Sports Park: Where to Watch the NFC Football Playoff Games in DC Part 2, 1/16-1/17/16

NFL Playoffs 2016Playoffs? You’re still talking about the playoffs?

Next up is the Division Round of the NFL Playoffs this Saturday and Sunday.

Last weekend, there were some crazy finishes. And you really have to feel bad for the Bengals (most of them) and Vikings fans…both heartbreaking ways to lose.

And well, the Redskins had a chance until the 4th quarter, but then they let Aaron Rodgers be the elite QB he is. A 35-18 loss isn’t the end of the world, especially when you can get over 80,000 people to watch a game in person after having very low expectations this season. Kirk Cousins is looking good and with a decent defense and a serious playmaker in Jordan Reed (TE), they could easily be back in the playoffs next year and do even more damage.

Where can you watch the crop of games this weekend? I’m going to continue to focus on the NFC teams.

 

NFC – Division Round – Saturday

#5 Green Bay Packers at #2 Arizona Cardinals
Saturday, January 16 at 8:15pm

Packers: Wear your cheesehead hat and watch the Packers at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill (233 2nd St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Duffy’s and Lost and Found. Find all Packers’ viewing bars across the country here.

Cardinals: Wear your red and watch the Cardinals at Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street South Arlington, VA 22202). This is inconclusive, as it seems Cardinals fans are elusive and hard to find in this city. I do know that Arizona State University alumni go to Penn Social for their college football games.

 

NFC – Division Round – Sunday

#6 Seattle Seahawks at #1 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, January 17 at 1:05pm

Seahawks: Wear your blue and watch the Seahawks at Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Solly’s and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. Find the DC Seahawks fan page here.

Panthers: Wear your light blue and silver and watch the Panthers at Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Ave NW).

You may also want to check out the Capital Riot fan site, which is for the Panthers’ local fan base in DC. They look legit! http://capitalriot.com/

 

Note: If you have better suggestions on locations, please leave a comment.

P.S. For you Steelers fans…Go Peyton and the Broncos!

Sports Park: Where to Watch the NFC Football Playoff Games in DC, 1/10/16

Washington Redskins CheerleadersIsn’t this why we play the game?

The NFL playoffs kick-start this weekend. The AFC teams play on Saturday, while your NFC teams play on Sunday. The Redskins have a home game! Are you not excited?

If you want to venture out and catch the game with fellow fans, you can consider heading to the following locations.

Note: If you want to suggest locations, please leave a comment.

NFC – Wildcard Round – Sunday

#6 Seattle Seahawks at #3 Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, January 10 at 1:00pm

Seahawks: Wear your blue and watch the Seahawks at Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Solly’s and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. Find the DC Seahawks fan page here.

Vikings: Wear your purple and watch the Vikings at Sine Irish Pub in Arlington (Pentagon Row 1301 S. Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202).

#5 Green Bay Packers at #4 Washington Redskins
Sunday, January 10 at 4:40pm

Packers: Wear your cheesehead hat and watch the Packers at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill (233 2nd St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Duffy’s and Lost and Found.

There will also be a pre-game rally on the day before on Saturday, 1/9/16 at 6pm at Clarendon Grill.
Find all Packers’ viewing bars across the country here.

Redskins: Wear your red and watch the Redskins pretty much everywhere! And you can also go to the game if you can find tickets! But good places local fans often go to include, Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St NW), RFD Washington (810 7th St. NW) and The Prospect (1214 U St NW).

There will also be a rally at Applebee’s (1000 Largo Center Dr, MD 20774) if you can’t make it to the game.
Find all Redskins’ viewing bars here.

Sports Park: Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in DC

super-bowl-2015-official-logo-1

We are less than one week away from the greatest sporting event on Earth*.

Super Bowl XLIX pits the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona. (Author’s note: Insert amazing joke about balls, deflated or otherwise, here.)

Where are you watching the game this year?

This match-up is no surprise. The two best teams in the NFL in their respective conferences took advantage of their home turf to advance to the big game. The Seahawks in a jaw-dropping comeback over the Packers. The Patriots in a ho-hum dismantling of the Colts.

The earthquake inducing Seahawks, as the defending champs, make their second straight Super Bowl appearance. The ‘potential’ cheating Patriots last made it in 2012, losing to the New York Giants.

None of that matters now. 60 minutes to decide the next champion.

Patriots and Seahawks’ fans have some choices to make on where to watch.

Fans of the New England Patriots in DC

Capitol Lounge (229 Pennsylvania SE, DC) http://capitolloungedc.com/

Cap Lounge on gamedays is a wall of jerseys, red/white/blue, with heads held high. Some of the more loyal Pats fans, they know how to party, cheer and support a team. It is expected to be busy and should be a blast.

Specials: Free Sam Adams Boston Lager, Cold Snap and Bud Light drafts with clam chowder from 5:30pm until kickoff.

Other places where Pats fans gather: Murphy’s of Alexandria.

Fans of the Seattle Seahawks in DC

Acre121 (1400 Irving Street NW, DC) http://www.acre121.com/

Acre121 transforms its bar into the official Hawks Nest on gamedays. See the flyer. They update their food and drink menu with Seahawks’ themed items, like the Beast Quake cocktail, the Hawks Nest (an epic burger) and The Largent Classic.

There is also a raffle giving away free swag during halftime. Come early, because it should be packed out.

Specials: Blue and green Skittles packs and Hawks-themed Mardi Gras beads for 12s during the Pregame. Free “Beast Mode” Skittles shots at halftime.

Other places where Hawks fans gather: Solly’s U St Tavern and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern.

Go (your team here)!!!**

Write in the comments where you plan on watching the game.
Super Bowl XLIX
February 1, 2015
6:30pm

* Yes, I said that.

** I say: Go Hawks!

Food Park: DC’s Meat Week Means…Lot’s of BBQ, Jan. 25-Feb. 1

barbecue ribs, pork

Meat Week kicked off in DC yesterday.

Eight days of BBQ. Nine BBQ places, including Hill Country, Acre 121 and Fat Pete’s.

From the Press Release:

“Meat Week is the only national week-long holiday devoted to the celebration of barbecued meats. Started in 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida by co-workers Chris Cantey and Erni Walker, Meat Week has now spread across the country. Some years there have been as many as 15-20 cities celebrating Meat Week with their own chapters. The longest-consecutively-running chapters are: Tallahassee, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore.

There are no “rules” to Meat Week, but there are plenty of traditions that have evolved over the years. One of our original traditions is that of “meatography.” Everyone who attends Meat Week gets a photo with their meat each night. We also get a big group photo underneath the restaurant’s sign.

There are also plenty of vegetarians in attendance, including a few vegetarian captains. Most of them come for the camaraderie but stay for the sides.”

Tonight (1/26) is Hill Country Barbecue Market DC at 6:30pm.

Tomorrow (1/27) is at Pork Barrel BBQ at 7pm.

Saturday (1/31) is brunch at Acre 121 at 11am and dinner with BBQ Bus at Denizens Brewing Company at 6pm.

See the full schedule here.

There’s no need to register. Once there, look for the big Meat Week banner and the on-site captain if you’d like to strike up some conversation with people who also enjoy BBQ, or just enjoy whatever you’ve ordered.

Meat Week in DC
Various Locations in DC
Jan. 25-Feb. 1 (8 days)