With 32,000 Seattle Sounders season ticket holders and countless other soccer fans in the city, 2014 FIFA World Cup promises to generate some serious revenue for lucky (or just smart?) local sports bars and brew pubs. All it takes is a big screen or seven…and a whole lotta cold hops. From June 12 to July 13, 32 soccer teams will play 64 World Cup games—which, at roughly three games per day, means a huge opportunity for Seattleites to do what we love best: drink beer and cheer on our favorite teams.
Here, opportunities for World Cup viewings abound. The biggest and best-known are Ballard’s The Market Arms (accommodates about 200 people) and even larger sister bar The George and Dragon in Fremont—but expect to get there early and fight the crowds for a spot.
St. Andrew’s in Greenlake will be offering special early open hours on some game days, so there’s no need to worry about missing a moment.
The Atlantic Crossing in Roosevelt will host special viewing parties for U.S. versus Ghana (June 16, 3 p.m.) and U.S. versus Germany (June 26, 9 a.m.).
All seven plan to screen every one of the 64 games, live.
Downtown heavyweight, Fadó Irish Pub, boasts a $1 million dollar bracket challenge and a kick-off party on June 12 at 1 p.m., where it will give away 2014 World Cup t-shirts and serve free pints for the first 100 lucky drinkers/viewers.
In Pioneer Square, Fuel is hosting “Seattle’s Largest Outdoor Viewing Party” during the U.S. versus Portugal game on June 22. Organized by the Seattle Chapter of American Outlaws, the event will feature a jumbo-tron and full bar in the beer garden (located in the parking lot next to Fuel). Reserve a ticket at brownpapertickets.com ($7 gets you a spot and 2 beers, 11 a.m.).
If you want a slightly quieter scene (with board games, darts and shuffle board while you watch soccer and drink craft brews), West Seattle’s The Beveridge Place will open early for all the U.S. games, with various other afternoon and evening screenings, including a special party planned for the Spain versus Netherlands game (June 13, 4 p.m.).
Von Trapp’s, the Bavarian paradise (think pretzels and brats) on Capitol Hill, is expanding its already massive venue to include a new outdoor biergarten scheduled to open on Thursday, June 12 in honor of World Cup . The biergarten comes equipped with a canopy (so you can be a fan rain or shine), a full bar, outdoor TVs and a bocce court that can be converted into additional seating. New summer hours are 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. on Sunday, with the biergarten open until 10 p.m. UPDATE TO THIS LISTING: The fire department is now requiring that Von Trapp's install sprinklers before opening the biergarten. Check the restaurant's Facebook page to get up-to-date info on World Cup games and the biergarten's opening.
If you’re still craving sauerkraut and knackwurst but don’t want to deal with parking in the city, The Berliner in Renton will open at 8 a.m. for all the early World Cup games with a special breakfast menu in addition to its regular menu, extra TVs to ensure good views for all, and—of course—lots and lots of German “biers” in the bier hall and biergarten. All 64 games will be screened live, with the U.S. and Germany games most likely the rowdiest.
Bars aren’t your thing? In its 275-seat Microsoft auditorium, the Seattle Public Library (Central Branch) can fit as many people as the largest bars in Seattle. Add to that a 15' x 20' screen and snacks and beverages for sale at the library's Chocolati Cafe, and you've got a winning venue. Ten screenings planned for three branches (Central, Northgate and High Point); check website for details.
Phinney Center is showing more than 40 World Cup matches on a giant movie screen in high definition. For free. Perhaps even more exciting is the lineup of food trucks planned to accompany the viewings, so there’s no danger of going hungry (or thirsty). Food trucks vary day-to-day, but some slated include Flair Taco, Don Lucho, Mr. Gyros, Nosh, Gobble, 314 Pie and Skillet in order to satisfy virtually any type of half-time food craving.
The quadrennial global soccer mayhem ends on July 13, with the World Cup final at noon, but don’t lose heart: There is the all-important Sounders versus Portland Timbers game that night (7 p.m., Century Link Field).