game will be on all seven TVs, which are 42-inch flat-screens. Owner Alan Popovsky promises a new drink special every quarter to switch things up, and there will be $3 Miller Lites and a special Patron tequila bar all night long.

Lucky Bar
Lucky Bar is primarily known for two things: Sports on TVs and cheap beer. This Super Bowl party will be no exception: Specials include 25-cent wings and $3 Yuengling pints and $12 pitchers. The game will be shown on 22 TVs and two high-definition projection screens.

There are two parties going on at McFadden's on Super Bowl Sunday -- one for charity with a limited number of tickets, and one that anyone can wander into without paying a cover charge. Let's start with the free one. Among the deals: $3 Miller Lite and Coors Light drafts and $10 pitchers, half-price burgers and $5 baskets of wings. Every time you buy a Miller Lite, you'll get a raffle ticket for a flatscreen TV to be given away at the end of the game. The ticketed party is run by a new nonprofit organization called 501 Seats (ha!), which works with local sports teams to auction off unsold game tickets and donates the money to children's charities. It's hosting a get-together at McFadden's with some easy-to-remember details. Tickets are $5.01 each from the Web site. The party starts at 5:01 p.m. Tickets offer different deals than those in the rest of the bar, including $2 drafts and $3 rail drinks, plus free appetizers and $5.01 wing baskets and $5.01 burgers.

Nellie's Sports Bar
All-day drink specials include $3 rail drinks, mimosas and bloody marys. The day kicks off with a drag brunch starring Shi-Queeta-Lee from 11 to 3. The Super Bowl will play on all TVs.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Ladies, looking to go out and watch some football? From 5:30 until the end of the game, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is offering an all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal with bottomless drafts, bottled beers and mimosas, plus a buffet and a bloody mary bar. Tickets are $30 for women and $60 for men, and seating will be on a first-come, first served basis.

The Pour House
This bar probably won't be rocking the way it was last year, when the area's most popular Steelers hangout was a sea of Terrible Towels. But some food and drink deals should make it a good time: Between 6:30 and 10:30, pay $20 for all-you-can-drink domestic draft beers and $15 for all-you-can-eat burgers, hot dogs and chips.

Public Bar
Midtown's upscale sports bar marks its first Super Bowl Sunday with a no-cover party. Looking for cheap beer? Try $2 PBRs and $3 Miller Lites. Hungry? How about 50-cent wings and $4 bottomless plates of chips and salsa? There are $5 Red Bull and vodka specials for those who prefer cocktails. Since Public Bar does bottle service on the weekends, your crew can reserve a table with great views of the 42 TVs if you agree have at least four people and agree to spend at least $100 to $400, depending on the location of the table. Like many other bars in D.C., Public is giving away a flat-screen TV, courtesy of Miller Lite -- buy a beer and get a raffle ticket. Doors open at 11; call 202-223-2200 for table reservations.

Rhino Bar
Young professional group Things to Do D.C. is back at Rhino Bar for its party, which includes an open bar (beer and rail drinks) and free wings from 5:30 until halftime. After that, it's everyone for themselves in terms of purchasing food and drinks. Rhino has more than two dozen TVs, including three projection screens, so seeing the game should be easy. Tickets are $27 from

Town Hall
All season long, a group of diehard Saints fans have been gathering at Town Hall in Glover Park, and management is catering to that crowd on Sunday. The restaurant's chef will be putting out a special menu with muffulettas and jambalaya, and Bud Lights will be $2 during the game.

Town Tavern
Looking to watch the game with your buddies? Bring in a group of six or more and Town Tavern will give you a free pitcher of beer. (Email Meg at to make a reservation.) The rest of the prices won't hurt your wallet too much, either: $3 domestic bottles, 25-cent wings and $5 burgers are among the specials.


The Barking Dog
Watching your pennies? From 6 p.m. until the end of the game, $25 gets unlimited snacks (hot dogs, nachos and wings) and draft beer (Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Golden Wheat and Landshark Lager). The two-level Bethesda bar has 10 high-def TVs and one projection screen. Staff will be raffling off jerseys and other prizes throughout the game.

Old Dominion Brew House
The Hyattsville beer bar has 32 beers on tap, 25 TVs -- including a 100-inch projection screen -- and a slew of specials, including $17.95 100-ounce beer towers, $5.95 buckets of bottled beer, $5 margaritas, $14.95 baskets of 25 wings and $6.95 cheeseburgers. Doors open at noon.

Union Jack's
Okay, so it's a British-themed pub. But the game will be shown on all 20 high-definition TVs and a 12-foot projection screen. Specials include $10 pitchers of Bud Light and a $18 pitcher-and-a-pizza combo. The best deal, though, is the one that's been going all season long: $10 for a 22-ounce draft beer and your choice of a burger or plate of wings.


Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse
You think you have a big screen? The Drafthouse is showing the big game on a movie screen with a digital projector. There's no cover charge, and the full bar menu and the usual okay-but-not-great food selections will be available. Doors open at 4:30.

Crystal City Sports Pub
The third floor of the area's largest sports bar, home to three huge high-definition projection screens and 28 42-inch flat-screens, will be rocking with a reservations-onlyviewing party. The $39.99 admission includes reserved seating, a pre-game appetizer buffet (4:30 to 6:30), dinner at half-time and all nonalcoholic beverages. Doors open at 4 p.m. If you can't get in there, the main level will be open as usual.

First Down
The cozy Ballston sports bar has some of the best wings around, and they're on special on Sunday: Get 15 for $9.99, along with $1.99 domestic drafts from 11 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. First Down has 18 high-definition flatscreens, the smallest of which measures 42 inches.

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
Local radio personality Mike O'Meara and his fellow cast are hosting Herndon's annual Super Sunday bash. The day includes a meet-and-greet with O'Meara (4 p.m.), a football tossing competition that rates distance and accuracy (5 p.m.), an NFL version of the bar's weekly JOTTeopardy trivia game and food and drink specials that run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., including 50-cent wings. After the game, stick around for a DJ and dancing. There's no cover charge.

Mister Days
Six Redskins cheerleaders will perform a routine before the game. The $20 admission gets you a $10 food credit and guaranteed seats, which you can select in person at the bar or online, using the seating chart on Specials include half-price appetizers during the pre-game "tailgate party" from 11 to 3, and a raffle with Redskins ticket packages.

Velocity Five
One of the nicest sports bars around, thanks to leather couches, semi-private nooks and 50 flatscreen TVs, Velocity Five is offering a free buffet of nachos, wings, sandwiches and other snacks at halftime. Specials on pitchers and buckets of beer will also be offered during the game. Just make sure to get there early -- seating is on a first-come, first-taken basis with no reservations, and the good tables go fast.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | February 4, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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