The World Cup ended and fans across the world lost hope for a bit. The excitement brought by the FIFA World Cup makes soccer fanatics in the U.S. experience the football craze right here at home. However, after it ends, many short-term fans put their jerseys away and the rest of us go back to watching Fox Soccer at home. Thousands of miles from the stadium, there is a quiet, but large, following of DC area residents who wake up early Saturday morning to watch their favorite European Leagues. Wouldn’t it be great though if you could get off the couch, put on your jersey and cheer with people who are as enthusiastic as you about Man U? Well, look no further: we’ve rounded up the best places in DC to watch the Premier League!
3605 14th St. NW.
Although owned by a Chelsea supporter, I’m a huge fan of this German brunch gem. The place is decorated with scarves and framed shirts and even has a biergarten for post-game hangouts. Even as a Man U fan, this place gets my stamp of approval!
What to order: you can’t go wrong with their Brunch Burger or Hat Trick breakfast.
1355 H St. NE.
Okay, so this isn’t for the Premier League, but Bayern Munich fans rejoice! Oktoberfest meets sports bar, Biergarten Haus is perfect for games starting later in the day (doors don’t open until 11 am) and U.S. National games!
What to order: The Bavarian Pretzel rolls are to die for and their West Berlin Omelet will remind you of the good ol’ days of studying abroad.
1400 Okie St. NE.
Large TVs line every wall, so you know there’s no bad seat in the house. The Ivy City bar is owned by a former soccer player and serves some of the best tacos in Northeast.
What to order: Enfrijoladas de Tinga because you can’t make it yourself, trust me. Their Cholula Chicken Wings are also a hit.
1529 14th St. NW.
Arsenal fan? This 14th street bar attracts many Arsenal supporters every week and sometimes, the bartenders even wear jerseys.
What to order: The Hot Mess and Sexy Egg Sandwich are as good as they sound. Kimchi tacos make the perfect appetizer to share.
Elephant & Castle
900 19th St. NW; 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
The two Downtown locations serve as home bases for two of the largest teams in the world. Barcelona’s official members club in DC, Penya Barcelonista, watch La Liga games at the 19th St location while Peña Madridista, the official Real Madrid group, get together at the Pennsylvania location.
What to order: Elephant & Castle’s Bangers & Mash, Manta’s Butter Chicken and Lamb Burger will make you want to visit your friends studying in the UK again over break. They also have a lot of gluten-free options so everyone can eat!
808 Seventh St. NW.
This is an Irish Pub chain, but it does not disappoint. Located in Chinatown, it is widely popular for its brunch and one can often spot jerseys for Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham.
What to order: You must try their Irish Breakfast and Banana Pecan pancakes! Come hungry.
Irish Channel Pub
500 H St. NW.
This place is HUGE and located inside of Chinatown’s Fairfield Inn and Suites. Many Tottenham Hotspur fans stop by as it is the official viewing location for DC Spurs.
What to order: Their breakfast burrito, eggs benedict and Irish country breakfast are huge portions at a reasonable price.
1221 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Hands down the most popular soccer bar in DC, Lucky is home to official supporter groups for Arsenal (D.C. Armoury), Man City (Capital City Blues) and Man U (Red Devils DC). This place gets packed fast, so make sure to come early to cheer on your team.
What to order: Their English breakfast is one of the best ones in the city. Their new falafel sandwich and Cod Fillet Po’boy are fan favorites as well.
The Queen Vic
1206 H St. NE.
With two levels and countless seats, jersey-wearing supporters flock to this H street fave to watch Liverpool (it’s an official supporter club base) and drink English and Scottish brews on tap. It has recently also become a fan-favorite for supporters of Cardiff City.
What to order: Ploughman’s Lunch and Bubble & Squeak are too good to be true. Get on it!
3125 M St. NW.
If you haven’t been to Ri-Ra for dinner, put two things on your to-do list: watching Manchester United play at Ri-Ra (it is listed as a “Manchester United Red-friendly Establishment” by the official Manchester United Supporters Club) and eating dinner at Ri-Ra after you went shopping in Georgetown. They show all premier league matches, open as early as 7:45 am and have $5 pints during games. See you there!
What to order: The Senators Benedict or Irish Hash are signature dishes you won’t want to miss. They also have all-day Irish breakfast!
1520 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington
This place was the original soccer viewing spot before all the others. Technically not in DC, this Arlington Courthouse restaurant plays games from England, France, Germany and Spain. It has also recently become the official viewing location for Bayern Munich matches.
What to order: They are famous for their gourmet burgers and seasonal seafood. Yum!
The Premier League not your thing? No problem. If you’re more into teams closer to home, hit up these places to rep DC United. Don’t forget to show us how you do game days using #FrayLife and #DCFray.
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