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So I am a lucky college basketball fan, because I have this Thursday and Friday off and am free to watch 32 basketball games (or as much of them as CBS will show) in just two days! Question is, where do I go to do so? I could go to ESPNZone or Buffalo Billiards, but that dooms me to mediocre (at best) food while I watch. Any better ideas?

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So I am a lucky college basketball fan, because I have this Thursday and Friday off and am free to watch 32 basketball games (or as much of them as CBS will show) in just two days!  Question is, where do I go to do so?  I could go to ESPNZone or Buffalo Billiards, but that dooms me to mediocre (at best) food while I watch.  Any better ideas?

I've found that Clarendon Grille has particularly good bar food and plenty of space for watching sports. The beer selection is pretty standard. The bar seating at Woodgrille Boulevard is a great option for watching sports as long as it's not too crowded.

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The bar at Vermillion in Old Town seems to have plenty of screens.  Lots of draught beer options and good food to boot.

Do you know any of the draught selections off the top of your head? Last time I was there was during a Dogfish Head tasting and had a great time. Would love to go back if they had some hard(er) to find selections...

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Do you know any of the draught selections off the top of your head?  Last time I was there was during a Dogfish Head tasting and had a great time.  Would love to go back if they had some hard(er) to find selections...

Three screens...one big, two small.

Current draught beers & bottle list are online at Vermilion's Beer Offerings. Note: Harp has been replaced with Sam Adams (I'm updating the site today).

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Summer's in Arlington. I lived arcoss the street for two years, and decided to check this place out a few weeks ago. They have some games in HDTV! The food is what you would expect at a sports bar, but they have a good choice of draft beer, and it is less expensive than the EPSN zone. Did you know that during major sporting events the ESPN zone requires you to spend $10 an hour on food or drink?

http://www.summers-restaurant.com/

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Is this a new policy, or does it only apply at tables? They've never told me this at the bar, but I don't want to get caught by surprise...

If you are there during any major sporting event. This may not apply at the bar, but if you trying to be seated at a table, be prepared.

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By any chance, would any of you know of any place - any place - that actually broadcasts Formula One racing?  Not like it's one of the world's most popular sporting events or anything.  <_<

i think that luck bar on connecticut avenue broadcasts them.

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Places not on the Post list:

Grand Slam Sports Bar in the Grand Hyatt near Metro Center is a preferred option over nearby ESPNzone, which does have the horrendous cover... but I think it only applies to the main seating area (the area facing the sportsbook-like electronic scoreboard). They'll show all the games and food it better, though I still won't say it's great... it's still bar food.

RFD has those three flat panels above the bar as well as other TVs scattered throughout the front of the bar.... I don't know if they've got a satellite feed to get the full complement of games. again, not great food, but a better beer selection.

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Technically, this isn't food related...

But the fact that I picked Northwestern State over Iowa, and they just won by a last-second three, is the sweetest thing I've tasted all day.

<_<

I'm with you on that one. It was gorgeous!

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Technically, I should have been rooting for Iowa, since Steve Alford is beloved by all Hoosiers. But they've been sporadic all season, and I just had a feeling...

OK, now to make this post food-related, I should find a way to incorporate words like "bitter," "crow," and "humble pie"...

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Is the Tour de France being shown anywhere? I heard the Diner showed it last year. My cable doesn't have OLN.

when i had snacks at the bar of agraria on sunday night, they had oln on the tube. it was showing highlights of last year's tour. i took that as an indication that they would be showing this year's tour but it is always worth a phone call first.

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Not really any good suggestions. Many French fans are watching it at Lucky Bar then going to BdC for celebration. Personally, we watch it at home (TV5, in French) then hit BdC.

Lucky Bar is ok but a bit dank and hard to get a good seat. Kokopoolis is also a good spot to watch, with lots of French fans.

So, Sunday at 2p it's Les Bleus v. Azzurri. Where to watch the game? I want to bring my 9-year-old out somewhere to see it with real fans - any ideas?
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Pour House or Old Dominion Brewery for NCAA games Thursday? I'm open to other recs as well. I'm in Alexandria, but don't want to spend several hours exposed to smoke, which is why I'm researching DC.

Criteria:

Has all NCAA games on decent TVs - The game I want is not being shown locally.

Is near Metro

Non-smoking

Quality Food/Beers

It appears that the Pour House and the Old Dominion Brewhouse meet the first three requirements, but I haven't heard much about the food/beer selection. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Cleveland Park Bar & Grill has lots of seating and enough screens that I didn't count, but the draft beer selection is very lame and their sliders tasted of old oily griddle.

Aroma nearby airs games and allows you to bring in food or have food delivered.

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Pour House or Old Dominion Brewery for NCAA games Thursday? I'm open to other recs as well. I'm in Alexandria, but don't want to spend several hours exposed to smoke, which is why I'm researching DC.

Criteria:

Has all NCAA games on decent TVs - The game I want is not being shown locally.

Is near Metro

Non-smoking

Quality Food/Beers

It appears that the Pour House and the Old Dominion Brewhouse meet the first three requirements, but I haven't heard much about the food/beer selection. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Have you tried RFD? Good beers. Adequate bar food. They should be showing all the games, but you may want to call. Also, Lucky Strike has pretty good/inventive bar food. They usually only show 3 channels -- I think -- which would mean you would want to call ahead to make sure your game isn't the unlucky fourth.

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Have you tried RFD? Good beers. Adequate bar food. They should be showing all the games, but you may want to call. Also, Lucky Strike has pretty good/inventive bar food. They usually only show 3 channels -- I think -- which would mean you would want to call ahead to make sure your game isn't the unlucky fourth.

I don't get into the DC proper much, so I haven't tried RFD. I used to go to the Brick (last time, pre-1998, IIRC). Food wasn't the draw there then. Congrats on the first round NIT win, btw.

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I don't get into the DC proper much, so I haven't tried RFD. I used to go to the Brick (last time, pre-1998, IIRC). Food wasn't the draw there then. Congrats on the first round NIT win, btw.
Every OH state game will be shown at TS Mutleys I bet since they are an OH state bar. Yech. (IU Grad here)
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Every OH state game will be shown at TS Mutleys I bet since they are an OH state bar. Yech. (IU Grad here)

I hadn't heard that about Muttleys. The OSU Alumni club does their "official" game watches at Willie & Reeds (Bethesda) and Rhinos (Georgetown), although they haven't made any announcements about this game. I was looking for something a little more convenient than either of those two, I guess. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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Aroma nearby airs games and allows you to bring in food or have food delivered.

jlk, i agree that aroma is a great place to watch a game - mostly because it is not a sports bar. however, aroma only has the basic cable package and two tv's. not quite the mass tv emporioum one needs to properly enjoy 4 simoultaneous games.

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Pour House or Old Dominion Brewery for NCAA games Thursday? I'm open to other recs as well. I'm in Alexandria, but don't want to spend several hours exposed to smoke, which is why I'm researching DC.

Criteria:

Has all NCAA games on decent TVs - The game I want is not being shown locally.

Is near Metro

Non-smoking

Quality Food/Beers

It appears that the Pour House and the Old Dominion Brewhouse meet the first three requirements, but I haven't heard much about the food/beer selection. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

How near metro are you considering as being near? Rustico is, as far as I'm concerned, the best place in the area to catch a game. I think it fits all of your criteria. (And I'd love to hear what your food/drink report is afterwards!)

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How near metro are you considering as being near? Rustico is, as far as I'm concerned, the best place in the area to catch a game. I think it fits all of your criteria. (And I'd love to hear what your food/drink report afterwards!)
Does Rustico have all the games, though?
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Bailleys at Ballston

+conveniently on the Orange line

+ 50 screens in 3 rooms

+ cigars allowed

+ food adequate

- not enough servers/kitchen staff to accomodate the lunchtime crunch on Thursday/Friday of the Tournament so your order may take over two hours to reach your table

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How near metro are you considering as being near? Rustico is, as far as I'm concerned, the best place in the area to catch a game. I think it fits all of your criteria. (And I'd love to hear what your food/drink report is afterwards!)

I live near Rustico, but I don't think they have anything more than the local cable coverage, not all the cbs feeds you need to get the out of market games.

We ended up at Pour House. It had all the games (small tvs), was near metro, non-smoking. I'll try something else next time.

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Any places showing the Tour de France this year?

I swear that I remember Lucky Bar having some early openings for live Tour coverage much like they do for the World Cup. I know that they show the taped replays later on in the day.

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