Do you know the best places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Here’s a list of some of the best soccer bars in the US — just in case you can’t make it to Brazil. A lively atmosphere, authentic soccer fans, good beer/cocktails and food were all criteria that helped us narrow down our list.
1. The Londoner (Addison, TX) Head to The Londoner if you’re looking for an authentic British pub experience. England fans usually frequent the Addison bar, which is also the flagship location for the Dallas-Fort Worth pub chain. All 4 locations will host kick-off parties on June 12 with drink specials like $5 caipirinhas, and plans are already underway to show 48 World Cup games live.
Where: 14930 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
2. Atlantic Beer Garden (Boston)
Go for the 29 HD TVs, 2 projection screens, 12 draft lines and list of more than 40 craft beers to wash down their tasty Mac n’ Cheeseburger or seafood scampi. Its South Boston waterfront location makes it the perfect spot to take a stroll if the soccer games gets too intense and you need a breath of fresh air.
Where: 146 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
3. Timothy O’Toole’s Pub (Chicago)
Soccer fans should plan ahead and visit Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, where all 64 soccer games will be shown during the World Cup. While you’re here, try one of their 48 beers on draught and take on the “Big Timmy” Challenge by finishing 2 half-pound burger patties topped with cheddar, jack, mozzarella, Swiss, bacon, onion straws, BBQ sauce, and piled high with fries and onion rings. Finish it all and you get an O’Toole’s t-shirt.
Where: 622 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611
4. Crown & Anchor British Pub (Las Vegas)
The Crown & Anchor is the self-proclaimed home for soccer if you’re in Las Vegas — maybe because this British pub is open 24/7. This pub serves up traditional British eats like bangers and mash, fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding and a drink menu with 30 draught beers from around the world. Ask the bartender about the World Cup drink specials and giveaways.
Where: 1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
5. 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar (Miami)
Go for a more luxe setting and watch the soccer games at 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar at the Viceroy Miami. For the 1st round of games, 15th & Vine will serve $5 drinks and $7 plates for each competing country. For the Brazil vs. Croatia game, the drinks were Rio Royale vs. Sailing Croatia, and the plates were Felijão Tropeiro vs. Bučnica. This place is Team USA and for every game the USA soccer team wins, patrons will enjoy a Coors Light on the house.
Where: 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131
6. Nevada Smiths (New York City)
Visit Manhattan’s premier sports bar to watch the World Cup. Nevada Smiths believes “Football is Religion,” and this unique 2-level bar features 14 TVs and a huge projection screen. Club and international soccer from all over the world is usually broadcast here and this is the place to watch teams battle it out in the quest for the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship title. Make sure you check out Nevada Smith’s Wall of Fame that displays signed soccer jerseys collected over the years from pro players like a signed jersey from England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer and a signed jersey from the 2006 USA World Cup squad.
Where: 100 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10003
7. The Futbol Club (Overland Park, KS)
You’re welcome here no matter what you choose to call it: futbol, soccer or footy. The Futbol Club is a soccer-themed restaurant and bar that also has an impressive collection of memorabilia featuring Kansas City greats, MLS legends and international stars. So it won’t come as surprise to know that patrons can belly-up to the bar and watch all the World Cup games here. This bar’s mission is also to giving back to the local community by donating 1% of its sales to local youth soccer clubs. Add the Futbol Club to your agenda if you’re visiting Overland Park.
Where: 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66213
8. Lucky Baldwins Pub (Pasadena, CA)
Frequented by fans wearing USA jerseys or Spain jerseys, this is Pasadena’s unofficial World Cup headquarters. The enthusiasm of the soccer fans and 68 beers on tap make up for this compact size of the bar. Arrive early to get a table by the TV in the bar or on the patio. Otherwise, you’ll have to squeeze in where you can or head to the pub’s other Pasadena location on East Colorado Boulevard.
Where: 17 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
9. George & Dragon Pub (Seattle, WA)
George & Dragon bills itself as “Seattle’s British Pub.” Located in the Fremont district, the pub serves cocktails, ales and traditional British food. The US Soccer Federation named this bar one of the top 10 bars in the US to watch soccer games on TV. And true to form, from the first soccer match — Brazil vs. Croatia — to the final, George & Dragon will carry all World Cup soccer games.
Where: 206 N 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
10. Fado Irish Pub (Washington, DC)
With its TVs strategically located throughout the bar, Fado has become an established soccer bar in Washington, DC. Patrons who frequent this authentic Irish pub are fans of Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton or Arsenal, or the English and Irish national teams. You won’t find a better pint of Guinness and dozens of other ales, lagers, various types of Irish whiskey and more. Located in the Chinatown neighborhood, this bar is also popular because it only a block away from the Verizon Center, home to the Washington Wizards and Capitals.
Where: 808 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
In addition to watching the soccer games at one of these bars, I’d also recommend diving into our extensive look at all the World Cup host cities in Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Belo Horizonte.