With the start of the 2010 World Cup just hours away, I think now is the time to highlight the excitement/anticipation/mania that’s been building for, oh, four years? If your weekend (or weekday, for that matter) isn’t complete without brunch, but you also can’t stand to miss a minute of a single match, don’t worry. Bars in D.C. will be opening at 7:30 am for early games, and some also are offering brunch specials. With apologies to our readers outside of the area, here are a few options (courtesy of City Paper, DCist and UrbanDaddy):
- Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan will be opening early on Saturdays/Sundays and serving brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
- The Town Tavern, also in Adams Morgan, plans to show all games live and will be serving brunch.
- The Diner (again, in Adams Morgan) serves brunch 24/7 and will be showing most games live.
- Cafe Citron, just south of Dupont Circle, will be opening at 7:00 am, showing all games and serving breakfast. $4 mimosas are on the menu.
- Busboys and Poets serves Saturday/Sunday brunch. According to their website, they will be opening early for all games and serving breakfast every day. One location around Chinatown, one at U St. Their food ain’t bad.
- Cafe Nema / Momo’s is a U St. sports bar. They’ll open at 7:30 am on Saturday and Sunday and serve “soccer brunch” from 10 am-2pm.
- Mio on Vermont will be serving a $20 Latin American breakfast with “eye-opener” drinks (a “Latin Bloody Mary?”).
- Fado is an Irish pub in Chinatown–they’ll open at 7 am and serve brunch items like bangers and mash and corned beef hash.
- Lucky Bar in Dupont opens at 7 am and will serve breakfast until 11.
- Capitol Lounge on the Hill will open for early games and offer a bagel bar with mimosas and Bloody Marys.
- In honor of the host country (or continent, rather), Dukem, an Ethiopian restaurant on U St., will be serving breakfast and beer starting at 10 am every day.
Please note that I haven’t tried most of these bars/restaurants, so I can’t vouch for their food/drinks (especially those in AdMo). However, I imagine that a beer or two and the company of fellow soccer fans will make a visit to any of these spots worthwhile.
I’m sure there are plenty more options out there, but I’m also a fan of the at-home (bottomless mimosa) brunch with friends–comfy couch, big screen, access to a beer-filled fridge, the works. So get psyched, and enjoy World Cup Weekend #1!