Where to Watch Euro 2012 in Washington

These local spots are offering food and drink specials, plus contests, fantasy leagues, and more.

By: Laura Wainman

If you’re a “fĂștbol fiend,” you’ve probably already spent some quality time entrenched in your favorite sports bar watching the Euro Cup. But in case you missed the memo, through July 1 the best in Europe are competing for glory in the 14th annual Euro tournament. Due to the time difference, the games are shown at noon and 2:45 PM daily, which is perfect for leisurely weekend day drinking—and during the week you can head to the bar after work and catch replays at 6 and 8 PM. Here are a few local spots offering food and drink specials during the tournament.

Kick off your football-filled weekend at Fado Irish Pub, where there’s a special match-day menu and featured beers such as Guinness, Newcastle, and Stella Artois. Enjoy a sandwich (think Guinness barbecue chicken or corned beef) and a pint for $13.95 or an appetizer and a pint for $11.95. There’s no cover, and all games will be shown with the sound on. You can ramp up the intensity of each game by creating your own fantasy team and enter to win several prizes. Sign up here.

Celebrate the host countries at Dupont Circle’s Lucky Bar, where Polish and Ukrainian cuisine (who doesn’t enjoy pierogies with kielbasa?) will be offered each day, along with specials on European beers. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, try a specialty Polish cocktail: Polish vodka infused with bison grass, served on the rocks with apple juice. The bar opens daily at 11 AM, and has had a full house since the games started, so we suggest getting there early to snag seats.

Union Jack’s (Ballston and Bethesda) will be showing all the games on HDTVs and projector screens with sound, which you can enjoy while sipping 20-ounce Heineken drafts in a keepsake glass for $4.50. You can also enter the many giveaways to take home prizes such as Euro Cup jerseys and T-shirts or a Heineken Beertender (a complete home draft system).

Of course we can’t talk about soccer without mentioning Summers Restaurant—an official US soccer bar with more than 60 TVs to watch the games. Get there early if you want seats, and pass the time with eats like Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst, plus 22-ounce Heinekens for $4.50. If you’re looking for a new beer, try a $5.95 pint of Estrella-Damm, imported from Barcelona just for Euro 2012.

It’s been nearly 25 years since the Boys in Green took home the cup, but if you’re looking for a great atmosphere to root for your favorite underdogs, head to James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. Sip $4 Heinekens or $5 Guinnesses as you cheer your brains out, and if you miss the live action, catch DVR versions of the games at 7 PM. Admission is free.

At Barcode you’ll find an extended happy hour and weekday games shown on ten 42-inch HDTVS and two 70-inch HD projectors. Enjoy half off all rail mixed drinks, wines by the glass, and beers from 3 to 7 PM Monday through Friday. Or fill up on appetizer specials such as $5 grilled wings or cheeseburgers on Mondays from 7 to close, or three tacos for $9 on Wednesdays.

Does your idea of the perfect brunch include a side of penalty kicks and head butts? Then Local 16 is where you need to be to enjoy any weekend game, a mimosa or two, and a lovely rooftop view.

Bring your own beverages to the Goethe-Institut on June 17 to watch Germany and Denmark face off. Or pack a picnic to catch the Ireland matches on 12 flat-screens at Duffy’s Irish Pub, since the kitchen doesn’t open until 5. Wash down your grub with $3 PBR tallboys.

Indulge in your favorite British pub fare at the Queen Vic and receive 10 percent off your tab when you show your Three Lions spirit by rocking English gear. If you brave those insane stairs at Public Bar, you will be rewarded with $3 Peronis and many raucous Azzurri fans.

Even the Pug seems to be breaking one of its cardinal rules for this Euro fun fest and offering $3 bratwursts and $4 Carlsbergs—and we are in full support of this break from the “no specials” rule. The rest of the rules we are totally on board with, though: “No idiots. No bombs. Relax. Drink. Be cool. Behave.”

For more fĂștbol-friendly bars in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, check out our Guide to Washington’s Best Soccer Bars.