Touchdown, a really unique sports bar, just opened this week at 1334 U Street NW. I had the pleasure of checking out Touchdown earlier this week for their soft opening and I was blown away.
Sports bars usually aren’t my thing, but I can’t wait to head back to Touchdown…like this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday night too. I was really impressed with the friendly staff, cool vibe and overall attention to detail. Here are some of my thoughts, but you really need to check this place out for yourself:
- What’s it like? The aesthetic and decor isn’t your “typical sports bar” scene. The staff was eager to point out the carefully-chosen, sports-themed art that has a lot of local flavor and lends the space an almost gallery-like feel, including gorgeous sports photos taken by local artist Kevin Dietsch; the second floor décor commemorating the (dearly departed) Washington Senators’ 1924 World Series win; and a giant portrait of Duke Ellington, paying homage to the U Street music scene. Not your average sports bar.
- What am I watching? The staff really stressed their “global take” on the sports bar concept, and pledged to show a variety of sports beyond just football and basketball, including a range of college sports, rugby, international soccer, etc. I’m also told that the management is working with distributors to feature brews specific to games, like regional beers for college games. Cool.
- What am I drinking? Draft options include old standards like PBR, Yuengling and Guinness, but also some more interesting choices like Negra Modelo, Loose Cannon’s Heavy Seas IPA and a Flying Dog Imperial Porter. In addition to other bottled and canned beers, wines and a full bar, they’re also offering draft beer and liquor flights so you can try out a few different things before committing.
- What am I eating? Menu looks pretty standard (nachos, burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas), with a few interesting items that caught my eye like duck fat fries with thyme, a goat cheese quesadilla and mac and cheese…made with peanut butter??
- Ok, cool, but can I dance? The third floor (unopened at the moment) is slated to be a lounge, likely with a DJ, and will be available for parties.
- So when are we going? The combination of the TVs, a classy vibe and an upstairs lounge make it a pretty versatile space. Good spot for a drink, a date, watching a game or as a stop in your night out along U Street.
- Happy Hour: Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 7 pm with 25% off all drafts, rails and food. They also have nightly specials running, and I’m told that they’ll have tons of additional specials (like Budweiser power hours and Barardi night caps) for events like Mardi Gras and St. Patty’s day. How convenient…