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2014 World Cup: Where to watch the United States and other matches outdoors in D.C.

Making plans to watch World Cup matches outside this time of year is a dicey proposition -- you never know if thunderstorms will pop up or if the humidity will be mildly annoying or completely unbearable.

But if you want to watch the 2014 World Cup without fighting your way into a bar, these venues allow you to pack a picnic, bring the kids and enjoy watching soccer with no cover charge.

Soccer in the Circle, which was one of the most popular local World Cup events in 2010, returns on June 26 when the U.S. faces Germany. (Photo by Marvin Joseph /The Washington Post)

DC United viewing party

DC United is sponsoring the showing of three matches on an outdoor screen in Reston Town Center on June 22, but the big draw is sure to be the United States against Portugal at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available, and there will be music and entertainment for children.

Futbol in Brasil at Mosaic

The large outdoor movie screen in the Mosaic District center in Merrifield isn't showing every World Cup game, but every United States game and a good mix of other teams, including England, Uruguay and Mexico, as well as the playoffs and final. Check the Mosaic website for a full schedule.

World Cup at National Harbor

National Harbor will show most games on its 32-foot LED movie screen, which is right in front of the Potomac River on the Maryland side. Fans are invited to bring a lawn chair or a picnic, or grab takeout from one of the nearby restaurants.

Soccer in the Circle

Four years ago, hundreds of American fans packed Dupont Circle to watch their team play a hard-fought World Cup contest against England on giant screens. This time, they're facing Germany in the final game of Group G on Thursday, June 26. (No pressure, right?) The match begins at noon, and the TVs will show pre-match coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, and remember: No alcohol is allowed.

Bar viewing

Want to have a drink outdoors while watching the World Cup games? These bars might not show every game, but all have TVs on their rooftops or patios.

Adams Morgan
Jack Rose, Roofers Union

Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle

Capitol Hill
Trusty's Full Service, Union Pub

Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill, Whitlow's on Wilson, Velocity Five

Cleveland Park
Cleveland Park Bar and Grill

Columbia Heights
DC Reynolds, Lou's City Bar

Dupont Circle
Buffalo Billiards, Public Bar

H Street NE
Biergarten Haus, RedRocks

Dacha Beer Garden, Masa 14

Bungalow Lakehouse

U Street
The Brixton, Nellie's Sports Bar, VinotecaLocal 16

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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