Although the United States men's national soccer team is irrelevant to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there are still plenty of reasons to watch this summer.
32 countries are making a run for the Cup, which includes both Iceland and Panama making their debuts in worldwide competition.
In 2014, almost half of the world's population knew what was at stake.
3.2 billion people tuned in to watch that year.
Before venturing out to watch this year's madness, consider this list of local bars in the D.C. area:
Caddies Bar and Grill (4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814)
- This sports bar located in the heart of Bethesda is offering $9.99 lunch specials Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Happy hour: Monday-Friday from 3-8 p.m. featuring $12 Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling pitchers
Dock FC (1400 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002)
- Located in a former warehouse, this location is a hub for soccer fans in the D.C. area.
- World Cup Package: a pitcher of beer with nachos, churros and wings for $50
- Bucket special: 6 beers for $30 (Modelo Especial, Peroni, Heineken & PBR)
- Food comes from two separate kitchens under the same ownership
- Tacos/nachos comes from La Puerta Verde
- Ari's Diner provides burgers, fries and breakfast foods
- Four projectors and a slew of TV's
(Photo courtesy: @DockFCDC)
Fado Irish Pub (808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
- Guinness is widely argued as the top beer that goes hand in hand with watching soccer and Fado Irish Pub gives you both
- $5 drink specials include Guinness, Goose Island, Red Bull and Red Bull Orange
- June Beer of the Month: Harp Lager
- Bucket special: 5 beers for $25
- Hours: Sunday-Thursday to 2 a.m., Friday-Sunday to 3 a.m.
- Limited $9.95 brunch deals (avocado toast and Irish breakfasts)
- Management is taking reservations throughout the month
Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Per management, here is the official schedule for the World Cup at Franklin Hall:
- Saturday games: $3 Pints, $8 Liters of Narragansett
- Sunday games: $4 Pints of Founders Solid Gold, $7 Liters of Miller Lite
- Tuesday games: $4 Port City Optimal Wit, $6 Giant soft Pretzel with Port City beer cheese
- Wednesday games: $2 off all Liters and free toppings on all sausages
Lou's City Bar (1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010 )
- Located next to Bar Roubaix, which was recently named the official bar of Poland, this NW DC area offers a diverse soccer atmosphere
- Heineken specials: $4 drafts and $16 pitchers
- Fans from Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico crowd this bar and enjoy special dishes from each country
The Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036)
- Set to open early throughout the World Cup, Lucky Bar offers special Russian foods for breakfast and lunch
- Cocktails include The Putin, Moscow Mule and White & Black Russians
- Per management, the atmosphere has been electric throughout the first week with big crowds for Denmark, Iceland and Russia
Public Bar (1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036)
- Heineken specials: $5 drafts and $30 buckets
- A hot spot for Mexicans, Peruvians, Colombians and Argentinians
- Per management, a Mariachi band will be playing ahead of Mexico's match on 6/23
The Queen Vic (1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002)
- This Old English Pub in NE DC offers a traditional British menu for soccer fans throughout the World Cup
- Draft specials: $5 Carlsberg and Jameson
- Per management, if there is an England match, it will be on with sound throughout the entire bar
Have thoughts on my Top 8? Hop on Twitter and let me know @BobTrosset.