World Cup Brunch: Argentina welcomes Bosnia to the tournament

June 15, 2014

Welcome to World Cup Brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, we'll dive into the soccer schedule and tell you where to watch that day's must-see match -- and what to eat and drink in between cheers.

Four-time FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi leads Argentina's attack. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) Four-time FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi leads Argentina's attack. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The highlight of today's World Cup schedule is Bosnia's first-ever match in the tournament. It could be a day to remember for the wrong reasons: They face Argentina, a team some experts think could win the whole tournament, in the 6 p.m. kickoff.

Where to watch: Argentina's fans flock to El Patio, a Rockville restaurant known for its steaks and sausages. The party includes live Argentinian pop and cumbia music. Bosnian supporters should head to Alexandria's Cosmopolitan Grill, owned by Bosnian chef Ivica Svalina.

What to order: El Patio's specialties include steak served with peppers, tomatoes and a fried egg, and grilled lomito steak sandwiches. (Ask for one "completo," or with everything.) A selection of $5 beers includes Argentia's Quilmes, Peru's Cristal and Bolivia's Paceña. Cosmopolitan is known for its Bosnian Burger, which can be paired with wines from Croatia or Slovenia.

World Cup leftovers: If you find yourself on H Street NE today, stop by the Queen Vic for a pint of Peroni. The English pub and neighboring bocce bar Vendetta made a bet on the outcome of Saturday's England-Italy match, and because England lost, the Queen Vic has to pour a keg of Italian lager. ... The embassy of the Ivory Coast opened its doors to the public last night for the Elephants' match against Japan. Fans of both countries packed the chancery to watch Didier Drogba inspire his country to 2-1 win.

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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