The World Cup is nothing like the Olympics. Everyone knows who won and understands how they did it. Everyone knows what a goal is. Everyone enjoys a scoring celebration. Because of that – and because Team USA needs all the support it can get – a crowd makes the event far more entertaining. Drinks don't hurt either. Here are the bars that will get busy during the tournament and regulars walk the line between enthusiasm and hooliganism.
Fado Irish Pub, Washington D.C.
The Vibe: Watching the Beltway try to get excited about sports can be painful (Nationals fans are often too busy networking to watch the game), but Fado's reliably draws a sports-loving crowd. Part of a chain, the sports bar six blocks from The Mall, is all about soccer. In fact, the place is offering $1 million to the fan that can accurately bracket out the whole tournament. It's probably not going to happen, but it will be entertaining to watch congressional aides curse their luck.
The Game to Watch: Anti-Russian sentiment is high in D.C. Expect Fado's to be hopping when Belgium, the world's smallest soccer superpower, takes on Putin's boys on June 22.