It's taken a few years, but our neighborhood now has a lot of good options for sports bars: Walter's on Georgia, Lou's City Bar, the Airedale and the Pitch. You may recall that if you were a sports fan in years past, the only nearby options were in Adams Morgan.
The earliest of the group was Lou's City Bar, the big place on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW, which has a zillion TVs and lots of food. I've been for the NCAA tourney and it's hopping for college and NFL games. Walter's, the joint venture of Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds at 3628 Georgia, has figured out how to make a good vibe in that location -- previous tenants the Blue Banana and Park View Patio just couldn't figure it out. It's a great spot with some good deals.
The Pitch a few blocks up at 4015 Georgia has two floors with TVs and shows American sports plus European soccer, cricket and rugby, and the Airedale at 3605 14th Street NW has an awesome European-pub menu and a focus on European soccer, Formula One and and motorcycle racing.
The best thing is, all of them are good to great for various sports and vibes, from neighborhoody too crowded and rowdy.
What are your go-tos for watching sports in the neighborhood? Are there any I forgot?