World Cup Lunch: Open House at the Embassy of the Ivory Coast for Colombia match

Welcome to World Cup Lunch. Every morning, we'll examine the schedule and suggest where you can watch the noon match of the day. In the afternoon, we publish World Cup Happy Hour, with ideas for watching the  6 p.m. match.

Today's featured 2014 World Cup game is a matchup of the two unbeaten teams in Group C: The Ivory Coast and Colombia.

Ivory Coast A standing-room-only crowd watching the Ivory Coast at the embassy on Saturday, June 14. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Where to watch: When I rank this year's World Cup viewing experiences, spending Saturday night at the Embassy of the Ivory Coast is pretty high on the list. The setup of the event was pretty simple: The embassy set up rows of chairs in an event space, and a French-language broadcast of the match between Les Elefants and Japan played on a pull-down projection screen. Free sandwiches and drinks were spread on tables in the rear of the room. The atmosphere was electric: The friendly crowd chanted for the home team, leapt to its feet whenever striker Didier Drogba appeared on the screen, and erupted with dancing when the Ivory Coast scored twice in two minutes in the second half.

Saturday was scheduled to be the only public viewing party at the embassy, but thanks to "the massive support" during the first match, the embassy will also show today's match against Colombia. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the embassy is about a 10-minute walk up Massachusetts Avenue NW from Dupont Circle.

The Embassy of Colombia isn't hosting a similar event, but Cafe Citron had a large crowd decked out in yellow, blue and red to watch Colombia's demolition of Greece on Saturday. Bartenders poured $4 beers and $5 shots of Aguardiente, the anise-flavored Colombian spirit. Lucky Bar also had a good crowd for the match.

World Cup leftovers: If you're taking the afternoon off to watch England and Uruguay play at 3 p.m., try to get to the bar early. Fado, Lucky Bar and the Queen Vic were packed on Saturday, and the prospect of Uruguay's Luis Suarez taking on a team containing several of his Liverpool teammates makes this match a popular one.

Here's hoping Daniel Sturridge scores for the Three Lions, just so we can see his popping and locking goal celebration. The dance has inspired its own song, courtesy of East London MC JMC.

More on the World CupWhere 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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