[This post has been updated with additional supporters' groups and locations.]
Okay, soccer fans. The English Premier League is back, which means it's time to start setting those alarms a wee bit earlier on the weekends. When your favorite team is playing at an ungodly hour, there's always the temptation to turn on the DVR and hit snooze, or to just watch from the comfort of your couch. But you shouldn't do that: There's something life-affirming about putting on a jersey, getting to the pub at 7:30 a.m. and cheering every goal with people who feel as nervous or jubilant as you do. The camaraderie is the reason to keep going back.
We've updated our list of where to watch soccer for the 2015-16 season. About half of the Premier League is represented by an official or quasi-official supporters group. A number of big foreign clubs, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich to Celtic, also have local bars to call home. If you're unaffiliated with a team and just looking for a place to watch games, we have suggestions for that, too. (Note: Some bars don't open for the earliest matches, but Fado, Ri-Ra, Summers and Walter's all say they'll be open for every match all season.)
The most popular place to watch soccer in D.C. is Lucky Bar, home of the D.C. Armoury, the official supporters club of Arsenal FC (by far the greatest team the world has ever seen), and the Capital City Blues, the official Manchester City supporters group. They were joined last season by Red Devils DC, a new Manchester United fan club. That said, the bar is welcoming to just about any soccer fan who wants to join in the atmosphere. Lucky can get loud, especially during big matches. There are plenty of TVs on both levels, but booths and tables fill quickly when popular teams are playing on the same day, so arrive early.
The coast-to-coast chain of Irish pubs has a reputation for showing soccer, and this Chinatown pub attracts its fair share of tourists. But there are plenty of regulars who come in to watch matches in the bar or while having brunch in the dining room, including fan groups for Everton and West Ham. It's also friendly ground for Manchester United and Liverpool fans, so expect to see those jerseys in the crowd.
Ireland's Four Courts
The Four Courts, a traditional dark-wood Irish pub near the Court House Metro, is the busiest soccer bar in Arlington. It's home to Chelsea's Beltway Blues, Arsenal's Arlington Gunners, Tottenham's Arlington Spurs, Newcastle's Toon Army 51st and the Roma Club of Washington, plus random fans of Liverpool and other teams. Good thing there are multiple bar areas to keep everyone happy.
The Queen Vic
The English-inspired pub has a great Sunday roast and a lineup of English and Scottish brews on tap. It's mobbed with Liverpool fans when the team is playing. At other times, you'll find the Capital Villans, an Aston Villa supporters group, and random jersey-wearing supporters from the neighborhood who just show up to watch their team's games. With two levels and numerous TVs, including one on the back patio, there's enough room for everyone.
A rare soccer-friendly bar on bustling 14th Street, Drafting Table attracts a crowd of Arsenal supporters – check out the bartenders wearing jerseys on match days – as well as other teams. Doors open for early games, though it pays to call ahead.
Though it's listed as a "Manchester United Red-friendly Establishment" by the official Manchester United Supporter's Club, Ri-Ra shows all Premier League matches. It opens at 7:45 every Saturday and 8:30 on Sundays.
Summers has been showing soccer since the 1980s, long before anyone else in the Washington area. That streak almost came to an end late last year, when owner Joe Javidara announced he was closing the bar. He had a change of heart – and lease – and reopened in February. Now you can once again watch games from England, France, Germany, Scotland, Spain and the U.S. without having to change seats. (A full schedule is on the bar's Web site.) The bar is home to the Washington area's official FC Bayern Munich fan club.
The brand-new baseball-themed bar is going to show soccer, too, opening at 7:30 a.m. for all Premier League games. It's also the home of the D.C. Canaries, a brand-new Norwich City supporters group. The usual menu -- wings, pulled pork sandwiches and foot-long hot dogs -- will be served starting at 8 a.m.
Owned by a Chelsea supporter (with the tattoo to prove it), the Airedale shows Premier League and Bundesliga matches from 10 a.m. on, while serving brunch and a mix of local and German draft beers. The biergarten-style tables upstairs are an inviting place to hang out after the game.
Lou's City Bar
Lou's doesn't show all Premier League games – doors open at 10 a.m. – but it does have a brunch with two-for-one bloody marys and mimosas.
Irish Channel Pub
The Irish pub inside Chinatown's Fairfield Inn and Suites is now the home of Stoke City's official D.C. supporters group, as well as the viewing location for DC Spurs, the Tottenham Hotspur supporters group.
Elephant & Castle
One of the weirdest things about Washington's soccer bar scene is that two of the biggest teams in the world ended up with chain English-style pubs as their home bases. Penya Barcelonista Washington DC, the official members club for Barcelona fans, watches all of the team's matches at the Elephant & Castle on 19th Street, near the World Bank. Meanwhile, the Peña Madridista, the official Real Madrid group, meets at the Elephant & Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue across from Federal Triangle. Both draw huge crowds on match days, and sometimes for other events: When Barcelona visited Washington this summer, the team's vice president visited Elephant and Castle so that supporters could take pictures with Barcelona's three trophies from the 2014-15 season, including the Champions League trophy.
The vibe is more Oktoberfest than sports bar, but Biergarten Haus has plenty of TVs on its patio. Doors don't open until 11 on Saturday and Sunday, which isn't convenient for most English kickoffs, but it's perfect for fans of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, or U.S. Men's National Team fans who want to follow Timmy Chandler at Eintracht Frankfurt or John Brooks with Hertha Berlin.