Miami Sure, as soon as LeBron leaves, the Heat will draw less than the Ice Capades, but whoever said Miami was a bad sports town hasn’t been here for the World Cup: when it comes to repping your country for fútbol, nobody does it harder than the 305, so we found the best bars/restaurants to be in when things kick off this weekend for 12 of the competing countries.
Your country-by-country guide to watching the World Cup in Miami
OTC: Free beer!
Ok, it’s not a country, but everyone’s a fan of free beer, so come out to OTC for England vs. Italy this Saturday at 6pm. The first 30 people to say they’re there with Thrillist get a free beer, and everyone else gets bottomless Narragansett for $20. They’re running that $20 special all World Cup, plus rotating special menus for whichever country is playing. Continue Reading
When Argentinians gather to cheer on their team at this Brickell eatery, it’s more like a block party than a sports bar, stacked with Argentinean dancers, televisions in every direction, and fans toting drums (yes, drums) to bang on when their country scores. Or, really, throughout the whole match.
If that’s too packed: Juana M, Manolo
If anyone knows how to party, it’s the Brazilians, and at Boteco, you’ll stuff your face with picanha and down caipirinhas while listening to the game’s commentary get drowned out by a never-ending samba band, vuvuzelas, and more Brazilians than you’ll find in the actual stadiums. And, yes, that includes Brazilian girls and all that comes with them.
If that’s too packed: Brasileiro, Beer 360
El Corral: Colombia
If the folks at ESPN Deportes are smart enough to know this is the place to be for Colombia’s matches, then we’re not gonna tell you any different. So in addition to Colombia’s best burgers and $1.99 commemorative Budweisers, you can be part of their national broadcast and get your face painted with the Colombian flag.
Miami’s Brits have apparently become so Americanized that they can't tell the difference between England and Ireland either ("whatever, they all talk funny”), so they'll be packing this Washington Ave Irish pub for Guinness and English breakfast for all of England’s games.
If that’s too packed: Clevelander, Churchills
Le Bouchon du Grove: France
If Miamians just aren't quite rude enough for you, you can spend two hours surrounded by the French in this tiny café in the Grove wedged in next to Sandbar, where what they lack in TVs they more than make up for in wine selection, first-rate French cuisine, and chain smoking.
If that’s too packed: Villa Azur
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus: Germany
Sure, it’s not TECHNICALLY October, but Fritz & Franz gives you an excuse to drink like it’s Oktoberfest during the World Cup with $5, 14oz glasses of German beer including Warsteiner, Pilsner and Dark, while feasting over all the carb-tastic pretzels and schnitzel you want.
If that’s too packed: Abbey Brewing Co, TK’s at Villa Mayfair
For the World Cup viewing experience that’ll make you feel like you’re actually in a team's country, hit up this Midtown Greek bistro where -- in honor of Greece's first World Cup appearance in like a billion years -- they’re bringing in TVs and showing all their games in a spot that’ll remind you of Mykonos. Minus the dudes in Speedos.
The folks who threw the biggest World Cup block party Lincoln Road’s ever seen back in ’06 are at it again, where all the Italian regulars will be knocking back $20 buckets of Peroni, competing to win Italia jerseys, and probably hitting on every single girl who walks by.
If that’s too packed: La Locanda, Caffe DiMauro
La Mexicana Cantina: Mexico
If you're from Miami, you know that most of the people speaking Spanish around you aren’t Mexican, so it'll be hard to find a good spot to watch our Southern neighbors that doesn’t have $18 burritos. Or it would be if Miami’s best new Mexican restaurant didn't have reasonable food prices, plenty of flat screens, and margaritas that’ll be 2-for-1 from 4-8pm EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Tapas y Tintos: Spain
Join every Cuban who swears his grandfather was from Spain -- and maybe a few Spaniards -- at this Española Way tapas joint on a street that actually LOOKS like Spain, and where they’re serving $10 bocatas (Spanish sandwiches), $8 Caipirinhas, $25 Estrella Damm Beer Buckets, and half-off Sangria.
If that’s too packed: Perfecto Gastrobar, Bulla
Fado Irish Pub: Uruguay
Inexplicably, this Brickell Irish pub has been attracting a sizable Uruguayan contingency for qualifiers and friendlies. Get to know them while you party in the courtyard at Mary Brickell Village July 4th-5th, take Fado's million dollar bracket challenge, and enjoy the special World Cup menu.
American Social: USA
If you wanna watch the USA play around Americans... well, you’re pretty much gonna have to go to Broward. And there's no better place to do it than a bar with "America” in the title, where you'll down craft brews and some of Miami’s best mac and cheese surrounded by other people who’re just using the World Cup as an excuse to drink until the return of REAL -- aka college -- football.
If that’s too packed: Duffy’s, Bokampers
There're also these 5 awesome sports bars that just opened where the party'll be just as good...
1. OTC1250 S Miami Ave, Brickell
2. Novecento - Brickell1414 Brickell Ave, Miami
3. Boteco916 NE 79th St, Miami
4. El Corral7800 NW 25th St, Miami
5. The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant1265 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
6. Le Bouchon Du Grove3430 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove
7. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
8. Kouzina Greek Bistro3535 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
9. Segafredo1421 South Miami Ave, Miami Beach
10. La Mexicana Cantina & Grill1451 S. Miami Ave, Miami
11. Tapas & Tintos448 Espanola Way, Miami Beach
12. Fado Irish Pub900 S Miami Ave, Suite 200, Brickell
13. American Social Bar & Restaurant721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
OTC does it right with fast, order-at-the-counter service and a laid-back Southern Florida atmosphere. There's a progressive menu with a fresh ingredient presence (duh). Also, they're pretty proud of their Indie-rock music selections.
Novecento's motto is "mi casa es su casa" and it definitely lives up to that. It's got the causal elegance of a European bistro, but with Latin American influences. The menu's got tons of options, from Salmón A La Parrilla to Fettuccine Bolognesa.
"Boteco" is a cool place to hang out for night-life lovers in Brazil. It's a place where you go to grab a cold one and eat a few appetizers. Essentially, Boteco is the "bar around the corner" that's perfect for almost every occasion.
After serving up burgers in Columbia since 1983, El Corral decided to bring its Latin American flair to the states. The menu includes over 15 different burgers and sides including fires, onion rings, and even salads (do not be that person who goes to a burger joint and orders a salad).
Nestled between Mansion and Cameo, The Playwright serves up traditional Irish bar food and has plenty of specials on pitchers of brews. Although this bar can get a little wild on Friday and Saturday night, there is something unforgettable about its grittiness and untamed debauchery. Needless to say, it's the perfect place to let loose.
Le Bouchon is a friendly little restaurant in Coconut Grove that offers a menu created from only the best local products. It's a blend of Lyon with a splash of South Florida.
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus is a traditional German/Austrian restaurant/sports bar. It's perfect for watching the big game while enjoying a nice, German brewski.
Yiannis Sotiropoulos and Makis Paliouras created Kouzina as the answer to homesickness for their mothers' cooking. Now you too can enjoy the taste of home - if home is Greece that is. If not, well, then just enjoy the food anyway. It's authentic, delicious, and much cheaper than a trip to Mykonos.
Segafredo is Brickell's quintessential Italian cafe by day, and a sophisticated lounge by night. The casual but chic atmosphere is complemented by its awesome menu and great cocktails.
La Mexicana is plating simple, flame-grilled, reasonably-priced Mexican favorites, made-to-order guac, and an extensive margarita menu that you can enjoy while wathing 70-inch TVs and listening to live music.
Tapas y Tintos honors the tradition of eating tapas. That means small portions, but don't worry, because there's no limit to how many you can eat. It's all about enjoying time with friends and family over delicious food.
To ensure ultimate Irishness, Fadó's entire interior was constructed in Dublin, then shipped to and assembled in Miami, including various sections harking back to the island's drinking history: a stained glass'd Victorian Long Hall, a cottage area repping early "Public Houses", and a series of private drinking "snugs" to enjoy food, drink, and jovial convos.
This Las Olas spot serves up stuff like filet mignon and roasted red pepper pesto flatbreads, BBQ boursin short ribs, and more, out of their Americana-inspired digs.