Even the most ardent soccer fan will acknowledge that it’s not the most popular game here in the U.S. But that all changes every four years during the World Cup, which returned this year on June 14. When the World Cup hits, even the most indifferent soccer fans get swept up in the excitement. Plus, what kind of person can pass up the chance to wear their most patriotic gear and lead a group of strangers in patriotic songs and chants of “USA! USA! USA!” following a thrilling Team USA victory?
Russia is this year’s World Cup host nation, and all start times land in Central Time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. This means no waking up at 3 a.m. on a work day to catch games with your friends. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy the games during normal hours. Now to make sure you’ve got places to watch, we rounded up five New Orleans bars to catch the World Cup.
Finn’s in Mid-City is a no-brainer for this list. It’s the soccer-watching headquarters of New Orleans, and the World Cup is no different. Finn’s will be open and showing each and every World Cup Game, no exceptions. And whether you’d like a PBR, a creative frozen drink, or a pint of properly poured Guinness during a match, Finn’s has it all. A word of warning: watching soccer at Finn’s is not for the faint of heart; the place is packed to the gills with some of the wildest soccer fans in town.
The new food hall in town flexes its culinary diversity and is the perfect place to watch this international competition. The market will be open at 7 a.m. every day to show the games on the many televisions throughout the building. The market’s bar, Bar 1908, will be open to serve frozen White Russians and beer, and vendors like La Cocinita, Fete au Fete, Squeezed, Roustabout, and Central City BBQ will offer breakfast food for World Cup fans. To wrap up the season, Pythian Market will host a brunch party during the championship game on July 15 starting at 10 a.m., which takes the celebration to the next level.
When Manning’s is open (starting at 11:30 a.m.) they’ll be showing the matches and will open early for the final championship game on July 15. This is the place to go to really immerse yourself in the game, since Manning’s will be showing it on a full-on 13 foot by 7.5 foot big screen (as well as on other televisions throughout the restaurant). ( Get there early to snag a seat at the theater-style rows of recliners right in front.) Check out the “High Roller” golden ale that Terrapin Brewery brewed exclusively for Harrah’s New Orleans and Manning’s – they’ll be running specials on it (and Jägermeister shots) during matches. Manning’s Warehouse District location makes it an easy place to pop-in for a game for those downtown or on the edge of the French Quarter.
4. Bratz Y’all
While the dream of Germany winning back to back championships is strong at this brat & brau spot, fans of all nations are welcome. Bratz Y’all will be open every day at 9 a.m. to show games, except on Mondays when they’re closed. The games will be shown indoors and outdoors (in their amazing biergarten) and food and drink specials will be plentiful. Check the place out during Germany’s games on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. against Sweden and on Wednesday, June 27 at 9 a.m. against South Korea to get the full fan experience. See the full schedule here.
The Rendezvous has numerous flat screens and more than 75 different beers, perfect for World Cup viewing, especially during U.S. games. They’ll be open early for games Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m.