It’s finally here.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia started with a bang. Host nation Russia showed they mean business with a thunderous 5-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in the opening match. Surely this is sign of how much fun this tournament is gearing up to be.
Sure, watching matches at home can be fun, but sharing the experience with a horde of soccer fanatics will only make each game better.
The following is a run down of spots around the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful game, let’s kick thing off.
Located in the center of South Park, Big Wangs is packed to the brim with TV’s ready to show the soccer festivities. They’ll be serving up breakfast burritos for those who make it early enough. Opening as early as 3:00am, and showing every single game of the tournament, Big Wangs is a solid choice regardless of what team you’re cheering for.
Big Wangs, 801 S. Grand Ave. (213) 629-2449
Bunker Hill Bar and Grill
Sporting a very well-rounded menu of food and drink, this sports bar is a great place to go and enjoy the beautiful game in a slightly more refined setting. The Los Angeles branch of FC Bayern Munich supporters will be hosting a special event for the game between Germany and Mexico on Sunday, June 17. But don’t worry, they’ll be open for every single match of the Cup.
Bunker Hill Bar and Grill, 601 W 5th St., (213) 688-2988
Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip
A favorite of followers of the Korean national team, Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip is sure to be packed all month long. Reservations can be made ahead of time to ensure your spot, but there are plenty of TV’s to view games if you decide to stroll in. They’ll be open as early as 5:00 am. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a truly immersive fan experience.
Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip, 222 N. Western Ave., Koreatown. (323) 465-6803
The Down and Out
A classic dive of the Downtown bar scene, the Down and Out on Spring Street will be the place to be if you’re into a rowdy, yet fun atmosphere. With 10 TV’s all over the space, no one will miss out on any of the action. Include a $5 tall can of PBR into the mix and you’re definitely in for a good time.
The Down and Out, 501 S Spring St. (213) 221-7595
Nestled in the revamped portion of the Arts District, Little Bear is the plce to go for a taste of European soccer fandom. Opening at 9:00am throughout the tournament, this Belgian-inspired beer haven will surely fill up quickly.
Little Bear, 1855 Industrial St., Arts District. (213) 622-8100
Casey’s Irish Pub
Although Ireland didn’t qualify for the tournament this time around, doens’t mean you can’t party like they did! Casey’s in the heart of DTLA will be open for each and every early game on the schedule. They’ll be serving breakfast to go with your Guiness to start your day right.
Casey’s Irish Pub, 613 S. Grand Ave.
This Oaxacan eatery might just be the best place to go watch the Mexican team take on this summer’s tournament. Located on Olympic, just on the border of Koreatown, Guelaguetza will be propping up a big screen for the matches to be enjoyed like your there in person. There’ll be plenty of tasty food and refreshing micheladas to go around, so don’t miss out!
Guelaguetza, 3014 W Olympic Blvd, Koreatown. (213) 427-0608
La Cita Bar
Just steps from Grand Central Market, La Cita is a dive bar known for always providing patrons with a good time. Watching World Cup games here will be no exception to the rule. The plethora of TV’s they have both inside and on their famous patio will be dialed in to every single match over the course of the month.
La Cita, 336 S Hill St. (213) 687-7111