Best Bethesda Hotspots To Watch the Open—Outside Congressional
Check out what some of these Bethesda restaurants have planned for golf fanatics.
It’s a big deal for Bethesda to host the U.S. Open. The last time one of professional golf’s most important tournaments was held in the area was in 1997. It’s a great honor for Congressional Country Club to host some of the best golfers in the world, and it’s an opportunity for Bethesda restaurants to welcome visitors to refresh after a busy day following the players.
In honor of the U.S. Open, several Bethesda restaurants are offering discounts to ticket holders including Black Finn, Mon Ami Gabi, California Pizza Kitchen and Baja Fresh—will deduct 20 percent from meals. You just show your ticket, or pick up the “We’re Open” card created by the Montgomery County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to be eligible. Black Finn hosted the volunteer’s party last Tuesday night.
Caddies on Cordell is owned by three avid golf enthusiasts. With its golf theme, Caddies is an ideal place to get into the swing of the tournament. Lisa Gormley, promotions and special events coordinator, says Caddies will have drink specials this weekend to celebrate. It's featuring buckets of premium and non-premium beers for $17 and $14 respectively (that’s five glasses to each bucket). It's also offering $5 bomb shots, $7 Rebel Vodka, and $8 pitchers of Bud and Bud Light.
Caddies has televisions in every booth, and the giant projector will be tuned into the U.S. Open with the volume up. Caddies features a sidewalk patio, bar, dining room, and an upstairs bar with a covered terrace overlooking Cordell Avenue. In the past, professional golfers have stopped in after the tournament play to relax, probably because most people at Caddies respect their privacy.
What are some flavorful golf-themed cocktails to order in honor of the U.S. Open? Try the Broken Down Golf Cart—a mix of Amaretto, lime juice and melon liquor; or the Sand Trap with cherry liqueur, lemon juice, scotch and vermouth. Fore!!!
One surprising hot spot for golf enthusiasts is Aji-Nippon on Arlington Road in Bethesda. This Japanese seafood restaurant is owned by Chef Homma. Homma, a self-proclaimed "golf-maniac," has adorned the walls of his restaurant with golf paraphernalia and has been known to close the restaurant for special golf events. We hear Aji-Nippon is popular with the Japanese pro golfers like Ryo Ishikawa.
Great Britain is the birthplace of golf, and Ireland has contributed three great duffers to this year’s U.S. Open. It’s at the top of the list of places to watch the tournament or hang out afterward. Ri Ra has a diverse menu that includes a smokey jalapeno burger with gouda. Who knows, this might be the place to see golfers Rory McIlroy, Paddy Harrington or Graeme McDowell—who were extended a personal invitation on Twitter.