Considered by many to be the ideal bar game, shuffleboard somewhat resembles the Olympic sport of curling. A fun sport for groups with two or three players to a team, shuffleboard has a large following in the Washington, D.C. area, with plenty of establishments offering gameplay for its patrons. The object of shuffleboard is to score more points than your opponent by either knocking his pucks off or by sliding your pucks past his into a higher score zone. Usually, the winner is the first player or team to reach 15 points.
While billiards has been a standard recreation option for bar patrons for decades, shuffleboard is certainly catching up to pool in popularity, and in some venues, shuffleboard may have even surpassed the popularity of billiards.
Some of the bars in the Washington, D.C. area where shuffleboard players convene include:
Fast Eddie's Sports, Wings & Beer
1520 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Located in Northwest D.C. near the McPherson Square Metro, Fast Eddie's is a place to unwind with a competitive game of shuffleboard or billiards on the third floor if you tire of watching Nationals, Capitals or Redskins games on the bar's big screen TVs on the second floor. Food fare ranges from a quick pizza to a full-scale meal, including steak and prime rib.
714 Seventh St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Located on Seventh Street NW near Chinatown, Rocket Bar charges lower rates for shuffleboard tables on weeknights. The rates go up Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, when one player can play for $10 an hour and a group of four players are charged $20 an hour. Rocket Bar offers an ample beer list, plenty of pool tables in addition to shuffleboard and game-watch parties.
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
An upscale sports bar just southwest of the U.S. Naval Observatory, Breadsoda is an ideal venue for shuffleboard players as well as anyone interested in partaking in ping pong, pool or even chess along with your adult beverages. Breadsoda is a dark bar down a flight of stairs, so be careful on your way in. But once you're there, the shuffleboard is great, provided you can deal with the close quarters than can make even a moderate crowd seem large.
3427 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, this popular bar on Connecticut Avenue near the Cleveland Park Metro has two shuffleboard tables with standard rates during the week and prime rates during the weekend (call ahead to verify). The standard rate is affordable for one player, and a bit more for four or more. The good news is that play is prorated, so you won't overpay if you only play 15 minutes - you'll just have to pay for the amount of time you're at the table.
1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
This Adams Morgan "dive" bar on Columbia Road NW features a jukebox cranking out beloved rock & roll oldies and forgotten "oh wow!" favorites while offering shuffleboard, billiards and darts. If you aren't able to play one of these games, then there is usually an opening for the other. Bedrock Billiards also has board games you can play. What it doesn't have is food, so don't go there hungry, unless your hunger is just for a fun and inexpensive game of shuffleboard.
801 E. St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
With 13,000 square feet of games on two levels, with three bars and 44 beers on tap, this Penn Quarter bar near Chinatown is an ideal destination for shuffleboard players, board gamers, drinkers, dancers, sports fans and anybody looking for a diverse range of entertainment. Unlike some of the other crack-in-the-wall type venues where you can play shuffleboard in D.C., this one is comparatively enormous.
If you are in D.C. and love to play shuffleboard, but would rather not venture out into the District's nightmarish traffic and famously confusing network of roads, now you don't have to. You can bring the great game of shuffleboard home for keeps with the selection of brand name shuffleboard tables sold by The Shuffleboard Federation. Champion, Venture, Hudson and other names renowned in the shuffleboard world make tables that are well-suited for a family room or a den in your home.