Lebodome is on vacation this week. The following column originally ran October 11, 2011.
This is now the third bar I have reviewed and I gotta say I am sorta getting the hang of this. I have had some great feedback from you guys, but feel there are lots of hidden gems of bars and places in our neighborhood I should stop by on game-day.
As long as there are TVs, draft beer, and football on, I am willing to check out anywhere. For this week thought I’d venture south and spend the day in Dupont Circle. Enjoy.
Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19thÂ St NW
General Description:When you hear the term â€śsports barâ€ť, this isÂ definitelyÂ what you would have in mind. Itâ€™s got wall-to-wall televisions, tons of different great bar games, lots of space, and fairly standard bar drink and food. If your team makes it to a championship game, and you want to watch with your fellow fans, this is the place to do it.
Why I Went There: Convenience in Borderstan. This past Sunday was great weather and a walk through the Dupont Circle Farmerâ€™s Market made it quite easy to walk to the south part of the circle for football. I have also been here for a few college games and enjoyed some pretty loud and enthusiastic crowds.
Atmosphere: This is the very spacious and activity filled bar DC needs to be considered a decent sports bar city. First off it is quite large with tons of space, so if you are a group of 25 Cincinnati Bengals fans, there is plenty of room and an available TV. Every game is on somewhere, including the center of the room with a projector screen and six other HDTVs; frankly itâ€™s a lot of stimulation.
Its other big plus is they have so many games and activities including; a dozen billiards tables, shuffle board, darts, ski-ball, foosball, buck-hunter, and that golf video game people like. If your team is getting blown out, chuck some darts. Got a friend or significant other who isn’t a big football fan, there are plenty of games to help their Sunday afternoon enjoyment. (My girlfriend is not like that; instead she blew me out in Fantasy Football this week.)
Food and Beverage: This bar blew their money out on their HDTVâ€™s and tons of games. That said their beer and food menu is not an escape from any other bar in the area or the country. Iâ€™d even go as far to say the beer selection, besides Batch 19, was very average (Buds, Millers, Coors, etc.). Menu seemed fairly barâ€™ish but gotta say for a place this large, table service was nice.
Actual Game Viewing: Tons of space + tons of HDTV + friendly staff = anywhere you sit you can see your game.
Something a Female in My Party Noticed: This was a not just a bunch of dudes watching football. Iâ€™d say half the patrons were women, and not just dates, but game invested, wearing their team’s jerseys and cheering all game. This bar is for every fan, every gender.
Overall: If you want a sports viewing bar with tons of games and TVs, this is as good as it gets. Â Besides that, not much else but an average bar