One of this year’s biggest sporting events, The World Cup, is only a few days away and we decided to give you the scoop on some of the best places to watch it! Whether you’re rooting for the USA, or your own nation’s team, there’s a lot to be excited about going into this year’s tournament. Of course NYC’s soccer bars are a great place to go if you want to be immersed in the action, but here are some of the other happenings going on to watch a match!
1. Midnight Theatre, Midtown
The Midnight Theatre and their brand new “Soccer Club” are scheduled to host some immersive match screenings on their 4K high-definition screens! For a $55 day pass, you’re welcomed into the theatre to enjoy all the games, a complimentary breakfast, and lavish velvet booth seating while you cheer your team on! There’s also their pan-Asian restaurant Hidden Leaf inside as well, which will be serving lunch, beer and cocktails starting at 11:30 am! This is the best way to have a full-day experience!
Learn more here.
Where: 75 Manhattan West Plaza
2. Pig Beach, Astoria
We highly recommend checking out this spot, no matter who’s playing! Pig Beach’s Queens location will become the “ultimate World Cup destination” starting this Sunday (Nov 20) thanks to their 55+ TVs, 28,000 foot backyard beer garden, and tasty food (both BBQ breakfast and lunch specials). Plus, on November 26, they’ll be hosting a Team Mexico watch party for their game against Argentina, with an appearance from an Adidas World Cup Truck doing giveaways and free customizations on Mexico jerseys! 🇲🇽 They’ll be open at 10 am for 11 am and 2 pm kickoffs.
Find the entire schedule of matches here!
Where: 35-37 36th St Ground Floor, Queens
3. The Red Lion, Greenwich Village
The Red Lion is going all out for the World Cup, which includes streaming every game, doing giveaways and promos, and even having specialty-crafted dishes focused around different teams in the tournament! Watch the games on their projector screens all while enjoying something like a burger with brie & onioins and Dijon mustard (For Team France 🇫🇷) or a traditional fish & chips with mushy peas and Red Lion’s homemade tartar sauce (For Team England 🏴). Reservations for a table can be made here!
Where: 151 Bleecker St
4. Banter, Williamsburg
Banter Bar is a staple soccer bar in Williamsburg and it’s worth a stop over the next few weeks! Except for Black Friday’s USA vs England Game (which is already all booked), tables are still available for reservation, but they’re going quick! Their “Football Never Sleeps” motto is as evident as it gets as well; just step foot into their bar dripped in memorabilia, or even swing by for a World Cup-themed trivia night (Nov 16).
Where: 132 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn
5. The Ellington, Upper West Side
Looking for more of a group outing to watch a match? Consider renting out Ellington’s Straus Room, a private event space that can hold up to 65-75 people and comes with a big screen, customized food & beverage, and more. If you and a bunch of people want to have your own private watch party, this is probably the best place to do it!
Inquire about the venue here.
Where: 2745 Broadway
6. Tampico Tequila Bar, Lower East Side
As you can imagine, Tampico Tequila Bar’s Mexican routes are evident, but they’ll be showing all the 2 pm games across their 8 TVs and 2 large projection screens! They’ll even open early for the 11 am Mexico vs Poland game (Nov 22), and perhaps other early kickoffs too if there’s enough interest. If you swing by, you’ll be greeted to happy hour specials and discounted select drafts, wines, and cocktails. Of course you’ve got to try their tequila too…
Keep up with Tampico on Instagram for more event info.
Where: 10 Delancey St
7. Whiskey Tavern, Chinatown
The Whiskey Tavern is one of our favorite soccer bars in NYC, period, and they’ll be showing ALL of the games the entire tournament (yes that includes the early games). You can take a peek at some of the first few games they’ll be showing above, but be sure to check their socials to see the list of all the matches as they announce them. We recommend making reservations here, especially if you want to watch a USA game (Nov 21, 25, 29). 🇺🇸
Where: 79 Baxter St A
8. Buenos Aires, East Village
If you couldn’t tell by the name, this Argentinian restaurant will fully being backing La Albiceleste over the next few weeks! This steakhouse that serves all sorts of authentic cuisine will proudly be screening the Argentine games during the World Cup. If you’re looking for top-of-the-line food while you watch, this is certainly the spot. The imported meats and cocktails simply can’t be missed! 🇦🇷
Where: 513 E 6th St
9. Tailgate Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Tailgate Brooklyn is a World Cup fan’s dream. Their outdoor parking lot-turned-bar is the largest “adult playground in NYC.” There’s delicious drinks, tons of food trucks, lawn games, and of course the World Cup streaming! Tables are available to be reserved now for the games, but this space is also big enough to hang out in the main standing room area if you want to.
Make a table reservation for the big game here!
Where: 86 N 11th St, Brooklyn
10. Santo Brúklin, Carroll Gardens
This intimate family-run Brazilian bar and restaurant will be streaming matches both indoors and outdoors on a large projection screen. With a Brazilian focus, they’ll be serving made-to-order caipirinhas, snack platters (think coxinha, pastel, wings, yucca fries) and bottomless hearty feijoada while the team plays. Reservations are recommended! 🇧🇷
Where: 548 Court St, Brooklyn
11. Olly Olly Market, Chelsea
Olly Olly Market just recently opens their doors at its new location in Chelsea, and they’re getting ready to host World Cup viewing parties on projector screens in their 17,000 square foot space. Starting with the England vs USA game on Nov 25, the matches will be on show with speciality food and beverage specials. You can find anything from chicken wings during USA games to fresh baked soft pretzels during a Germany match. Be sure to swing by and catch one or two!
Check which group stage games they’re showing here, and keep a lookout for knockout games later on.
Where: 601 W 26th St
12. Rainhas Churrascaria, Flushing
This Brazilian steakhouse will be a stomping ground for Brazil supporters, but they’re gladly accepting fans of all teams to come enjoy their great bites and country-specific drinks. This place seats almost 300 and will be streaming all the games across their 5 TVs! Be sure to check out their Brazilian-focused food like the Rodizio (barbecued meats on a skewer) and their Brazilian cheese bread. 🇧🇷
Where: 108-01 Northern Blvd, Queens
13. Flagship Brewing Company, Staten Island
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Join an official USA watch party at Flagship Brewing Company in Staten Island throughout the tournament! Of course they’ll be serving up their delicious beers too! Tickets are free but have to be reserved ahead of time. It’s also good to know that all tickets for he Black Friday match against England have already been reserved. Grab your tickets here!
Where: 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island