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Best of Arlington 2014

Food & Drink

Best Sports Bar

Thirsty Bernie

Opened in summer 2008 and named for its Saint Bernard mascot, Thirsty Bernie takes its sports seriously. But it isn’t a guys’ exclusive. “We’re a hangout for people of all ages,” says general manager Lisa Cedrone. “We get the soccer families, young couples on a date, as well as older customers on their own.”

With 15 televisions, there’s no competition for the remote (it’s not uncommon for the restaurant to simulcast tennis, golf, NFL games and European club soccer). And the extensive menu offers much more than pub fare—from build-your-own omelets and vegetarian wraps to grilled salmon and blackened cod. It also includes a few Bavarian favorites, such as bratwurst and schnitzel, along with house-made sauces and dressings.

Woodmont resident Shannon Hiskey drops in once or twice a week with friends or family. She frequently orders the “ski-chips” (potato chips covered in melted blue cheese), while her teenage daughters opt for the burgers (made with fresh-ground Angus chuck) and wings. “It’s my go-to because it’s family-friendly and community-centric,” she says. “There’s comfort in that.” –W.N.

2163 North Glebe Road, Arlington, 703-248-9300, www.thirstybernie.com

Other top vote-getters:

Crystal City Sports Pub
Hard Times Café
Mister Days