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D.C. Council Catches World Cup Fever (Sort of)

 

Emergency legislation passed by D.C. Council yesterday allowing D.C. bars to open as early as 7 a.m. during the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa would seem to suggest the presence of a few footy fans in the upper eschelons of city government, right?

Well, sort of. "Soccer has enormous interest everywhere, from what I can gather," Councilmember Jim Graham, who sponsored the legislation, was quoted as saying in the Examiner.

Area boozehounds will still have to wait until the 30th minute of action or so during early morning games to legally order a frothy pint or few. A law prohibiting alcohol sales before 8 a.m. remains in place, while "[s]ome of the games will start when it's only 7:30 a.m. in D.C.," meaning futbol aficionados "won't be able to order anything stronger than coffee for the first part of the match," the Examiner notes.

Some local suds-slingers are less than thrilled with the council's fancy legislative footwork. "What is the point of me opening a bar at seven o'clock in the morning for a soccer game if I can't sell liquor?" a manager at Circa at Dupont asks local Fox affiliate WTTG-TV.

Try food, maybe? The last time the quadrennial sporting event prompted local venues to adopt quirky hours of operation (and the city similarly stymied efforts to serve alcohol before 8 a.m.) some bar owners got creative. In 2002, when the games took place in far-flung South Korea, for instance, Capitol Lounge proprietor Joe Englert unveiled a newfangled homemade donut machine for the festivities. (This reporter packed on an additional ten pounds as a result.)

For a full list of venues to catch every kickoff, consult City Paper's handy World Cup watching guide.

Video courtesy of WTTG-TV

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