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Where to Watch the World Cup

Chicago bars and restaurants are getting in the soccer spirit all month long.
Friday Jun 04, 2010.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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World Cup events in Chicago

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllll! Whether you're a major soccer fan or just a casual watcher, you'll do backflips over these World Cup-themed promotions going on in June and July.

Care more about the games than the deals? Try some of these other popular Chicago soccer bars.

Beckett's Public House
This Lakeview bar opens early for games, including the U.S. match on Wednesday. Specials include $4 Bloody Marys, $15 buckets of Miller products, $4 Jameson shots and half-price glasses of wine. A full Irish breakfast will be available until 11 a.m.

The Boundary
The Wicker Park bar will open at 8:30 a.m. on all game days, offering a $5.99 breakfast and $6 bloody marys.

Bucktown Pub
The bar will open at 8:30 a.m. for select morning games.

Already full of international flavor, the River West restaurant does even more globe-trotting during the World Cup (beginning June 11) when it offers cocktails from participating countries. Choices include a strawberry caipirinha (Brazil), sangria (Spain), margaritas (Mexico), Vino Verde (Portugal) and more.

As if trying to live up to its website URL (, this Uptown gay sports bar has upped the ante of late, adding a ton of new flat screens. Check out the free breakfast buffet beginning at 9 a.m. on June 11.

Daley Plaza
June 11-12, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
The South African Consulate hosts a two-day festival downtown featuring viewing parties for games on Friday, June 11 (South Africa vs. Mexico, 9 a.m. and France vs. Uruguay, 1:30 p.m.) and Saturday, June 12 (Nigeria vs. Argentina, 9 a.m. and England vs. USA, 1:30 p.m.). There will also be live entertainment, contests and more.

District Bar
Celebrate the world-wide party with a special international brunch every weekend through the end of the tournament. The brunch includes specialties from nearly a dozen countries in the tournament, from Italian-inspired biscotti & ammaretti to the oh-so-Parisian crepes suzette. In honor of the Cup, District is open at 9 a.m. throughout the tournament and all games will be aired with sound.

Division Ale House
It's all about the USA at this Wicker Park bar, which will show America-centric matches live. It will also offer an all-day Irish Breakfast (two eggs, Bachelors baked beans, Irish bacon, black and white pudding, fried tomatoes, bangers and toasted sourdough).

English will open early to show all 9 a.m. matches. Game day drink deals include $7 Goose Island Matilda drafts, $7 Goose Island Sofie drafts and $7 Premium Jose Cuervo Tradicional Margaritas. English is a designated ESPN radio soccer venue during the Cup and ESPN will host viewing parties during key matches throughout the Cup.

Fado Irish Pub
The River North bar will be open early for every match, offering $7-$12 breakfast sandwich and drink combos (the price depends on whether you get orange juice or coffee, a Red Bull, a beer or a bloody mary). Other specials include a sandwic and a beer for $12.95 at lunch, or an appetizer and a beer for $10.95 after work. On Saturday, June 12, come for an all-day party beginning at 6:30 a.m. and including the broadcast of three matches (featuring England-USA at 1:30 p.m.) and live music at 10 p.m. from U2 cover band Elevation. The pub will offer $5 Heineken in June and $5 Stella Artois in July.

Ginger's Ale House
If you really want to live it up during the USA vs. England game on June 12, head to this Lakeview pub, which offers a $50 package including an all-you-can-eat buffet and six drinks per person. The bar will also open 30 minutes before all World Cup games.

Globe Pub
If you're a big soccer fan, you're probably accustomed to coming to this Ravenswood pub early in the morning, and that won't change during the World Cup, as it opens 30 minutes before gametime throughout the tournament. Specials include $4 Carlsberg pints throughout June.

Grafton Pub & Grill
You can get $4 pints of Carlsberg during every World Cup game at this Lincoln Square pub (so long as it's open). All USA games will be shown here.

Joe's Bar
This Weed Street bar does everything big, so it shouldn't be surprising that you'll find games on a 20-foot projection screen on the patio as well as on 100-plus TVs throughout the place. Stop by on June 12 for the USA vs. England game, when $25 gets you open bar and a BBQ buffet from 1-4 p.m.

Lizzie McNeill's
U.S. Soccer ad agency Stone Ward hosts a game watch party for the USA vs. England match on Saturday, offering drinks, food and raffle prizes in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Like imported beers? You'll love drinking them at this Gold Coast lounge, which features a $30 International World Cup bucket from June 11 - July 11. It includes a bottle each of Miller Lite (USA), Hacker Pschorr (Germany), Corona (Mexico), Heineken (Netherlands), Bass (England) and Peroni (Italy). Games will be televised throughout the day.

Mahoney's Pub & Grill
Catch all the games live at this River West bar, while enjoying drink specials like $3 Bud products, $11 domestic pitchers, $16 domestic buckets and $5 Jameson.

Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub
You'll find all televised games on seven 10-foot screens here, as the bar opens at 6:30 a.m. during the World Cup. Grab some breakfast and beers as you root on the teams in your World Cup bracket, which must be turned in by June 25. Prizes include a replica World Cup, jerseys, hats and more.

Nacional 27
Can't catch the games in the morning? Watch replays with sound every evening from 6-9 p.m. in the bar area at this Latin eatery, which will serve food and drink specials based on who is playing.

Old Town Social
You can expect to see all the early-morning games here, and enjoy a spread including $4 drafts and $12 pitchers of select beers (depending who's playing), $2.50 sliders and mini hot dogs and $6 appetizers.

Poag Mahone's
The South Loop bar will open between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (depending on game time) ever weekday during the tournament. Breakfast items will be available.

Watch all games played during business hours while enjoy wines from participating countries (sensing a theme here?) including France, Argentina, Germany, South Africa, Greece, Italy, Australia, USA and Italy. Prices range from $7-$12 per glass/quartino and $21-$36 per bottle.

The Red Canary
Want to watch alfresco? This River West bar will be broadcasting games on its back patio (as well as inside) beginning at 8:45 a.m.. Specials include $15 buckets and $40 table kegs.

Sedgwick's Bar & Grill
Got an early game you want to watch? This Old Town bar could be the perfect place, especially if it involves the team from the Netherlands (it's the home of Holland soccer, if you didn't know). If you're not an early riser, don't worry; you can catch replays (and drink specials) later in the day, too.

Small Bar (Wicker Park)
It'll be that much easier to cheer on team USA at this Division Street favorite, which offers $1 off your first drink if you wear a USA jersey to our country's games on June 12, 18 and 23.

Soldier Field
The fifth annual Chicago World Cup soccer tournament will feature 48 teams made up of international and local amateur players, with 32 of them playing in the finals at Soldier Field, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11. On that same day, the World Cup Finals will be broadcast on stadium video boards beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$75.

Stretch Run
Sick of watching games with people who don't know a thing about soccer? Head to the designated World Cup Room at this OTB bar, where you'll find space for 40 people plus 12 TVs and a projection screen. Game day specials include $4.50 bottles of Heineken and $22.50 buckets of Heineken Light.

SushiSamba Rio
Better hope Brazil does well this year, as it'll give you an excuse to make return visits to this River North hotspot for Brazil-inspired cuisine like bolinhos de caranguejo with chorizo remoulade and acaraje with braised short ribs, jalapeno and provolone, as well as caipirinhas, and the signature Caliente with Leblon cachaca, mango and passionfruit juices and Aji Panca syrup. Check out samba dancers during Brazil games on June 15 (1:30 p.m. vs. Korea), June 20 (1:30 p.m. vs. Cote d'Ivoire) and June 25 (9 a.m. vs. Portugal).

The Temple Bar
Early-morning soccer fiends will feel at home at this Lakeview pub (formerly Fearon's), especially with deals like $4 Magner's and $2 PBR on offer. For a special treat, stop by on June 12 for the USA vs. England match (1:30 p.m.) and you'll get a free taste of Jose Cuervo Tradicional.

Timothy O'Toole's
The subterranean Streeterville saloon opens at 9 a.m. each morning to show the early games, and will re-broadcast all the action at 6 p.m. each evening. Be sure to check out the global burger specials.

Wise Fools Pub
The Lincoln Park bar and music venue will get things rockin' early, opening at 9 a.m. on all game days. Deals include $3 drafts of Carlsberg and Bitburger.

Taking the day off on Friday in honor of the World Cup kick-off? Spend it at this River North Mexican restaurant, which will host a viewing party beginning at 9 a.m. on June 11. You'll find specials on Jose Cuervo and Modelo Especial, as well as a brand-new lunch menu.


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