If you go to Bluejacket before a Nats game, it will seem like the entire stadium is pregaming with you. The space, an old Navy factory, has huge ceilings and a big outdoor area, but it still gets packed. The twenty beers on tap and the Big Train burger make the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd bearable. If you’re looking to hit it at a quieter time, it’s still a fun spot out of season, for a group dinner, or a casual date.
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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.
Head to Bonchon in Navy Yard for Korean fried chicken before a Nats game or for a quick lunch.
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.
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The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
The Salt Line
Salt Line’s New England-style seafood, outdoor bar, and attractive dining room are perfect for a date or dinner with parents in Navy Yard.
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