June 11, 2014
Roundup: Where To Watch The World Cup In Philadelphia With Kickoff Events, Viewing Parties, Bar Specials And More, June 12-July 13
This post has been updated, but — click here — for our most recent World Cup roundup.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup fills stadiums across Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
While the festivities may be halfway around the world, a slew of Philadelphia-area bars, restaurants and attractions host programming to celebrate the 2014 World Cup right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s hosts two outdoor viewing parties over the course of the World Cup, Distrito promises guests food and drink specials during every game, Fado and Misconduct Tavern present an alfresco block party, the Philadelphia Union teams up with a number of local bars and organizations to present awesome watch parties — and that’s not all.
Below is our guide to where to watch the World Cup in Philadelphia.
The Biggest Places To Watch With A Crowd Of Fans
• The Piazza at Schmidts: Northern Liberties. The Piazza at Schmidts’ giant outdoor screen 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, look no further than Commerce Square, which broadcasts all World Cup games on its giant outdoor screen. Be sure to stop by for extra special programming during the US 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.
• Brauhaus Schmitz: Bella Vista. Brauhaus Schmitz is 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. 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.
• 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 sure to stream many of the matches during the World Cup. If not, just ask a friendly bartender to turn on the game.
• 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 stream 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 streams 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.
• Sláinte: University City. Sláinte, located steps away from 30th Street Station, promises a live stream of all World Cup games on its televisions along with $3 Heineken and $4.50 Strongbow specials.
• 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, a large German beer garden in Fishtown, screens many of the World Cup games on its smaller television at the bar, but for the US vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26 expect a blowout complete with a screening of the game on the bar’s large projector, an earlier opening time of noon and happy hour specials all throughout the game.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Major Events and Viewing Parties
Note: The majority of the events in this section have already happened.
• Philadelphia Union Watch Parties: The Philadelphia Union, our city’s own soccer team, salutes the World Cup with viewing parties and soccer festivals throughout the duration of the 2014 World Cup. On day one of the games, watch the Brazil vs. Croatia match at SoccerFest at at the Bethlehem SteelStacks. During the fest enjoy a live stream of the game, hands-on activities, soccer programming and clinics. The SoccerFest and the Bethlehem SteelStacks continue throughout the world cup. In addition to the festival, bars including Tir Na Nog, Liberty Bar and Chickie’s and Pete’s host World Cup viewing events in collaboration with the Union. The full list of Philadelphia Union supported events is available right here.
• Tournament Kick Off Party at Fado: Thursday, June 12. On Thursday, June 12, Fado kicks off the World Cup festivities with a viewing party for the Brazil vs. Croatia game. Before the game begins, snack on free hot dogs, try your hand at a free foosball tournament and take part in soccer quizzo.
• Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Frankford Hall: Friday, June 13. The Visit Philly Beer Garden series returns for week two, and this week, takes over Frankford Hall. From 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13 (which is prime time for the Spain vs. Netherlands game), score $4 pints of Frankford’s brand-spanking-new house beer, Frankford Hall’s Hopster Heff, and $4 pints of Victory Brewing Company’s Summer Love Ale. Also enjoy $3 sausages and $2 Bavarian pretzels. Frankford Hall’s televisions will be tuned into the Spain vs. Netherlands game which will be in full swing at the 4 p.m. happy hour start time.
• AL DÍA News Media: World Cup Party: Friday, June 13. On Friday, June 13, AL DÍA News Media presents a world cup kickoff party at The Hub Commerce Square. Watch the games — Spain vs. the Netherlands at 3 p.m. and Chile vs. Australia at 6 p.m. — while enjoying food, cocktails and giveaways from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and are available online.
• Worldtown Festival: Saturday, June 14. All day long on Saturday, June 14, the Worldtown Festival takes over the Piazza at Schmidt’s with live streams of four opening weekend World Cup games, athletic workshops, shopping and live music. Enjoy food from a number of vendors and sip beer from the Worldtown beer garden.
• Brauhaus Schmitz: June 16, 21, 26. Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia’s well-loved German beer hall and go-to spot for soccer fans, celebrates the World Cup with viewing parties and plenty of beer to boot. Varying ticket levels 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.
• Philly Phaithful: June 12, 13, 14, 16, 22, 26: Philly Phaithful, a Northern Liberties showroom and sports apparel company, hosts six viewing parties during the duration of the World Cup. Sip free drinks and enjoy discounted prices on all of the shop’s clothing — including World Cup-inspired T-shirt by local soccer apparel company, Live Breathe Futbol. Admission to all viewing parties is free, but an RSVP is requested for USA games. Click here to RSVP.
• USA Soccer Passport to Brazil Festival at The Piazza at Schmidt’s: Monday, June 16. On Monday, June 16, the Casa Soccer League teams up with the Philadelphia Union and the Sons of Ben for the USA Soccer Passport to Brazil Festival, an outdoor viewing party at the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Enjoy soccer-related activities, tunes from an on-site DJ, fare from food trucks and Piazza restaurants, shopping from local soccer apparel companies, chances to meet Union players, a live stream of the USA’s first World Cup game against Ghana and more. Tickets are required for access to the party. Tickets start at $5 and are available online.
• Varga Bar: Monday, June 16. Varga Bar, a Washington Square West haunt, celebrates the United State’s first World Cup game with $4 draughts during the Monday evening game against Ghana — and during all US games for that matter. Or, enjoy happy hour specials up until the game’s 6 p.m. start time as Varga Bar promises happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
• Sidecar Bar and Grille: Monday, June 16. Happy hour got sweeter at Sidecar Bar and Grille just in time for the United States vs. Ghana World Cup game. Until 7 p.m., enjoy half-off select draught beers, $4 featured house cocktails and $7 nachos, chicken bites and more all while rooting on the home team as it streams on Sidecar’s televisions.
• It’s a Small World at The Oval: Saturday, June 21. The Oval, the popular pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts a full day of World Cup programming — along with additional summertime happenings. From noon to 5 p.m., catch two afternoon games — Argentina vs. Iran at noon and Germany vs. Ghana at 3 p.m. — on an outdoor LED screen. Children are invited to take part in a variety of soccer-centric programming, too. In addition to soccer, the It’s a Small World event promises food truck fare, outdoor drinks, face painting, games, free yoga and more.
• Fado and Misconduct Tavern Block Party: Sunday, June 22. Celebrate the World Cup with an alfresco block party hosted by Fado and Misconduct Tavern. In celebration of the USA vs. Portugal game, the two team up to host soccer-centric good times for fans. In addition to plenty of outdoor food and drinks, the festivities round out with a watch party of the highly-anticipated game.
• The Concrete Clasico: Sunday, June 22. Local soccer apparel company, Live Breathe Futbol, raises a hat to the World Cup with a 4v4 soccer tournament followed by an after party for the U.S. vs. Portugal game. On Sunday, June 22, head to TipTop Playground in Northern Liberties to watch some of the area’s best soccer players compete in a 4v4 game. After the game, Gunners Run hosts an after party complete with drink specials for participants and the Piazza at Schmidts screens the U.S. vs. Portugal game on its giant outdoor television screen.
• MilkBoy Philly: Sunday, June 22. Milkboy Philly promises drink specials to all who head to the Midtown Village haunt for the screening of the U.S. vs. Portugal game. Sip $3 beer specials and $5 sangria. With every drink you purchase, receive a raffle ticket for the chance to take home sports memorabilia from Shibe Vintage Sports, a brand-new store in Midtown Village.
• USA Vs. Portugal World Cup Viewing Party at Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar: Sunday, June 22. The new Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar at the Piazza serves up $3 cans of Miller Lite in celebration of the USA vs. Portugal game. Cheer on the home team while watching the game on one of the many televisions at the No Libs bar.
• World Cup Final Pre-Party with Alo Brasil: Sunday, July 13. Alo Brasil, Philadelphia’s Brazilian collective, takes the stage at World Cafe Live for a grand finale event as the World Cup wraps up. Following the performance, tune in to a live stream of the final World Cup game at the University City hangout.