Where to Watch the 2022 World Cup in DC

Source: Wikipedia

Updated November 20, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup, kicks off at 11a Eastern time on Sunday November 20th with host Qatar facing off against Ecuador, and ends with the Final at 10a on Sunday, December 18th (schedule).

Between Mon Nov 21st-Friday Dec 2nd there will be typically 4 group stage games daily (first week 5a, 8a, 11a, and 2p; 2nd week 2 matches apiece at 10a and 2p). The rest of the tournament has 1-2 games each day on at 10a or 2p. Qatar is 8 hours ahead of ET. The US qualified this time, and all 3 group matches will be at a pretty convenient 2p time (Mon 11/21 v. Wales, the massive Black Friday v. England, and Tues 11/29 v. Iran)-expect DC bars to be awesome for at least the first two.

Although many matches will be on free TV (FOX) and rest on FS1, expect many DC bars to be lively affairs filled with fans of the competing nations, as there are few places better in the US to do so. It will be a bit different than any other World Cup since the tournament is in the middle of American football season/cooler weather due to the Qatar scorching hot summer climate.

Although there will only be matches before 10a on 8 days (Nov 21st-28th, nicely during Thanksgiving weekend) and only 7 matches before 8a, DC Council has passed a law, (the 2022 World Cup Emergency Amendment Act) allowing any bar to pay $100 for the privilege to be open for boozing at 6a, the already permitted statutory earliest time (one hour earlier than 2018). In a change from the previous iterations of the law (in effect also in 2010 when WC was in South Africa but not when it was in Brazil in 2014), bars can serve booze until 4a daily (1 or 2 hours longer than normally allowed) and be open 24 hours (with no booze allowed to be consumed/sold/purchased for the 2 hour 4a-6a period) , for the entire tournament, even when there aren’t games on. This year 124 bars paid the $100 (see list here)

The official US Mens National Team supporters group American Outlaws DC Chapter (AODC) is hosting a couple official spots (Astro Beer Hall, with overflow at Penn Social, Public Bar Live, and Clubhouse)

BARS SHOWING MAJORITY OF MATCHES

Showing all 64 matches: Public Bar Live (open 24 hours), Illusion Bar & Lounge (open 24 hours) Shenanigan’s, The Bull Bar, Brightw

Showing all matches except on Thanksgiving (60/64): Blackfinn, The Diner, Guy Fieri’s DC Kitchen/Caesar’s Sports Book (might be open T-giving), Blue Moon

Showing all matches except 5a ones + OPEN on Thanksgiving (57/64): McClellan’s Sports Bar in the Washington Hilton, Hook Hall, The Artemis, Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom, Biergarten Haus

Showing all matches except 5a ones + CLOSED Thanksgiving matches (54/64): Midlands, Clubhouse, The Roost/Shelter, Solace Outpost, Last Call, The Brig, Across the Pond, Astro Beer Hall, Proper 21, Grand Central, 1310 Kitchen + Bar, Bar Elena, Aslin DC, The Dubliner, City Tap House Dupont

Showing all matches at 10a or afterwards + OPEN on Thanksgiving (49/64): Las Cosecha, Stoney’s

Showing all matches at 10a or afterwards + CLOSED Thanksgiving matches (47/64): Lou’s City Bar, Ivy & Coney, Tap99, Walter’s, Franklin Hall, Duffy’s Irish Pub, Blaguard, Duke’s Grocery Dupont, Duke’s Counter, Bluejacket, Madhatter, The Royal, Proper 21K, Elephant + Castle, Dirty Water (some 8a), Irish Channel, Marx Cafe, The Big Board

OF NOTE

Outdoor TVs: The Brig, Biergarten Haus, Midlands, Wunder Garten, Whitlow’s, Jake’s, Ivy & Coney (if warm enough for roof to be open), El Rey (if warm enough for roof to be open), Queen Vic (streatery), Solace Outpost, metrobar, Walter’s, Aslin, Exile’s, Dirty Water

Best Deals: $5 craft beers at Shelter/The Roost, Bluejacket, Churchkey, DC Brau, City-State. $3

Organized by Neighborhood

Best neighborhoods to go watch in: Dupont Circle, Park View/Columbia Heights, Navy Yard

DUPONT CIRCLE

  • Public Bar Live
    • Plans not to close the entire length of the tournament! Yes, open 24/7 everyday with the 4a-6a booze break. Showing all World Cup matches
    • AODC’s “Official overflow bar partner”
    • coffee, tea, breakfast
    • pre/post party on 11/21
    • Mexican embassy hosting official watch parties – commentary in Spanish
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
    • Open for all matches 10a and later (except Thanksgiving)
  • Across the Pond
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones and Thanksgiving
    • Reservations accepted for all Group matches. Eng-USA required, though walk-ins accepted at 1:30p if any no-shows
  • McClellan’s Sports Bar in Hilton
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones
    • Open at 7a, food/drink specials
  • Duke’s Grocery
    • Open for all matches at 10a and after (except Thanksgiving Day)
    • World Cup beer tickets (buy 5 featured bears and get 6th for free).
    • Free World Cup bracket contest. Submit completed bracket in person at any Duke’s location before 11a Sun. Nov. 20th. Gift card winnings: $500 – 1st place, $250 – 2nd place, $100 3rd place.
    • Steinholding competitions get Gold Medal from Silver Branch + $50 gift card
  • “Soccer in the Circle” in the Dupont Circle itself
    • starts at 9a 11/21. Showing 11a-Netherlands v Senegal & US-Wales
    • a live painting collaboration between a Welsh and American artist
    • a DJ with a mix of American and Welsh tunes
    • a live screening of the Netherlands vs Senegal FIFA World Cup match at 11 AM ET,
    • Welsh culinary favorites
    • a raffle and giveaways
  • Madhatter
    • Open for all matches at 10a and later (possibly 2p on Thanksgiving)
    • Food + drink specials
  • St. Arnold’s
    • Open for all 2p matches (1-2 hour early doors) during group play. Open for a few 11a matches
    • $2 off Radeberger Pilsner & Schofferhofer
  • Blue Moon
    • potentially open for every game (possibly not Thanksgiving)
    • all beer $4 during games
  • City Tap House Dupont
    • Open for all matches except 5a (and presumably not Thanksgiving
    • 8a matches have $15 AYCE breakfast buffet (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, home fries)
    • all matches have $5 Sierra Nevada Celebration (plus Hazy Little Thing, Pale Ale)

DOWNTOWN / PQ / CHINATOWN / MT. VERNON TRIANGLE

  • Astro Beer Hall
    • AODC’s “official bar partner … main bar”
    • Open 6a on US match days
    • Open 8a other match days
    • Booze starts at 7a
    • $7 Tito’s cocktails / $5 Miller Lite pints / $15 Miller Lite pitchers / $20 Miller Lite buckets
    • Partnered for Yanks American Lager w/ Beltway Brewing
  • Penn Social
    • Showing all France and U.S. matches (official France watch location, and overflow for AODC). 11/21-2p, 11/22-2p, 11/25-2p, 11/26-11a, 11/29-2p, 11/30-10a. Also showing Belgium v. Canada (11/23-2p) and other matches
    • France specials: $6 Kronenbourg 1664
    • US specials: $6 Oscar Blues IPA
    • All matches – $16 pitchers of Narragansett
    • croissants, baguettes, nachos, burgers, crab cakes
  • Prost
    • Opening early for select matches: USA (11/21 – 2p, 11/29 -2p) & Germany (11/23 – 8a, 11/27 – 2p 12/1 – 2p) + showing 11a/2p wknd mathces
    • $10 0.5L Radeberger’s premium pilsner w/ either a basket of pretzel bites or a bottle of Underberg (bitter german digestiv) / $10 select signature cocktails (Prostini, Nordsee Shore, and Boo Radler)
    • $6 bratwurst sandwiches and $4 pretzel bite baskets
    • Special World Cup breakfast for 11/23 Germany
  • Officina Cafe
    • Showing 11a and 2p matches on weekdays
    • early HH + $30 power lunch
  • Proper 21
    • Open all matches at 8a and after except Thanksgiving
    • Food and drink specials
  • Proper 21K
    • Open all matches at 8a and after except Thanksgiving
  • Caesar’s Sportbook at Capital One Arena
    • Open for all matches (7a after 5a matches are over).
    • Open 24/7
  • Elephant & Castle
    • Showing all matches at 10a or later (+8a England match 11/21) except Thanksgiving
    • Main Netherlands watch bar
  • Irish Channel
    • Open at minimum or all 11a/2p matches except Thanksgiving

PARK VIEW / PETWORTH / COLUMBIA HEIGHTS / BRIGHTWOOD PARK

  • Hook Hall
    • Calling selves “World Cup Soccer Bar” during tourney
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones
    • Can reserve one of 10 tables of 6-10 for $25. Includes bucket of beers. Rest of space is first come first serve.
    • England/US via District Sports ($20 inc. Atlas beer + DC SCORES fundraising)
    • nacho platters $19.99; Mexican bar snacks $4.99; giant quesadilla & pitcher of beer $25; big game mimosa $19.99; frozen Margarita & street taco $6.99; $25 mix and match buckets of 5 (Mich Ultra, Bud Light, Bold Rock Lemonade; $3 High Noon seltzers & Babe wine
  • Lou’s City Bar
    • Open at 10a (normal hours) on wknds, 10:45a week 1, 9:45a for 10a matches.
    • Open for all matches at 10a or after. Closed Thanksgiving.
  • The Midlands
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones and any on Thanksgiving.
    • No food until 2p during week but can bring food
    • Sound on except during Michigan v Ohio State game
    • hot coffee, nitro cold brew, Bloody marys
    • drink specials include $1 off Paulaner. HH starts at 1p Fri, and 11a Sat/Sun
    • free wifi
    • outdoor TVs
  • The Artemis
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones. Open Thanksgiving
  • The Bull Bar
    • Open for all matches including Thanksgiving (closing after matches over)
    • breakfast burritos and other food
  • Illusion Bar & Lounge
    • open for all matches (open 24 hours)

U STREET/14TH ST/SHAW/LEDROIT PARK/BLOOMINGDALE

  • Franklin Hall
    • Open at 10:30a daily first week, 9:30a when 10a matches
    • Open for all matches 10a or after except Thanksgiving
    • $4 Miller Lite pints / $8 Miller Lite Steins / $6 Silver Branch Chasing the Cup Lager /$6 Tito’s or Capt’n Morgan drinks
    • $8 giant pretzels / $9 nachos
  • Ivy & Coney
    • Open for all matches at 10a or after except on Thanksgiving
    • Will be crowded for any crossover with Michigan v. Ohio State
  • El Rey
    • Open at 11a on 11/26 and 11/27 to show 11a and 2p matches in group stage + open at 10a starting 12/3 for Round of 16 on showing all matches
    • HH margs / $12 beer/shot combos / $12 beer bucket (4)
    • $12 triple barbocoa tacos
  • Whitlow’s
    • Open for all USMNT matches 11/21, 25, 29 at 1p
    • $20 4 beer buckets (Stella, Bud Light, Nutrl)
    • Outdoor TV
  • Churchkey
    • Open at 1p for 2p weekday games (except Thanksgiving) & 10a for weekend games
    • $5 cask ales + select drafts
  • The Royal
    • All matches after 10a (except Thanksgiving)
    • Extended HH + breakfast combo specials
    • low key not-a-sports-bar bar vibe
    • new TV above bar
    • Drink specials include $6 aguardiente/Miller High Life boilermaker (Noon-6p M-F; 10a-4:30p Sat-Sun); extended HH Noon-6p weekdays ($9 cocktails, $10 wine, $5-6 beer, discounted food)
  • Boundary Stone
    • Open for all USA matches + otherwise opening at 2p daily
    • HH during weekday matches ($5 local drafts / $6 draft Old Fashioneds/Manhattans) + ($7 hot honey chicken/fried fish sandwiches + $1.50 oysters)
  • Exile’s
    • Expect it to be open for weekday England and US matches at a minimum
  • Stoney’s
    • Open for all matches after 10a including Thanksgiving
    • Will open 30 minutes before 10/11a matches
    • Estrella Jalicso ($18 pitchers + $6 bottles); $7 grilled cheese/fries, 10 wings/$10
  • Jake’s Tavern
    • Open USA matches for sure – $2 off on drink/apps until first goal scored
    • TVs on patio
  • Aslin
    • Open for all matches except 5a and Thanksgiving

GEORGETOWN/FOGGY BOTTOM/GLOVER PARK

  • Clubhouse Georgetown
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones and any on Thanksgiving
    • Drink specials
    • free wifi
    • watch parties ($15/$20 entry for charity) for Croatia matches v Canada & Belgium
  • Pizzeria Paradiso Game Room
    • open at 1:30p for 3 US group matches
    • $20 9″ pizza + draft beer + $35 all you can eat pizza (4 select drafts + limitless pizza)
  • Parlay DC at Mario’s Trattoria
    • open at 11a entire tournament
    • Happy hour for USA games
  • Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones (breakfast service)
    • World Cup beer tickets (buy 5 featured bears and get 6th for free).
    • Free World Cup bracket contest. Submit completed bracket in person at any Duke’s location before 11a Sun. Nov. 20th. $500 – 1st place, $250 – 2nd place, $100 3rd place.
    • Steinholding competitions get Gold Medal from Silver Branch + $50 gift card
  • 1310 Kitchen & Bar
    • open at 7a daily, showing matches except 5a and presumably not Thanksgiving

H STREET/NOMA/UNION MARKET AREA

  • The Queen Vic
    • Showing all US and England matches – 11/21: 8a & 2p, 11/25: 2p; 11/29: 2p and likely the 11a and 2p matches on 11/26 and 11/27
  • Wunder Garten
    • During Group stage, open for 2p matches weekdays (except Thanksgiving) ; 11a & 2p matches on weekend. Likely open for all 2p matches in Round of 16, Semifinal and Finals
    • Australian embassy hosts match v France on 11/22; German & Spanish embassies on 11/27; Welsh & English embassies on 11/29
    • outdoor seating
  • Last Call
    • Open at 7:30a for all match days with an 8am match except Thanksgiving
    • Open for all matches except 5a ones and those on Thanksgiving
    • Free food and specials changing each day (see here)
  • Biergarten Haus
    • Open for all except 5a matches
    • 25 TVs in all bars. Front bar and covered pavillion open at all times wiht other spaces open on demand
    • breakfast, bloody marys, mimosas in early matches. Hot drinks.
    • Dogs welcome during weekday matches
  • The Pug
    • Open early for USA matches
  • La Cosecha
    • Open for all matches 10a and after, including Thanksgiving
    • Las Gemelas will have $4 draft Modelo & $2 off margs
  • Bar Elena
    • Open for all matches except 5a and Thanksgiving
  • Dirty Water
    • Open all matches 10a and after (selected 8a
    • $5 mimosas/bloodies/Bud Light aluminums
  • The Big Board
    • Open for all matches 10a and after (presumably not T-giving)

CAPITOL HILL

  • The Roost/Shelter
    • Open at 8a (except Thanskgiving) every day
    • Open for all except 5a matches
    • low abv brews–from cask ales to lagers on draft–for $5
    • Red Apron bodega sandwiches, Cameo pastries and Hi-Fi breakfast tacos
  • The Brig
    • Showing all except 5a and Thanksgiving
    • $30 reserved bar seat (including unlimited select drafts) for USA-England available
    • Extensive Outdoor seating
  • Paraiso
    • During Mexico matches (11/22 – 11a, 11/26 – 2p, 11/30 – 2p) extended HH. Tequila shots for all Mexico goals. Those who wear Mexico jerseys get free classic margarita
    • 10 taco packs + 6 pack of Tecate/Modelo/Pacifico ($45)
  • Fight Club
    • open normal hours at 11a (showing all 11a and 2p matches) except Thanksgiving
    • HH during matches + $22 buckets of Hamm’s (6) + $32 bucekts of Tecate (6)
    • themed sandwich specials for semi/finals
  • Belga Cafe
    • open for all Belgium matches (11/23 – 2p, 11/27 – 8a, 12/1 – 10a)
  • The Dubliner
    • Open for all matches except 5a + Thanksgiving matches
    • Some beer specials and kickoff

NAVY YARD / THE WHARF

  • Walter’s Sports Bar
    • Open for 10a, 11a, and 2p matches (except Thanksgiving)
  • Solace Outpost
    • Open at 7:30a daily (except Thanksgiving)
    • Open for all except 5a games
    • Brunch till 11a. HH starts early for 2p matches
  • Tap99
    • open at 10a daily (except Thanksgiving)
    • Drink specials from Noon-7p ($5 domestic beer/cider/seltzer, $6 shots, $7 cocktails)
  • Brighton
    • Open for all matches at 11a or 2p during group stage + 8a Eng-Iran 11/21 + 2p matches during Round of 16 + all matches in QF/SF/Final
    • $6 Brighton draft, $35 game day platter, $40 High Noon buckets (5 cans) +$10 rotating World Cup cocktain when games are on
  • Bluejacket
    • Open for all matches at 10a or after (except Thanksgiving)
    • $5 cask ales + special World Cup lager (Stars & Stripes on draft for $5). For sale starting Friday
    • Big for fans of Germany
  • Kirwan’s Irish Pub
    • Open for all 11a/2p matches and 10a ones in Group Stage and afterwards (presumably except T-giving
    • Heineken specials on top

ADAMS MORGAN/WOODLEY PARK/CLEVELAND PARK

  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
    • Week 1: Open for 11a and 2p matche (except Thurs) generally
    • $22 Modelo Especial / $25 Bud/BudLight aluminum bottle buckets during all games
  • The Blaguard
    • Open for all matches at 10a or after except Thanksgiving
    • $4 Bud Light draft / $6 Stella pint / $8 Bud Heavy can + whiskey shot combo
  • Duke’s Counter
    • Open for all matches at 10a and after (except Thanksgiving Day)
    • World Cup beer tickets (buy 5 featured bears and get 6th for free).
    • Free World Cup bracket contest. Submit completed bracket in person at any Duke’s location before 11a Sun. Nov. 20th. $500 – 1st place, $250 – 2nd place, $100 3rd place.
    • Steinholding competitions get Gold Medal from Silver Branch + $50 gift card
  • Grand Central
    • open for matches except 5a. Also not open 8a Thanksgiving match
    • Betting
    • $6 DC Brauu/Modelo/Guinness drafts + $3 Jell-o Shots
  • Tight Five Pub
    • Group Stage: Open 11/20 (10a), 11/21: 2p, 11/26: 11, 2; 11/27: 11, 2; 11/29: 2p (Guinness promo event)
    • Showing all matches in Round of 16 and after except 10a 12/5 and 12/6
    • Generally open 30 minutes before game
  • The Diner
    • Open for all matches except Thanksgiving (generally open 24 hours a day Thurs-Sun)
  • The Game Sports Pub
    • Open for 10a/11a matches on weekends, 2p matches on weekdays including Thanksgiving
    • Happy hour specials
  • 18th & U Duplex Diner
    • open generally for 11a and 2p matches
  • Death Punch
    • open for 2p matches generally
  • El Tamarindo
    • open for 11a and 2p matches generally
  • Elfegene Ethiopian
    • open for 11a and 2p matches generally
  • Super Tacos & Bakery
    • open for 11a and 2p matches generally
  • The Grill from Ipanema
    • open for all Brazil matches
  • Marx Cafe
    • open for all matches after 10a (except T-giving presumably)

BROOKLAND/ECKINGTON/OTHER NE

  • metrobar
    • Open for select matches, including 11/25 – 2p
    • Watch parties/fundraisers with Washington Spirit, DC SCORES, and District Sports
  • Brookland’s Finest
    • Open at 2p 11/21 for US-Wales
    • All day HH ($6 beer, $7 rails, $10 wine/house cocktails)
    • Likely open for more
  • City-State Brewing
    • Open for all US matches at 1:30p
    • Also likely showing 11a/2p wknd matches plus later rounds
    • $5 Lux Lager drafts and $20 Lux Lager buckets
  • DC Brau
    • open for select matches, including all USA matches. Will be open for a match every day 11/20-11/29 (check IG for specific schedules) plus later rounds
  • Hellbender
    • Open special for US-England 11/25 (1-5p

3 responses to “Where to Watch the 2022 World Cup in DC”

  1. I hear Blackfinn at 1620 Ist NW is showing all games including 5am, but not Thanksgiving.

  2. Officina Cafe is also showing all the games on Monday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. They are also starting their happy hour earlier on those days., and have a great power lunch from 11 am -3 pm.

  3. This is really cool. Thanks so much for posting!

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