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Buffalo Billiards Hosts Farewell Party After 25 Years of Operation

August 6, 2019


Buffalo Billiardsone of DC’s most iconic sports bar since 1994, will host a farewell party on August 24 from noon until close. The bittersweet occasion will celebrate 25 years of legendary memories with special Buffalo Billiards memorial t-shirts and giveaways. The event will also feature a Buffalo Billiards photo/selfie wall, music and entertainment, and special pours from Board Room Brewing Company. In July 2019, it was announced that Buffalo Billiards will close as the new landlord, WeWork, did not wish to renew the bar’s lease.

For those interested in owning a piece of Buffalo Billiards nostalgia, equipment and decor is currently being auctioned online. A percentage of proceeds from auction sales will benefit So Others May Eat (SOME) and items will need to be picked up on August 25 and 26.

Founded by Geoff Dawson and Mark Handwerger, Buffalo Billiards opened its doors on April 1, 1994. In more than two decades since its opening, the establishment has sold 10,862,941 beers and recorded 1,721,748 games of pool. Additional milestones include 72,500 burgers consumed, 78, 213 kegs emptied, 3,091 college football games watched, and 782 team members employed over the years. The success of the original Buffalo Billiards led to the opening of other locations including Gaithersburg, Nashville, Austin and Philadelphia. Today, locations in Philadelphia and Austin remain open.

“With news of the closing, we’ve had an outpouring of disbelief and outrage from customers far and wide,” said Geoff Dawson, co-owner of Buffalo Billiards. “We’re heartbroken to leave the premises but proud of what we’ve built over the years, and want to thank everyone – staff and patrons – who have helped grow Buffalo Billiards into the landmark DC bar where so many have made lifelong memories and friendships.”

With news of the closing, loyal patrons have spontaneously shared endearing stories of first dates, engagement shoots, and “Buffalo Billiards babies” – partnerships that have resulted in children born, thanks to those finding love at Buffalo Billiards. Anyone with a fun Buffalo Billiards memory is invited to share pictures and anecdotes on the official Buffalo Billiards Memory Page.

Buffalo Billiards will maintain normal operating hours until August 24, 2019: Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 2am; Friday 4:00pm – 3am; Saturday 11:00am – 3:00am; Sunday 12:00pm – 2:00am. Buffalo Billiards is located at 1330 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. For more information please visit or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at @BuffaloBillDC and Instagram at @BuffaloBillDC.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photography and interviews with the founders, as well as Buffalo Billiards patrons are available upon request.


Buffalo Billiards is DC’s best sports bar where fun and laughter perpetuate throughout the entire basement level of the taproom located near Dupont Circle. In addition to large screen TVs, pool tables and bar games, Buffalo Billiards offers a full food and beverage menu, weekly happy hours, trivia nights, space for private parties, and catering services. In July 2019, it was announced that the Washington, DC location of Buffalo Billiards will close, due to non-renewal of the lease by a new landlord. For more information visit, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Buffalo Billiards by the Numbers 1994 - 2019

  • Number of Beers sold          10,862,941
  • Number of kegs emptied      78,213
  • Games of Pool played         1,721,748
  • Burgers eaten                      72,500
  • Rent paid                              $8,034,563.90
  • DC sales tax paid                 $8,364,339.59
  • Number of employees          782
  • Hours open                          104,125
  • Number of college football games watched     3,091
  • Total tips                               $13,083,704.88
  • Babies made                        11…that we know of
  • Private Parties                      6,053
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