The Fifa World Cup 2018, taking place in Russia, kicks off on 14 June. Soccer fans, are you ready?
The buzzing anticipation of the game can be felt like a shockwave in major cities across the globe including New York City. The ‘city that never sleeps’ is home to some of the most diverse (and rowdy) soccer fans, so join in on the excitement and watch the World Cup at one of these eight places in the Big Apple.
1. Hoboken, New Jersey
Having become quite an attractive place to live in recent years, Hoboken boasts everything from the traditional and lovable bro bars to chic ‘girls night out’ venues. For this particular occasion, check out Mulligans. Deemed ‘the place to go for sports’ in Hoboken, Mulligans has lots of TVs, a great brew selection and good ol’ Irish hospitality.
Where: 159 1st street, Hoboken, NJ
2. Kips Bay
England’s football fans and British expats will love The Churchill in Manhattan. The tavern atmosphere, scrumptious British classic food selection (including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding) and of course great ales on tap will make you feel right at home. Expect things to get a bit rowdy during an England match.
Where: 45 East 28th Street, NY
With NYC highlights like the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, Coney Island and plenty of dive bars with good prices, watch the games in this edgy borough. France fans should check out Bar Tabac in the Cobble Hill neighborhood to watch the game amid some convivial French camaraderie.
Where: 128 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
Escape the busyness of Manhattan and explore the spirit of Queens. The borough was once home to famous musicians like Gene Simmons, Cyndi Lauper, Ja Rule, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. You can also find several great brunch places as well as an authentic Portuguese restaurant called O Lavrador where you can watch a Portugal match while savoring delicious Iberian cuisine.
Where: 138-40 101st Ave, Jamaica, NY
5. Times Square
If you are looking for a convenience and fun, Tonic Times Square is the place. A very short walk from Times Square and the Rockefeller Center, this venue is built to serve huge crowds with three floors and thirty-five HD screens for sports fans. Tonic also serves yummy pub-grub late into the evening and has a great drink menu to boot.
Where: 727 7th Avenue, New York, NY
6. NoHo, New York
Nestled in between the streets of Broadway to the west, Bowery to the east, Aston Place to the north and Houston Street to the south, this tiny neighborhood is bustling. NoHo is a cultural hub with theatrical performances, live music, poetry reading events, art galleries and plenty of great places to eat. For killer cocktails and a speakeasy vibe, watch a game at Sweetwater Social equipped with several HD TVs and intermission entertainment like foosball, shuffleboard and arcade games.
Where: 643 Broadway New York, NY
7. Midtown East, New York, NY
A two-minute walk from Grand Central Station between Park and Madison Avenue, and eleven-minutes from the Empire State Building, Stout is a fantastic sports bar surrounded by many of New York’s iconic skyscrapers, providing convenience, quality food, an extensive drink menu and a fantastic pub atmosphere.
Where: 60 East 41st Street, New York
8. The Bronx, New York, NY
The birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx boasts striking street art, the real Little Italy, and delicious mom-and-pop corner restaurants. Check out the Bronx Ale House, a beer lover’s oasis where you can find a vast offering of craft beers on tap. Plus, if you drink 100 different brews, you can join their beer club…challenge accepted!
Where: 216 West 238th St., Bronx, NY