(Originally published 9.6.11 in BizBash Washington)
Now that football season has officially started, here are three Washington venues with multiple TVs and N.F.L. and college sports packages for group viewing parties.
1. The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan recently expanded its event space with the opening of its basement tap room in February. The space can accommodate about 70 people and has 32 beers on tap and three flat-screen TVs. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant and bar has an additional five TVs throughout its main and second floors, which can seat 50 each. During football season, the restaurant will serve wing and nacho specials and offer discounts on draft beers.
2. Touchdown sports bar opened in the U Street Corridor in March, just in time for soccer season. Now that football is on the immediate horizon, the 1,500-square-foot bar is gearing up for weekly watch parties by dedicating its second-floor bar to Redskins games all season. The bilevel space has eight TVs on each floor, which can seat 38 each with additional room for standing, with the N.F.L. RedZone, ESPN Gameplan, and Big Ten packages. The menu consists of pub grub like burgers, wings, mac and cheese, tacos, and fajitas. The bar also carries a variety of domestic and imported beer, as well as local Virginia brew Port City and DC Brau’s Public Pale Ale. A third floor is expected to open later this year.
3. The American Tap Room opens its third Washington-area location today in Clarendon. As its name suggestions, the 9,000-square-foot restaurant and bar has 60 beers on tap, as well as 25 TVs for viewing the big game. There is seating in the main dining room for 125, though semiprivate parties of 100 can be hosted in the glass-enclosed martini bar. As the weather cools, three stone fire pits will keep the patio warm for as many as 180 people.
**Photos courtesy of each venue.