Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Philadelphia
Check out the bars with the best reputations for showing soccer matches, offering happy hours, game specials and the best viewing options for international fans.
Hey Philadelphia, the United States may not have made the cut for this round of the World Cup but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the biggest sports spectacle on the planet. Here are AL DÍA's top picks for when you want to go out, have a drink and catch a match.
- Brauhaus Schmitz - For German World Cup matches, Brauhaus will offer $10 general admission tickets that include a free beer and “Brauer Bund (backroom) Access” for $60, which includes bottomless beer, food, and a view of a 10-foot projection screen. They will be opening at 9:30 a.m. for the entirety of the tournament, and even earlier for some matches. Don’t miss the championship game when Brauhaus will be shutting down the block to air the match in the middle of South Street. Get tickets here. 718 South St., Queen Village
- Garage North - Garage North will open early this Sunday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a viewing party of the Germany vs. Mexico match, welcoming the Fishtown Football Club. The party will feature specials from New Liberty Distillery and Love City Brewing, and proceeds will benefit the Kensington Soccer Club, a team for kids aged eight to 12. The bar will show other matches during its regular open hours. Frankford and Girard streets, Fishtown
- Blue Corn - This Mexican spot in the Italian Market won a “Best of Philly” award in 2015 and almost always has soccer on (whether it’s a World Cup year or not). Blue Corn features its happy hour menu from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with $7 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, $5 tequila shots and discounts on tacos, guacamole, and more. 940 S 9th Street, Italian Market
- The 700 - Called the “city’s spot for hardcore international soccer fans” by Philadelphia Magazine, the 2nd St. bar coordinates pickup games for players of all levels on Tuesday nights at the nearby Northern Liberties Recreation Center. It will be showing all the World Cup matches during its open hours. Located at 700 N 2nd Street, Northern Liberties
- Cuba Libre - The iconic Cuban restaurant in Old City will be hosting viewing parties for select Spanish and Latin American matches at its bar and offering happy hour food and drink prices during the games. It will be featuring Poland v. Colombia on Sunday, June 24; Spain v. Morocco on Monday, June 25; and Nigeria v. Argentina on Tuesday, June 26; all at 2 p.m. 10 S. 2nd St., Old City
- Fadó Irish Pub - With a ceiling lined with club scarves and country flags and a countdown clock in full display, Fadó has dubbed itself “2018 World Cup headquarters” and offers group and party bookings during the tournament. It will show all the games live, maintaining its reputation as of one of the best bars in Philadelphia to watch soccer. It has regularly shown English Premier League and La Liga matches, often opening up early to accommodate international sports. 1500 Locust St., Rittenhouse
- City Tap House - With an American and beer-friendly menu - more than 40 beers on tap at both locations - City Tap House is a prime spot to watch the World Cup. The Center City, location also boasts a 18-by-19-foot television screen. City Tap House has locations in University City (3925 Walnut St) and Logan Square (2 Logan Sq) in Center City.
- Independence Beer Garden - Looking for a nice outdoor spot to view games on these summer days? Independence Beer Garden, located across from Independence Mall, is an outdoor drinking spot showing matches during their regular open hours on a huge projector at their 6th Street entrance. 100 South Independence Mall West, Old City
- Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse - Cav’s has two bars with 16 HDTVs, a favorite of sports-lovers in the city. It welcomes soccer fans and will show all of the World Cup matches. 1832 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
- Tavern on Broad - With 40 HDTVs, 6 sound zones and 3 private areas, World Cup-watchers will be satisfied with the opportunity for personal viewing parties. All drinks are already half off Monday-Friday from 5-8 p.m. for their daily happy hour special. 200 S. Broad St., Center City