The World Cup is a highly anticipated sporting event around the world, especially since it only takes place once every four years. Well, 2014 is one of those years and you want to be sure to join in all of the fun. Even if you are not a soccer aficionado, watching the matches is great way to spend time with friends. Here is a list of five of the best bars where you can watch the games starting July 12, 2014.
City Tap House
801 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20536
This new restaurant and bar has several features that make it a fabulous spot to watch the World Cup. It has ample seating, several large screen TVs and dozens upon dozens of craft beer options. Furthermore, its menu is far from average bar food. City Tap House serves delicious items such as flatbreads, salads, hushpuppies and mac n cheese. Its honey goat cheese is one of the best items on the menu, with truffle honey and pistachio being the star ingredients. Remember to save room for dessert. Both the chocolate lava cake and cheesecake in a jar are simply sublime.
405 8th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Menu MBK is a three-part foodie destination, with a market, bar and adjoining restaurant. For the purposes of watching the World Cup, you will want to head to the spacious bistro bar. The bar will be offering specials on Belgian and American beer when those teams are playing and there will be a special menu of Brazilian snacks served during the games, since that is where the world cup is taking place. Guests can also order off of the regular bar menu which includes a variety of small and large plates.
1355 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
The best part about watching the games at the Biergarten Haus is the festive atmosphere. The Europeans love a good soccer match, and this German venue provides the enthusiasm of a European crowd. It also has big TV screens, German beers and a special schedule which means it will open early and close late depending on the schedule of the games. Just be sure to come early so you can get a good viewing spot.
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Fado Irish Pub is one of DC’s most popular bars for sports viewing, and the World Cup is no exception. Beer specials will be in abundance, and classic bar cuisine with a twist will be available throughout the day. One of Fado’s specialties is its “chip shop,” where you can get thick-cut or thin-cut fries with different toppings and sauces. It also offers hearty fare such as stuffed cheese puffs, salt baked pretzels and much more. Irish-inspired desserts such as Guinness ice cream and irish coffee are available and worth a try.
810 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
RFD is known for having the best beer list in town, which, in conjunction with its 11 flatscreen TVs, makes it one of the best spots in town to watch the World Cup. There will be indoor and outdoor seating, as well as loads of drink specials to take advantage of. Plus, the food menu has everything from tater tots to pizza to fried green tomatoes, so you won’t go hungry while watching the games. You can even rent one of the private rooms if you want to have a World Cup viewing party with just your friends.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.