Washington has no shortage of bars willing to show soccer matches, but the newest and shiniest destination is Dock FC, the second of three Ivy City bars and restaurants from Ari Gejdenson's Mindful Restaurants group, which also includes Ghibellina and Acqua al 2.
Dock FC takes its name from its location in one of the historic Hecht Warehouse's original loading docks. Its former use is obvious: The large, boxy space has 16-foot ceilings, plus stylish decorative tiling. That means there's plenty of room for mounted HD projectors, as well as TVs sitting closer to table level. Seats are available at high, modern metal tables, at the bar or at a few low couches in the back of the room.
Everywhere you look, there's a different game on. Last weekend, without leaving our seats, my friends and I were able to watch two English FA Cup matches; live games from Italy and Spain; a Liga MX highlights show; and something that the bartender told us was highlights from Costa Rica and other Central American leagues. If we would have hung around, there were cup games from France and Portugal later in the afternoon.
The staff is great about putting a match on close to your table if you want to see something specific, but only one match at a time gets sound, and that's the one with the most viewers clamoring for it.
To go along with this feast of soccer, Dock FC has a menu of tacos, which come from Gejdenson's forthcoming Mexican restaurant La Puerta Verde next door. They're small but flavorful, especially the chipotle-braised chicken tinga. Nachos are also available with a choice of meats, and the menu is set to expand with breakfast sandwiches. The half-dozen draft beers include selections from DC Brau, Atlas and Port City for $6 each, and cocktails are made with local spirits.
It's worth pointing out that Dock FC doesn't limit itself to soccer: Football, college basketball and hockey are front and center on weeknights and Sunday afternoons.
Much of the front wall is a retractable garage door, which will be great when it's rolled up in warm weather. Right now, though, it makes the room fairly drafty: Last weekend, the bartender put portable space heaters on the bar to help moderate the temperature — a welcome gesture in a bar that is making a warm impression with soccer fans.
Dock FC. 1400 Okie St. NE. 202-450-2150. Open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings, though doors may open earlier depending on the teams playing in featured matches. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.