The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here!
The games start on Thursday, June 12th with Brasil vs. Croatia at 4pm EST (5pm local time). The United States begins its tournament play against Ghana on Monday, June 16th.
If you’re a big time football fan, you’ll know it’s more fun to watch the games with a group. If you’re not so into soccer, now’s the time to see what it’s all about.
The World Cup runs through Sunday, July 13th, giving you the chance to check out a number of bars and restaurants.
Catch the action at these spots in Atlanta:
Fado Irish Pub
An official U.S. Soccer bar, the pub will show all 64 games live on HDTVs, along with food and drink specials. Buy an appetizer/sandwich and beer bundle to save, and enjoy $5 Heineken draft and $4 Heineken & Heineken Light bottles.
273 Buckhead Avenue NE, 404.841.0066, fadoirishpub.com/atlanta
Red Pepper Taqueria
Both the Buckhead and Decatur locations will be offering Brazilian steak tacos featuring the traditional picanha cut. The taqueria has partnered with Heineken and will be offering $3 pints along with Karma Tequila specials.
3135 Piedmont Road, 404.869.2773, eatredpepper.com
2149 Briarcliff Road NE, 404.325.8151
Stout Irish Pub
The Andrews Entertainment District pub offers 16 TVs, dart boards, Golden Tee, beer pong tables and $1.50 draft beer. Budweiser and Bud Light will be offering FIFA commemorative aluminum bottle specials during all games.
56 East Andrews Drive NW, 404.869.1151, stoutirishpub.com
Throughout the tournament enjoy traditional German food and $8 liters of Warsteiner. With each Warsteiner purchase, guests will receive a raffle ticket. A grand prize winner will be chosen during the final match on Sunday, July 13, and will receive two round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe courtesy of Lufthansa. A second prize winner will receive an authentic German football jersey. During the World Cup the restaurant will open at noon with a light lunch menu available.
300 Marietta Street NW, 404.521.2728, derbiergarten.com
Official game day sponsor Peroni is pouring $3 drafts during the competition. Guests can enjoy game day-worthy burgers like the double stack cheeseburger, plus beer buckets filled with select beers perfect for sharing with friends.
300 Marietta Street NW, 404.885.1472, statsatl.com
Little Five Points
Ranked among the top spots to watch the World Cup in the United States, this soccer bar is a place you must visit at least once during the tournament. Brewhouse Cafe will be offering food and drink specials and giveaways.
401 Moreland Avenue NE, 404.525.7799, brewhousecafe.com
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
The restaurant will offer food and drink specials throughout the competition and serve Brazilian appetizers and desserts from Marietta’s Brazilian Bakery Café. They will also have Brazilian cocktails and soccer jerseys for sale, plus a Germany vs. USA night featuring Krombacher beers when the two teams face off.
817 West Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.9243, cypressbar.com
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Watch each match live on the large HD projectors and enjoy specials including $3 Bud and Bud Lights in 16 oz. commemorative World Cup bottles and $5 Grey Goose Melon mules.
1080 Peachtree Street, 404.477.1700, www.rira.com/atlanta
For an authentic World Cup experience head over to Varuni Napoli where you can cheer on your favorite team alongside die-hard Italian soccer fans. Games will be played during regular business hours.
1540 Monroe Drive NE, 404.709.2690, varuni.us
Whether you’re toasting a win or drowning a loss, chase it down with a “Mexican lunch box” featuring a Tecate and tequila shot for $5. Zocalo will also offer happy hour menu prices on game days including deals on items like tacos and torta sliders, skillet nachos, tableside guacamole and more.
187 10th Street NE, 404.249.7576, richardsandoval.com/zocalo
Watch the games on 15 plus HDTVs. Wear red, white and blue when the U.S. plays and you’ll get 10% off your bill.
1190 North Highland Avenue NE, 404.249.5000, dbabarbecue.com
Three Taverns Brewery
The brewery has created Pils Mundial, a special brew in celebration of the World Cup. It will be served at select bars and restaurants throughout the month, including Brick Store Pub, Mac McGee’s, Marlay House, Melton’s App & Tap, Steinbecks and all Taco Mac locations.
121 New Street, Decatur, 404.600.3355, threetavernsbrewery.com
View Italy matches and other select games via widescreen projector in Osteria Mattone’s bar dining room. World Cup menu deals include pizza & draft beer, a bruschetta platter or antipasti dishes for $12.
1095 Canton Street, Roswell, 678.878.3378, osteriamattone.com
For news, schedules and scores from the 2014 FIFA World Cup visit fifa.com/worldcup.
image from Brewhouse Café’s Facebook page