Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
There are plenty of sports fans living along the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Tenleytown, but that stretch doesn't have many places to watch your team's big game. That's why Cleveland Park Bar & Grill is such a popular neighborhood destination. The rooftop bar makes it especially enjoyable in warm weather, when the best seats in the house let you take in the sun and provide a view of the neighborhood and flat-screen televisions. But the place is jumping year round, especially during March Madness, when hundreds of young professionals who live nearby descend on the bar to root for their alma maters, and on fall Sundays, when the 40 TVs are tuned to the NFL. Sit at the far end of the bar, and you can keep your eye on multiple games.
Beers are the expected Yuengling/Blue Moon/Stella Artois sports bar selections, but the food is a step above the usual wings and burgers. The personal-size wood-fired pizzas shine when you stick to Italian cheese and vegetables. Pop in for happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, for $3 draft beers and rail drinks, and ask about the rotating late-night specials, which kick in at 10 p.m. and offer beers for $4 or less.