Things are getting serious at the World Cup this week. We’ve updated our guide to the best places to watch in Philadelphia with a bunch of new additions. USA plays Germany on Thursday at noon. See below for where you should watch. (Photo courtesy The Piazza at Schmidts)
UPDATE: We’ve updated this post on Monday, June 30 for this week’s World Cup viewing (and the USA vs. Belgium game on July 1!).
Ok guys, pretty much the entire city has caught World Cup fever and it’s awesome. And there’s a lot of soccer still to be played.
There are three more days of group stage action today through Thursday, June 26, with four games each day, two taking place at noon and another two at 4 p.m.
Of course, the most anticipated game this week is Team USA’s showdown with Belgium at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1.
So where should you watch? That’s where this guide comes in. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to watch the World Cup in Philadelphia.
Our guide is broken up into two main sections — 1) the largest venues as places to watch with a giant group of cheering fans and then 2) bars near downtown offices for those looking to sneak out to watch games during lunch/early afternoon.
World Cup Watching Tips:
• Simultaneous Games. Since there are two games on at the same time this week, call ahead to make sure the place you want to go to will have the game that you want to watch. (No longer applicable this week.)
• Game Sound. All of the below places should have game audio on. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to call in advance to double check. (And if they won’t put on the sound, go somewhere that will.)
• Arrive early. Especially, for the USA v. Belgium game. The bars are going to be packed. Which can make for a great viewing experience. The key is to arrive early and secure a great vantage point of the big screens.
Ok, check out our full list of the best places to watch the World Cup in Philly below. We’re going to go shop for some Team USA gear…
The Best Places To Watch With A Crowd Of Fans
• The Piazza at Schmidts: Northern Liberties. The giant outdoor screen at The Piazza at Schmidts provides soccer fans with an ideal spot to catch the World Cup games while enjoying the benefits of an urban alfresco space. Plus, with the number of surrounding bars and restaurants, its never been easier to grab a beer, sit outside and watch the game.
• Commerce Square: Center City. For an alfresco spot to catch the games downtown, look no further than Commerce Square at 20th and Market. Perfect for office workers along Market Street West, Commerce Square is broadcasting all World Cup games on its giant outdoor screen. Be sure to stop by for extra special programming during the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26. During Wednesday night games, visit the on-site Pagano’s Market and Bar or DuJour Café for Sips specials, too. Bonus: During the July 1 USA vs. Belgium game, ESPN will be on site for a live radio broadcast of the Commerce Square festivities.
• Brauhaus Schmitz: Bella Vista. Brauhaus Schmitz is a serious soccer bar and a great spot to watch any of the World Cup games, but on certain days (June 16, 21 and 26) enjoy a variety of special promotions, too. Brauhaus celebrates the World Cup with viewing parties and plenty of beer to boot. Varying ticket levels for the special events are available. $10 general admission tickets include access to the viewing party and one drink. $65 VIP tickets include a two-and-a-half hour open beer bar and free food. Tickets are required and are available online.
• Xfinity Live!: South Philadelphia. Xfinity Live has the biggest indoor TV in Philadelphia. So if you go here, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good spot to watch. Wear a participating team’s color to Xfinity Live! and receive special food and drink deals while catching the World Cup action on the 32-foot HD LED television screen. For the USA vs. Germany game on June 26, Xfinity is hosting a special watch party complete with free parking and specials at Broad Street Bullies, Victory Beer Hall and the central NBC Sports Arena. For the USA vs. Belgium game on July 1, stop by for food and drink specials and plenty of energy to boot.
• Fado: Rittenhouse. Fado knows soccer and to celebrate this year’s World Cup, the Center City bar serves up a special food and drink menu every day of the tournament. Watch the games while enjoying deals on beers including Hoegaarden and Strongbow and food like chicken tenders and cheese dip. The full menu is available right here.
• Misconduct Tavern: Rittenhouse. Watch the World Cup on 10 HD flat screen televisions throughout Misconduct Tavern while enjoying food and drinks at the Rittenhouse bar.
• Fox and Hound: Rittenhouse. The high-definition televisions throughout Fox and Hound are showing all of the matches during the World Cup.
For an alfresco spot to catch the games downtown, look no further than Commerce Square at 20th and Market. Perfect for office workers along Market Street West, Commerce Square is broadcasting all World Cup games on its giant outdoor screen.
• Tir Na Nog: Center City. A soccer and rugby bar in Center City, Tir Na Nog takes the World Cup seriously. Stop by for specials and a convenient spot to cheer on your favorite team.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Midtown Village. Every day of the world cup, June 12-July 13, McGillin’s Olde Ale House serves up food and drink specials in addition to a live broadcast of the action going on in Brazil.
• City Tap House: University City. Sip beers from around the world as City Tap House pours featured brews from the World Cup’s two top-seeded nations — Germany and Spain — for $5 a glass during all games. Certain World Cup games will feature additional draughts and plates from participating countries, too.
• Landmark Americana: University City. Landmark Americana shows all World Cup games on the numerous televisions throughout the University hangout. While Landmark Americana isn’t presenting any World Cup-based food and drink specials, it promises food and drink specials (in addition to happy hour!) every day of the week. Click here for food and drink specials.
More places to watch, below.
• Field House: Market East. Sip $3 Carlsberg and Estrella draughts during every FIFA World Cup game at Field House. Deal.
• Frankford Hall: Fishtown. Frankford Hall screens many of the World Cup games on its smaller television at the bar, but for the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26 expect a blowout complete with a screening of the game on the bar’s two large projectors — one inside and one outside — and a broadcast inside on its smaller television, too. Frankford Hall will open its doors earlier than usual, at 11:30 a.m., for the big game and promises happy hour specials all throughout the game, too.
• Cavanaugh’s Headhouse: Society Hill. Cavanaugh’s Headhouse took over the space of the former Dark Horse Pub, a soccer bar in Headhouse Square. Cav’s Queen Village location also provides soccer fans with a place to watch games throughout the year, including every single World Cup match this summer. Daily happy hours and $3 Carlsberg Bottles (during every soccer match!) round out the festivities.
Other Places To Watch That Are Near Downtown Offices Convenient For Noon & 4 P.M. Games
Places near downtown for those looking to sneak out during lunch or after work.
• Irish Pub: Rittenhouse. Irish Pub promises drink specials all throughout the week and a spot to watch the World Cup all summer long.
• The Bards Irish Bar: Rittenhouse. Enjoy drink specials and a spot to watch the World Cup as The Bards Irish Bar invites in the masses for every World Cup game.
• Devil’s Alley: Rittenhouse. Watch all of the World Cup games on all four of Devil’s Alley’s televisions.
Xfinity Live has some of the biggest TVs in Philadelphia. They are hosting a special watch party for USA vs. Germany on Thursday, June 26. (Photo courtesy Xfinity Live!)
• Drinker’s Pub: Rittenhouse, University City and Old City. Drinker’s Rittenhouse, University City and Old City tunes into the World Cup action, too. Drinker’s also posts its World Cup viewing schedule on Facebook. On Tuesday, July 1 for the USA vs. Belgium game, Drinker’s West promises a watch party complete with a patriotic costume contest, drink specials and an 8-foot television (!).
• Oh! Shea’s Pub: Rittenhouse. Oh! Shea’s Pub, at 19th and Sansom is another under-the-radar spot that shows World Cup games during the day.
• Smith’s Restaurant and Bar: Rittenhouse. Smith’s, a popular haunt among the after-work crowd, shows the World Cup on its televisions throughout the bar. Take advantage of $3 Miller and Coors Lite and $5 nachos, guacamole, boneless wings and $10 pizzas.
• The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant: Rittenhouse. Located just a few blocks from many Center City businesses, The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant is an ideal spot for those looking to catch the World Cup action.
• The Corner Foodery: Rittenhouse. Sip craft beer by the bottle (or can!) at the Corner Foodery and watch the World Cup on the televisions at the Rittenhouse bar and bottle shop. Plus, enjoy $5 drink specials during all games.
• The Wrap Shack: Rittenhouse. Cheer on your favorite team while enjoying food and drink specials at the conveniently-located Wrap Shack near Rittenhouse Square.
• Nodding Head Brewery: Rittenhouse. Sip craft beer and enjoy classic bar food at Nodding Head Brewery as it screens every game of the World Cup.
• Ladder 15: Rittenhouse. Tucked away on Sansom Street, Ladder 15 is a mecca for those looking to catch the World Cup.
• The American Pub: Center City. Below the clothespin statue near City Hall, The American Pub invites the masses in for World Cup watch parties complete with Bud and Bud Light World Cup edition cans for $3.50 a pop.
• Marathon on Market: Center City. The spacious Marathon Grill at 1818 Market Street shows all World Cup games on both its indoor televisions and its huge outdoor television.
• Mace’s Crossing: Center City. Visit Mace’s Crossing to root for your favorite team as the Center City bar shows the 2014 World Cup.
• Bru Craft and Wurst: Midtown Village. Watch the games on any one of Bru’s 10 televisions and enjoy plenty of beer, too. Plus, for the USA vs. Germany game on June 26, take in the game on any of the 10 television screens or a new giant projector and enjoy an array of food and drink specials including $5 German lagers, $5 American craft beer and $5 bratwurst sandwiches.
• Buffalo Billiards: Old City. With 17 televisions and 2 floors of space, Buffalo Billiards is an ideal spot to watch the World Cup.
• Bierstube German Biergarten: Old City. The World Cup takes the spotlight at Bierstube German Biergarten. Watch the matches on the bar’s televisions while pounding brews, too.
• Khyber Pass Pub: Old City. For those looking for football with a side of cajun fare, look no further than Khyber Pass Pub as it promises diners and drinkers a spot to watch the World Cup action.
• New Deck Tavern: University City. University City’s New Deck Tavern raises a glass to the World Cup with food and drink specials during every game. Sip $4 Strongbow pints, $3 Heineken pints, $2 Bud Light and more.
• Sláinte: University City. Sláinte, located steps away from 30th Street Station, promises a live broadcast of all World Cup games on its televisions along with $3 Heineken and $4.50 Strongbow specials.
Smaller Bars with Televisions
• Bottle Bar East: Fishtown. The big projector at Bottle Bar East as it screens all World Cup games and surround sound fills the Fishtown bar, too. Also enjoy $1 off Founders and Fegley’s draughts during all games.
• The 700 Club: Northern Liberties. The 700 Club in Northern Liberties is a go-to spot for all soccer fans, and is a sure bet for viewing many of the World Cup matches throughout the run of the tournament.
• Cuba Libre: Old City. Raise a glass to the World Cup at Cuba Libre as the Old City bar and restaurant serves up $7 Leblon cachaça cocktails — mojitos, martinis and more — during every single World Cup match. Stop by for a viewing party during the Championship Match on Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m. During the viewing parties, enjoy discounted eats and giveaways, too.
• Crabby’s Cafe: Northern Liberties. A new addition to the restaurants at The Piazza at Schmitds is Crabby’s Cafe, a sports bar with a number of televisions lining its walls. Snag a seat outdoors at the bar and watch the action unfold on the big screen at The Piazza (including the USA vs. Belgium game on July 1).
Hundreds of fans have been watching Team USA’s first few games at the Piazza. Definitely a great spot to go if you want to watch with a big group of fellow U.S. supporters.
• Varga Bar: Washington Square West Varga Bar celebrates the World Cup with $4 draughts during all USA games.
• Nomad Pizza: Bella Vista. Nomad Pizza’s location at 7th and Kater is projecting all of the World Cup games on the giant screen upstairs. Nosh on the resto’s delicious pizza while watching teams from across the globe go head-to-head.
• Devil’s Den: South Philly. Pair Devil’s Den’s craft brews with the World Cup and call it a day as the South Philly bar promises screenings of all World Cup matches this summer. For the USA vs. Belgium game on July 1, enjoy happy hour pricing (half-priced draughts!) beginning at 5 p.m.
• The Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel: Logan Square. From June 12 through July 13, the flavors of Brazil take center stage at The Lounge at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Sip the Canarinha, a special-edition cocktail made with Cachaca, pineapple juice, simple syrup and pineapple which is exclusively for the 2014 World Cup. The televisions in The Lounge will show the games, too.
• Alla Spina: Spring Garden. Alla Spina, an Italian gastropub in Spring Garden opens its doors for all USA and Italy games with plenty of food and drinks to boot. Take note, Alla Spina is slated to open early — at 3:30 p.m. — for the USA vs. Belgium game on Tuesday, July 1.
• The Cambridge: Graduate Hospital. The Cambridge, a British gastropub with a killer selection of beer, invites the crowds in for World Cup watch parties and tasty food and drinks, too.
• Morgan’s Pier: Old City. Morgan’s Pier, Philadelphia’s waterfront beer garden, broadcasts many of the 2014 World Cup games including USA’s big match up with Belgium on Tuesday, July 1. Watch the game on all of the televisions and enjoy a screening projected on the tented area, too.
• Sidecar Bar and Grille: Graduate Hospital Happy hour got sweeter at Sidecar Bar and Grille just in time for World Cup. During all 4 p.m. games this summer, enjoy half-off select draught beers, $4 featured house cocktails and $7 nachos, chicken bites and more all while rooting for your desired team.
• World Cafe Live: University City. Catch the USA vs. Belgium game on July 1 on a huge television screen as World Cafe Live broadcasts the game and promises $3 and $4 beer specials. Go USA!
• Distrito: University City. During every single World Cup game this summer, Distrito opens its doors for soccer lovers — and deal seekers. Wile the game screens on the televisions, enjoy $19 all-you-can-eat chicken and pork tacos, $5 house and frozen margaritas and $2 Tecate and Modela cans. Each time you visit Distrito during the games, you’re entered to win a television at the end of the World Cup.
• Dock Street Brewing Company: Grab a pizza and a beer as Dock Street Brewing Company broadcasts the USA vs. Belgium game on Tuesday, July 1 on its massive 120 inch screen.
• Milkboy: Midtown village. Sip $4 Victory draughts at Milkboy for the USA vs. Belgium game on Tuesday, July 1 while cheering on the home team as the game plays on televisions throughout the bar.
Roundup: Where To Watch The World Cup In Philadelphia With Kickoff Events, Viewing Parties, Bar Specials And More, June 12-July 13