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Football is back! Here’s what to know about your local sports bars

  • ​91% of the sports bars in DC are locally owned, meaning they are regional chains or mom & pop establishments, although national / global brands like Buffalo Wild Wings and Yard House have entered the market in the last two years.
  • The average age of a sports bar in DC is nine years old, however, some neighborhoods have significantly older sports bars than others. For instance, the average year a sports bar in Georgetown opened is 1982 and closer to 2003 in Dupont Circle / CBD. At the other end of the spectrum, the Ballpark, U Street, Shaw and H Street have an average opening date of 2013. The youngest sports bar neighborhood is Uptown with emerging neighborhoods such as Petworth, Columbia Heights and Brightwood having an average opening date of 2014.
  • As would be expected, sports bars tend to cluster around sports venues such as the Capital One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center) and Nationals Park. East End is the densest submarket in the city with 12 sports bars in total and 10 within three blocks of the Arena – 8 of which are directly on or just off of 7th Street. Sports bars also tend to cluster in block groups where there is high spending on beer and ale, as displayed in the graphic above.
  • With the impending completion of DC United’s Audi Field at Buzzard Point in June 2018, expect sports bars to aggressively seek out spaces around the new venue and for growth to also happen in high-growth emerging residential markets in northeast such as NoMa and Ivy City.

Source: JLL Research, Esri Bao, Yelp​

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