Where to Watch the World Cup … By Country


This Thursday, the 2014 World Cup will kick off in Brazil and on televisions worldwide. Though it may be a far ways away from Philadelphia, do not to fear, local bars are gearing up to celebrate with their teams right here. From England to Japan and various countries in between, we’ve come up with a list of places to watch each game by country.

Here’s what we’ve come up with:

Belgium: The Belgian Cafe
Enjoy a nice Belgian brew while watching the cup, why not?

Brazil: Iron Abbey
Situated next-door to it’s sister-restaurant, NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse (link: www.nabrasa.com), this gastro pub is having a kick off party for the Brazil vs. Croatia game this Thursday. Drink specials, giveaways, and Samba dancers galore.

England: The Victoria Freehouse
For every England match they will have themed meals and drink specials. ($10 fish & chips repping England and a $10 meal from the opposing country)

Germany: Brauhaus Schmitz
A Philly German favorite, this beer hall will have a VIP option for German match days.

Italy: Alla Spina
A mix of local and Italian brews makes it the perfect place to kick back and watch some Italian soccer matches. The bar will open at noon on Tuesday, June 24th for the Italy match versus Uruguay.

Italy: Le Virtu
Happy hour prices all Saturday night for anyone wearing Azzurri swag for the Italy-England match.

Japan: City Tap House
On Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m., beers from Hitachino Nest (White, Ginger and Plum) will be featured for their game. There will also be a food special of Hitachino Ginger Tempura Fried Soft Shell Crab.

Mexico: El Camino Real
Come and try their taco, burrito, and Mexican beer specials for every Mexico game.

Portugal: Cafe Liz
Have an authentic Portuguese meal at this bar during a Portugal match and be surrounded by local Portuguese natives rooting for their team.

Spain and Chile: Two Commerce Square
On Friday, June 13th the outdoor plaza at Commerce Square will come alive for the Spain vs. Netherlands and Chile vs. Australia games. Tickets are $45, include cocktails, food and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Al Dia Foundation.

As for the United States, we’ll have a list of bars doing something truly special in advance of the team’s Monday opener against Ghana.