The wait is over! After four long years, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off June 14 in host nation Russia. The month-long tournament spreads soccer fever around the globe, encouraging everyone to get in on the action and celebrate the biggest party in the world. Of course, local bars and restaurants will also join in on the World Cup action, giving people a place to cheer, celebrate and catch each gut-wrenching game.
Here are a few local spots to feed the soccer fiend inside of you during the 2018 World Cup.
On Thursday, June 14th, “U Street Pop Up” will welcome DC World Cup HQ, (1214 U St. NW) D.C.’s first ever World Cup pop-up bar. DC World Cup HQ is the place to be for every live match and replay of each game. Shareable cocktails, frose beer steins and wine carafes will all be available and the beverage rotation will be inspired by the competing countries. Plus, DC World Cup HQ has partnered with Chef Alex McCoy from Lucky Buns and will be dishing up World Cup-inspired burgers every day. Missing your team play because of work? DC World Cup HQ has got you covered with their “Happy Hour Rewind” from 4-7 p.m. each day, during which each game will be replayed and daily food and drink specials will be offered. The pop-up will run from Thursday, June 14-Sunday, July 15, open every single day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Right next door to the future home of the DC United, World Cup Bar DC (1901 1st St. SW) boasts 42,000-square-feet of outdoor space for soccer fans to get their kicks every day during the World Cup starting at 8 a.m. Enjoy the game on a 20-foot LED video wall while you sip specialty flights and beers from the countries that are playing that day. If you get bored, take a break in the social games lounge featuring velcro soccer darts, food trucks, picnic tables and a faux astroturf seating area.
Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant (3125 M St. NW) in Georgetown will stream all the live action on their big screens for every World Cup game, starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14th as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. While you're there, take "a culinary trip around the world" with menu items honoring the competing countries. Think chicken empanadas (Spain), beer-braised bratwurst (Germany), chimichurri steak sandwiches (Argentina), haddock sandwiches(Iceland) and pork tacos (Mexico).
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar ( 801 9th St NW) will be celebrating the World Cup with a three-day viewing party with games showing on four 50-inch flat-screen TVs. The viewing parties (all from 2 to 5 p.m.) include Poland vs. Colombia on June 24, Spain vs. Morocco on June 25 and Nigeria vs. Argentina on June 26. Guests can enjoy happy hour specials at the bar, which include $5 Caipirinhas and House Cuba Libre, $4 wine and sangria, $3.50 beer of the day along with a $5 “tapas bite” menu. If that’s not enough to entice you, Cuba Libre is also offering a choice of any seven happy hour dishes for $31 during any of the viewing parties. Come hungry kiddos!
Caddies Bar and Grill (4299 Cordell Ave. Bethesda) will be showing every World Cup game on more than 50 TVs and a large projector screen. Caddies’ will be featuring $9.99 lunch specials Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will hold happy hour 3 to 8 p.m. every weekday until the final game on July 15th. If you’re looking to go big or go home, Caddies will have $12 Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling pitchers, as well as $18 buckets of beer and of course $3 world cup shooters during every game.
The newly-opened TTT (8407 Ramsey Ave. Silver Spring) just so happens to be debuting breakfast on the same day that the FIFA World Cup kicks off -- now that's what I call fate! Come check out their new menu offerings, such as carne asada con huevo y aguacate, hongo quesadillas and a breakfast guacamole, while cheering for your favorite team on one of three 50-inch flat-screen TVs.
W Washington DC (515 15th St. NW) is hosting a World Cup kickoff party on Thursday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Pinea's patio, with $10 signature cocktails and beats.
Don’t miss your shot -- shoot your goal and celebrate the World Cup this summer!