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DC Area sports bars showing soccer on TV and serving decent food?

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gourouni Dec 8, 2007 03:48 AM

It's a tall order..but I'm looking for a DC area sports bar (preferably in Washington DC) that has the following constraints:

REQUIRED:
1. Is open on weekend afternoons
2. Shows English and/or International Soccer Games
3. Serves Decent Food

OPTIONAL, BUT PREFERRED:
4. Has Dart Boards

From what I've gathered, the DC is a very international place but I'm not aware of any sports pubs that show soccer. Of course, I'm not all that familiar with DC yet.

  1. Dennis S Dec 8, 2007 06:55 AM

    Summer's in Arlington (near court house) shows many games (or at least used to), but it would depend on your definition of decent to qualify the food. http://www.summers-restaurant.com/

    I'm blocking hard on the name of the place on Cap Hill that also dedicates good screen time to soccer. And I think Lucky Bar used to as well (it's now been exactly 2 years and 9 months since I've been able to indulge much - and longer since I lived close enough).

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      Steve Dec 8, 2007 11:12 AM

      Stick with the Buffalo Wings at Summers. Summers is nationally/internationally famous for their commitment to soccer. Check out their website. Also, they have two bars, one totally non-smoking with great separation from the smoking.

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      Elyssa Dec 8, 2007 07:25 AM

      Lucky Bar usually shows international soccer games. I wouldn't call the food gourmet but their wings are decent. You could always just grab an empanada next door at Julia's and then drink your beer and watch the game at Lucky Bar.

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        MDoodle Dec 8, 2007 01:21 PM

        I've actually done this at Elephant & Castle on Pennsylvania Ave...a couple of blocks from the White House if I recall correctly. Lots of Brit beers. I recall food being decent as well. Tons of soccer fans in there. A friend of mine doing a law internship in that area said they all used to go down there in the afternoons and watch soccer on the weekends while stuck at work...can't help you with the dart boards though, they may have them but last time I was there was about a year ago.

        Oddly enough this place is a chain out of Canada (I had no idea until I looked it up online) but this is the only DC location, I think.

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          hoosierinva Dec 9, 2007 07:07 PM

          Have to disagree about the food at Elephant & Castle -- had a friend who liked to go there, and it was always awful. Everything is greasy -- the soggy, limp nachos were among the worst I've ever had, fish & chips were heavy and flavorless, and the bread on the ploughman's platter was inedible.

          Stick to Summers -- or see if the Irish Channel Pub at 5th and H gets soccer...

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            MDoodle Dec 10, 2007 08:23 PM

            Maybe it was decent because of all of the beverages beforehand? Who knows. Gave it a shot.

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          polly parker Dec 10, 2007 05:15 AM

          the food at summer's is disgusting, IMO. I lived in the area for a year and never had anything remotely appealing.

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            dcs Dec 11, 2007 01:35 AM

            "Disgusting" is rather harsh. Summers is basically a diner. I would expect food on that level.

          2. monkeyrotica Dec 11, 2007 04:45 AM

            Fado in Chinatown used to show soccer games on the weekend, but I haven't been in years. Got very crowded during World Cup and had to go elsewhere. Some of the dishes are pretty decent; the fish and chips and the Irish breakfast. No dart boards though.

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              hoosierinva Dec 11, 2007 05:35 PM

              Fado has been showing some of the Euro 2008 qualifiers midweek... not sure about weekends though.

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              sleepiswhereiamaviking Jun 2, 2008 10:46 AM

              As long as there isn't a Nationals game or NBA playoff you should be fine. ESPN is airing every game of the EURO 2008 tournament. http://www.espn.com/euro2008

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                cleveland park Jun 2, 2008 02:03 PM

                the bar would depend on what country you will be supporting. If you follow spain we will be at the back bar of lucky bar fighting off the french and all other intruders

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                susie_q276 Jun 2, 2008 01:11 PM

                Momo's

                1334 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

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