World Cup Happy Hour: Opening day

The 2014 World Cup finally gets underway today. There's only one match on the schedule, but it's a doozy: Brazil, the host nation, faces Group A challengers Croatia in Sao Paulo. The game starts at 4 p.m. on ESPN.


Brazil's Seleção, shown before the June 6 friendly against Serbia, begins its quest for a sixth World Cup today in Sao Paulo. (REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker)

Where to watch: Brazilian supporters wearing the famous yellow-and-green jersey should make their way to the Grill From Ipanema: The Adams Morgan restaurant opens at 1 p.m. to show the tournament's opening ceremony, which begins at 2. (Come on, it's not like you have work to do this afternoon.) Also getting an early start is Lucky Bar, one of the area's top soccer bars, which throws open its doors at noon. It's a great place to watch the first World Cup game, with numerous large flat-screen TVs and projection screens. For Croatia supporters, we recommend Ambar on Barracks Row. It opens at 3:30 p.m.

What to order: The Grill From Ipanema is known for its caipirinhas, traditional Brazilian cocktails made with the cachaca sugar-cane spirit. Snack on specially priced croquettes: coxinha de galinha are stuffed with chicken and cheese, while the bolinho de bacalhau are fried cod. At Ambar, Croats feeling nervous about the match might want to grab a glass of rakia, the strong, fruity Balkan spirit, or a glass of one of the numerous Croatian wines on Ambar's list.

More on the World Cup: Where to find fans of your favorite team | The area's best soccer bars | World Cup happy hours | Tips for first-time fans | World Cup TV Schedule | All Washington Post World Cup coverage

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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