If you're planning to watch a lot of World Cup games, it makes sense to catch them at bars offering food and drink specials. Here's a selection of the area's best, and you'll find even more ideas in our posts (coming soon) about where to watch the World Cup and identifying the the Washington area's top soccer bars.
A reminder on the World Cup schedule: The matches start at noon on most days throughout the first three stages of the tournament. On Thursday, the opening ceremonies kick off at noon, with Brazil playing Croatia in the first match of the World Cup at 4 p.m.
Ambar: The Serbian restaurant offers a $10 combo of a Balkan burger and Dos Equis during all games.
The Black Squirrel: The Adams Morgan bar will open early for the weekday games (a little before the noon kickoffs) and it will start its daily specials earlier, too. For instance: Thursday's burger night, featuring half-price burgers, will start at 3:30 instead of 5 p.m. World Cup game days also will feature caipirinha specials.
The Brixton: The three-level British pub opens early to show every match. Specials during games include $5 draft beers, rail drinks and Smirnoff and Absolut drinks, $6 glasses of wine and $5 appetizers. A special Brazilian menu will be available.
Cafe Citron: Cafe Citron's loyalties lean toward Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Spain, but the Dupont Circle bar will be open for every match of the World Cup, serving $4 Mahou and Corona, $6 caipirinhas and $5 cachaca and Patron shots.
Chi-Cha Lounge: The U Street lounge offers $4 draft beers, including Stella and Harpoon, $5 sangria, $6 margaritas and $6 platters of chicken wings, sliders and empanadas.
City Tap House: Known for its 40 taps of craft beer, City Tap House pours $5 half-liters of Carlsberg during all matches, and special $15 international beer flights and food items during certain matches: Italy vs. England (June 14), Japan vs. Ivory Coast (June 14), Switzerland vs. Ecuador (June 15) and Belgium vs. Algeria (June 17).
Cuba Libre: Cuba's not in the World Cup, but Cuba Libre will show every match with $7 Leblon cachaca cocktails (think caipirinha and mojitos) and $4-$5 tapas plates from the Caippy Hour menu.
Dacha Beer Garden: Shaw's popular beer garden has installed three 65-inch televisions for the duration of the tournament, and it will open daily at noon to show matches. Happy hour Monday through Thursday will extend from noon to 7 p.m., with $5 half-liter mugs of German beer and $10 glass boots of beer, and brats will be cooking on the grill. (The beer may be from Germany, but the bar will show every game.)
Duffy's Irish Pub: An important note: Duffy's won't open for the early weekday kickoffs, but will show all games starting at 3 p.m. or later. (On weekends, they're open in time for all of the matches.) During the opening round, orders of eight wings cost $5, and there are specials on buckets of beer: $18 for five PBR tallboys, Coors Light or Miller Lite bottles, or $20 for Flying Dog's Dead Rise.
El Rey: El Rey won't show every game (just check the bar's Twitter feed, @ElRay_DC, for an updated schedule), but if you wear the jersey of one of the teams on the field, you'll get $18 buckets of Tecate. Everyone else gets the regular happy hour food and drink deals, such as $3 Natty Bohs and $5 margaritas.
Irish Whiskey: The Dupont Circle pub pours $3 Miller Lite and Guinness drafts and cooks up $8 burgers and chicken sandwiches during all games.
Kangaroo Boxing Club: Opening at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, the Columbia Heights bar serves $3 PBR tallboys and a selection of foods from its late-night menu. Look for the $12 PBR and Bucket combo, which pairs a beer with the "F--k'it Bucket," an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink serving of barbecue, fries and assorted appetizers.
La Tasca: Watching with a group? La Tasca offers a package that includes a pitcher of sangria (usually $28) and four tapas for $40 during all live matches.
Laughing Man Tavern: Though it's best known as the stronghold of the American Outlaws, a group of U.S. supporters, the Laughing Man offers $3 PBR tallboys and $4 Heineken drafts during every match.
Lou's City Bar: During all matches, the bar will have a number of Heineken specials ($5 pints and bottles, $18 pitchers or buckets), $18 buckets of Mexican beer and $6 cans of DC Brau's DC United beer, the Tradition. This is in addition to the regular specials, such as half-price drafts on Wednesdays and $3 PBRs from 4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-close on Fridays.
Masa 14: Opening early for midweek games, the lounge's rooftop will serve $5 small plates and drink specials, including caipirinhas, margaritas, Coronas and house red and white wines.
Menu MBK: The restaurant has installed a projection screen in its BistroBar to show all of the World Cup games. A special Brazilian menu, offered for the duration of the tournament, features $5 bar bites (coxinha, pao de queijo, fries with chimichurri) and $7 caipirinhas.
Patty Boom Boom: The Jamaican nightclub and bar opens early for every match, with half-price Jamaican patties, $3 Bud Light bottles, discounted pitchers of rum punch and a number of cocktail specials.
Penn Social: The huge basement bar will show every game on its giant high-definition projection screens, which stretch up to 22 feet, and sell Bud Lights for $3.
Public Bar: Convenient for downtown office workers (and on days when there's a line to get into Lucky Bar), Public has $3 Budweiser and Bud Light 16-ounce bottles and $4 Peroni during every game. Sister bar Public Tenley has similar deals.
Solly's U Street Tavern: From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Solly's will have $3.50 domestic beers (PBR, Budweiser, Coors Light, Bud Light) and $5.50 Svedka and Jim Beam drinks. A special soccer menu includes $3 hot dogs, $4 chips and queso, $5 quesadillas and $5 chili fries.
Town Tavern: The Adams Morgan party spot usually opens at 5 p.m. on weeknights – too late for most early games – but it will make an exception for days when the United States plays and for select other games. Specials include $3 domestic bottles, $4 rail drinks and $5 Guinness, Red Stripe and Bud Light drafts.
Union Jack's: The Bethesda pub offers $3 Budweiser and Bud Light bottles during all games.
Vinoteca: Vinoteca opens at 5 p.m. during the week, and is only opening early for the World Cup opener, Brazil's 4 p.m. match against Croatia on Thursday. During 6 p.m. weeknight games and all weekend matches, the bar offers $5 beer, $6 selected wines by the glass and $8 cachaca cocktails.