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Where to watch the Tour de France

The peloton passes by Le Mont-Saint-Michel during Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France from Dinan to Lisieux on Thursday in France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Meridian Pint is trying to make it easier to follow the Tour by replaying the day’s race every night at 8 on multiple TVs in its basement bar. (Owner John Andrade is an avid cyclist.) Most sports bars will be able to show highlights — they air nightly on Versus — so it can’t hurt to ask your bartender to switch away from “SportsCenter” or a baseball game, as long as it’s not the Nationals.

Want to mix the Tour with real-world cycling? On July 20, the Potomac Pedalers cycling club is hosting a Tour de France happy hour at Arlington’s Rhodeside Grill from 6:30 to 10. Watch on big screens as the riders tackle the mountainous first day in the Alps, enjoy free appetizers and get drinks from a cash bar.

Does your favorite bar regularly show the Tour de France? Let us know in the comments.

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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