Congratulations, you finally got your friends to commit to a game. Now rather than ask the group where they want to eat beforehand and spark a never-ending text debate, make things simple and tell them to meet you at Declaration. The menu here includes everything from salads and sandwiches to chicken wings and pizza, so everyone will be able to find something they like. This place serves weekend brunch too, in case you want to skip the burnt bacon at home and just head here before a day game.
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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.
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.
Don’t just hit Bluejacket before a Nats game - the Navy Yard brewery is a great spot for a group hang and even a casual date.
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The Liberty Tavern
Liberty Tavern is Clarendon’s utility restaurant - use the American spot for dates, dinner with the parents, or a meal at the bar.
Beefsteak has things like beet burgers on the menu, but also rice bowls for the less health-crazed. Use it for a quick lunch in Foggy Bottom.
Mussel Bar & Grille
Mussel Bar is a go-to when your parents are in town. Grab a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.
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Chloe serves European-style small plates and interesting cocktails, all in a Navy Yard space that you’ll wish your apartment looked more like.
The Brig has your typical beer garden brats, picnic tables, and drinks, but also live music on Saturdays.
Rasa is a fast-casual Indian spot next to Nats Park that’ll make you reevaluate your go-to stadium meal.
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