Where to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Head to these local bars for specials, camaraderie and 24-hour live streaming.
Nope, Team U.S.A. didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and yes, this year’s contest is several time zones away in Russia. But not to worry. Many local bars will be streaming games ’round the clock, and our area is nothing if not international. (For fans whose allegiances span the globe, the absence of USMNT will barely register.) So for all of you Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Salah devotees (and so many more), here are a few watering holes worth visiting between now and July 15, day or night. Because futbol.
Watch the action on the pitch and calm your nerves with themed drink specials such as the Pele Paloma (tequila, grapefruit, soda water), Maradona Mule (vodka, lime, ginger beer) or Golden Goal Green Tea (Jameson Caskmates IPA, peach schnapps, sour mix, lemon-lime soda). At halftime, you can take a break and play foosball or air hockey.
3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
The congenial Spanish eatery in Ballston will be offering an extended happy hour (noon to 7 p.m.) on game days when matches occur in that same time window (Eastern standard time). The tantalizing happy hour menu includes garlic shrimp, fried peppers, Iberico ham, mussels, oysters and more. Fans sporting the World Cup jersey of their favorite team will enjoy complimentary porron. Expect the place to be hopping on June 15 (Spain v. Portugal) and June 25 (Spain v. Iran). Que viva España!
110 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
Ireland lost in the qualifiers and won’t be competing, but no matter. Fans of all nations are welcome at this raucous Courthouse pub, which has long been a go-to for serious football enthusiasts. So grab a pint, make a new friend and bond over that time-honored pastime: blaming the refs.
2051 North Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Established from the get-go as a hub for international soccer viewing, this Falls Church café (located just a few blocks from Wakefield High School) sports a 16-by-19-foot projection screen plus additional LCD screens throughout, comfy sofa seating, draft beer specials and a substantial menu of Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, South American and Central American dishes. Hookas, too.
3501 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church
Vamos Ticos! The Imperiales will be flowing at Arlington’s official Costa Rica bar, a Ballston watering hole with 30 TVs and 40 (yes, 40) different flavors of chicken wings.
4213 Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Aficionados of “The Beautiful Game” know Summers as a gathering place for UEFA, Copa Libertadores and MLS matches. So heading there for World Cup is a no-brainer. The Courthouse bar will be streaming all 64 games live (even the early ones), with breakfast, lunch and drink specials.
1520 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington
Tucked into a strip mall in Bailey’s Crossroads, this late-night mezza and hookah lounge will be open 24 hours for the duration of the World Cup and will be streaming games live. The eats range from burgers, fries and red velvet cake to baba ghannouj, merguez sausage and baklava.
5820 N. Seminary Road, Falls Church
Calling all Iran national team fans: The biergarten will be hosting family-friendly viewing parties on June 15 (Iran v. Morocco), June 20 (Iran v. Spain) and June 25 (Iran v. Portugal) with $8 food specials, indoor and outdoor jumbotrons, soccer contests and prizes, plus a DJ spinning Persian tunes. Dress code: green, white and red. Admission is free, but registration advised.
8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
This Ballston beer emporium promises 50 craft brews on tap, another 250 beers and ciders in bottles and cans, 20+ TVs (including a VideoWall) and all the pub fare your heart desires—burgers, grilled cheese, pickle chips, tots, nachos, flatbreads and more. There’s a brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.
901 N. Glebe Road, Arlington