DC Nightlife near FedEx Field Offers Sports Bars, Music Venues

For a 1 p.m. Sunday game tip off, the last fans pour out of Landover's FedEx Field around dinner time. So what's a fan to do if they are still pumped up or heartbroken over the game? (Heartbroken is more likely. We are talking about the Redskins.) Many will hop on the Metro or drive their car for a short trip to nearby Washington, D.C. where the nightlife scene is always active.

If you are looking to continue the tailgate or catch an opposing teams' game, hit up district sports bar favorites like Buffalo Billiards or Crystal City Sports Pub. Bracket Room is fairly new to the bar scene but serves as the spot where a popular local radio station does their Redskins pre-game show live. 

If you have had enough sports, there are several spots where you can catch live entertainment. Nightclub 9:30 offers big name artists in a small, intimate venue while Madam's Organ showcases jazz and blues bands. There are no shortage of dance clubs in the nation's capital to shake off your troubles. Some of the best include The Huxley and Josephine.

Whatever the outcome of the game, be sure to try out these outstanding nightlife venues near the stadium.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
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The tavern is a fun hangout for friends to meet up to watch a game or relax with rounds of good conversation. The two-story tavern boasts two full bars, 35 LED flat screen televisions, an enclosed heated patio and a sidewalk cafe. Appetizers...  Read More

Red Light
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Decadent desserts and craft cocktails are the focus of this Northwest bar which opened in April 2014. The name and design scheme are a wink to the area's colorful past as a red light district. Sip on sinfully delicious cocktails like Irish...  Read More

Crystal City Sports Pub
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Founded in 1994, the pub feature more than 100 televisions for your game day viewing pleasure. Not sure if even Best Buy has that many on display to sell. Chose from one of three levels with the top tier hosting 2 to 8 foot projection screen...  Read More

Meridan Pint
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Featuring more than 20 beers on tap and around 120 available in bottles, this venue is an adult beverage lovers dream. Their drink menu has a strict focus on American craft beer with a majority of their supply coming from local and regional...  Read More



Once you get inside, which is half the battle, Josephine features a feast for your eyes. Not only are most of the guests beautiful but so is the atmosphere. Plush couches allow club goers to rest their feet after tearing up the dance floor to...  Read More



Named for the Adams Morgan neighborhood the venue calls home, Madam's Organ featurs live entertainment seven days a week and bills itself as the place "where the beautiful people go to get ugly." While known for showcasing jazz and blues bands,...  Read More

Buffalo Billiards


Buffalo Billiards is a man cave dream brought into reality. With 15 pool tables, five dart boards, ping pong and foosball tables and four Skeeball machines, this upscale pool haul located in Dupont Circle offers patrons the opportunity to not...  Read More



Stepping into The Huxley is like walking into a classy, old world mansion. The 4,600 square foot venue features two main spaces. The lounge and event space is known as the library featuring works by literary greats, coffered ceilings and dimly...  Read More

Nightclub 9:30
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The official title is Nightclub 9:30 but most know the venue as the 9:30 Club. Some of the most popular names and bands in music perform at this intimate venue. Just scroll through the upcoming shows list and you will be amazed by the talent....  Read More

Bracket Room
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Fairly new to the Metro-area bar scene, this sports lounge and eatery is a popular spot on game day. Co-owned by 'Bachelor' alum Chris Bukowski, the 2,800 square-foot venue fuses a stylish environment with an innovative menu. They claim to have...  Read More


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