Congratulations, you finally got your friends to commit to a game. Now rather than ask the group where they want to eat beforehand and spark a never-ending text debate, make things simple and tell them to meet you at Declaration. The menu here includes everything from salads and sandwiches to chicken wings and pizza, so everyone will be able to find something they like. This place serves weekend brunch too, in case you want to skip the burnt bacon at home and just head here before a day game.
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Top of the Yard
Weirdly, one of the best views of Nats stadium is from the rooftop bar at the Navy Yard Hampton Inn. Take advantage next time you didn’t get tickets.
A Shake Shack in Navy Yard means you can get your fix without waiting in the huge line for the one in the stadium.
The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds
The Bullpen does music, cheap drinks, and bar food starting two hours before every Nats game. Go with a big group, and play some cornhole.
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Denson Liquor Bar
Denson Liquor is a 1920’s-style lounge that’s perfect for a quality cocktail before or after a show at Capital One Arena.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
Rose’s Luxury is one of DC’s best restaurants, according to pretty much everyone. Get ready to get in line.
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Chloe serves European-style small plates and interesting cocktails, all in a Navy Yard space that you’ll wish your apartment looked more like.
The Brig has your typical beer garden brats, picnic tables, and drinks, but also live music on Saturdays.
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