World Cup trip June 13-15
- Matt H May 27, 2014 08:23 PM
I am meeting up with some friends from around the country in DC to spend the first weekend of world cup watching matches around the city and of course eating and drinking. Since I am somewhat familiar with DC I have been tasked with making all the arrangements for food and drink.
I have drawn up an itinerary for the weekend and would appreciate any input on hits, misses or possible substitutes. We will be staying at the Westin Downtown.
Coffee and Pastry: Chinatown Coffee Co.
Netherlands vs Spain: Mackey's Public House. I have a friend coming who is a huge Dutch football fan, so wanted to take him to the main meeting spot for Netherlands supporters.
Dinner: 8:15 reservation at Graffiato
Cocktails: 11:00 reservation at Columbia Room
Coffee and pastry: Chinatown coffee co or something else nearby??
Colombia vs Greece: Fado Irish Pub
Late lunch in between games: DGS Deli
England vs Italy: Lucky Bar
Dinner: 9:00 reservation at Izakaya Daikaya
After dinner: Everyone seems to want to hit a rooftop for drinks. I was thinking POV lounge but have never been there on a Saturday night. Is this a good idea or are there better options?
Late night grub: Mings?
Brunch: 1:00 reservation at Poste
France vs Honduras: Bistro la Bonne. One of the guys in the group is from Paris originally, so wanted to watch at a place that attracts fellow France supporters.
Bite before our flights that evening? I am drawing a blank when it comes to a quick bite before our flight, near the hotel since our bags will be stored there for the afternoon. Any input is appreciated.
So please let me know your thoughts, thank you in advance!
re: Worldwide Diner
Is DC a place to meet up or is it a hotbed for soccer fans that I'm just clueless to?
I can't comment on your venues for watching but your restaurant choices are pretty solid, other than Poste. If you can get reservation, go to Le Diplomate for brunch (unless the French guy doesn't want to eat French here). Dinner at Kapnos.
I've watched some games before at Fado's - and it's not my favorite - but it does have the advantage of being close to the Irish Channel which also has games if you want to try another place close by. However, regarding the nature of the World Cup viewing on a weekend might be far less predictable.
I've been to Lucky Bar before, and I really like it for watching games - but can't speak to the food at all. Also, have no idea what it'll be like for the World Cup on the weekends. I do plan on watching weekday games there prior to the weekend you'll be in town (as it's the best/closest choice to where I work) - but it's not my weekend bar of choice. I'm not sure if the Wrong Side of the Pond pub atlas will have any updated info regarding the World Cup, but it might be worth checking. http://wrongsideofthepond.com/wsotp-s...
Thanks for the heads up on Fado. Of all the venues that is the one I wavered on the most. Truthfully I would much rather find a place that Colombian supporters meet up, as one of the fellas is from there originally. Any ideas?
Lucky seemed like the spot for England fans, which I am, so good to hear its a nice spot. As far as food is concerned, we will be stopping by DGS before, so no need for grub, just drinks.
You've seen this, right?
I've watched matches at Summers, the last one on the list. It is in Arlington but right at the metro and they open even for very early games. The food is nothing special but Bayou Bakery is right across the street for a pre-match beignet or two.
re: Matt H
Summers is also across the street from the Ireland's Four Courts - so you can easily decide if one appeals to you more than the other. (Compared to the option of Fado/Irish Channel, I'd strongly recommend it)
Four Courts also has a considerable English fan base. It can get very crowded (the FA Cup final ended up being totally nuts) but it is also very large with lots of TV's. So if you aren't wedded to sitting at the bar, there can be lots of options.
That being said - I'm also new to the area and have never experienced a World Cup/tournament at any of these places. So regarding crowd size - who knows.
re: Matt H
Summers has good buffalo wings. Do not eat anything else there. Summers has long been the top spot for soccer in the DC area. And because of the international community, it is the one place where you are likely to find supposters of many different teams all clustered in different places.
My favorite experiences watching a World Cup game was a bit by accident. I went to the Babylon Futbol Cafe in Baileys Crossroads to watch the US-Algeria game in 2010. Then when I got outside I saw all these cars with Algerian flag pennants and signs. This huge place was packed with mostly Algerian fans yet some very vocal US supporters wearing old jerseys (Joe-Max Moore) and waving flags. It was fun hearing the Algerians all around me talking and ordering in French, yelling at the screens. The scene was tense, electric, good-natured, fun.
Just received this in an email. I know Kapnos is already on your list, but thought I'd mention it anyway.
"The 2014 World Cup kicks off on June 12 and we will be celebrating until the final game on July 13. Join us at Graffiato, Kapnos or G to watch the games and enjoy a selection of $9 classic cocktails themed for our favorite teams – U.S. (Sazerac), Brazil (Grapefruit Caipirinha), Italy (Negroni), Spain (White Sangria) and Greece (Watermelon Lemonade)."
Hey all, back from a great weekend, lots of good eating, drinking and of course football. Here are a few highlights:
- Graffiato: Ended up here for an afternoon match. Very good cocktails and the truffle and poached egg pizza was delicious. Definitely would love to return to try out more of the menu.
- Del Campo: Once again excellent cocktails, especially the Caipirinha and Pisco Sour. I tried the burger and it was just "good" to me. Cooked as I ordered, but I was expecting more of a bite to it flavor wise. The Yuca fries were very good though.
- Daikaya Izakaya: Went through quite a few dishes on the menu. No misses at all, except for one of baked oysters which still had some shell in it (all the others were perfect though). Loved the quail, chicken livers, beef tongue and tenderloin skewers. The two major highlights were the pork and brussels sprout dish and the mushrooms with miso butter. The mushrooms in miso butter dish was one of the best bites of food I've had this year.
- Fainting goat: Most of the group had left and two others were off doing something else before the France match, so I ended up stopping off here on a whim for brunch and was very happy I did. Excellent burger (blew away the Del Campo burger IMO) and bottomless prosecco cocktails. Very cool bartender and comfortable room.
Also made a pit stop at Nando's to fill our stomachs before heading over to Fado for a couple matches. Has Nando's toned down their spice level? I ordered the most spicy and didnt find it spicy enough. Which is not what I remembered from past visits.
World cup venues:
- Fado Irish Pub: Turned out to be a destination for us for a few matches. The England v. Italy match was especially spirited there. Good venue and packed house.
- Bistro la Bonne: Excellent place for the France v. Honduras match. My French friends were especially impressed by the crowd. Alot of knowledgeable fans and tons of French being spoken in the room.
- Chinatown Coffee was a hit, and hit there both mornings. Brought back a bag of one of their coffee's roasted by Intelligentsia. Definitely a solid "third wave" option.
Once again fun weekend and appreciate the help and advice. We ended up staying within walking distance for most venues because of not wanting to be pressed for time between some other non-football/food related activities. Thanks again.