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Nellie's Sports Bar
Nellie's Sports Bar

Nellie's Sports Bar Details

  • 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: American, Cuban, Latin American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 scoreboardContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food, great performances, and lots of laughs! Thanks for a splendid time at the Drag Queen brunch! I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had a GREAT time at Nellies. The food was outstanding. Everyone was so nice, upbeat, and fun. The show was amazing. I would definitely go again. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I went to Nellie's for their drag brunch and let me say I had a WONDERFUL time. Not only did the queens have me dancing and singing from my seat but the food was absolutely delicious. There was fruit, cupcakes, breakfast food, light snacks and lunch. Not to mention the drinks were awesome. The show was amazing as well. Each queen brought her own flair to the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had a great time at the Sunday Drag Brunch. I took my grandmother for the first time and she loved it. I will be going back again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nellie's Sunday morning Drag Brunch is such a treat -- I went with a group of girlfriends for our June birthdays. A Drag Queen will serve you with a choice of Mimosa or Bloody Mary. The brunch is buffet style, so you get exactly what you want. After everyone is settled with food and drink, there is a show -- lively, entertaining, and funny! Bring plenty of 1 dollar bills (or cash so that you can get 1's from a server) to tip the performers. I think I tipped about 20 dollars in total. The crowd seemed a bit hung over (I went to the 12:30 brunch). Next time, I'm going to try the 10:30 brunch. My hope is the audience will be a bit more lively (a performance is a give and take, after all). Come ready to cheer, eat, and tip!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went for drag with a bunch of friends food was good and the entertainment was fabulous. Staff was very engaged and made sure we were very well taken care of."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Such a fun experience coming for the drag brunch. Thanks for making our experience positive."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My sister, friends and I had a wonderful time. We loved all of the performers. We especially enjoyed the Beyonce perfprmance. The food was good and the atmosphere was great."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "So much fun! Definitely an experience to share with some friends you feel comfortable letting your hair down with - and if you're a straight dude, be ready for some serious teasing, but it really is all in good fun. BRING LOTS of $1 BILLS, these laaydies are putting on an amazing show, tip well and often! The drag queens are fabulous as are their outfits.... don't miss Beyonce! P.S. - the brunch itself is buffet style and food is nothing to write home about, but that's not really what you go for. 1st mimosa or bloody mary are included in the brunch price."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It was a great show I love Ms. Dianna Ross aka S and the others the food was good, I just have short legs I have to sit on a bar stool with a back everything was good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Drag brunch was amazing! Those girls definitely know how to put on a show. I highly recommend this place for a great entertainment. I will be going back!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "THE DRAG SHOW BRUNCH WAS GREAT, THE FOOD WAS AWESOME, AND THE DRAG SHOW WAS AMAZING!!! I WILL COME BACK A MILLION TIMES!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had great friends, great drinks, good food, great fun!!! Would recommend to anyone!! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The brunch, with the drag queens both serving and performing, is amazing and a one-of-a-kind experience. Riley Knox does an incredible Beyonce. And the food is great on top of it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The entertainment was great and had the crowd hyped up. The food was sub par especially for the price. It wasn't hot and I didn't care for the selections. It would have been nice to have had an omlette bar. I would definitely go back for the entertainment on a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Sunday Brunch at Nellie's is a welcoming way to end the weekend and the worker's and staff at Nellie's are pleasant and very friendly. Will definitely continue to come from NYC to get the Nellie's experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place is great! Came here for Mother's Day and had a wonderful time! Love love loved Beyonce! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been to the Drag Brunch twice. Once on a Saturday and once on a Sunday. I enjoyed myself both times. The Food is So Delicious and the Entertainment is even better. I can't wait to go back. I would recommend this place to anyone who's looking for good for and to have a Great time. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What can I say. I had an amazing experience at Nellies. This was a first time experience for all of my guest that I invited. The staff was amazing, the drinks were excellent, and the food was great. The entertainment had you laughing, cheering, and singing along. I cannot wait to have that experience again. Thank you so very much for an amazing experience ladies and gents. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I had a great time celebrating my birthday at Nellie's Our waiter Daniel was awesome. We didn't wait long on food and drinks which was a plus. I'm looking forward to the "Drag Brunch". "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Everything was so wonderful from the begining to the end. I cant wait until the next visit."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday for my birthday to the 12:30pm drag brunch. I loved how they have the show after you have eaten but you still have the opportunity to still get up & eat...They have a waffle station and he makes them and bring them to your table. No unlimited mimosas but you can purchase a carafe and a great price! and also other drinks..the bloody mary's seem to be a big hit also! The gurls are AWESOME! The Performances are AWESOME they will have you not wanting to leave! We really enjoyed ourselves!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It was my 30th birthday celebration and the giels and I had a ball. Cant wait to do it all over again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I stumbled on Nellie's drag show brunch looking for a festive brunch to share with our adult children for my birthday. I didn't tell them about the show and it was a fun mom's-gone-crazy moment when they figured it out. Our server was Epiphany, she was great and an amazing Beyonce in the show. There was also a fabulous Liza Manelli--they were all impressive. The food is homestyle southern and very abundant. The mini-waffles are the best ever tasted. The volume was quite high, which annoyed hubby but we'd go again and recommend to others."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I went to Nellies Drag Brunch with my sisters and good girlfriends. None of which have ever been. We had so much fun we all made reservations for the summer and invited more people. This is a great place to go for good food and great fun. Make your reservation as soon as possible because it is hard to get in."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I absolutely adore the Drag Brunch and Show! The performers are phenomenal! Keep it up!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Myself along with 14 of my close friends visited on Sunday 3/23/14 for the Drag Brunch to celebrate My mom & I Birthday. We had the time of our lives. The staff is so friendly. The food was Delicious! Not to mention the performances which were out of this world! We had so much fun from beginning to End. I would definitely recommend this place to family and friends. The only downfall is the space. It's really small & tight. So try to bring as little with you as possible."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My friends and I had a blast @ Nellie's!!! Great food, great price and fantastic entertainment!!!!!! I've already schedule another Nellie's brunch outing!!!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "While I have been going to Nellies for years, and love it for fun times with friends, their Drag Brunch was a drag. Very bad set up for a show. Was seated next to a wall and could not see any of the show unless the performers stopped by our table. Buffet was good, but not the greatest. If you want an excellent drag brunch I would recommend going to Perry's. Great food, show, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had such a wonderful time and ready to do it again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I went with my 2 nieces to celebrate my birthday!! We had a Blas!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite brunch spots always a good time and food is "OK" the entertainment out weighs the food... MUST GO"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I hosted a "Ladies out Brunch" and we had a absolute Ball. The food and drinks were very good and I can't say enough about the Drag show.... It was out of this world. If only Beyonce Knowles- Carter could see Epiphany who impersonated her! WOW.... Her performance left us speechless . We will highly recommend Nellie's Sportx Bar To all. Continue that great show and overall Service"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I had a friend visiting and we wanted to have a fun lil brunch. I have never been to Nellie's for their drag brunch, but I will definitely be coming back for it. The food wasn't the best, but I went for the fun of the brunch. The server's and performers were all extremely top notch and attentive. They were just the right amount of offensive too. I'll definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014