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The ARLnow.com World Cup Guide

by Ashley Houghton June 10, 2010 at 9:14 am 2,727 20 Comments

Lessons we learned while gathering information about local bars and their World Cup specials:

  • Irish pubs cannot stand France.
  • Irish pubs cannot stand England.
  • Irish pubs are likely to ask “Wait, why do you need an excuse like the World Cup to drink?” when asked about their World Cup drink specials.
  • Even British pubs are hesitant to say that they’re supporting England in Saturday’s match against the U.S.
  • There are too many ridiculous eating and drinking opportunities to avoid soccer for the next month.

Soccer is a game meant to be watched with a large group of loud and inebriated fans, so go ahead, summon your old middle school soccer ambitions and yell out those rare soccer-related phrases you remember from the matches (“CORNER KICK!” and “STRIKER!”).

ARLnow’s list of places to watch the World Cup in Arlington is after the jump. The tournament, by the way, kicks off (get it?) at 10:00 a.m. Friday with host country South Africa versus Mexico.

Photo via Facebook: Piola Restaurant all decked out for the World Cup.

The List

Note that several bars are extending their hours to serve the morning crowds.

Ri Ra Irish Pub (2915 North Wilson Boulevard)

  • Budweiser $2, Carlsberg $3 during World Cup matches
  • Boycotting France (no French games being broadcast in the bar)

The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Boulevard)

  • Extending happy hour during any of the World Cup games within normal operating hours (no morning games)
  • Most beers on tap $3, 19 wines at half price, rotating specialty cocktail for $5

Bailey’s Pub & Grille (4238 Wilson Boulevard and 2010 Crystal Drive)

  • Opening early for breakfast on morning game days
  • Miller Light Draft $3, Samuel Adams “biggies” (large size) $4

Union Jack’s British Pub of Ballston (671 North Glebe Road)

  • Offering breakfast specials for 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. games
  • Stella Artois pints $3, 22 oz Bud Light $5
  • Auctioning a World Cup soccer jersey during the England/USA game on Saturday
  • Food specials during World Cup matches ($10 food/drink combinations)

Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 North Wilson Boulevard)

  • Breakfast specials starting at 6 a.m. for early games ($6.95)
  • Getting extra 40-42″ screen TVs to broadcast all games
  • Miller Light $3 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. during World Cup days
  • Replays nightly at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Bracket predictor challenge with ESPN (submit predictions before Friday, June 11th)

McGinty’s Public House (3650 S Glebe Rd)

  • Miller Light $3, Killian’s $3

Mister Days (3100 North Clarendon Boulevard)

  • Benefit for United for D.C.: a $10 donation to the charitable arm for D.C. United will give bar-goers even lower prices on World Cup drink specials and a free raffle ticket. (details to come)

Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd St S)

  • Breakfast buffet extended to Monday-Saturday ($7.99)
  • June 11 – June 21, buffet is from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • June 22 – July 11, buffet is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Drink specials on Budweiser, Bud Light, and Miller Light
  • Introducing Peroni beer during World Cup

Ragtime Restaurant (1345 North Courthouse Road)

  • Opening at 9 a.m.  for 10 a.m. games
  • Drink specials for competing countries’ matches (during Spanish match, sangria is discounted; during Australia match, Fosters is discounted, etc.)
  • Extending weekend brunches to include Friday mornings during World Cup tournament.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (4238 Wilson Boulevard)

  • Opening at 10 a.m. for morning games
  • Extending happy hour specials to all game nights

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)

  • Free, live broadcasts of U.S. World Cup matches on the big screen:
  • USA vs England: June 12, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • USA vs Slovenia:, June 18, 2010 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • USA vs Algeria: June 23, 2010 @ 10:00 a.m.

Summer’s Restaurant (1520 North Courthouse Road)

  • Peroni $3.50
  • Internationally-inspired breakfasts every morning
  • Cover for U.S./England match Saturday $5, $10 minimum per person

Piola Restaurant (1550 Wilson Boulevard)

  • The place to be to root on Italy
  • Showing numerous games

P. Brennans (2900 Columbia Pike)

  • Open early at 10:00 a.m. all month
  • Will show specific 7:30 p.m. games by request
  • $4 Peroni

Did we forget anything? List other specials in the comments section.

  • Don’t forget about P. Brennans on Columbia Pike for the World Cup!

    • A major oversight… we love those guys. Added.

  • Carolina

    What about Hard Times? I heard there will be specials in the second floor of the Arlington one, but I don’t know the details.

  • Chris

    Crystal City Sports Pub

  • Chris

    Oops – sorry I missed seeing it.

  • ACE

    Enjoy the game(s). I’m not a soccer person. See you in McDonald’s.

  • Dave

    Outstanding list. McGinty’s is on South Glebe, not North Glebe.

  • A guide to World Cup specials and Summers announces a cover charge. Classic.

    • arlingtonian

      It’s so poorly managed. Amazing location, tons of TVs, and never anybody there. I’d love to own the place.

      • Katie

        Summer’s is one of those places you walk into, and realize the last time you were there you weren’t of legal drinking age. And that was in the 80s.

  • Katie

    “The place to be to root on Italy”

    Um, root FOR. Root, as a verb and as a noun, is copulation in much of the English-speaking world.

    • You could say “root Italy on” … but then it’s like, “root them on what?” haha

  • arlingtonian

    I saw in Hard Times that they’ll be opening at 7am and doing $2 bud and bud light drafts, as well as $3 mimosas and bloody’s, during games.

  • dday

    Kitty O’Shea’s must be doing something??

    • According to dcist.com, Kitty’s is getting “12 new flat screen televisions to install just in time for the Cup. Specials will include $3 16 oz. Bud bottles, $4 Peroni bottles, other rotating food and drink specials, and a modest breakfast menu.”

      • Ryan

        Kitty’s would be fine if a few of the wait staff and the bartenders would lose the damn attitude.

  • Alan

    Westover Market Beer Garden will have the World Cup Games on the outside 55” screen starting on Fri. They will open at 7am on Saturday with the drafts flowing & serve Jay’s famous Breakfeast Burritos. And for the US Game – When US scores, YOU score. FREE BEER WHENEVER US SCORES IN THE WORLD CUP. MUST BUY A BEER FOR THE REDEEMABLE TICKETS

  • Ginna

    There’s Thirsty Bernie’s Bar & Grill | 2163 N Glebe Road | Arlington, VA 22207

  • Andrew

    Even funnier, Summers wasn’t always around in the 80’s, but was the dowdy Lum’s family restaurant instead. Also, as much as I wanted to dig it, I must second Ryan’s comment on the attitude of the wait staff at Kitty O’Shea’s.

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