The World Cup is the Olympics of soccer, and its monthlong tournament begins Friday, June 11. Whether you're a hardcore fan with a closet full of jerseys, or just want to watch the U.S. play (Friday vs. Slovenia, June 23 vs. Algeria), you can watch the games at these local bars with an imported beer in hand. *Know of a bar or restaurant or hangout also showing the games? Leave us a comment
Where to watch the World Cup
by Cara HallSpecial to Metromix
June 7, 2010
The Des Moines chapter of The American Outlaws supporters group will have watch parties for all USA games at Victor's. No cover. Games vs Algeria and Slovenia will kickoff at 9 a.m. Victor's will open at 8:30 a.m.
They've always been soccer fans at Des Moines' original Brit bar, the Royal Mile. They'll televise World Cup games and offer drink specials.
The crew at Limey's is offering specials on pints, pitchers and buckets during World Cup games. West Des Moines-ers will want to grab a spot here.
A coffee shop might seem like an odd place for sports fans to gather, but not when its owned by the same guy who owns the Des Moines Menace soccer team. The shop will show the games on its TVs, and you can get all the regular daily drink and happy hour specials. The downtown location serves wine, beer and liquors, as well.
Mickey's in Waukee will have bucket specials during televised World Cup games: $10 domestic buckets and $15 specialty buckets. This is the place to go with a big group of friends.
Euro Bar normally opens at 10 a.m., but will open at 8 a.m. to show World Cup games that are televised early. Grab a seat here when the U.S. faces Slovenia on June 18.
TVs normally tuned to Latin Amercian soap operas are switching to the World Cup games. The restaurant also has larger tables that can accomodate a group, plus authentic Mexican food and beers, and killer margaritas.
With 16 52-inch flat screen TVs, you won't get a much better view than at Saints, where happy hour specials (2-6 p.m. daily and all day Sunday) are $1 off draws, domestic bottles and wells, $2 off pitchers, and $3 Saints margaritas (or $8 pitchers).
Third Base will show games that air during their regular hours (they open at 3 p.m. weekdays) and offer their regular specials, including Friday happy hour with $2 well drinks and tall boys till 8 p.m.
El Rodeo will show the games that start after they open at 11 a.m. on their TVs in the bar area. Though it gets crowded on weekend nights, you can grab a spot here for the earlier games and enjoy cheesy plates of food and margaritas that are only $1.50 at lunch.
Legends will show all the games that are on network TV or ESPN (they have a whopping 42 flat screen TVs). They won't have any soccer-related specials, but they have drink specials every day, including $3.50 long islands on Fridays and all-day happy hour on Sundays.