The Crystal City Sports Pub was founded in 1994 by three Mount St. Mary's classmates. Majority partner Bill Bayne was already well established in the restaurant business. Bill approached Art Dougherty and Jim Madden with an idea for a sports theme oriented local pub with pool tables, well priced food and friendly service. The guys wanted a neighborhood restaurant with a playful ambiance that gave the weekend athlete a place to ice their knees and the 9 to 5 adult a place to go and relax.
As luck would have it, in late winter of 1994 a small hardware store on 23rd Street was closing its doors and had an inside track on obtaining a lease for the property. We jumped on that opportunity and opened our doors on August 2nd that same year. Crystal City housed a vibrant workforce with limited lunch options thus resulting in the Sports Pub's instant success.
As our relationships with the local community and alumni groups grew so did our size. In 1996, we integrated the two story Snuggery located right next door to us into our restaurant. More TVs and another bar equaling more fun for everyone.
Some years later in 2003, we were able to purchase the property. This made it feasible for us to add a grand new second story on top of our original space. The scope of work was tremendous, partly because we did not want to close our doors during any part of the build out. The work took longer than expected and cost more than expected but the results are outstanding. We are very pleased with the 2007 completion of our new Non-Smoking Club Level. We encourage you to stop in and "check out" our new level that boasts 1 – 10 ft. projection and 2 – 8 ft. projection screen televisions, 28 – 42” HD LCDs, 6 – 37” LCDs and a state-of-the-art sound booth.
We continually strive for a place that people can go to any day of the week. We are open 365 days a year. We offer nice size portions of good food at a reasonable price. It is our goal to make every Crystal City Sports Pub experience a pleasant one. We are thankful for our dedicated customers and staff who have made it possible for us to continually move forward.