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For one month, New York City becomes a full-on soccer town. On November 20, the FIFA World Cup kicks off, with a total of 64 matches held over 28 days. As a city home to people from around the globe, New York is a great place to watch the world’s best soccer clubs go head-to-head and represent their home countries. Ahead, find the best bars and restaurants across the city to watch the 2022 World Cup, from The Red Lion in Greenwich Village to Pig Beach BBQ in Astoria.
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138 West 25th Street, Chelsea
Chelsea’s Smithfield Hall ranks among the best spots in the city to watch soccer. Their indoor space is more than adequate to host a large gathering, but they also have a heated outdoor area for those wanting some fresh air. The sports bar’s drink menu offers a large selection of beers and its own branded lagers and ales. Smithfield Hall will have a schedule on its website for the upcoming World Cup games and will be live broadcasting each one.
Football Factory at Legends
6 West 33rd Street, Midtown
Legends’ Football Factory has over 20 big-screen TVs broadcasting more than 100 live soccer matches every week across its two-floor facility. The bar is home to over 30 NYC supporter clubs for different soccer teams and contains the largest soccer memorabilia collection in the United States. They also have a wide variety of food and drinks, serving a menu of bar food classics and a drink menu that includes beers, liquors, and more.
350 East 85th Street, Yorkville
This Irish pub is an adored, laid-back neighborhood spot that has served Yorkville for more than 40 years, offering authentic Irish food and drink and providing patrons with a great spot to watch soccer. To further prove its dedication to the sport, Ryan’s Daughter is partnered with the New York City Football Club. Their menu offers classic pub drinks, as well as cocktails to warm you up, like Irish coffees and hot toddies. Those looking for a midnight snack will be happy to learn that they also serve complimentary potato chips.
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The Red Lion
151 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
This legendary Village bar has a ton in store for patrons during the World Cup. The Red Lion will be showcasing all of the World Cup matches with full sound across its three projectors and three large-screen TVs. The bar will rotate flags outside of the bar to let passersby know which teams are playing that night. To help fans track their teams, Red Lion will have table placemats with brackets for each team so that fans can see their progression through the different stages of the tournament. Patrons will be able to win prizes like Red Lion gift cards, official football jerseys, box tickets to sporting events, and a final $1,000 cash grand prize. Official team merchandise will also be for sale.
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219 2nd Avenue, East Village
This two-story craft cocktail bar and restaurant has quickly become a neighborhood staple. The bar is known for its creative cocktails and comfort foods like flavored wings, mac and cheese, short rib croquettes, and fried chicken sandwiches. Little Rebel has multiple TVs on both of its floors and will be broadcasting sports with a priority on soccer during the World Cup.
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712 3rd Avenue, Midtown
While this Bavarian-style beer hall may be rooting extra hard for Germany during the World Cup, Bierhaus will be broadcasting all of the cup’s soccer matches in their spacious beer garden. Come enjoy crisp beer served in glass boots and authentic German fare, like schnitzel, sausage, and more.
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The Midnight Theatre
75 Manhattan West Plaza, Midtown West
Midtown West’s new Midnight Theatre will become the Midnight Theatre Soccer Club for the 2022 World Cup. The luxury venue will broadcast the games on its huge 4k resolution screen with immersive surround sound audio. The theatre’s restaurant Hidden Leaf will offer its Pan-Asian cuisine to guests, along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Soccer Club day passes cost $55 each and include open seating, access to a complimentary breakfast bar, and a wristband for all-day entry access. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Irish American Pub
17 John Street, Financial District
Located in the Financial District, the Irish American Pub is another location for soccer lovers to come and enjoy the World Cup. They have a long bar with plenty of space to sit and watch the games, as well as a game room for patrons looking to take a break from the action. Their kitchen is open until 1 a.m and offers Irish classics like all-day Irish breakfast, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and more.
17 John Street, Financial District
While they’re best known as a hub for fans of the Liverpool Football Club, Carragher’s Pub & Restaurant is opening its space for soccer lovers of all teams during the 2022 World Cup. Found on the basement level of the Irish American Pub, Carragher’s menu offers sports bar staples like chicken fingers, wings, and chips and dip, along with a wide variety of beers and cocktails. They will also have a separate screening room for matches in Spanish.
513 East 6th Street, Financial District
While the patrons of Buenos Aires will no doubt be cheering especially hard for Argentina during their World Cup matches, the bar is also broadcasting the tournament’s other matches. Over the course of the World Cup, Buenos Aires will show matches in its dining room and backroom, offering signature Argentinian cuisine to match. Besides serving classic dishes like chorizo and empanadas, Buenos Aires has an extensive South American wine menu.
Tampico Tequila Bar
10 Delancey Street, Lower East Side
The Lower East Side’s Tampico Tequila Bar is a bar inspired by the Mexican city of Tampico and the region of Tamaulipas, offering authentic dishes inspired by Mexican taquerias and NYC food trucks. All matches will be shown on Tampico’s eight large-screen TVs and two projector screens. The bar will open at 2 p.m. for all daytime matches and at 11 a.m. on November 22 for Mexico vs. Poland. Enjoy a variety of happy hour specials, including discounted select drafts, wines, and cocktails.
132 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg
Self-described as a place “where football never sleeps,” Williamsburg’s Banter Bar is a great destination for watching this year’s World Cup and regular season matches (The bar opens up early for those morning tournaments). The menu includes savory meat pies, pressed sandwiches, and a variety of sausages, as well as 24 rotating taps offering customers a great pint.
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4 Berry Street, Williamsburg
Williamsburg’s Berry Park is a great spot to watch soccer, with a rooftop terrace with city views, high-definition screens, and a wide selection of food and drink. It even has its own indoor soccer pitch. In addition to broadcasting sports, the bar is known for its weekend brunch, happy hour, live DJ sets, and welcoming atmosphere.
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548 Court Street, Carrol Gardens
Santo Brúklin will be streaming World Cup games both inside on their many TV screens and outside in their spacious courtyard on a large projector screen. The Brazilian bar will offer patrons snack platters with Brazilian bar food, made-to-order caipirinhas (Brazil’s national drink), and more. Expect the bar to celebrate extra hard on days when Brazil is competing.
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86 North 11th Street, Williamsburg
Starting on November 20, outdoor sports bar TailGate Brooklyn will open up its 24,000-square-foot space for soccer lovers to enjoy the World Cup. The bar will show every single World Cup match regardless of the time. With more than 20 TVs, expansive seating options, and private heated cabanas, TailGate is a great destination to enjoy the World Cup.
6004 8th Avenue, Sunset Park
In Sunset Park, Soccer Tavern is an Irish pub that functioned as a speakeasy during the days of prohibition. The old-school bar represents the diverse spirit of Sunset Park and is a beloved neighborhood spot known for its cheap drinks and love of sports.
Soccer Republic at Bar 43
43-06 43rd Street, Sunnyside
Bar 43 is the home of soccer in Queens and an official partner of the New York City Football Club and the headquarters for the Arsenal NYC supporters club. The neighborhood spot is known for its strong drinks, a large selection of draft beers, and a menu with bar food classics like hamburgers and chicken wings.
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Pig Beach BBQ
35-37 36th Street, Astoria
Pig Beach BBQ is opening up its massive indoor-outdoor space for soccer fans. Perfect for a big group, the barbecue restaurant has three bars and more than 55 high-definition TVs. On November 26, Pig Beach will host a Mexico vs. Argentina watch party with the Adidas World Cup truck, offering fans authentic team merchandise like official customizable team Mexico jerseys.
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5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City
Gamehaus will be opening its doors early for fans of team USA during the World Cup. Their doors will be open at 2 p.m. on November 21 for the USA vs. Wales match and at the same time on the 25th for the USA vs. England game. Gamehaus’ 5,000-square-foot space is equipped with a dozen large-screen TVs and an 11-foot-tall LED video wall to ensure an incredible viewing experience for all patrons. Their drink menu offers over 20 beers from local breweries, as well as a wide selection of craft cocktails.
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