No one’s denying the couch in your living room is always a great place to catch the World Cup. You make the rules, the food, and you have control of the remote. For those of you who are looking to watch the world’s biggest soccer tournament with other soccer fans, however, here some of the best places in Memphis to do so.
Celtic Crossing on Cooper Street is a dedicated soccer bar. For the World Cup, the Irish pub plans to open early to show all the games live. Most bars will open up for the afternoon and midday matches, but if you are looking to get your fix early in the morning, head over to Celtic Crossing.
The Brass Door on Madison Avenue is excited about soccer in general. It plays home to the Memphis Gooners, an Arsenal fan club, and U.S. Men’s National Team enthusiasts the American Outlaws. They kicked off the World Cup with a viewing of Russia versus Saudi Arabia accompanied by drink specials starting at 10 a.m. Complimentary coffee and Irish tea will be offered to the early morning soccer fans and $4 White Russians will be offered during all World Cup matches. If you would like to know which matches are being showcased at the Brass Door, head over to the pub’s event calendar.
If you like to be mesmerized by as many screens as you can, Max’s Sports Bar is the place to be. The TV set up here is one of the best in the city, making it the perfect place for fans who want to keep eyes on multiple games at once. And of course, don’t miss out on the BBQ nachos.
Sometimes your soccer needs have to take precedence over the day’s normal activities. It’s totally understandable. For those who can’t forsake all external commitments, however, Brookhaven Pub offers a central, convenient location in Brookhaven Circle. Chances are if you work somewhere between Kirby and Highland it won’t take you long to hop over there and enjoy some midday futból action. It’s also a solid bar with plenty of TV’s for your viewing pleasure.
If you like couches more than chairs, but you don’t want to be on your couch then the Rec Room on Broad Avenue is the place for you. It’s got giant living rooms and nice, comfy couches. For the early stages of the tournament, you’ll have to find other places to watch early games but as the bigger games are set the Rec Room will adjust normal hours to accommodate the crowds.
Known as the bar in the alley, Belle Tavern is located right behind 117 Union in downtown Memphis. It will be opening early for the World Cup Games at 1pm. Normal hours are Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 1am, and Sunday from noon to 10pm.
Next Door will be offering Day Drinking Specials from Open-3PM every game day (including $2.50 Crosstown Siren Blonde Ale and a $3 Bloody Mary). They also offer Happy Hour specials from 3pm to 6pm.
With $5 Luna-ritas and $5 queso fries, you’ll be satisfying more than your craving for soccer. This is going down at both locations, so there’s no excuse!
Where will you be watching the World Cup? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know.