Sign of the Whale

Restaurant / Sports Bar
Sign of the Whale Sign of the Whale in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle is a long-running sports bar with a great young weekend scene. Get rowdy in DC with Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.905922 -77.04278
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Sign of the Whale - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Since the early 70s, Sign of the Whale has served as a dingy retreat for overworked politicos and the barely twenty-one crowd looking to swallow their troubles and maybe harpoon a mate. Half off the drinks list... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–1:30am, F 11:30am–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sign of the Whale Review

The Scene

Sign of the Whale in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle is a long-running sports bar with a great young weekend scene. Get rowdy in DC with Party Earth.

Since the early 70s, Sign of the Whale has served as a dingy retreat for overworked politicos and the barely twenty-one crowd looking to swallow their troubles and maybe harpoon a mate.

Half off the drinks list during the 4 to 7pm weekday Happy Hour makes the venue a popular hangout for area young professionals, and it’s normal to find the shabby wooden floors hidden beneath a sea of dress shoes as the evening sets in.

The bar definitely has a lived-in feel, with several throwback jerseys and other sports paraphernalia mounted on the brick walls, dulled brass lamps hanging above the long main bar, and lots of faded wood trimmings and big TVs carrying the game – with special love for the Philadelphia Eagles and Sixers, Cal State, and Syracuse.

Traditional American bar foods like tater tots, wings, and very large burgers, which can be ordered on the main floor or the loft bar upstairs, serve as safety nets from all the impending alcohol consumption.

The joint is a popular pre-game destination, so come Fridays, both levels draw waves of GW students, who usually end up dancing to the rap/pop DJ and generally making the kinds of gloriously bad decisions that befit a higher education.

It may not be cultured, but Sign of the Whale stands the test of time and promises a fun night out for anyone willing to let go and roll with the tide.

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Tip from Lucas:

During weekends you can pony up an extra $10 and get unlimited build-your-own mimosas and Bloody Marys during brunch. Technically that means five solid hours of boozing for $10. Technically that means you should go.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, area lawyers and politicos looking to shake off the day, rowdy college kids, groups of friends looking to pre-game on the cheap, late 20s to mid-30s by day, mostly under 25 on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Sixteen TVs tuned to sports.

    DJ Wednesdays through Saturdays typically spins an assortment of Top 40, rap, pop, and rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Hearty and traditional American menu featuring items like wings, large burgers, meatloaf, and salads.

    Traditional brunch fare 11am–4pm on weekends.

    Ladies’ Night on Wednesdays (which the guys can get in on too) offers half-priced bottles of wine, $3 glasses of champagne, $5 Stoli cocktails, and $3 Bud Lights 5pm–close.

    Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5/F–Sa after 10pm. Brunch menu $10–$14, bar snacks $6–$10, appetizers $4–$6, soups/salads $6–$12, sandwiches $8–$16, entrées $10–$15+.

    Beer $6–$8, wine $7–$9/glass or $28–$42/bottle, cocktails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: jeans, button-downs, blazers, sports jerseys, cute tops, skirts, and maybe a little glam on the pre-clubbers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a big game is on, Wednesdays for the Ladies’ Night discounts, Friday and Saturday nights to join the rowdy college crowd letting loose to the DJ and looking for love, or weekends for brunch and bottomless booze.

  • Close By

    The Mighty Pint (1831 M Street NW) is just steps away and usually offers a slightly quieter environment to grab a beer and chat with friends before being unable to hear them due to all the loud music at Sign of the Whale.

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