Where to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Nashville

Lest you think Nashville is just a hockey town because of our rabid fandom of our beloved Predators, Music City is a pretty strong soccer town, too! (Soccer? That’s the one that’s like hockey on grass, right?) Seriously, Nashville has hosted some huge crowds for international football matches and World Cup qualifiers in the past, and our very own hometown Nashville SC will be joining the top-tier MLS in a couple of years. Suffice to say when the World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14, bars will be filled with supporters, even if the US team won’t be playing this year. Here are some good Nashville bars for getting in on the action, and come back for more updates as the games heat up.

Fleet Street Pub


Best for: Fans of England
You might have to search a bit to find this basement bar tucked away in Printers Alley, but look for the Union Jack and listen for the yells of the British faithful as they cheer on The Three Lions. The barkeeps at Fleet Street can also pull a perfect pint of Fuller’s ESB or a proper Guinness, as well as their excellent shepherd's pie.

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Von Elrod's

Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House


Best for: Fans of Germany
With outdoor seating, a comfy bar, the best wursts in town, and rows of long Viking-style tables, there are plenty of seating options at Von Elrod’s. Order a pint or a full liter stein of beers from around the world (including plenty from Deutschland) and an exotic sausage or their unique hot chicken schnitzel for a great meal while you cheer on the team.

Noble's Kitchen and Beer Hall

East Nashville

Best for: Fans of Spain
This cozy neighborhood hang features some fantastic happy hour specials Monday through Wednesday, plus a damned fine chorizo taco that pops up periodically on their menu. If you’re really craving some extra Spanish flair, you’re just a few blocks from Peninsula with their menu of Iberian tapas and specialty gin and tonics. (But Noble’s is the spot to watch the game from!)

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Double Dogs

Double Dogs

Belmont, Hillsboro Village

Best for: Fans of massive screens and personal speakers
There are more pixels than wall space at Double Dogs, with high-tech screens that can show multiple games or convert into massive jumbotrons to show a feature match. You can even ask for a personal speaker to tune in to the particular game you’re interested in following so that nobody has to know that you’re actually cheering for Iceland.

Broadway Brewhouse

Various locations

Best for: Fans of Cajun food
The Broadway Brewhouse, a small chain now with five locations, is wonderful all-around, but for our money, the Midtown spot is the go-to for the games. It's got more than 100 beers on tap and boasts a delicious Cajun food menu from the attached Mojo Grill, which serves up killer meals like the gumbo, jambalaya, and the Mojo pork sandwich.

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TailGate Beer

TailGate Beer

Music Row, West Nashville

Best for: Fans of serious craft beer
TailGate actually brews some of their small-batch specialty recipes in their pub-and-pizzeria operation at the top of Music Row, but they also have a huge production facility in West Nashville that is another fantastic family-friendly spot to watch a game or two. Between the two facilities, they always have at least 30 different beers on tap that change hourly, from traditional to exotic recipes, and the pizzas are pretty solid, too.

Cinco de Mayo


Best for: Fans of Mexico
Above-average Mexican food plus a nice selection of cervezas and specialty cocktails make this a fine choice to while away an afternoon watching the Tricolor take on the world. Even if you’re a fan of the US team, there's no reason to be bitter. At least root for your hemisphere. Cinco's drink specials will ease your ire. ¡Viva Mexico!

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M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Melrose)

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers


Best for: Fans craving a divey beer joint with primo burgers
With one of Nashville’s craftiest beer menus and an offering of specialty burgers that rival any in the city, M.L.Rose has been a popular place to watch sports since they first opened almost a decade ago. The walls are papered with fun pop-culture-riffing posters, and their waffle fries are also the perfect ketchup-delivery device, so they’ve got that going for them, too.

The Mainstay

East Nashville

Best for: Fans of underdogs and long shots
You might need to take your shoes off to count the number of bars and restaurants that have occupied this apparently cursed location just across the Cumberland River in the Fifth & Main development, so this comfortable little sports bar that is the latest occupant is a bit of an underdog. So why not patronize them and root for another long shot -- the Red Tide of Panama? Put down a thousand-dollar bet on them and you could be a millionaire if they win!

Beyond the Edge

East Nashville

Best for: Fans of the global human experience
This Five Points stalwart is without a doubt one of the most diverse sports bars in town, welcoming smokers and non-smokers alike (with a smoke-free zone at the back bar), LGBTQ fans, intramural sports teams, and followers of teams from every city in every league who watch games on their 28 HD televisions. Even Vandy football fans -- all two of them -- probably hunker down here. Its chill vibe makes this a favorite haunt for folks who aren’t into a bunch of drama with their sports.

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Courtesy of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint


Best for: Soccer newbies and non-committals
Admit it, there’s always a little downtime in a two-hour-long soccer game, so it’s nice to have some distractions. Martin’s huge beer garden on the top floor of their downtown mothership location offers the “killer B’s:” barbecue, burgers, beer, bourbon, and big screens. Wait, the game’s already over?

Homegrown Taproom


Best for: Fans of Australia
Did you know that Nashville has had an Australian Rules Football club for years? Many fans of the ‘Roos are also “Socceroos” -- aficionados of the national soccer team -- and one of their favorite hangs is at Homegrown, the cozy Donelson taproom. It offers a rotating selection of local, regional and national craft brews on 24 taps, plus a menu of made-from-scratch comfort food. No vegemite, though. (And that’s a good thing.)

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Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink, and travel writer based in Nashville. Follow him @CeeElCee.