The World Cup is upon us. It’s our quadrennial opportunity for soccer fans and non-soccer fans to come together and support the countries we love.
For the uninitiated, the World Cup is a 32 team, four week affair, and this year is being hosted in 12 cities in Brazil. That means three to four games a day for two solid weeks, starting at 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm. The times may not be perfect for your social calendar, but it does allow the opportunity to watch games at breakfast, lunch or happy hour.
Now if you aren’t a soccer fan, don’t worry. The cheering, the singing and the excitement will draw you in. The World Cup is the one time that even the snobbiest soccer fan will embrace a newcomer and try to introduce them to “The Beautiful Game.”
But to help you out, here are a few talking points you can use that will keep you from looking like a total newbie. Just memorize these, throw them out in conversation and let the others start debating. You’ll get all the credit.
1) I think Dempsey may be big this year for the U.S.
2) Man I love tiki-taka, but I don’t know if Spain has the horses this year.
3) I really like Germany, but am worried since no European team has ever won a Cup played in South America.
Now, chances are won’t be able to just wander into a bar for a U.S. game. Even though the games are during the day, expect people to take off work to support the USA. So, you may need multiple options for your viewing. Here are some places we suggest trying.
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
2650 NE University Village St
The U-District is home to one of the biggest sports bar in town. The U-Village version of The Ram is within walking distance of the Corydon, so you can have a couple extra without having to worry about how you are getting home. Great food and big beers, and there’s also a family friendly section. But it does tend to get packed on U.S. games, so you may want to give them a call at 206) 525-3565.
2827 NE 55th St
It’s a classic Husky bar and a neighborhood favorite. If you go watch games here, you may end up seeing the same people every time. You may also end up a regular yourself. There’s a huge beer list and you get your name on the wall if you try each one.
6508 Roosevelt Way NE
This spot is a little further away, up on 65th and Roosevelt. But a list of soccer bars would be incomplete without naming this. They’ll be open for breakfast every day, and you may enjoy seeing one of the lesser games here. But as a regular hangout of the Seattle soccer community, this bar will be packed with regulars for any U.S. and England match.
Who are you rooting for this World Cup?