Apparently There is Some Sort of Soccer Tournament that Starts Today


I have received approximately 722 emails from bars/restaurants around town about the World Cup. One that caught my eye was from Dacha Beer Garden at 7th and Q Street, NW:

“Team Dacha is gearing up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup! We can’t wait to host our friends and neighbors to cheer on teams from around the globe (not just Germany!) during each game. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be open every day at 12:00 noon and airing every World Cup match.

We have installed 3 large (65″) flat screen TVs exclusively for the tournament. All matches will be aired and Dacha will open at 12pm (noon) for the entire duration of the World Cup – June 12th through July 13th.

Soccer fans can enjoy an extended Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday, lasting from Noon to 7pm including $5 singles and $10 boots of select drafts. Fuel that football fever with traditional brats, pretzels and Dacha’s ‘special sauce,’ the grill will be fired up every day of the week!

We’ll be hosting raffles and games on a daily basis to award fans and customers with special-edition Weihenstephan World Cup commemorative glasses and t-shirts.”

For those who are going to watch – where are you thinking about going?

And Columbia Heights’ Le Caprice has baked up some cookies too:

Le Caprice Worldcup Cookies

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  • justinbc

    I’ll probably be at Queen Vic or Biergarten Haus, just due to proximity. I would love to watch at Dascha, but it’s not worth the trek over there for what will certainly be an overcrowded venue.

    • Biergarten Haus did it up nice four years ago, but they’ve since removed some of the TVs from the outdoor area due to expansion. Hopefully they’ll bring them back.

      • justinbc

        Yeah I went to a few matches there in 2010. As long as they’ve got the big projector screens I think most people will be able to see. I hate how so many of the bars that appear on all these lists that get swapped around have like 2 20 inch screens at the bar or something.

        • I wonder if Biergarten House will be ridiculously crowded this time around compared to 2010. That area is just sooo much more popular now than it was back then. Either way, sure to be an awesome environment. I may head over there early next Friday and try to catch a few games.

          • If it’s anything like 2010, Biergartenhaus fills to capacity early before the game and then people have to wait outside in line to get in. If you’re not there at least 30 minutes before match start, you’re not getting in. In 2010, the matches started in the morning and we would line up about 20 minutes before the doors opened to Biergartenhaus. Within 20 minutes, they would be at capacity. And even then, we sat on empty keg barrels in a back corner for the entire Germany match 😀

          • i remember it being totally packed back then.

          • justinbc

            I would imagine so, especially for any of the more popular countries’ matches. The nice thing is there are a lot more businesses open over there now, to relieve some of the burden, but everyone knows it’s one of the bigger spots to watch, and people like being around other people.

          • I agree with Anon above. Went there for a couple of games in 2010 (including the final), and it got super packed super quick. So be sure to get there at least 30-45 minutes early if you want to reserve a seat. We ended up sharing a table with some kind strangers for the final, otherwise there was nowhere to sit.

          • Any match featuring Brazil, Spain, USA, England, France, Germany, or Italy will probably have Biergartenhaus filled to capacity 30 minutes before match time. The crowd there is VERY fun and boisterous – great craic! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and arrive on time, can’t stress this enough. There’s a good chance you’ll be standing the entire match.
            I’m sure some of the Latin restaurants and bars in Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant will have a fun atmosphere, as well.

    • tonyr

      Am I odd in that I really don’t mind standing up for a couple of hours? I mean it’s not the Bataan Death March. I spend all my working hours sat at a desk, so I appreciate the change, but people think that I’m wierd. BTW I’m also old (well mid 50s)

      • It’s not so much a matter of standing at these places it’s about actually being able to see.

        • justinbc

          +1 Standing is not the issue. The important thing is to get there early so that you can actually see the television. If you happen to get a seat, that’s a bonus, but certainly not expected.

      • I always thought I was odd for not being able to stand for a long time. I’m young, healthy, and in good shape, but standing for more than a couple minutes makes me dizzy. I can (and often do) walk for hours at a time though.

  • I LOLed at the post title – good one!

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