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World Cup Lunch: Welcome to Group G, a.k.a. the Group of Death

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.

Germany and Portugal are the second-best and fourth-best teams in the world, according to FIFA. They're also the United States' biggest obstacles to making it to the next round of the World Cup. The two heavyweights face off at noon in the first match of Group G. (And it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo will play.)

Where to watch: The best place to watch Germany in Washington is Biergarten Haus. With 25 TVs in its beer garden and on the rooftop deck and a dozen German beers on tap, it's a natural destination for people who want to sing "Auf geht's Deutschland schiesst ein Tor" and other German fussball songs with fellow fans. Other options include Dacha Beer Garden, where you can order a one-liter glass boot of Weihenstephaner, and the cool, dark bar at Cafe Mozart, which also serves up giant mugs of German beer. The Goethe-Institut, the German cultural organization in Chinatown, is showing World Cup matches and allowing fans to bring their own refreshments. For Portugal fans, there's nothing like Espresso, a Portuguese cafe in Manassas, where the conversation is all about Ronaldo and his troublesome left knee.

What to order: If you're a Germany fan, you're ordering liters of beer. Biergarten Haus has the usual Paulaner, Spaten and Warsteiner; its newest arrival is Schofferhofer's grapefruit hefeweizen, a refreshing low-alcohol mix of beer and grapefruit juice. Dacha has a World Cup special with $5 half-liters and $10 boots from noon to 7 p.m. (Both places sell pretzels and brats to fill your stomach before the match.) At Espresso in Manassas, go for the traditional Portugeuese dishes -- steamed clams, shrimp in garlic sauce -- washed down with Sagres or a glass of crisp vinho verde.

World Cup leftovers: On Sunday afternoon, I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to watch France and Honduras outdoors at Dacha, which has installed three televisions around the bar for the tournament.

More on the World Cup: Where 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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