-- Any old sports bar will do when it comes to watching football, basketball or baseball. But for a sport like soccer -- and especially the World Cup -- that is played largely outside the country (at often odd times for bar hours), you'll need to find a specialized sports bar for all your soccer needs.
As the round of 16 continues today with the U.S. taking on Belgium, fans will be looking for a great soccer bar place to watch the match. Luckily, we've found them for you.
Read on for the best of the best soccer bars from across the nation where you can get your World Cup fix.
Arlington: Dozens of flatscreen TVs at Summers are prepared to broadcast every single game of the World Cup in both smoking and non-smoking rooms.
Atlanta: It’s soccer galore at Brewhouse Café, where they set up a tent in the parking lot to accommodate all the World Cup matches.
Austin: Ever get an overwhelming urge to join in on the action while watching a soccer match? Well at Mister Tramps there’s a soccer field in the middle of the floor for an impromptu game along with your chicken and waffle sandwich.
Boston: Phoenix Landing is ready to broadcast every single game with specialized World Cup merchandise.
Chicago: The Globe Pub is the undisputed leading soccer bar in the Windy City, and perhaps the country as the three-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Bar of the Year. The spot even runs a luxury cruiser to Chicago soccer games.
Denver: Early morning counts as happy hour at The Three Lions, where from 7 to 11 a.m. on weekends you can get a beer for $2 along with your full breakfast and side of soccer.
Los Angeles: There’s nothing like drinking a 4 a.m. beer to cheer on your favorite international team on a 135-inch HD projection screen. And Cock ‘n Bull Pub in Santa Monica is the best place to do it.
New York City: We’re giving NYC special treatment with two bars since it’s so big and such a melting pot.
Nevada Smiths is considered the leading soccer mega-bar in the city with two 20-foot big screens that plan to show every game of the FIFA World Cup.
Less known, but just as dedicated to the sport, Woodwork in Brooklyn has an online countdown to the start of the tournament, when they’ll have dedicated food and drink specials just for the games.
Portland: Floor-to-ceiling team jerseys and flags line the walls at 442 Soccer Bar and immediately mark this territory firmly as a soccer mecca.
Special mention: Fado Irish Pub: No, Fado Irish Pub is not a city. But this soccer bar gets special mention for a few reasons. It has locations in 14 cities across the country, each devoted to all things soccer. And the bar is even hosting a Million Dollar Bracket Challenge for this year’s World Cup, and you know you want in on a piece of that action.
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