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The Best Bar To Watch The World Cup In All 50 States

You can’t make it to Brazil? No problem.

1. Alabama

 

WHAT: Iron City Bham
WHERE: 513 22nd St South Birmingham, AL 35233
WHY: The Iron City Bham is a 1,300 person music venue in downtown Birmingham that is being converted into World Cup central where fans can watch their favorite teams on a 240 square ft HD projector screen.

2. Alaska

 

WHAT: New Peanut Farm
WHERE: 5227 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99518
WHY: Anchorage’s most popular sports bar is massive — two stories, 25-foot ceilings, an elaborate 80 foot bar, and numerous large projection and flat screens. So you’ll be sure to have a great seat to catch your favorite teams no matter where you sit. The original bar — which is attached — is a log cabin that opened in 1962. The bar also features a heated back deck overlooking Campbell Creek.

3. Arizona

 

WHAT: Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub
WHERE: 9201 N. 29th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051
WHY: Tim Finnegan’s claims to be Phoenix, Arizona’s most traditional and authentic Irish pub — a.k.a. soccer central. It’s also home to the American Outlaws chapter in Phoenix. They’re a destination for Phoenix’s English Premier League fans and will sure to be packed for the World Cup.

4. Arkansas

 

WHAT: Dugan’s Pub
WHERE: 401 E. Third St, Little Rock, AR 72201
WHY: Casual Irish Pub that offers everything you expect from potato soup to a refreshing Guinness. It’s the only American Outlaws chapter in all of Arkansas so you can be sure the TV’s will be tuned into the games in Brazil for the next month.

5. California

 

WHAT: Cock n’ Bull British Pub and Restaurant
WHERE: 2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
WHY: The old school soccer pub has been welcoming soccer fans in Santa Monica for over 23 years. They serve a traditional hearty English menu and their draught beers in 20 oz. glasses. If you wake up early enough of the weekends you’ll be able to find your favorite team on one of their many big screen TVs. If you’re in the area Cock n’ Bull is a must visit for the World Cup.

6. Colorado

 

WHAT: Three Lions
WHERE: 2239 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
WHY: Three Lions is a relatively young bar, but it was designed specifically to be a a “football pub.” The Denver establishment is an homage to thousands of London pubs that revolve around “the beautiful game.” This is going to be the bar’s first World Cup and considering the passion they have for the sport a visit would surely be a memorable one.

7. Connecticut

 

WHAT: Anna Liffey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
WHERE: 17 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06510
WHY: Anna Liffey’s is decorated with stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and artifacts that’ll make you feel transported to the Emerald Isle. The New Haven staple claims to be a “sports fans heaven, showing all local sporting events and soccer matches.”

8. Delaware

 

WHAT: Catherine Rooney’s
WHERE: 1616 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 19806
WHY: Catherine Rooney’s prides itself in being your English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and World Cup headquarters. Named after the owners’ mothers, the classic Irish pub has great specials and promises to provide a great atmosphere for the biggest sporting event in the world.

9. Florida

 

WHAT: Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
WHERE: 1095 SE 17th St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
WHY: The popular Florida pub has been catering to soccer fans since 1997 and is a great escape from the South Florida summer humidity. They feature great Happy Hour specials and their TVs are tuned into any game you could imagine. When England played Ecuador in a World Cup tuneup on June 4th they provided a shuttle for fans to Sun Life stadium.

10. Georgia

 

WHAT: Brewhouse Cafe
WHERE: 401 Moreland Ave Atlanta, GA 30307
WHY: The Brewhouse Cafe is THE place to be if you’re trying to watch international soccer in Atlanta. They broadcast English Premier League Games live, as well as many of the top world soccer matches. During the 2010 World Cup they packed the bar with a couple hundred rabid fans, with hundreds more watching in an outdoor tent set up behind the bar.

11. Hawaii

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WHAT: Legends Sports Pub
WHERE: 411 Nahua Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
WHY: Located blocks from the beautiful and historic Waikiki Beach, Legends is one of — if not — oldest sports bars in all of Hawaii. Located in the Aqua Waikiki Pearl Hotel, Legends is a haven for fans looking to watch some intense football while relaxing in paradise.

12. Idaho

 

WHAT: Gone Rogue Pub
WHERE: 409 South 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
WHY: Gone Rogue is home to the only American Outlaws chapter in Idaho. The bar offers 14 taps and excellent specials — like $2 Tuesday. Located in downtown Boise it is a must-visit for soccer fans for the World Cup.

13. Illinois

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WHAT: The Globe Pub
WHERE: 1934 W Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois 60613
WHY: The Globe has been recognized as not only one of the best soccer bars in Chicago, but the entire country. The neighborhood bar decorated soccer balls and scarves is a football mecca in the Windy City and will surely be excellent destination for the World Cup.

14. Indiana

 

WHAT: Union Jack Pub
WHERE: 924 Broad Ripple Ave Indianapolis, IN 46220‎
WHY: The Union Jack Pub on Broad Ripple has been serving Indianapolis since 1979 and is a landmark in the city. The English pub with “an American twist” is the THE place to watch the World Cup in Indianapolis.

15. Iowa

WHAT: Donnelly’s Pub
WHERE: 110 East College Street Iowa City, Iowa 52240
WHY: Donnelly’s Pub is an Irish bar located in downtown Iowa City that is the home to the American Outlaws in Iowa City. The bar will be offering $3.50 Heinekens and $6 Caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil for the games.

16. Kansas

 

WHAT: Futbol Club KC
WHERE: 12030 Blue Valley Parkway Overland Park, KS 66213
WHY: “The Futbol Club celebrates the game on all levels, locally, nationally, and globally. We have an impressive collection of memorabilia featuring Kansas City greats, MLS legends, and international stars. We also show live matches every day from leagues around the world.”

17. Kentucky

 

WHAT: Molly Malone’s
WHERE: 933 Baxter Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40204
WHY: Molly Malone’s prides themselves in offering international football, rugby and hurling on their wide screen HDTV’s. They claim to be the home of soccer in Louisville and during the World Cup they’re going to offer drink specials, free t-shirts and much more.

18. Louisiana

 

WHAT: Finn McCool’s
WHERE: 3701 Banks St. New Orleans, LA 70119
WHY: Finn McCool’s was established in 2002 when a couple Belfast transplants living in New Orleans baught a well-worn bar and converted into an Irish Pub. Like many New Orleans businesses it was washed out after Katrina, but returned stronger than ever. It features one of the best bartenders in all of New Orleans and will surely more than satisfy your World Cup needs. It’s the neighborhood bar you wish you had.

19. Maine

 

WHAT: Ri Ra Irish Pub
WHERE: 72 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101
WHY: The waterfront pub features incredible views and the interiors were salvaged and restored in Ireland and shipped to Portland. The popular pub features great drink specials and is sure to be Portland’s headquarters for all your World Cup needs.

20. Maryland

 

WHAT: Slainte Irish Pub
WHERE: 1700 Thames St Baltimore, Maryland 21231
WHY: In a city with a bar on every street corner Slainte stands out in the popular Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore. Slainte is packed every weekend with diehard fans. The pub has also won a slew of local awards for “Best Irish Pub,” “Best Bloody Mary,” “Best Pub Food, “and even “Best Vegetarian Dish.” What more can you ask for?

21. Massachusetts

 

WHAT: The Banshee
WHERE: 934 Dorchester Ave Dorchester, MA
WHY: In a sports obsessed, tough town like Boston you need a soccer bar that can meet fans passion and that place is The Banshee in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. They promise that “if your game is being broadcast in North America then you can rest assured that the Banshee will be showing it on one of its 10 flat screen televisions that span two floors of entertainment.” During the English and Scottish Premier League seasons Chelsea, Everton, and Celtic fans call The Banshee home — over the next month a lot of other fans will too.

22. Michigan

WHAT: Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar
WHERE: 1408 East Fisher, Detroit, Michigan 48207
WHY: The downtown Detroit bar opens early on Saturday mornings for EPL matches and will surely be packed for the World Cup. Thomas Magee’s has a huge selection of great whiskey to ease the anxiety of tight games and is the home to the American Outlaws chapter in Detroit.

23. Minnesota

 

WHAT: Brit’s Pub
WHERE: 1110 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403
WHY: The downtown Minneapolis institution opened its doors back in 1990 and has grown from a two room tavern into a massive multi-floor bar — that even includes a 10,000 sq. ft. lawn bowling green and an outdoor veranda overlooking it. The features and enormous outdoor space where they’ll be showing the World Cup on a massive projection screen.

24. Mississippi

 

WHAT: Capitol Grill
WHERE: 5050 I-55 North, Suite F Jackson, MS 39211
WHY: The Jackson bar is the home to the American Outlaws chapter of Jackson. So if you want to scream the national anthem and praise the Stars and Stripes while downing some cold ones, this is the place to be.

25. Missouri

 

WHAT: Amsterdam Tavern
WHERE: 3175 Morgan Ford Rd, St Louis, MO 63116
WHY: The St. Louis bar is ALL ABOUT SOCCER they live and breathe it. The bar — which features a back patio beer garden with TV so you don’t miss a minute — is decorated floor to ceiling in team scarves and memorabilia. They’re even revamping their beer menu specifically for the World Cup — and limiting it so people don’t take forever to order a drink.

26. Montana

 

WHAT: Hooligan’s Sports Bar
WHERE: 109 North Broadway Billings, MT 59101
WHY: Hooligan’s prides itself in offering the most sporting events in Billings — which therefore means all of Montana. The Irish-themed bar that features over 20 flat screen HDTVs will surely be the place to be for the World Cup.

27. Nebraska

WHAT: Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub and Grill
WHERE: 4322 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE 68105
WHY: The classic Omaha local establishment has drink specials every night of the week and is home to the Omaha chapter of the American Outlaws. It features a bunch of flat screens and great bar food.

28. Nevada

 

WHAT: McMullan’s Irish Pub
WHERE: 4650 W. Tropicana Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
WHY: You can find anything in the City of Sin and a great soccer bar is not exception. If you’re in Vegas, McMullan’s is your go-to spot to take a break from gambling and enjoy the World Cup.

29. New Hampshire

WHAT: Wild Rover Pub
WHERE: 21 Kosciuszko St. Manchester, NH 03101
WHY: Wild Rover is “the only Irish pub on a Polish street in a French city.” The classic Irish pub offers the traditional pub experience with 100 year old oak floors and brick walls. You’re sure to feel at home during the World Cup here.

30. New Jersey

WHAT: Mulligan’s On First
WHERE: 159 First Street, Hoboken, NJ
WHY: Just across the river from Manhattan in a town that prides itself for having the second most bars per square mile in the country lies Mulligan’s. The soccer crazy Irish pub — which is on par with any soccer bar across the river — will be New Jersey’s soccer capital for the next month. And yes that’s a man carving the World Cup trophy out of wood with a chainsaw.

31. New Mexico

WHAT: Two Fools Tavern
WHERE: 3211 Central, Albuquerque, NM 87106
WHY: “Two Fools Tavern is an unrelenting dream finally realized by folks who had a desire to bring a real Irish pub and eating establishment to Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Two Fools will be jam packed with soccer fans for the World Cup in Walter White’s home town.

32. New York

 

WHAT: Nevada Smiths
WHERE: 100 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10003
WHY: You might have heard of this place, because it’s New York City’s most popular soccer bar. Watching a game here is an experience — if you can get in because it can get serious crowded. Their slogan is “Where football is religion” — and they mean every word of it.

33. North Carolina

 

WHAT: The London Bridge Pub
WHERE: 110 E Hargett St. Raleigh, NC 27601
WHY: The dog-friendly Raleigh bar is the perfect place to grab a pint and watch a game. In the heart of downtown Raleigh The London Bridge Pub is sure to be mobbed with stars and stripes garb this month.

34. North Dakota

 

WHAT: The Old Broadway
WHERE: 22 Broadway Fargo, ND 58102
WHY: The Fargo landmark has been around since 1975 serving up great drink specials and airing all the sporting events on their big screen TV’s. There’s no doubt it’ll be packed with fans rooting for the Stars and Stripes in the upcoming weeks.

35. Ohio

 

WHAT: Fado Irish Pub
WHERE: 4022 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219
WHY: This is the spot to be for the World Cup in Columbus — which is one of the biggest soccer cities in the county. Fado Irish Pub offers a massive outdoor area as well as large bar with game sound on every TV.

36. Oklahoma

 

WHAT: Skinny Slim’s Public House
WHERE: 201 E Main St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104
WHY: The English-themed pub draped in soccer scarves is primed to be Oklahoma City’s headquarters for the World Cup. Skinny Slim’s is home to the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Outlaws and is sure to be a perfect place to enjoy a match over a craft beer or five.

37. Oregon

 

WHAT: Cheerful Bullpen
WHERE: Portland
WHY: The sports obsessed Portland bar will be opening at 8 a.m. every day for the World Cup. Fans in the soccer-crazed city pack the place for Portland Timbers games as well as international matches. They’re counting the minutes until the kickoff on 12th.

38. Pennsylvania

 

WHAT: Tir Na Nog
WHERE: 1600 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
WHY: The Center City bar is Philly’s premier European sports bar. Tir Na Nog is an official sponsor of the Philadelphia Union of the MLS and always have their TVs tuned into whatever football game is on TV whether it be in Spain, Italy or England.

39. Rhode Island

 

WHAT: Spats Restaurant and Bar
WHERE: 182 Angell St Providence, RI 02906
WHY: Spats is a popular bar in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence that is also home to the American Outlaws chapter of Providence. It’s a great local watering hole that is sure to be packed and lively when the US faces Ghana on the 16th.

40. South Carolina

 

WHAT: Madra Rua
WHERE: 1034 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
WHY: The authentic North Charleston Pub is a dedicated soccer bar that offers traditional irish food and a lot of football on the televisions. The pub offers a great selection of draught beer and will be sure to have a great atmosphere for the World Cup.

41. South Dakota

 

WHAT: The Gateway Lounge
WHERE: 3408 South Gateway Blvd., Sioux Falls, South Dakota
WHY: Because they’re Sioux Falls’ World Cup Headquarters that’s why! The family owned bar has 15 flat screen TVs that will be sure to be tuned into all the action, plus a covered outdoor patio.

42. Tennessee

WHAT: Celtic Crossing
WHERE: 903 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104
WHY: The Memphis pub is dedicated to providing a traditional Irish pub experience and open for the EPL fans as well as providing coverage of live Irish and European sporting events. They’ll be sure to be pouring a ton of pints for soccer fans this next month.

43. Texas

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WHAT: The Richmond Arms Pub
WHERE: 5920 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
WHY: Voted the best place to watch football by the Houston Press in 2009, The Richmond Arms Pub has served the Houston area Guinness for over 30 years. They’ll be the place to be in Houston for the next month and will giving out a framed and signed Germany jersey, soccer balls and other jerseys during the World Cup final in July.

44. Utah

 

WHAT: Bourbon House
WHERE: 19 South 200 East Salt Lake City, UT 84111
WHY: The relatively new bar is the home to the Utah chapter of the American Outlaws. Their bar is passionate about soccer and will be the best place to visit for the World Cup in downtown Salt lake City.

45. Vermont

 

WHAT: Ri Ra Irish Pub
WHERE: 123 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401
WHY: The massive Irish pub looks almost like a bank from its intimidating marble facade, but once you get inside you’ll find all the simple cozy charms of your neighborhood pub. Ri Ra will undoubtedly be first stop for all soccer fans in the area.

46. Virginia

 

WHAT: Gus’ Bar and Grill
WHERE: 2701 W. Broad St. Richmond, Va., 23220
WHY: The downtown Richmond bar has plenty of daily drink specials and even corn hole if you feel the itch. But you can be certain that Gus’ 24 plasma flat-screen TVs will be tuned into the World Cup.

47. Washington

 

WHAT: The George and Dragon
WHERE: 206 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
WHY: The old school British pub in the Fremont area of Seattle is one of the finest soccer bars in the Pacific Northwest. Named after one of the oldest pubs in London, The George and Dragon is the most popular soccer bar in Seattle and will packed to the brim for the World Cup.

48. West Virginia

 

WHAT: The Jug and Kilt
WHERE: 5636 U.S. 60, Barboursville, WV 25705
WHY: The only American Outlaws chapter in West Virginia, The Jug and Kilt is modeled after traditional Irish and British pubs and offers 30 draught beers.

49. Wisconsin

 

WHAT: Highbury Pub
WHERE: 2322 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
WHY: Milwaukee Magazine referred to The Highbury Pub as “a soccer shrine, a temple devoted to the FIFA gods.” They have opened as early as 6 a.m. for soccer matches and are dedicated to one thing — football. If you plan on visiting for the World Cup, keep in mind this is the kind of place that starts to fill up an hour before a regular season EPL match — so get there early.

50. Wyoming

 

WHAT: Jackson’s All-American Sports Bar
WHERE: 1121 Old Town Lane Cheyenne, WY 82009
WHY: Admittedly, it was difficult to find a great sports bar in Wyoming, but by all accounts Jackson’s All-American Sports Grill in Cheyenne is exactly that. The bar is stocked with cold beer and covered in TVs and the beers will sure be flowing when the World Cup starts.

51. BONUS BAR: Washington D.C.

 

WHAT: Laughing Man Tavern
WHERE: 1306 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005
WHY: The home of the American Outlaws chapter in Washington D.C., Laughing Man Tavern will be offering $4 Heineken Drafts and $3 PBR for all of the games. USA fans will be out in full-force in our Nation’s capitol.

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