The 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup is almost here! Every four years, the world of soccer comes to a screeching halt as every fan of the sport turns their eyes to the World Cup. Now, before anyone points out the sad truth, the U.S. did not make the tournament (that’s a topic for another day, we don’t have enough time to talk about that right now.) But don’t let that get you down. There’s plenty of amazing soccer to watch, and maybe cheer on another team? May I suggest Colombia and their superstar #10 James Rodriguez?
The tournament will take place in Russia this year and with the time zone difference, it puts the start of most matches around breakfast time. This is a welcomed relief from previous tournaments where starting times were in the middle of the night. With that said, let me suggest a couple of places where soccer fans will gather around and cheer on their country or favorite team (if your country is not in the tournament.)
For many years, The Londoner has been THE place to watch soccer. English Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, World Cups and many other tournaments. If you want to experience the closest thing to the atmosphere of being at the stadium watching a match, The Londoner is where you need to be. During the matches enjoy brunch for all the early starts, even during the week, and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. They will also be hosting a Kick-off party on the first day, Thursday the 14th. Starting at 5 p.m. Start time for the first game is 10 a.m., which isn’t a really a good start time for a party, but nevertheless come out and enjoy kicking off the World Cup with lots of other soccer fans.
Having won NBC Sports “Best Premier League Bar in the Country,” you know The Londoner is going to be a fantastic place to watch the matches. They will be featuring nationally-themed cocktails and beers from around the world. Guinness will also be there with a glass etching machine to personalize Guinness pint glasses. Check out their website for more information and match start times.
Another excellent place to watch the World Cup, particularly if you will be supporting one of the Latin American countries, is El Portal Café on the corner of Marsh and Trinity Mills. El Portal not only serves amazing authentic Colombian food, but it is a hub to catch Copa America, Copa Libertadores, and other Latin American soccer tournaments. They will be showing World Cup matches on their TV screens and have planned a big watching party Thursday the 28th for Colombia vs Senegal match. Come out and enjoy a delicious Colombian breakfast or something from their bakery that will change your food life. Visit their website for more information as well as their full menu.
So, while the U.S. Men’s National Team may not be in this World Cup, you can still come out and support one of the other countries playing and enjoy watching the best in the world play to win the FIFA World Cup Trophy.