Washington DC No need to travel South of the equator to feel like you're at the World Cup, because DC's international vibe means all the fútbol fun comes to us. Bars are opening their doors early and making special drinks that will remind you why you root for your favorite team. So grab your crew, leave your vuvuzela at home because it isn't 2010, and get yourself to these prime viewing spots.
Where to watch the World Cup in DC
The Chinatown drinkery will be serving nationally themed drink specials depending on what countries are hitting the field that day. And because Redline bills itself as a place with "French flair", the bar has even invited their Swiss embassy buddies to watch their June 20th match against France. A little rivalry never hurt... though, is it even possible to have a rivalry with the Swiss?
Bigger is truly better. Penn Social will be showing every US and Italy game during the World Cup, no matter what time the games begin. No one will have to worry about seeing every pass because the matches will be screened on a 22ft behemoth. Plus, the bar will be having "fantasy football" games the day of the matches. There will be drink specials as well, such as $3 Bud Lights, but it's the healthy seven-plus yards (or 6.7 meters for the rest of the world) of screen space that really makes this a draw.
Those in Arlington will be able to join the World Cup frenzy without crossing the Potomac. Starting June 13th, this popular bar (from former The Bachelor Chris Bukowski!) is opening its doors at 11am. Every single day. $5 will score plenty of drink specials, including all their beers. And the food specials will keep on coming throughout the week: $4 tots on Mondays, $7 steak tacos on Tuesday, and $7 burgers on Friday.
Leave it to the Germans to kick DC's World Cup viewing into high gear. The beer garden on H Street, where it's often elbow-to-elbow, is throwing out an option to those seeking a bit of space while watching the matches. You can score a reservation for yourself and your friends. However, the reservation option only extends to parties of 15 or more, and only for the first game of the day. So... start making friends!
Here's a reason to celebrate whenever the US team scores a goal: a free shot of Jack Daniel's. That's right: every time the good guys send the ball to its home, everyone at the bar enjoys some free Tennessee whiskey. For those who need some beer to chase down said whiskey, there will also be $12 Bud Light and Yuengling pitchers for spectators.
H Street Country Club
For those having trouble sitting still during soccer matches, or who want something else to do until the next game begins, H Street Country Club will keep you entertained. The bar opens early during the World Cup, so the drinking and indoor mini-golf can begin before the first kickoff of the day. And H Street Country Club isn't the only place on H Street to open its doors early for World Cup viewers: The Queen Vic, Argonaut, and others are also doing the same, if you want to do some bar hopping.
1. Redline707 G Street NW, Washington
2. Penn Social801 E Street NW, Washington, DC
3. Bracket Room1210 N Garfield St, Arlington
4. Biergarten Haus1355 H St NE, Washington
5. Capitol Lounge229 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
6. H St Country Club1335 H St NE, Washington
7. The Argonaut1433 Maryland Avenue Northeast , Washington, DC
The pre-Caps powerhouse is serving 10 drafts (from hometown Rockin' Red Ale to Starhills Northern Lights IPA) and pre-game bites (like chipotle BBQ'd tilapia tacos), PLUS rocking a sprawling view of the Verizon Center. Get there at the right time and you'll find yourself at a personal tap table booth where you can pour your own brews.
The redesigned monster now sports old steel school doors, four 12x10ft projection screens, and a 65ft oak bar with a front of corrugated metal they found through an apartment landlord named "Wally", so unlike the robot, he just collects junk, instead of removing it.
This sports bar and resto has an extensive menu loaded with favorites like ribs, burgers, and other pub grub, and they also serve up a host of beers, 'tails, and something called "Chris's Hangover Cure" which is a concoction of carrots, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne.
The Haus is a 7,000sqft bastion of Bavarian revelry, with twin darkwood upstairs/downstairs bars backed by rows of ornamental steins and mounted deer heads, plus a gorgeously wood-fenced, massive outdoor space for you to enjoy in warmer weather.
Capitol Lounge is a place where both sides of the aisle can come together in the mutual appreciation of beer on tap and nightly specials for food and drink. There are three rooms that can be booked for private events, and there is a covered patio out back where customers can smoke.
Sorry Bethesda Country Club, rooftop deck + 25 tequilas + mini-golf > 18 holes in the sweltering sun + one gin fizz.
Reopened after an unfortunate fire, The Argonaut's got a roomy dining room highlighted by a bar built to mimic a Greek ship, and is slinging fittingly aquatic deliciousness like 1lb steamer baskets of shrimp or Pacific-Northwest snow crab legs.