World Cup Fever Strikes Georgetown

With the kick off to the World Cup fast approaching, bars in DC and around the Georgetown area are preparing for massive crowds and crazed soccer fans.

The World Cup will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the opening match between South Africa and Mexico followed by France against Uruguay at 2:30 p.m.

The time difference between the Eastern Standard time zone and South Africa have placed game kick offs at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the District. Due to the early morning start, DC has given bars permission to open early for the duration of the World Cup, with the ability to serve alcohol at 8 a.m., according to the DCist.

However, if you’re unable to catch a game live, several bars will be airing them after work hours, according to the DCist.

The first United States match will be against England at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be shown in many bars and restaurants in the city, but it will also be shown on two outdoor screens in Dupont Circle.

Several bars and restaurants in Georgetown will be offering FIFA World Cup drink specials. Here are a few to get you started, but visit OnTap for more ideas.

Garrett’s Restaurant and Railroad Tavern (3003 M. St.) has a unique round-the-world special. During different countries games, the bar will offer various drink specials. As part of U.S. games, the bar will have $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts. Germany’s matches offer $4 Jager shots, $5 Tanqueray and tonics accompany England’s games and Italy comes with $5 Peroni, For more information, visit the bar’s Web site.

McFadden’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave.) will serve a large list of specials beginning every morning at 10 a.m. and earlier during the final rounds. Highlights are $3 Bud Light drafts and $5 burgers and wing plates. The bar will also hold a World Cup pre-party on Thursday with $3 from 9 p.m. until close. Visit their Web site for more information.

Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown (3104 M St.) will not open early for matches but will record and play games all day long. They will also offer Budweiser bottles for $2.95. Check out their Web site!

Old Glory (3139 M St.) is considering opening early, around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., and will have happy hour all day, World Cup bottles, $3 domestic beers and specials on other drinks. They will be showing the matches on HD flat screen TVs.

Uno Pizzeria Chicago Bar & Grill (3211 M St.) said they should be showing the matches and will open early at 8 a.m. Certain drinks and drafts will be half-off. Happy hour will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight.

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