It’s that time again. International flags line the streets, while erratic bursts of cheering fans can be heard throughout the city—the sights and sounds that mark World Cup season. Soccer fan or not, here are six bars guaranteed to bring you into the frenzy.
Nevada Smith’s | 100 3rd Ave.
Nevada Smith’s is a soccer viewing institution in the city. Along with 20 plasma televisions, the bar boasts a massive 18-foot projection screen, world cup menu ($10 quesadillas, wings and sliders), and the slogan “Where football is religion.” How to get there: By Subway, take the L to 3 Av or 4,5,6 to 14th St. Union Square
Berry Park | 4 Berry St.
Offering a theater-sized rooftop projection screen with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from the shores of Williamsburg, Berry Park is certainly one of the more scenic venues to enjoy the World Cup games. Samba dancers and drummers may appear for any given game and happy hour is from 2-7pm with $5 drink specials and 14 beers on tap. How to get there: By Subway, take the L to Bedford Ave.
Red Lion | 151 Bleecker St.
This historic Soho establishment, celebrating its 25th year of existence, has joined in the World Cup festivities, showing the games on seven large screens. And, if simply watching soccer isn’t enough, there’s also live music every night and world cup drinks specials ($4 Budweiser drafts and $12 pitchers). How to get there: By Subway, take the 6 to Bleecker St.
Black Swan | 1048 Bedford Ave.
The pub soccer watching experience doesn’t get more authentic than British-owned Black Swan. This darling bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a match—even though England has gone home—with a full English breakfast. How to get there: By Subway, take the G to Bedford-Nostrand
Zum Schneider | 107 Avenue C
The self-proclaimed “German NYC headquarters for the World Cup,” Zum Schneider is hosting outdoor screenings of all German games, so catch the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday, June 26 at 12pm. Come hungry for things like pork churrasco, spätzle with cheese, caramelized onions and bacon, sausage platters, and pretzels, plus live Oom-pah music at this Bavarian biergarten. Cash only. How to get there: By Subway, take the F to 2nd Ave.
Studio Square | 35-33 36th St.
Long Island City Studio Square will be screening all the games in their outdoor garden on a massive 160-square-foot HD video wall. Voted the “ultimate sports bar” by ESPN, this venue is the closest you’re likely to get to actually being at the games. How to get there: By Subway, take the N, Q to 36 Ave.