No matter where you travel around the world during the World Cup, you’re bound to catch at least a few minutes of a game at the bar, hotel lounge, or local restaurant. This year the World Cup is happening June 14-July 15 and is taking place in Russia. There are currently 32 teams taking place in the World Cup.
The three years leading up to the World Cup, National teams compete in order to qualify for 31 open slots. The nation that hosts the tournament automatically qualifies. In 2014, 3.2 billion people watched the World Cup and those numbers are expected to rise this year.
When Iceland played Argentina a few days ago, 99.6% of Iceland’s population watched the game. Soccer (or futbol) is an underrated sport and the true popularity comes out every four years when there are games running all day long.
If you’re a fan, you want to have the best seat in the house, especially when it’s your country playing.
There are some spots around the country that hype it up to make your experience really special. You can even make your own living room into an awesome soccer-watching atmosphere. Check out these best ways to watch the World Cup.
Your own home: If you have a man cave or even just an awesome TV in your living room, the comfort of your own home might be the best place for you to watch the big game. If you’re thinking ahead, some of the best TVs you can have to watch sports are the 65 inch LG C& OLED, the 75 inch Vizio E Series, and the 65 inch LG B7 OLED according to USA Today. If you want an awesome TV but need it to blend in with the style of the room, check out these Mirror TVs, they’re a win-win when it comes to experience and design.
The Midway Pub: This pub located in Atlanta is a well-known soccer bar. They throw special events when the World Cup comes around every four years. They play every single game on their many flat screen TVs and offer specials on drinks and snacks. This pub can get very lively when the games get competitive, so if you want a loud and fun atmosphere for your game-watching experience, check out the Midway Pub.
Banter: Another pub that offers special events for the World Cup, Banter is located in Brooklyn. The bar is one of the top spots to watch soccer games year round, making it a hot spot for the biggest competition in all of soccer. They offer World Cup trivia nights, and festivities including: game day opening parties, jersey giveaways, beer passport giveaways, and raffles.
The Brass Door: This bar is located in Memphis and is one of the top spots to watch the World Cup if you’re looking to hang around for a few games. Not only do they offer a happy hour multiple nights per week, but they also feature drink specials during every World Cup match. Word on the street is that their game night kickoff parties are a ton of fun.
Brauhaus Schmitz: This Philadelphia German beer hall is throwing some major World Cup celebrations this year.
Maybe Philadelphia is still running on their excitement from how well their own teams did this year, or maybe they just love to drink. Either way, this beer hall has over 30 German beers on draft and 50 bottled.
They’re playing every World Cup match on their TVs but are going extra hard for all German matches. Admission is $10, which includes your first beer. If you want to go VIP style, admission is $60. This includes bottomless beer, 2 food tickets, seating in the private beer hall, and a great view of the giant 10 foot projector screen.
This is an awesome offer especially if you’re German!