Public Bar

Restaurant / Rooftop Bar / Sports Bar
Public Bar Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike. Washington, DC United States 38.906268 -77.041828
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Public Bar - Restaurant | Rooftop Bar | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike. Exposed brick walls peppered... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Public Bar Review

The Scene

Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike.

Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike.

Exposed brick walls peppered with quotes from sports greats like Muhammad Ali set the sporty tone in this former nightclub, a modern three-story space with soaring ceilings and a large ticker announcing the latest scores.

Groups of Skins and Caps fans watch the action unfold on the ten-foot projection screen behind the massive U-shaped bar, or on one of the dozens of flat-screens scattered throughout the venue.

Though weeknights draw a more subdued crowd of young professionals, weekends see the place overflowing with trendy young couples and college students looking to burn off a few buckets of wings by dancing to DJ-spun Top 40 and hip-hop.

Another small dance area and lounge upstairs provides a more intimate spot to sway to the music, watch the game, or curl up with bottle service on the plush leather couches, while later in the night, sweaty revelers head to the rooftop deck for more DJ tunes and a bit of Grey Goose-fueled flirting.

Usually bustling with an outgoing crowd, Public Bar provides a great mix of sports, dancing, music, and booze that should satisfy just about any craving.

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Tip from Lucas:

Treat yourself to $100 off your first two bottles of hard liquor by calling at least a day ahead and rolling in with ten-to-fifteen friends before midnight on a Friday. You’ll cut the line, get a great spot on the rooftop deck, and probably save money on drinks in the process.

  • Crowd

    Dupont Circle locals, office workers, Happy Hour revelers, sports fans, college students, recent grads, and well-dressed urbanites, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Forty TVs across three floors. DJs spin mostly hip-hop, Top 40, and techno Thursdays through Saturdays on the main floor and rooftop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu including wings, burgers, and nachos.

  • Prices

    Occasional cover charge $5. Appetizers $4–$9, entrées $7–$10, wings $10–$35. Beer $4.50–$7, wine $8/glass or $24–$30/bottle, cocktails $7–$12, bottle service $150+ (two bottle minimum). Valet $20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, though trendier at night: sports jerseys, office attire, jeans, button-downs, fashionable tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for guaranteed crowds and pockets of dancing on all three floors, or for any big sporting event to watch the action on the ten-foot projection screen.

  • Close By

    Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Avenue NW) usually has less of a line on Fridays and Saturdays and historically serves the most dedicated soccer fans in the District.

Public Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Tons of Flat Screens for Football Viewing
Jimmy D. Sep 3, 2012
They have a 120 inch monster tv and tons of flat screens. Free wifi as well if you are a hard core fantasy guy and want to light up your computer, grab a bite and settle in for hours of viewing. If you want a booth during prime time you need to reserve one with a 150 dollar tab or get there very early.
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