World in Motion
France vs. Italy: It's just like 2000 all over again. With Sunday's World Cup final on the line, here are some hints about where each country's fans will be watching the game. If you're joining a loud-and-proud contingent for a game-watching party, let us know by adding your comments.
For Azzuri: A call to the embassy's Italian Cultural Center suggested that fans wishing to view the game should head for
Sette Osteria on Connecticut Avenue, where the game will be on big-screen televisions and the Italian wine will be flowing. It's a small place, though, so arrive early for lunch and linger with a bottle of Chianti.
For Les Bleus: The Alliance Francaise has done a great job of showing games throughout the tournament. I watched the quarter-final against Brazil at the Kalorama row house, and enjoyed the huge projection screen, the small bar stocked with Belgian beers ($3 for a small plastic cup), Normandy cider and French wines and champagnes. At halftime, everyone got free Grand Marnier crepes from the Woodley Park restaurant Petits Plats. Unfortunately, there's a $10 cover charge for non-members for this game, though that includes a free drink and snacks. If you go, arrive early for the best choice of seats, which are arranged theater-style in the cultural center's library.
UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, the Alliance Francaise reports that there are no tickets remaining for Sunday's match.
Also, the new-ish Dupont restaurant Le Pigalle is showing the match on a huge projection screen as well as a 50-inch plasma screen. The Kronenbourg is $6 a bottle here, so something from the (mostly) reasonable wine is probably a better option.
For Neutrals: We still like the atmosphere at Lucky Bar, Kitty O'Shea's, the Pour House and Summers, but if the sun is shining, consider a trip over to Elephant and Castle downtown; the English-style pub put flat-screen televisions on its patio.
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