Let's face it: We're all disappointed the U.S. was knocked out of the World Cup earlier this week, but the tournament still has some terrific matches for us to look forward to. On Friday, Germany plays France at noon, followed by Brazil-Colombia at 4 p.m. On Saturday, we can all root for Lionel Messi and Argentina to knock out those dastardly Belgians at noon, while Costa Rica goes for the upset of the Netherlands at 4 p.m.
If you're looking to watch the games with some atmosphere, here are some suggestions:
Germany: Biergarten Haus is the place to be for Germany matches -- just make sure to show up early, as the place fills to capacity well before kickoff. The world's largest German cultural organization, the Goethe-Institut in Chinatown, shows Germany matches on a big screen in its movie theater. Dacha Beer Garden also draws Germany fans in large numbers.
Brazil: The Grill from Ipanema in Adams Morgan is the place to be for fans of the Seleçao.
Colombia: Dupont Circle's Cafe Citron has proved a rowdy home for yellow-clad fans of Los Cafeteros. Just look:
Argentina: El Patio in Rockville is the area's home for fans of La Albiceleste. Other restaurants supporting Argentina include Del Campo -- home of a really tasty choripan sandwich -- and Arlington's Las Brasas.
Belgium: Barracks Row's Belga Cafe and its 14th Street NW spinoff, B Too, are both suitable for fans of Les Diables Rouges. Expect deals on Belgium's chief cultural exports: waffles, frites and Belgian beers.
Costa Rica: Arlington's First Down Sports Bar frequently draws fans of the Ticos for Costa Rica matches.
Netherlands: Elephant and Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue is where to go if you're looking for a sea of oranje.