The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar this weekend, with the champion country crowned on Sunday, December 18. To capitalize on customers looking for a spot to watch live games going on across the globe — airing as early as 5 a.m. — D.C. gives bars and restaurants the rare right to stay open around the clock. The city council also included an allowance for bars to sell alcohol 22 hours a day (with a brief booze timeout from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.). Establishments must pay a $100 registration fee to participate.
Below is a neighborhood breakdown of area bars and restaurants with soccer specials, ridiculously long hours, and giveaways to celebrate the epic worldwide tournament starting with Qatar vs. Ecuador on Sunday, November 20 at 11 a.m.
- Upscale sports bar Proper 21 is all in for the World Cup with special food and drink menus at both D.C. locations. Doors open at 8 a.m. downtown (1319 F Street NW) and 11 a.m. in Foggy Bottom (2033 K Street NW).
- Duke’s Grocery (Foggy Bottom, Dupont, Woodley Park) celebrates the World Cup with a beer passport, bracket tournament with a $500 first place prize, and stein-holding competitions. The Foggy Bottom outpost will show all 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. matches on a 10-foot projector. During earlier games, come in for a proper English breakfast and drink discounts.
- El Rey (U Street NW, Ballston) opens at 11 a.m. for the opening cluster of games. Come Saturday, December 3, both locations will start serving at 10 a.m. with happy hour-priced margaritas, $12 beer-and-shot combos, $12 beer buckets, and a trio of barbacoa tacos for $12.
- Taco Bamba’s Ballston, Landmark, and Vienna locations shows all matches during normal business hours with happy hour prices during each game.
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- Queen Vic welcomes fans for all USA, England, and Wales matches during the first round (and others during the first round at 2 p.m.). There’s a $5 entry fee for the epic USA vs. England face-off at noon on Black Friday (November 25). Follow its Facebook page for updated hours, deals, and events. 1206 H Street NE
- H Street Country Club pairs most first-round afternoon games with happy hour and food discounts. 1335 H Street NE
- Indoor/outdoor beer haven Biergarten Haus welcomes soccer fans to watch World Cup matches from 8 a.m. onward. There’s 25 TVs with stadium sound around the sprawling setup, as well as its new Lodge Bar and five heated cabins. Early risers can enjoy breakfast, bloody marys, and mimosas during early matches, as well as Irish coffees, glühwein, and hot cider. Teleworkers are encouraged to bring their laptops and use Biergarten’s Wi-Fi, and dogs are welcome during weekday matches only. Open Thanksgiving Day, too. 1355 H Street NE
Italian soccer bar In Bocca al Lupo naturally goes big for the World Cup with a bevy of 2 p.m. watch parties. Tickets include “non-stop” pizza — “think Fogo de Chao but for our delicious thin crust Roman style pizza” — with a guaranteed bar stool ($19) or a VIP booth ($100) for up to four with direct views of its TVs. Same-day tickets are $25 per person. 2400 Wisconsin Avenue NW
- Astro Beer Hall, the official bar for the local American Outlaws Chapter, offers specials on two domestic favorites: $7 Tito’s cocktails and $5 Miller Lite pints. The beer is also served by the pitcher ($15) and bucket of cans ($20). Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Open at 6 a.m. for all Team USA game days and 8 a.m. for others. 1306 G Street NW
- Blackfinn DC will be open for every World Cup game from 5 a.m. on (sans Thanksgiving Day). Doors will open about 10 minutes before kickoff for the 5 a.m. games. The downtown watering hole has HD TVs throughout the restaurant, as well as three jumbo projector screens. 1620 I Street NW
- Popular pub Boundary Stone hosts World Cup watch parties starting at 1 p.m. daily (and opening earlier on days Team USA plays). During all weekday games, order $5 local drafts, $6 wines, and $6 draft Old Fashioneds or Manhattans, plus $7 hot honey chicken or fried fish sandwiches and $1.50 oysters. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW
- Neighborhood hangout Hook Hall swings open at 8 a.m. daily. Table reservations are $25 and include a bucket of five beers, with an on-site taco bar from Cocolita. Deals include a giant quesadilla and pitcher ($25), a supersized mimosa for $19.99, and frozen marg and taco for $6.99. 3400 Georgia Avenue NW
- Beer garden Midlands is open for all matches with sound (save the 5 a.m. games), with an outdoor area decked out with heaters and fire pits. Drink up deals on Paulaner, nitro cold brew, hot coffees, bloody marys, and warm cocktails. Open seating. 3333 Georgia Avenue NW
- Grand Central, which claims to be the only independent sportsbook in the country, will be taking live and pre-game bets. During games, bank on $6 drafts of DC Brau, Modelo, and Guinness and $3 Jell-O shots. 2447 18th Street NW
- The Consulate General of France picked Penn Social as its official host site (November 22, 26, and 30) with $6 Kronenbourg 1664, $16 pitchers of Narragansett, and contest to collect all eight American Outlaws-branded cans. During non-France games, aired on its 18-foot, 4K laser projector screen, there’s $4 Miller Lites (or $16 pitchers), $8 Tito’s, and deals on croissants, nachos, and burgers. 801 E Street NW
- Pair sports bets with tequila and “trash can” nachos at Guy Fieri’s DC Kitchen & Bar, the flashy celebrity chef’s new eatery inside Capital One Arena’s Caesars sportsbook. Doors open daily at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. for World Cup games, with specials on egg-topped burgers, breakfast burritos, bloody marys, and more. Click for game day and drink menus.
- Fight Club showcases the tournament during normal hours of operation (open 11 a.m. daily) on its projector screen. Guests can enjoy happy hour pricing during all games, as well as buckets of six Hamm’s ($22) or Tecate beers ($32). Chef Andrew Markert will also create themed sandwich specials around countries competing in the semifinals and finals. 633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
- All-day cafe 1310 Kitchen & Bar gets up at 7 a.m. daily to air World Cup on its big screen TVs at the expansive bar area. Find $10 cocktails, $8 glasses of wine, and $6 drafts from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights. 1310 Wisconsin Avenue NW
- Last Call Bar promises complimentary food, drink deals, and an “enormous amount of swag” for World Cup. Doors swing open at 7:30 a.m. on days with an 8 a.m. start (closed on Thanksgiving). Rotating freebies include Buffalo & Bergen bagels and cream cheese (November 20 and 21), salsa and queso bar (November 22 and 28), hot dogs (November 25), and bratwurst (November 27). Drink specials vary by day, including $4 pints and cans and $6 liquors. 1301-A 4th Street NE
- La Cosecha’s daily watch party kicks off as early as 10 a.m., with games aired on a big projector wall. Participants include Grand Cata ($10 wines, $5 Medalla lagers or $25 buckets); Serenata ($3 beers and $10 themed cocktails) La Casita Pupuseria (two pupusas and a beer for $11); and Las Gemelas ($4 Modelos on draft and $2 off margaritas). 1280 4th Street NE
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- Beloved soccer bar Exiles will take each game “on a case by case basis, based on demand and scope for crowd numbers.” Follow its social account for updates on operating hours, beer specials, and watch party events. 1610 U Street NW
- Duffy’s goes big for the USA vs. England contest with a bottomless beer event for $42, along with $8 Jameson or Fireball shots. Otherwise, it’s open for all 11 a.m. games. 2153 P Street NW
- Teddy & The Bully Bar (1200 19th Street NW) and sibling Lincoln (1110 Vermont Avenue NW) extend happy hour in honor of the World Cup, Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. At Lincoln, cocktails are $8 and beers and wines are as cheap as $6. Bar bites starting at noon include $8 mac and cheese and a mini chicken pot pie for $11. All five of Teddy’s barrel-infused cocktails are $9, as are quesadillas and nachos. Games will be shown in both bar and lounges on multiple monitors, plus gifts for guests.
- With 40 TVs across three different levels (a main stage, lounge and rooftop), Public Bar Live shows all World Cup games from 4 a.m. onward — with coffee, tea, breakfast to perk up early risers. A pre- and post-party on Monday, November 21 for the first USA game is in The Kindred Effect and American Outlaws. All tables are first-come first serve however, they can be reserved with a prepaid bar tab. The Mexican Embassy will host its official watch parties here, including the big Latin American rivalry against Argentina (aired in Spanish on one floor) with a mariachi band. DJs will play Friday and Saturday on the rooftop and during commercial breaks to keep the energy flowing. There’s a quick time out from close to 4 a.m. 1214 18th Street NW
- Get out of the bar and watch games outdoors all day (Monday, November 21) for “Soccer in the Circle” in the Dupont Circle, starting with Netherlands vs. Senegal at 11 a.m. and USA vs. Wales at 2 p.m. D.C.’s fountain-framed nucleus will do a live broadcast of USA vs. Wales in their first game of the FIFA World Cup. Activities include live painting collaboration with a Welsh and American artist, a DJ spinning American and Welsh tunes, Welsh eats, a raffle and giveaways from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dupont Circle
- Beer haven ChurchKey opens at 1 p.m. for all World Cup weekday games (and 10 a.m. for weekend ones), with matches aired across multiple screens; closed Thanksgiving Day. Sip $5 cask ales and select drafts during all games, with its food menu ready to roll upon opening. 1337 14th Street NW
- Newly expanded Franklin Hall shows all 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. games (and most of the 10 a.m. ones). Specials include Miller Lite pints or steins for $8, $6 Silver Branch lagers, $6 Tito’s; $8 giant pretzels, and $9 nachos. Open daily (closed on Thanksgiving) at 10:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. for the knockout stages. 1348 Florida Avenue NW
- Stoney’s starts serving 30 minutes before the first cluster of 11 a.m. games (and 10 a.m. games when the final 16 teams start playing November 29). Order pitchers ($18) and bottles of Estrella Jalisco ($6), grilled cheese and fries ($7), and 10 wings for $10. 1433 P Street NW
- Whitlow’s DC opens early for all USA matches with beer and seltzer buckets for $20. A newly opened kitchen rolls out classic American eats. 2014 9th Street NW
- Jake’s Tavern will open early or late (depending upon the games and demand). It’ll definitely be open for all USA games, with $2 discounts on drink and appetizers until the game’s first goal is scored. There’s six TVs, plus two on its heated patio. 1606 7th Street NW
- Dive sports bar Ivy & Coney plans to start pouring pretty much for “anything 10 a.m. or later” to start and will extend hours once finals come around. There’s no specific food or drink specials, since everything is already pretty cheap. Expect the bar to be super busy if Michigan football is on, too. 1537 7th Street NW
- Soaring tasting room Solace Outpost will be showing all games (with the exception of 5 a.m. ones) alongside its brunch menu for morning games and regular happy hour for all afternoon matches. 71 Potomac Avenue SE
- Self-pour tap house Tap99 will open daily at 10 a.m. starting November 20 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Seven-hour happy hour (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes $7 cocktails, $5 beers, ciders, seltzers and $6 shots. 1250 Half Street SE
Mt. Vernon Triangle
- Biergarten Prost DC shows all USA and Germany games, with a big brunch watch party on November 23 (and other matchups during its normal operating hours). Deals include a half-liter of Radeberger’s premium pilsner with a basket of pretzel bites or a bottle of German digestif Underberg for $10. Also find discounts on German brews Prostini, Nordsee Shore, and Boo Radler, $6 bratwurst sandwiches, and $4 pretzel bite baskets. 919 5th Street NW
- Kirwan’s Irish Pub shows the initial 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. games and the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ones during the knockout stages, complete with Heineken specials on tap. 749 Wharf Street SW
- Brighton DC will open bright and early at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 21 for for the England vs. Iran matchup. Open at 11 a.m. for all others and at 10 a.m. when the tournament advances to the quarter- and semi-finals. Find $6 drafts, $35 game day plates, and $40 High Noon buckets (5 cans), plus a $10 rotating World Cup cocktail whenever games are on. 949 Wharf Street SW
- Throughout the tournament, Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden offers Paulaner Brewery’s hefeweizen on draft for $7. Themed game day specials includes $7 Port City pints and $5 chili dogs for USA (November 21, 25); $8 mussels when Belgium plays (November 23); an Argentinian vs. Mexican street taco battle (November 26); and a stein-hoisting competition at halftime (November 27). 1106 King Street, Alexandria
- Clarendon’s B Live has 10 TVs to watch World Cup games while enjoying game-day deals like $10 burgers and fries; $2 off all snacks like wings and cheese fries; beer and wine ($4-$5); $19 pitchers; and $10 off margarita towers. For every goal scored, get half-off shooters for the next five minutes. Any time Team USA team plays, B Live will also select an American beer on special for $2.50 and $3 Mahou beers when Spain’s games are on. For the first U.S. game, wear any soccer jersey and get a B Live gift card. 2854 Wilson Boulevard
- To up your viewing pleasure, consider cavernous club Clarendon Ballroom’s 20,000-watt sound system with a 60-foot projector wall. Bottle service tables flip into private “tailgating” sections complete with a cooler and couch. A daytime happy hour (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) includes $35 buckets of Budweiser stadium-sized cans, $25 Stella pitchers, and $8 orange crushes. All-day specials include $45 buckets, $8 Radeberger pounders, and food from its new Disco Pizza pop-up. A game area offers cornhole, water pong, and giant Jenga. 3185 Wilson Boulevard