If you go to Bluejacket before a Nats game, it will seem like the entire stadium is pregaming with you. The space, an old Navy factory, has huge ceilings and a big outdoor area, but it still gets packed. The twenty beers on tap and the Big Train burger make the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd bearable. If you’re looking to hit it at a quieter time, it’s still a fun spot out of season, for a group dinner, or a casual date.
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Where to go before and after a Nats game, whether you’re looking for a pregame or showing your parents around town.
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