Atlanta We already told you about the 12 things you absolutely must do this Summer -- one of which was watch the World Cup, which starts today (!). So, we figured we should probably tell you where to watch it... man, are we bossy. But seriously, check out our breakdown of Atlanta's best World Cup bars, sorted by neighborhood. Right now!
The best World Cup bar in your Atlanta 'hood
Little Five Points: Brewhouse Cafe
It may be a good idea to sublet a room in L5P, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the undisputed king of ATL soccer bars, where it's guaranteed to be packed from open until close for the entirety of the Cup. And if you’re looking to get insight on each and every country playing, there is guaranteed to be a (tipsy) expert on hand to walk you through the finer points. Continue Reading
East Atlanta: The Elder Tree
Rowdy hooligans pack The Elder Tree throughout the year, so expect them to multiply like beer-soaked gremlins, or the multitude of club scarfs already lining the bar/ walls/ ceiling this month, but who cares if it's crowded? You'll be too busy trying to shout "offside!!" through a mouthful of Irish food and drink specials like house-made bangers and mash.
Downtown: Meehan’s Public House
If you find yourself in the middle of the city and need to catch a match on your three-pint lunch, Meehan’s is dedicated to making that happen. Already a soccer haven for Downtown businessmen, the shepherd’s pie brings in the tourists from across the pond who need a little taste of home to go with their sport.
Midtown: Ri Ra Irish Pub
With great rotating draft specials, you’ll be able to go around the world in beers while trying to figure out whose flag that is in the stands. Oh, and hardcore ATLiens don't need to worry, they’ll throw the Braves on, too. Assuming they’re not losing too badly, obviously.
Buckhead: Fado Irish Pub
When it comes to sheer size, Fado has already won Atlanta’s Cup. The downstairs is guaranteed to be packed with fans from at least six continents. If you’re just popping in for a match and some whiskey, head to the upstairs bar and patio, where ample room, eager waitstaff, and international soccer chicks should make the experience all the more rewarding.
Brookhaven: Pub 71
Boasting a puce wood interior, ample taps, and Americanized pub fare, 71's the go-to drink spot any time you’re North of Buckhead, mostly 'cause they use beer in half their menu. But you should still order some to drink... and maybe a few shots if the US is playing.
To do the Cup Southern-style, the Westside is your best option, 'cause you can take in a match with Pimento cheese fritters, shrimp & grits, or one of the local brews on tap. Plus, Ormsby’s famous bocce courts also provide a way to blow off steam after your team blows that lead.
1. The Brewhouse Cafe401 Moreland Ave, Atlanta
2. The Elder Tree Public House469 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta
3. Meehan's Public House232 19th St NW, Ste 7165, Atlanta
4. Ri Ra Sports Viewing1080 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
5. Fado Irish Pub273 Buckhead Ave, Atlanta
6. Pub 714058 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
7. Ormsby's170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
Modestly self-billed as "Atlanta's BEST International Sports Bar", Brewhouse is definitely at least among the top examples, as it made our list of Favorite 5 Sports Bars thanks to its comfortably divey interior, TVs galore, daily pint specials (Terrapin/SweetWater Mondays, Leinenkugel's Thursdays -- keep the glass!), and a month-long $20 large pizza/Miller Lite pitcher combo... wait, they figured out how to get beer inside those little pretzel rolls too?! Amazing.
This Irish public house offers up traditional pub fare utilizing items like house-cured bacon, fresh salmon, and more. Their crowning achievement is perhaps their Spur burger, which comes with blue cheese, portobella mushrooms, and onion.
Meehan's is your one stop shop for true Irish pubbiness, boasting knockout burgers and pints, right in the heart of Midtown. Check out their patio'd outdoor space for a brew and a bite. We think that Meehan's is the best Irish pub in Atlanta, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
Get your dosage of live international and US soccer on a 141" big screen every weekend at RR, with boozing and their hearty brunch menu starting at 7am on Saturdays (noon on Sunday). Drink specials include $4 Harp, five-bottle buckets of Bud Light for $12
Stop by Fado's Irish Pub and Restaurant for a pint and delicious bar eats like their pork schnitzel sandwich. As far as we are concerned, that are the best and most authentic Irish pub in Atlanta and have the best Guinness in town.
Helmed by a dude who was born in 1971 (get it?)... and who wanted to open a place where his friends and family could hang/ booze, this Irish-style drink spot's got more than just the usual taps (Sweetwater Red Hot Mama), and home-style eats like a Jack Daniel’s Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, and Shepherd’s Pie.
Ormsby's is a bi-level tavern serving craft beers and cocktails, plus elevated dishes in an expansive upstairs dining area featuring a small couch lounge and booths, and a sprawling bottom level with games like backgammon, pinball, billiards, and a large indoor bocce ball court.