Who cares about the fact that we haven’t won a playoff series since our team was named the Montreal Expos??There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Nats this season, and the MLB All-Star Game coming to town this summer and chances of championship glory this fall are only part of it.
We hope this is finally the year our boys bring home the World Series title, but regardless of how they play on the field, we’re here to make sure you have an awesome time watching them, both inside and outside of the stadium.
Nats Park has gone through some offseason changes and offers exciting new options to improve the in-person experience. Outside the ballpark, Capitol Riverfront and the area surrounding is one of the most emerging areas in DC, and the neighborhoods have fully embraced their Natitude roots.
Here’s the #FrayLife Guide the ultimate Nats gameday experience:
Where to Pregame
Despite a massive construction project next door, The Bullpen is still the essential spot to gather before, during and after Nationals games. If you know what The Bullpen is all about, you’ve yet to get the full Nats experience.
#FrayLife Tip: There is a pregame happy hour at the Budweiser Terrace inside the ballpark. Once gates open, you can score 16 oz. Bud and Bud lights for only $5. This happy hour special only lasts until 30 mins before the game starts.
If you’re looking for an option besides The Bullpen, Top of the Yard Bar has unmatched views of The Yards, and you can see directly inside of Nats Park. Located on the rooftop of the Hampton Inn, the bar is open daily from 4pm-10pm with happy hour ending at 7 pm. But you can enjoy a Nats theme menu two hours before the first pitch.
Where to Watch The Game
Obviously, the ideal spot to catch the home opener is from inside the stadium. If you’re heading to the game, make sure to give yourself plenty of time. There is a lot of construction around the ballpark. A LOT. Especially outside of Centerfield Gate. The designated pedestrian areas have shrunk significantly, so expect longer lines than usual to enter the ballpark in that area.
If you didn’t buy a ticket to the home opener yet, you can always score one on StubHub at the last minute. Or you can catch the game at one of these spots around the stadium in one of DC’s fastest growing neighborhoods:
Capitol Riverfront has added 16 new drink and food options to the area since last year’s Opening Day, including two outdoor walk-up bars are making their debut for Nats fans.
The Declaration’s grand opening will include giveaways, prizes, and artisanal pizza.
Due South, a neighborhood staple, will also introduce their Dockside bar to the public on April 5th. Salt Line’s outdoor bar and patio is positioned outside of the First Base entrance; however, its happy hour menu is not available on game days.
On the contrary, the rookie restaurant Chloe, is showcasing it Natitude with all day happy hour starting at 11 am.
#FrayLife Tip: If you wake up in the mood for brunch on Opening Day. Scarlet Oak will offer its weekend brunch including bottomless mimosas. It’s a 10-minute walk from the ballpark.
Assuming the weather cooperates, beer gardens are another great go-to on game day.
Aslin Beer Company, a startup brewery from Herndon, VA, is hosting its pop up beer garden on game days on the corner of 1st and N Street.
Bardo Riverfront Beer Garden Brewery is yet another option to gather with other Nationals fans. Located near Dock 79 apartments the riverside entrance is temporarily closed due to, you guessed it, construction. (The best way to enter is on the Potomac Ave. side near the bridge.)
#FrayLife Tip: After the game, maneuver around the metro riders and avoid the predictable surge prices for ride shares and unwind at DC’s urban winery. You can check out our visit here.
Despite all the cranes in the sky in Navy Yard, the area is brimming with Natitude and is full of amazing options with their own unique gameday experience.
We’re so excited a full season of fun at Nats Park, we’re even renting out our own section for some of the best games of the season! Want to join us and other #FrayLifers who are as big of Nats fans as you? Check out our Nights Out with the Nats schedule and grab your (discounted) tickets.
Where is your favorite place to watch the Nats before, during or after the game? Tag us in your Opening Day adventures using #FrayLife.
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