World Cup Happy Hour: Where to watch the United States vs. Ghana

Welcome to World Cup Happy Hour. Every afternoon, we'll dive into the schedule and provide options for places to watch the 6 p.m. match. In the morning, we publish World Cup Lunch, which has suggestions for where to take a long lunch with the noon match of the day.

There's no question about today's highlight: The United States' first match of the 2014 World Cup. Here's where you should go to watch Team USA face Ghana's Black Stars.


Hope you remembered to wear red, white and blue today to cheer on the U.S. soccer team. (John Raoux/Associated Press)

Where to watch: If you've watched a U.S. national team match, you've seen the bandana-wearing American Outlaws, the loud-and-proud supporters group. The local chapter of the Outlaws takes over the basement of the Laughing Man Tavern for every game, including the World Cup, where they'll sing and cheer while watching on a large projection screen and numerous flat-screen TVs. During matches, the bar will offer $3 PBR and $4 Heinekens.

Annapolis has its own branch of the American Outlaws, founded earlier this year. The group gathers at Union Jack's of Annapolis, where World Cup drink specials include $3 16-ounce Budweiser bottles and $4 Stella Artois.

Soccer in the Circle, the much-anticipated day of futbol viewing in Dupont Circle, isn't until the U.S. team's third match, against Germany on June 26. For now, you can get your al fresco soccer fix at National Harbor, where the U.S. vs. Ghana match will be played on a large movie screen on the waterfront.

Want to watch America on a really big screen without dealing with the humidity? The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse will show every first-round U.S. match on its high-definition movie screen with no admission charge. Doors open an hour before kickoff.

Just looking for a bar with cheap food and drinks? Here's a selection of happy hours:

The Pug on H Street NE will offer $1 hot dogs and $3 Budweiser tallboy cans during every U.S. game.

- At Capitol Hill's Capitol Lounge, you'll get $12 pitchers of beer during every game, plus a free Jack Daniels shot every time the U.S. scores.

Public Bar and Penn Social both have $3 Bud Lights and huge screens.

Town Tavern offers $3 domestic bottles, $4 rail drinks and $6 burger combos.

Duffy's Irish Pub pairs $5 plates of wings with $20 buckets of Flying Dog's Old Bay-seasoned Dead Rise beer.

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 written about 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. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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