D.C. Watering Holes Embrace MLB Pennant Race

Posted October 2, 2014 at 5:19pm

We’re still weeks away from knowing if #ThisTown could serve as the backdrop for a fabled “Beltway Series.”  

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But now that the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have earned their way into postseason play , local bars are gearing up for a very exciting weekend.  

Game 1 of the best-of-five series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers: 5:30 p.m.  

The Pug (1234 H St. NE) The Atlas District mainstay has been doling out ballpark favorites such as peanuts, Cracker Jack and free hot dogs (!) for at least a week now.  



Per Twitter, that generosity seems likely to continue while D.C. and Charm City remain on the hunt.  

Reliable Source (National Press Club) Fellow hacks can unabashedly root, root, root for Peter Angelos’ team within the comfort of the Truman Lounge. Flying Dog Lagers and D.C. Brau Pale Ales for $5 should ease the sting of not being in Camden Yards.  

Now if only the NPC had an in with Boog’s BBQ …    

Game 2 — Orioles vs. Tigers: 12 p.m.  

Game 1 of the best-of-five series between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants: 3:07 p.m.  

Agua 301 (301 Water St. SE)

Agua 301
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The tequila-packed sibling to Zest Bistro is offering $4.50 Corona Lights, $5 margaritas and $5 sangria two hours before, during and two hours after this weekend’s games to fans decked out in Nationals’ gear.  

Bluejacket (300 Tingey St. SE) The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s flagship brewery plans to open for lunch at 11 a.m. and is expected to set up two external beer stands to serve thirsty patrons attending the party Yards Park is hosting later on that evening (more on that in a sec).  

The three brews on the roster (think: $6 to $8 per 16 ounce pour) for Friday include:

  • The Darling Buds: Mosaic (a new wet-hop Mosaic IPA)
  • White Album (hefeweizen)
  • Bitterschon (rauchbier)

The autonomous drinking stations are expected to operate from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

Justin’s Café (1025 First St. SE)

Justin's Cafe
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This lively hangout is kicking the weekend off with a progressive happy hour. Look for $3 drafts, $4 rail drinks and $5 Firefly vodka specials from 5-6 p.m., $4 drafts and $5 rails from 6-7 p.m., and $5 drafts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

 Yards Park In addition to the Bluejacket beer stands, business leaders will welcome 106.7 The Fan for a live broadcast, while the band White Ford Bronco is on tap to play a post-game concert. No charge to attend.  

Game 2 of Nats vs. Giants: 5:37 p.m.  

Bluejacket Opens at 11 a.m. Yards Park beer stands will facilitate pregaming by opening up the taps at 3:30 p.m.  

The expanded line up is expected to include:

  • The Darling Buds: Mosaic
  • White Album
  • Bitterschon
  • Heavy Meadow (traditional IPA)
  • Gander (unfiltered wheat brew)
  • Paramour  (American-style IPA)

The beer stands are projected to keep flowing until 10 p.m.  

Justin’s Café $0.50 wings. (Play on, playas.)  

Yards Park Hand Painted Swinger will get the ball rolling at 3 p.m. with a pregame concert. Then its fun with face painting and more of 106.7 The Fan until game time.  

Game 3, Orioles vs. Tigers: 3:30 p.m.  

No known specials, but we’re sure someone will step up to the plate.