10 Best Sports Bars in the U.S. to Watch the World Cup

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Starting the second week of June, hundreds of the world’s best soccer players converge on Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil with one goal in mind: win the World Cup. Millions of fans will watch their favorite teams compete for this glory. Although the plucky United States squad has not made much noise the past few tournaments, the interest in the sport has grown exponentially in the US the past few years. Excitement is high, and although a trip to Rio may be a bit too expensive for many Americans, there are plenty of top notch establishments to take in a game this year. Watching the World Cup at a bar packed with your fellow supporters waiting to explode with cheers for every goal is an experience unlike any other. So, whether you live in the area, or you want to plan a trip during this year’s World Cup, consider visiting the sports bars listed below as they have received rave reviews from patrons. 

Barcode (Washington, DC)

Barcode’s sleek design, high tables and glowing LED lights say Euro-lounge, but the sports and CNN streaming on TVs behind the marble bar say “D.C. after-work spot.” The daily happy hour attracts downtown workers for half-price beers, wines and rail drinks at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m., spilling over to tables on the wide sidewalk patio area. On Tuesdays, DJs from the popular Glow dance party at Fur spin techno and house, and all bottles of wine are half-price all night. – via Washington Post

Beco (New York, NY)

Beco is a Brazilian bar and eatery opened in Williamsburg in 2009. Here you can experience authentic drink and cuisine from the beautiful country of Brazil, not to mention rabid fans of their soccer-playing countrymen. – via Becobar.com

The Mad Dog in the Fog (San Francisco, CA)

Close to the Kezar Stadium in the Haight-Ashbury District, the Mad Dog in the Fog pub brings together fans of local teams and international sports enthusiasts alike. A seemingly endless variety of beers and multiple televisions make fantasy football fans happy on Sundays, while European soccer and rugby matches can draw a crowd even at 5 am on a weekday. via themaddoginthefog.com

Stats (Atlanta, GA)

STATS is the ultimate location to watch your favorite sporting event, host your next private event or enjoy a tasty meal with friends. We offer tried-and-true American favorites that are sure bets to please every palate. On top of serving great food, STATS is one of the only bars in the United States to feature a beer tap system which allows guests to pour their own beer with no server or bartender needed. In addition to our beer tap tables, they have five bars and almost 16,000 square feet of restaurant and private event space – featuring 70 high definition TVs to keep your options endless. – via statsatl.com

Cafe Presse (Seattle, WA)

Café Presse is located on South Capitol Hill in the Seattle University neighborhood. Weekends at Café Presse mean soccer from America, Europe and around the globe in the bar. – via cafepresseseattle.com

Ri Ra (Las Vegas, NV)

Rí Rá Irish Pub, in Mandalay Place, epitomizes a true Irish pub experience, with a comfortable neighborhood environment where conversation flows as smoothly as Guinness ebbs in the glass. Constructed from a pub meticulously restored in Ireland then shipped to Las Vegas, it’s a hotspot for locals and visitors alike, offering an impressive line-up of live music, a comprehensive drink list and fare that defies pub standards. – via RiRa.com

O’Briens Pub (San Diego, CA)

O’Brien’s American Pub is one of San Diego’s most venerable craft beer bars. With a love for Belgian beers, hoppy beers, and numerous unusual rarities from around the world, there is something on the menu that is sure to delight even the most jaded beer enthusiast. – via Obrienspub.net

Flannery’s Pub (Cleveland, OH)

Flannery’s Irish Pub has been a Cleveland landmark since 1997. Renowned for their perfect pint, great comfort food, and the friendliest staff in Cleveland, Flannery’s is called home by all who visit. 

Located directly across from the Quicken Loans Arena on the corner of 4th and Prospect, in the heart of the Gateway Neighborhood, Flannery’s is a great place to go for lunch, meet friends after work, to shoot a game of pool, or to fuel up before a Cav’s game. After all, they are the only Irish Pub in Cleveland that pours a perfect 20 oz. pint!  – via Flannerys.com

Kezar Pub (San Francisco, CA)

Across from the former home of the 49ers (Kezar Stadium) in the Haight-Ashbury District, Kezar Pub brings together fans of local teams and international sports enthusiasts alike. A seemingly endless variety of beers and multiple televisions make fantasy football fans happy on Sundays, while European soccer and rugby matches can draw a crowd even at 5 am on a weekday. Pool, darts and video games keep the rest entertained, and other sports such as hockey, boxing, hurling, cricket and even wrestling secure airtime at Kezar. The regulars munch on burgers and fries, nachos, pork chops and Buffalo wings. – via KezarPub.com

Van Diemen’s Cafe & Bar (New York, NY)

Welcome to Van Diemens, a bar and restaurant offering a fresh look within the busy landscape of Murray Hill. Crafted from rugged brick, rich wood and inviting leather, we’ve combined these textures with brilliant lighting to showcase our unique loft space, available for private parties or just to enjoy the view of the crowd down below.

They offer a friendly atmosphere catering to those searching for a polished approach to the neighborhood cafe & bar. The ambience is complemented by our DJ who keeps our young, attractive audience moving while easing them into a fun, social vibe. Our menu brings to life typical bar-fare with a twist of refinement along with a list of signature cocktails that give a nod to our Australian heritage. But you’ve read enough, come see for yourself…Cheers! – via VanDiemensNYC.com