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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Haus; Summers 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.
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)
$4 Peroni, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Heineken / $5 summer sangria / $5 house wine / $6 house liquor drinks