by August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,848 0

Laura Herman, U Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Sunday is the Hip Hop Bar Crawl with six participating U Street bars, from Tabaq to Queen Makeda. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

Happy weekend, Borderstan! Here are my top picks for what to do in and around the neighborhood this weekend.

Friday, August 19

  • Head over to Black Cat for the inaugural Friday Night Frights of the season, featuring two episodes of Tales From the Crypt and drink specials every Friday from 7 pm to 8:30. Spooky scary.
  • Beer Week is also still in full swing. Check out Alejandra’s local guide for more info on where to drink this weekend.

by July 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm 1,612 2 Comments

FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Remember Soccer in the Circle last year for the FIFA Men’s Cup? No such luck this year, but the USA Women’s Soccer Team plays France in the semifinals of the Women’s FIFA World Cup Championships. The game is Wednesday at 11:30 am and you can watch on the TV. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman and Scott Leibowitz. Follow Laura on Twitter @Lmhhabs and Scott @Lebodome.

Preview From Lebodome

This is it for Team USA, two games to go, one game at a time: we’re playing France today in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. Anything but the championship trophy at this point would be a major disappointment as the other major soccer powers are gone (Germany, England, Brazil). Many pundits have called this the “redeem team” so the expectations are lofty. If Team USA wins, they’ll play the winner of the other semi between Japan and Sweden.

In my mind, the biggest stumbling block for Team USA is themselves and having an emotional letdown after such a miraculous win. Scoring early has been key and will be again against a crafty French team. It will be interesting to see who the local German fans support in this match, but Americans have been loud all tournament. For more insight try either this ESPN preview or this one (actual soccer strategy ain’t my expertise). Enjoy the game. USA! USA!

Details, Where We’ll Watch the Game

Team USA faces off against France at 11:30 am EST on Wednesday, July 13. Remember that player Lori Lindsey lives here in Borderstan when she’s not playing with the Philadelphia Independence.

We all know how sub-par watching a game via livecast from your desk is, so duck out during lunch and catch the game at your local sports bar.

Our pick is Touchdown (1334 U Street NW), which has quickly become one of our favorite soccer bars in the city. As part of their commitment to moving beyond just American football and baseball by showcasing sports like soccer and cricket, as well as WOMENS SPORTS (gurrrrlpower!), they’ll be opening EARLY today and showing the women’s soccer game on the flatscreens throughout their two main floors.

To make your (extended) lunch break even better, they’ll be offering food and drink specials: $3 beers and $1 fish tacos.

If this watch party is anything like Touchdown’s Cricket World Cup Party, you won’t want to miss it. Check out Laura’s review from earlier this Spring for a preview of what to expect.

We can’t wait to beat France just before Bastille Day…

by March 10, 2011 at 5:30 am 2,123 2 Comments

Touchdown, U Street NW, Borderstan

Touchdown opened Tuesday at 1334 U Street NW. (Laura Herman)

From Laura Herman. You can follow Laura on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Touchdown, a really unique sports bar, just opened this week at 1334 U Street NW. I had the pleasure of checking out Touchdown earlier this week for their soft opening and I was blown away.

Sports bars usually aren’t my thing, but I can’t wait to head back to Touchdown…like this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday night too. I was really impressed with the friendly staff, cool vibe and overall attention to detail. Here are some of my thoughts, but you really need to check this place out for yourself:

  • What’s it like? The aesthetic and decor isn’t your “typical sports bar” scene. The staff was eager to point out the carefully-chosen, sports-themed art that has a lot of local flavor and lends the space an almost gallery-like feel, including gorgeous sports photos taken by local artist Kevin Dietsch; the second floor décor commemorating the (dearly departed) Washington Senators’ 1924 World Series win; and a giant portrait of Duke Ellington, paying homage to the U Street music scene. Not your average sports bar.



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