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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Where to watch the Super Bowl (Updated)

By Fritz Hahn

You'll see plenty of Terrible Towels waving at the Pour House on Sunday. (Mark Duncan - AP)

Two of the NFL's most storied franchises will take to the field on Sunday in Super Bowl XLV, and bars across the area will be packed with fans cheering for their teams. The epicenter will be a single block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE -- it's home to both the Hawk and Dove, which has become the local headquarters for Green Bay Packers backers, and the Pour House, a bar well known as the hangout for Terrible Towel-waving Steelers fans.

Whether you're wearing black and gold or green and gold or just want to watch the game with beer specials and huge TV screens, one of these bars will have you covered. (Keep checking back during the week, as we'll add more sports bar deals as we get them.)

How does a Scottish-inspired gastropub mark the Super Bowl? Try a $15 "dine and draft" deal that pairs any draft beer with your choice of fish and chips, bangers and mash or shepherd's pie for $15. You can also go a la carte and pick from a special game-day menu with brats and pulled pork sandwiches for $10 each. Draft beers are $5 all day.

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse
You think your local sports bar has a big screen? The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse shows the Super Bowl on a full-size movie screen every year. Doors open at 4:30 and admission is free.

Bar 7
Bar 7's Super Bowl party includes $3 beers, $4 rail drinks and $17 buckets of beer, and $5 platters of buffalo or BBQ chicken wings. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the game will be shown on 14 high-definition TVs.

Blue Banana Sports Bar
The new Petworth sports bar will show the game on its ten 52-inch TVs, and offering $20 all-you-can-drink Coors Light for the entire game, plus other food and drink deals, such as $6 Captain Morgan and Coke cocktails.

The Bottom Line
It may be more of an after-work spot than a weekend destination, but the Bottom Line has 17 TVs and some pretty solid deals for the Super Bowl, starting with a $3 appetizer menu, and specials on Miller Lite ($2.50 bottles, $10 pitchers) and Blue Moon ($3.50 pints, $12 pitchers). $6 Red Bull and vodka cocktails will pick you up when you start to flag.

Crystal City Sports Pub
As one of the area's most popular sports bars, the Crystal City Sports Pub draws packed houses on Super Bowl Sunday. (With three floors and dozens of TVs, there's hardly a bad seat in the house.) There's no cover, but an optional $35 ticket includes a pre-game spread with wings, sliders and chips and buffalo chicken dip from 4 to 6:30, and then a half-time dinner spread with sliced tenderloin, salmon, garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes and green beans slow-cooked with bacon and onions.

Dogfish Head Alehouses
Both the Falls Church and Gaithersburg pubs will be offering happy hour all day, which means $1.50 off draft beers and pizzas and $1 off all martinis, bottled beers and wines by the glass. There will be trivia contests at halftime, plus giveaways and raffles throughout the game. Want to enter? Wearing your team's jersey -- even if they're not in the big game -- will be enough to score a raffle ticket.

DuClaw Brewing Company
From 5 p.m. until the end of the game, DuClaw offers happy hour drink prices, $5.99 burgers and chicken sandwiches, and an endless bowl of Misfit chips for $3.49.

First Down Ballston
First Down is one of the area's better low-key sports bars, thanks to cheap beer, tasty wings and 18 high-definition TVs. Deals on Super Bowl Sunday include a platter of 15 wings for $10 (choose from any of 36 flavors), 24-ounce cans of Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Lite for $4, and draft domestic beer for $10 per pitcher or $20 for a 128-ounce tower.

The Hawk and Dove
A Packers fan's home-away-from-Wisconsin, the Hawk and Dove has been drawing bigger and bigger crowds throughout the playoffs. Super Bowl Sunday brings discounted pitchers of Leinenkugel, Yuengling, Miller Lite and Blue Moon. Arrive around 4 p.m. for the best seats -- especially if you don't want to get stuck behind the guy wearing the cheesehead.

Lucky Bar
With 22 TVs and two large high-definition projection screens in its two main rooms, Lucky Bar is well-equipped for Super Bowl Sunday. The place will be packed with soccer fans in the morning and early afternoon, but starting at 4 p.m., the Super Bowl specials kick in: 25-cent wings, $3 pints of Yuengling and Bud Light, and $12 pitchers of beer.

The Mighty Pint
Since opening last fall, the Mighty Pint has become a destination for Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fans. (Two of the owners hail from Pennsylvania.) This means you're bound to find crowds eating fried pierogies and stacked Primanti Brothers-style sandwiches and washing them back with cans of Iron City Light beer. (There's a pan-Pennsylvania thing going on here, as the menu also includes cheesesteaks and discounted pints and pitchers of Yuengling, which are way more Philly than the 'Burgh.) For Super Bowl Sunday, expect crowds to arrive early to get a seat on one of the bar's two levels; Steelers fans were already coming in "around 1 or 2" last week, says the general manager. Deals include Miller Lite ($2.50 pints and $10 pitchers) and Yuengling ($3 pints, $12 pitchers) and a gameday menu of sandwiches and wings. At halftime, the bar is raffling off a special prize: One winner will get their tab paid at the end of the game.

Mister Days
If you want to see the Washington Redskins cheerleaders on Super Bowl Sunday, you pretty much have to go to Mister Days in Clarendon. That's where they've been the last few years, performing for the crowds, signing calendars and posing for photos. But they're only part of the attraction. Unlike many crowded sports bars, Mister Days guarantees seats for customers during the Super Bowl -- they'll even let you pick a table on a first-come, first-served basis. All you have to do is purchase them in advance, and then drop by the bar (or look at a map online) to figure out which spot you'd like. (With close to 100 TVs, including several enormous projection screens, there are honestly few bad seats in the house.) The $25 admission includes a seat, an all-you-can-eat tailgate party with wings, sliders and appetizers from 3 p.m. until kickoff (around 6:18 p.m.), food and drink specials during the game and tickets for the half-time raffle, where prizes include Redskins ticket packages and a flat-screen TV.

Party promoters the Usual Suspectz are teaming up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma's Team in Training program to host a Super Bowl fundraiser. There is no cover to watch the game at the M Street lounge, but cash donations will be accepted at the door. And hey, they'll even sweeten the deal with an open bar from 4 to 5 p.m.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Though it's best known as a gathering place for college alumni groups or a place to pregame before a Capitals game, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is hosting a Super Bowl party that kicks off with free drinks sponsored by Three Olives and Grey Goose vodkas between 5:30 and 7. The game plays on 19 high-definition TVs -- none of which is smaller than 65 inches, the bar says -- and drink specials include $12 pitchers of Miller Lite and $20 buckets of six beers. Watch out for raffles -- prizes including an iPad and Capitals and Wizards tickets will be given away during the game.

The Pour House
As the proud capital of the D.C. Steeler Nation, the Pour House is going to be packed on Sunday. As in, Pittsburgh expats crammed into all three floors and a line out the door hours before kickoff. You'd be smart to arrive on the early side -- maybe for brunch, which runs from 10 to 3 and includes optional bottomless mimosas ($15) or an all-you-can-drink bloody mary bar ($12). During the game, there are Primanti-style sandwiches to snack on and $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and Blue Moon beer.

Public Bar
The loft-like Public Bar sports bar and lounge has three floors, three dozen flatscreen TVs and a raft of Super Bowl specials. Ballers can pay $40 for the pregaming special: a heavy appetizer buffet and an open bar on domestic beer and rail drinks that runs from 4 p.m. until the end of the first quarter. The pay-as-you-go crew can get $3 domestic drafts until halftime, $2 domestic drafts during the third quarter and start the celebrating early with $1 beers during the fourth quarter. (There are food specials, too, including $5 burgers and 25-cent wings.) Miller Lite is sponsoring the halftime giveaways, which include prizes such as a flatscreen TV; all you have to do is buy a Miller Lite (or the $40 pregame deal) to enter. Here's the even better news: Public Bar's tradition of free shots after every touchdown will continue. Just make sure you're there early -- the crush begins around 4 p.m., and most tables have already been reserved. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Third Edition
If you're in college (or wish you still partied like it), Third Edition's Super Bowl throwdown is one of the best deals around. The $25 ticket promises all-you-can-eat sliders, hot dogs, chili and "6 or 7" varieties of wings from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the game, plus three Coors Lights for men or two beer tickets and all-you-can-drink champagne for women. Female students from Georgetown or George Washington University can compete in a women-only wing-eating contest at halftime. Prizes - including an iPad and $300 cash -- will be given away at the end of every quarter. The outdoor tiki bar and two indoor floors will be open with the game on 12 TVs; the upstairs dance floor will have a DJ spinning during commercials and after the game. Advance tickets can be purchased from if you want to make sure you get in.

Have you checked out the Mount Pleasant tavern's new upstairs bar? If you have been to watch a game on the brand-new flatscreens, here's your chance. From 4 p.m. to midnight, Tonic is offering $4 Yuengling pints and 75-cent wings.

Town Tavern
The Adams Morgan bar is better known as a place to go dancing on a Saturday night, but it's offering some pretty good Super Bowl specials, including $5 baskets of wings or burgers, $8 pitchers of domestic beer and $20 100-ounce "supertubes" of beer. If your crowd is looking for a place to go, Town Tavern will save you a table and throw in a free pitcher for a group of 10 or more. All you have to do is e-mail

The Ugly Mug
The Ugly Mug is the best place to watch a game on Barracks Row, and there are plenty of food and drink specials on Sunday. Get pints of Miller Lite or Blue Moon for $4 each, or trade up to a 128-ounce tower of beer for the group; a Miller Lite tower is $24; Blue Moon is $30. Other deals include $6 Jack Daniels drinks, $7 nacho platters and half-price wings.

Union Jack's
They may ostensibly be British pubs, but the Ballston and Bethesda branches of Union Jack's will be showing the game on multiple flatscreen and projection TVs. Deals include $3 Iron City and Miller Lites pints, $5 22-ounce "super pints" of Miller Lites, $7 bratwurst platters for Green Bay fans and $8 Primanti-style Pittsburgh Sandwiches. All specials will run all day.

Velocity Five
Trying to grab a couch with its own personal TV at the upscale Fairfax sports bar? Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis on Sunday. (Management suggests you arrive before 4 to get a seat.) As a way to lure fans in, Velocity Five is offering a free tailgate buffet with sliders, wings, meatballs and sandwiches. During the game, there are $9 pitchers of beer, $12 buckets and team-specific menu items like the "Roethlis-burger," which has sausage, egg and American cheese atop a hamburger, and the Packers' five-cheese nachos.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 1, 2011; 2:32 PM ET
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This list is awful.. you could only come up with 15 places to watch the Superbowl?? What about Restaurants with great bars that have TV's to add to this. There has to be more to choose from in DC!

Posted by: Livininagreatcity | February 2, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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