Nellie's Sports Bar
Nellie's Sports Bar

Nellie's Sports Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nelliessportsbar.com/
  • Phone: (202) 332-6355
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 12:30pm; Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: & Saturday: 3:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, American, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Maria Rondon and German Flores
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Nellie"s is the perfect choice for your next event. Whether you prefer to cater at your home or if you'd like us to host your party at Nellie's itself, our event planners will work with you to provide a tailored solution to your entertaining needs. Please contact us at 202-332-NELL (6355) or consult www.NelliesSportsBar.com for more information on our events and catering packages.
  • Entertainment: Every Monday we have PokerFace. Texas Hold'em Poker. Every Tuesday is Karaoke Hosted By Howard Hicks aka Gladys Kravitz. Every Wednesday we have Smart Ass Triva. Selected Thursdays are Drag Bingo for a cause Hosted by Chanel Devereaux and others. Every Friday is Kickoff featuring Matt Bailer. Saturdays we feature Guest DJs. Every Sunday is Drag Brunch. All You can eat Buffet with a show! For parties of more than 10 you MUST make the reservation a week to a week and a half in advance.
  • Special Events: Please contact us at info@nelliessportsbar.com if you would like to have a special event at Nellie's! If you are making a reservation please enter your birthday/event in the comments section. We would love to put you or your groups name on our Nellie Chalk Boards!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of 9th and U Streets NW
  • Public Transit: We are a block and a half East of the 10th street side of the U Street Cardozo Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Nellie's Sports Bar is located on the corner of 9 & U Streets, NW in Washington, DC, one block from the U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro. If you'd rather drive to Nellie's, parking is plentiful at the nearby V Street, NW parking lot. Driving directions are available at our web site. nelliessportsbar.com
A word from Nellie's Sports Bar
Our name is a tribute to the eccentric and hospitable character of Doug Schantz's great grandmother. The welcoming and inclusive spirit of Nellie's Sports Bar is reflective of the lady who loved to entertain. Nellie's is unique because we are locally owned; serve as a meeting place for local amateur sports teams; feature an expansive rooftop deck with its own bar and amazing views; feature ten flat-panel TVs, a stadium-sized screen, and 3 distinct bars; serve a wide variety of food, including Nellie's-style lighter fare; Nellie's food portions are customizable for one person or the entire team; host a variety of distinctive special events; free WiFi; authentic Griffith Stadium sinks; antique showcases and historic photographs; elegant English pub room walls, stained-glass and back bar mirrors; eighteenth-century lighting fixtures from the Baltimore's Penn Station; unique signage, such as our "OPEN" sign and our vintage scoreboard
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Nellie's Sports Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (52)good for groups (41)special occasion (29)hot spot (26)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Nellie's Drag Brunch the bomb.com!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I and 5 of my female girlfriends attended Nellie's Drag Brunch on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:30 p.m. show. First of all the LAVISH BRUNCH CUISINE was out of this world! Every bite, every taste and each and every crumb was absolutely outstanding!! (The cooks ROCK-OUT)!! Last but not at all the least - the drag professionals were out of control!!!! - each and every performance was so entertaining and the energy was on 100,000!!!!!!!!!! We had fun from the time we entered the building until it all ended and not to mention the hospitality from the staff was impeccable (great job)! I will be returning for the Drag Brunch again soon and very soon but until my feet meets Nellie's ground.........toodles professionals :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Miggy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Cant wait to go back....food was awesome...entertainment was awesome...overall great experience....no judgement zone!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    First timer at this event. It was fantastic and I had a ball; the entertainment was exciting and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I love the food and the drinks were so gd and the peformances were excellent the Queens definitely made me feel like a Queen on my Day thank you for a wonderful time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Housewives of Benning Road
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was great. I would recommend this to my friends and family. The housewives of Benning road was a name given my Nay Nay and gave a friend in the group a nickname of Miguel. I loved the whole experience and will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • barbfromdcVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If I wanted to spend time in a sports bar, which I don't, then I likely would love Nellie's as there are multiple tvs blaring multiple games at full volume constantly. Pleasant young crowd, but I like somewhere with chairs and tables and able to hear my companions talk.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Drag Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was my second experience at Nellie's Drag Brunch, and again it was a very pleasant experience. Good food and a great show!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and entertainment
    Terry
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had a great customer experience at Nelliie's. My friends and I can't wait to go back for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Drag Brunch
    Excellent
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had an EXCELLENT time at Nellie's Drag Brunch!! The food for brunch was amazing and the ladies performing in drag were fantastic!! We had an excellent time and what a way to support the LGBT community. I would surley go back and bring more friend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Drag Brunch
    DCRower14
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is a fun place to see a drag show during brunch. The drag queens are much better than other places I have gone for drag brunch. It's a great time when you go with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    Party
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love the waitresses and the drag show. The waitresses are so nice. The food is yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Performance
    Missy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The sisters where great! Classy friendly🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fab.com
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was the most Fabulous experience I've ever in life experienced.... attending the brunch for my friends birthday I was so pleased how everyone made the birthday girls and guys feel all special....It also uplifted my spirits after A literally hell of a week...the prices were great... the food was very tasteful....... And the queens o gosh those Queens served for dear life :) I felt right at home and my girls loved it to...we made a promise to go at least once a month as kind of a treat to our self for laughter and fun.. and If you have not been you beta get your tail in there....I just feel in love love love ....and you will too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Claud
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food and great entertainment at the Drag Brunch. Lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaniqua
    LivingtheDream
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Shaniqua was a bit offensive to the patrons in a rude manner. For example, the patrons were allowed to enter the venue prior to her approval. She erratically made every patron rise from their chosen seat and made them sit at the table for which she chose. Coincidentally, my guests were seated at the very same table for which they originally chose. My companion was truly intimidated by her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good time!
    mbeck
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nellies never disappoints, from the friendly bar staff to the delicious food and very strong drinks. I always find myself returning again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maggie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had a wonderful time. It was very entertaining and the food was good. The performance was very entertaining. I wii be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Messymarvin
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was not impressed with the food. The waffles were gooey and hard to swallow and the bacon was too crisp. The entertainment was off the hook.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • entertaining
    luv2brunch
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great place for brunch, the food was fantastic, kudos to the chef, the entertainment is fun, energetic, and I will be going again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good time celebrating Bday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is great and the show is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much FUN!
    Joss
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great for a girls outing. Prepare to have a good time. Bring single dollar bills!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still talking about it
    SexySag18
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was clear from the beginning that it's all about having a good time. The Drag brunch was wonderful. The food was good and they had plenty of it. The entertainers were energetic and you could tell that they spend a lot of time mastering the person they are impersonating. Beyoncé better watch out because she has some competition at Nellie's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Visit
    Toni
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    While visiting DC - we made reservations for the Drag Brunch. Brunch is a buffet with a mimosa or bloody mary. Food is decent, was a little cold, but the atmosphere and show made up for that. Definitely enjoyed our time there. It's best to make reservations as it's usually booked up and crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My group attended Nellie's for two birthday celebrations, most of my group had been there before, but some where new comer's. Both times were outstanding, we all had a wonderful time and will definitely come again and again. The beautiful ladies that make up the staff there could not be any better, they are the best. Also, the food was outstanding, fresh and delicious. The ladies in my group will surely return for another fun filled day. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Draggggg Your Behind There!
    RessieReview
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took my daughter to Drag Brunch for her birthday. We had THE best time! Also in attendance was my mom, aunt, and friends. They all had the best time. My mom was invited to come to dance with one of the queens during her performance (THE BEST). They were really surprised about how great the food was. Totally unexpected. We are CERTAINLY coming back! I have a gang of friends that were jealous because they were not invited. Keep up the great work and entertainment Nellies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R U Nellie enough?
    inowhatilike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My friends and I went to Nellie's Brunch on a Saturday afternoon and had a FANTASTIC time! The service is great, food was fantastic (the mimosas aren't bad either...) and the ladies in the show were fabulously amazing! I can't say enough good things about Nellie's! My friends and I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved the place
    Trini
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had a wonderful time. The only thing I wish was that the place was a little bigger because it was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    petey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing from beginning til end I njoyed myself. Great experience very entertaining my birthday wad the best. My guest could not stop tslking about it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • N2skincare
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Love, Love, Love visiting this place. No matter what time of the year I visit this place, it always leave me wanting more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Nellies brunch is a definite bucket list to do. We had an awesome time u will definitely go again hopefully before summer ends
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch
    Jeanine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing experience and great talent. I plan to attend often
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a blast!
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love going to the drag brunch at Nellie's. The waitstaff is really attentive and make sure that you have what you need to enjoy your brunch. The drag show is really fun! You'll be singing at the top of your lungs, dancing in your seat, and laughing the whole time. Bring $20 in singles for the show, and I highly recommend this place for a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I really enjoyed my experienced at Nellies Sports bar for the Drag brunch. The food was very good and seaonsed well. The buffet style setup was perfect for the occasion. The waitresses were charismatic and attentive. The cost was appropriate. The show was so entertaining that the entertainers made me feel like I was amongst family and friends. I will definitely return for another great Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drag Queen Brunch!!
    Septemberxxv
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I heard a lot of talk about the drag queen brunch from friends and that it is a must see and I have to say, it definitely is!! The servers were the actual performers and they did a great job doing both. I jumped out my seat and danced a few times I was so excited. The all you can eat buffet had a variety of selections and it was good, I didn't just have one plate :) I will definitely be back. Book early because reservations go fast!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 225 reviews are from the Nellie's Sports Bar reviews archive.
  • Best Brunch Ever
    newlywed07182014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This place is amazing. It was the perfect end to our weekend wedding celebration! The first time we have ever seen "real" food on a buffet: everything from eggs to BBQ ribs! All of it delicious! The entrainment was outstanding and the service superb! I will NE VERY visit DC without going to Nellie's. The Queens are funny, friendly, and they give back to the community. Word of warning.....bring your sense of humor and leave your arrogance at home!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    iLiketoEat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I know this is a sports bar, but the service was TERRIBLE! I walked in with a group of friends ready to sit down, grab some food, and chill. The service was terrible. We were barely acknowledged by the staff. We couldn't even tell the staff from the customers. We were seated at a table with limited menus and no one came to check on us. We left and I doubt anyone even noticed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Fab***
    DniceDines
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been coming to the Drag Brunch for more than a year now with my family and friends. Each one, Teach one......Most had never been before and ALL were in awwwe at the fabulous entertainment, spectacular food and most of all the great service that was delivered. My Favs Capri Bloomingdale and Ms. Lee have touched my heart in so many ways. I just love them and Nellies.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for a group
    OpossumBlossom
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I had some family in town, and this was a great way to entertain the whole family! Definitely not for prudes, but if you have a good sense of humor, want to laugh and have a good time, this is the spot for you! Make sure you bring cash so that you can tip the performers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yaaaas Hunty!
    LeTiniBleu
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Me and my girlfriends had a blast here! The performances were great and the food was surprising good. I liked that they had a decent selection. The space is kind of small but for the time you're there it's tolerable. The performance that had Paris Re-Burning was when the Mistress of the afternoon was performing Rihanna's song and she literally walked out and performed in the middle of the STREET! That's fierceness at it's finest! Great way to spend Sunday afternoon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outside the box
    dininganew
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Nellie's is a great place to gather with friends and let your hair down. Enjoy good food and drinks will you sing along with performers that give there all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.