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Cuisine Type: American bar food

Most popular offering: 1/2-pound Black Angus burger

Reservations: Optional

Kid-friendly: No

Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 5?10

Outdoor Seating: No

Established: 1995

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Bring some darts, and your ID if you're coming after 9 p.m.

The staffers at Golden Sports Bar & Grill know the damage working on the weekends or having different days off than your friends can do to a social life. So on Monday nights, they host an industry night, complete with free beer pong, for those whose weekend starts on Monday.

In addition to beer pong games, the bar hosts pool games and applied-geometry show-downs on eight pool tables and dart competitions on 10 dart boards. For digital diversions, it entertains folks with its multiple flat-screen TVs and collection of video games. Tuesdays bring karaoke night, and on Fridays, live bands take over the bar, wailing on guitars and crooning rock songs.

To fuel all this revelry, cooks whip up 1/2-pound Black Angus burgers, mussels, and wraps. They also mix vodka with their own housemade bloody mary mix during Sunday brunches.

8801 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
US

A gleaming wood bar reflects the rows of spirits lining the shelves as well as the eyes of pool players, which dart in a calculated fashion across the emerald felt. At Bel Air Billiards Sports Pub, colorful spheres clatter and roll across eleven tables, which include 7-foot bar-box units and 9-foot Olhausen models. Tucked away from the smooth trajectory of cues and the wild arm gestures of dishonest fishermen, a scattering of tables boosts patrons as they sip beers by the glass or bottle and nosh on sandwiches and other finger foods. From the kitchen, one can hear hot oil crackling in applause as wings leap beneath shelves brimming with Old Bay and more than 20 spicy, barbeque, and mustard-based sauces. Ten high-definition plasma televisions situated around the perimeter flicker with images from live sports or public apologies to knocked-over hurdles, and karaoke nights flesh out the chatter with raucous choruses.

2 Bel Air South Pkwy
Bel Air,
MD
US

Recessions is one of the most charmingly outlandish karaoke dive bars in all of DC. Getting in involves walking right through a piece of DC history: the Quincy Hotel. Thursdays are karaoke nights, with the selection being as varied as the interesting crowd that Recessions attracts. Signature drinks here include their enormous King Kong Beer. They also serve surprisingly delicious pub snacks including their specialty Maryland Crab Cakes (made with real crab), juicy chicken tenders, and crispy, homemade steak fries. Happy Hours are weekdays from 5 pm to 8 pm and really do give an amazing bang for your buck on both wine and beer.

1823 L Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

Located just east of its namesake building, Capitol Lounge welcomes residents, visitors, and sports fans to its three politically minded barrooms and offers a menu of casual pub fare and a list of more than 75 beers. Upon entering the basement, the warm browns and leather textures of the Losers Lounge invite visitors into its chic and windowless expanses amid exposed brick and leather booths. The clink of balls on pool tables entertains players between sports plays on TV or before bites of classic wings tossed in house hot sauce.

Upon entering the Nixon Room, patrons are immediately ensconced in vintage decor, including bar-style dining seating, framed magazine covers of the former president, and an antique cigarette machine. For a bar experience with the feel of a neighborhood gathering place, guests step inside the Kennedy Room, with its wood-paneled ceiling that arcs atop crowds as flat-screen TVs pipe in sports and bartenders mix up cocktails and pour glasses of wine. Two covered outdoor patios also welcome visitors in the spring and summer.

229 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Washington,
DC
US

Rack ‘em up for a game of nine ball or shuffle over for some shuffleboard 7 days a week at Bedrock Billiards in Washington DC. You’ll find more than pool tables at this 21 and over establishment. You can also test your precision and skill at the foosball table or darts. If you’d rather stretch your mental muscle, that’s great. Here you can settle back and enjoy some board games from your youth like Uno, Yahtzee or Apple to Apples. Feeling parched? Just quench your thirst with any of the beers on tap or available by bottle. There are domestic and international brews from large and small breweries ‘down the street’, across the country or on the other side of the world. If you find your life is all work and no play, take some time out to unwind at Bedrock Billiards.

1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington,
DC
US

Grab a group of buddies and head over to Atomic Billiards in Washington, DC. Atomic offers a variety of games—pool, shuffleboard, and darts. The tables are all in great condition, and the atmosphere is fun, friendly, and inviting. Definitely a great place for a to hang out. Their list of beers is over sixty beers long. They’ve got everything from national favorites to small town brews. Having a party? Give them a call at Atomic and they’ll lend a helping hand. They will surely make your night one to remember! Keep an eye open for specials, and head on over to Atomic to relax, have a beer, and shoot some pool.

3427 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US