Recap of Barred in DC 70 Bus World Cup Bar Tour

On Saturday, about 15-20 folks joined Barred in DC for the 70 Bus World Cup Bar Tour, which was another smashing time. Despite the gray skies, the temperature was superb and the soccer was terrific (especially the Germany-Ghana second half). Once again a few folks had their first MetroBus experience.

Redline - first stop - pregame
Redline – first stop – pregame

 

We started off inside at Redline, where a crowd quickly materialized to enjoy 20% off the solid apps and $3 domestic drafts (including Goose Island 312, Shock Top and Bud Light) while watching the plethora of TVs on display (fun group of Ghana fans added to atmosphere).

Dacha Biergarten - second stop - second half of Germany-Ghana
Dacha Biergarten – second stop – second half of Germany-Ghana

At halftime, we caught the 79 MetroExtra bus and went two stops to join the the absolutely packed standing room only boisterous pro-German crowd at Dacha Biergarten. $8 half liters of various beers (including Schofferhofer’s grapefruit hefeweizen and Weihenstephaner varieties, the latter served in a cool, special World Cup glass; so cool that bouncers checked bags on the way out) were drunk amid a festive atmosphere with native German speakers along with babies getting into the action.

Bravo Bar - third stop - in between games
Bravo Bar – third stop – in between games

 

Next we took yet another 79 bus several stops to Bravo Bar, a new neighborhood spot in the eastern edge of Columbia Heights (area known as Pleasant Plains) with little online presence so we had no idea to what to expect. We found a spacious-feeling dive with a solid side patio located in an old pharmacy with awesome specials: BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) drafts & rails from 5-8p for HH everyday, 1/2 off wings & pupusas ($2 for big order), and an all-night $6 special consisting of a PBR, shot of Beam and a hot dog. We also got to meet one of the brothers who own the joint, as he happily served us while we were there at the bar.

DC Reynolds - final stop - Nigeria v. Bosnia - pic of the dome in the back patio area
DC Reynolds – final stop – Nigeria v. Bosnia – pic of the dome in the back patio area

We then finally grabbed a 70 Bus to go a few blocks up to DC Reynolds in Park View (just south of Petworth). Although the projector for the now-sorta-legendary dome was out of commission, we enjoyed BOGO drinks (including our first caipirinha of the tournament) and some very good food (pork belly sandwich, grilled artichoke) while someone busted out the WatchESPN app on their phone so we caught the rest of the lackluster Nigeria-Bosnia matchup.  Good times (a few of us stayed out till midnight taking the 70 Bus back down to U Street for the DCist/Atlantic Plumbing block party, a beer on the great 1905 rooftop and nightcap beer at Right Proper).

More pics below:

Pointing to the first bus stop
Pointing to the first bus stop
Weihenstephan World Cup beer glass
Weihenstephan World Cup beer glass
Dacha across the street
Dacha across the street
Some of the attendees
Some of the attendees
Bravo Bar
Bravo Bar
Another view of Bravo Bar inside
Another view of Bravo Bar inside
Rock Em Sock Em
Rock Em Sock Em
Details of terrific happy hour at Bravo Bar
Details of terrific happy hour at Bravo Bar
entertaining sign at DC Reynolds
entertaining sign at DC Reynolds
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Barred in DC 70 Bus World Cup Bar Tour – Sat. June 21st – 2:30p-8p

Traveling on last Barred in DC Bus Tour
Traveling on last Barred in DC Bus Tour

Barred in DC will be hosting and leading yet another free bus bar tour on Saturday, June 21st, from 2:30p-8:00p. This time we will be traveling on the 70 Metrobus (Georgia Ave.-7th St. Line). We’ll start off in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, go up to Shaw, make a quick stop in Columbia Heights, and conclude in Petworth/Park View. As the World Cup will be in the thick of things (read our roundup of World Cup specials at 50+ DC bars here), we’ll be catching the action at some spots, many of which have specials for the games (Germany-Ghana at 3p, Nigeria-Bosnia at 6p).

Additional details, including the stops can be found at this page, which will be continually updated until the event. Hope to see you on June 21st!

If you missed the previous Barred in DC bus tours, read the recaps of the 90/92/96 and Circulator bus tours from last year.

 

Where to Watch the World Cup in DC

The world’s most popular sporting event, the World Cup, kicks off this week in Brazil. Scores of DC bars are opening early on weekdays for folks to take long lunches or sneak out of work, many with specials (you’ll likely had your fill of caipirinhas before the month is over) on food and drink from Thursday June 12th-Sunday July 13th. Matches will mostly be at noon, 3p & 6p everyday in group stage, with noon & 4p matches making up the knockout stage.

It’s well worth catching a game at one of the many bars listed below including soccer bar fixtures  (in DC, Lucky Bar, Fado Irish Pub & Biergarten HausSummers in Arlington), as well as other spots trying to capitalize on the World Cup’s popularity. Dupont will probably be most convenient for downtown folks, while many H Street bars are cross-promoting each other as they’ll be opening early. Recommended spots are bold and italicized This list will be updated as places announce their plans; some information came from the WCP, Washingtonian, DCist, Drink DC, Eater, DC Cool, 360 Washington, and two stories from the Post

Also, Barred in DC will be hosting a World Cup-themed 70 Metrobus Bar Tour on Saturday, June 21st, from 2:30-8p. Details here.

Dupont Circle

  • Lucky Bar
    • Huge soccer bar year-round, will be slammed
    • $5 16 oz. Budweiser beer (in official World Cup stadium bottles)
    • Normal happy hour from 3-8p (varies each day; lots of beer & rails from $3.50-5)
  • Dirty Martini
    • $4 Peroni, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Heineken / $5 summer sangria / $5 house wine / $6 house liquor drinks
  • The Front Page
    • $3 Peroni  & Coors Light / $4 Caipirinhas
    • Brazilian snacks
  • Cafe Citron
    • $4 Corona & Mahou / $6 Caipirinhas
  • Buffalo Billiards
    • $5 Palm drafts / Fat Tire cans / Snapshot Wheat drafts ($15 pitchers)
  • The Mighty Pint
    • $13 Yuengling & Miller Lite pitchers / $1 Happiest Hour 4-5p
  • Irish Whiskey
    • $3 Miller Lite / $5 Guiness drafts
    • $8 burgers / chicken sandwiches / $6 fried fish tacos / $4 wings
  • Madhatter
    • patio viewing
    • Drink specials including $3 Coors Light bottles & $7 Lebon cachaca caipirinhas + happy hour from 4-8p
    • $7 food menu
  • James Hoban’s
    • $3 Bud/Bud Light 16 oz. World Cup aluminum bottles ($2 after US goals)
    • $5 caipirinhas
    • food specials & giveaways during select games
  • Public Bar
    • $3 Bud & Bud Light / $4 Peroni / $5 Mahou
  • Duke’s Grocery
    • normal $5 HH from noon-7p weekdays
    • kegerator and TV on patio
  • The Gryphon
    • $5 Corona
  • Rebellion
    • $3 “Dome-xican” beer (Bud/Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Lite/Yuengling/Modela/Corona) / $5 well cocktails / $6 house wine / $5 Palm drafts
    • Inside only
  • Darlington House
    • $4 Peroni draft / $5 red/white house wine / $6 rails
    • $6 skizzas / 1/2 price burgers & wings

Downtown

  • Laughing Man Tavern
    • official bar of American Outlaws DC Chapter (fan group for USA soccer)
    • $3 PBR / $4 Heineken drafts
    • daily happy hours include $3.50 Miller Lite & $4.50 Blue Moon, Sam Adams, & Anchor Summer Ale
  • Ceiba
    • $5 bottles of Louca + signature caipirinhas / $10 barrel-aged Leblon cocktails (complimentary Leblon glass)
  • Elephant & Castle
    • official FC Barcelona DC hangout
    • $5 Heineken / Strongbow / Newcastle
    • $5 truffled parmesan potato crips
  • Lima Lounge
    • $4 all beer / $5 wine & mixed drinks / $6 caipirinhas ($25 pitcher) / $7 mojitos ($29 pitcher)
    • $4-6 bar bites and other specials
  • Mio
    • $5 Latin cocktails (caipirinha, margarita, piscos, mojitos) / appetizers/tapas
    • supporting Latin American teams & Spain

Chinatown/Penn Quarter

  • Fado Irish Pub
    • Huge soccer bar
    • $5 Heineken / Budweiser 16 oz. special World Cup edition bottles / Absolut crushes / house wine + $6 Catoctin Creek shorties
    • special easy gameday menus
  • Redline
    • $3 domestic drafts / $5 Coronas / $5 Fireball shots
    • 20% off appetizers
  • Ping Pong Dim Sum
    • $11 32 nation-inspired cocktails
  • Menu/MBK
    • $7 caipirinhas
    • $5 Brazilian bites
  • City Tap House
    • $6-10 rotating beer menu to reflect specific teams
    • $5 Carlsberg
  • Cuba Libre
    • $7 Leblon Cachacha cocktails / $5 tapas
  • Penn Social
    • $3 Bud Light
    • $3 Peronis during Italy games
  • Zengo
    • $5 caipirinha/caipiroska/Corona/Corona Light/house wine/margarita
  • Irish Channel
    • Carlsberg / Heineken specials
    • food specials

U Street/14th Street

  • Patty Boom Boom
    • 50% off patties during games / Chin Chin (West African snack)
    • $3 Bud Lights days when US plays
  • The Brixton
    • Happy Hour each game ($5 draft beer / rail / Smirnoff & Absolut vodka / $6 wine / $20 Miller Lite buckets)
    • $5 fried snacks and Brazilian foods
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
    • open for all weekend games (not open for noon weekday games except USA-Germany)
    • $5 wings (8 in order) / $20 five-beer buckets of Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale / $18 buckets of PBR tallboys, Miller Lite, Coors Light
  • Chi-Cha Lounge
    • $4 Yuengling, Bud Light, Stella, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Brooklyn Brown drafts / $5 red or white sangria / $6 classic margarita
    • $4-6 food specials (chips/salsa, fries, wings, sliders, empanadas)
  • Solly’s
    • $3.50 PBR, Bud, Bud Light, or Coors Light / $5.50 Svedka & Jim Beam drinks
    • $3-5 food specials (hot dogs, chips/salsa, chips/queso, fries, hummus, quesadilla)
  • El Rey
    • Happy Hour specials for all games ($3 Natty Boh & PBR / $5 Margaritas / $18 Margarita pitchers)
    • Solid specials (vary by round, include $18 Tecate buckets) if you wear apparel from one of competing teams
  • Drafting Table
    • $4 Shiner White Wing / Breckenridge SummerBright Ale / Anchor Steam Pale Ale (during HH?)
    • draft beers FOR A PENNY when USA scores a goal
  • Estadio
    • unclear whether they’ll play live games or the old 1980s taped Spanish-national games
    • $9 La Furia Rojia special slushito
  • Kapnos
    • $9 specialty drinks for many teams (e.g. US-sazerac, Italy-negroni, Spain-sangria)
    • available at G & Graffiato too
  • Bar Pilar
    • special $10 cocktail menu
    • food specials
  • El Centro DF
    • $5 caipirinha/caipiroska/Corona/Corona Light/house wine/margaritas
  • Masa 14
    • $5 caipirinha/caipiroska/Corona/Corona Light/house wine/margaritas
    • $5 small plate specials
  • Fainting Goat
    • open at 3p for select games
    • $10 Cachacha cocktails & $4 Xingu Black lager beer
  • Vinoteca
    • open early for first match, regular hours afterwards
    • $8 Cachacha cocktails / $5 international beer specials (Mahou, Peroni, Tecate) / $6 international wines
  • Commisary
    • $5 caipirinhas / $7 Fat Tire 16 oz. draft (keep the cup) / $6 12 oz New Belgium bottles
    • international bar snacks
  • Ben’s Next Door
    • 1/2 price apps / $8 Brazilian cocktails
  • B Too
    • Belgian beer & food specials for Belgium team matches

Shaw/Mount Vernon Square

  • Ivy & Coney
    • free hot dogs (limit 2) Noon-4p on weekdays
  • Old Dominion Brewhouse
    • food and drink specials
  • Shaw’s Tavern
    • $6 Caipirinhas
  • Dacha Beer Garden
    • extended HH from noon-7p M-Th ($5 singles/$10 boots of select drafts)
  • Alba Osteria
    • $4 Cacacha infusion shots / $8 Carnival cocktail (acai-infused Cacacha – lemon – orange) / $8 Rush to Rio Energy drink / $5 caipirnha

Adams Morgan

  • Jack Rose
    • Rooftop terrace (only open for selected weekday noon games in group stage, typically open at 2:30p most days for 3p game; open for all knockout stage games). Specials till 7:30p
    • $6 drafts / punch / sangria
    • 1/2 price snack specials
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe
    • $3.50 Bud Light bottles
  • Town Tavern
    • $3 domestic bottles / $4 rails / $5 draft pints (Heineken, Bud Light & Guinness)
  • Doner Bistro
    • matches inside or outside on patio
    • $4 Warsteiner Pils on draft / $5 bratwursts in bun during USA or Germany games
  • Grill from Ipanema
    • special game watches for Brazil at this Brazilian spot
    • $9 caipirinhas and Brazilian food
  • Roofers Union
    • opening at 11:30a
    • Brazilian food and drinks
  • Bourbon
    • $5 drafts / sangria / $8 caipirinha
  • SoHo
    • drink & food specials
  • Black Squirrel
    • specials start earlier each day
    • caipirnha specials

H Street

  • The Argonaut
    • daily happy hour specials (e.g $3 wine & rail & 1/2 off draft)
  • Biergarten Haus
    • Huge soccer bar with outdoor beer garden for soccer viewing
    • giveaways when Germany is playing
  • H Street Country Club
    • $3 Tecates (Mexico games) / Bud Lights (USA games)
    • lunch specials from noon-5p
  • The Pug
    • $1 hot dogs & $3 Bud tallboys during US games
  • The Queen Vic
    • bet made with Vendetta over Italy-England (Queen Vic must offer Peroni on draft if Italy wins; if England wins, Vendetta must put on Newcastle)
    • $3 Jameson shots each time England or USA scores
    • $4.55 Carlsbergs
    • food specials
  • Star and Shamrock
    • open for games
  • Vendetta
    • bet made with The Queen Vic over Italy-England (Queen Vic must offer Peroni on draft if Italy wins; if England wins, Vendetta must put on Newcastle)
    • food specials ($3 sliders & meat balls)
  • Sol
    • open early
    • happy hour during games
  • RedRocks
    • $5 Peroni

Georgetown/Foggy Bottom

  • Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown
    • $4 Stella, Heineken, Corona, Miller Lite draft, Smiths Ale
    • $4 nachos / 50 cent wings
  • Stoney’s on L
    • $3 Bud, Bud Light, Stoney’s Amber drafts ($10 pitchers)
    • 1/2 price large pizzas
  • J Paul’s
    • $7 25 oz. Bud Light cans / $10 1 L Spaten draft / $10 20 oz. Caipirinha & Cuevo margarita
    • food specials
  • McFadden’s
    • $3 Miller Lite / $4 Blue Moon drafts
  • RiRa
    • $4 Smithwicks & Harp / $5 house wine & other craft beer
  • Old Glory
    • $15 Budweiser/Bud Light special edition World Cup cans during US games

Capitol Hill/Eastern Market

  • Capitol Lounge
    • $12 pitchers / free shot of Jack for all fans after every U.S. goal
  • Ambar
    • $10 Balkan burger & Dos Equis
    • $5 drink specials at bar
  • Union Pub
    • $10 Bud buckets / $12 Bud Light pitchers
  • Park Tavern
    • $4 Corona / Heineken

Columbia Heights/Petworth

  • Lou’s City Bar
    • USA v. Ghana specials: $4 Heineken tall-boys / $18 Heineken/Light buckets / $4 Fireball shots for USA goals / $8 burgers / $6 brats  sausages
    • specials for District Sports folks
    • Other games: $5 Heineken drafts/ bottles / $6 DC Brau The Tradition / $18 Heineken pitchers / $18 beers of Mexico buckets
  • Kangaroo Boxing Club
    • $3 PBR tallboys (M-F 11a-5p); $12 PBR & Fu_k It Bucket (random apps in a bucket)
  • Meridian Pint
    • food and/or drink specials for all games
  • The Pinch
    • $4 All-American punch (USA games) & $12 bbq platter + Possible Miller Lite pitcher special
    • free shot if you see Dan (owner? bartender?) on TV during the games he’s at

Cleveland Park /Tenleytown

  • Public Tenley
    • $3 Bud & Bud Light / $4 Peroni / $5 Mahou
  • Nanny O’Briens
    • $15 buckets of Bud/Light bottles