(WJLA) - If this were any other day, Lucky's in NW wouldn't even be open in the afternoon. But this is not any other day at a spot known as "Soccer Bar," since Thursday is the opening of the World Cup.
"I had to take the day off work just to be here -- my boss understands, I brought my friends along just to have a great time, have fun...soccer is a uniting game," said Silver Spring resident Rachel Nghiwete.
"We all wait for this moment, its once every 4 years and we all want to see it," added Miguel Ferrer from Woodbridge.
It's that soccer fever that's scoring a goal for local restaurants and bars; at Lucky's, this June will be just that: lucky. A surge of more people ordering more food and more beer could double the cash in the register this month.
"This is sustained everyday -- for 30 days, we'll just be crazy busy," says manager Kat Spears.
Meanwhile across the river, it's the same story for a different bar - a packed house for the opening game, a scene that Summer's in Arlington expects will be repeated for the next month of World Cup action.
And at the Brazilian Embassy, there is a watch party to cheer on the host team.