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A country-by-country World Cup viewer's guide: Where to drink among your fellow expats while you watch every minute of the greatest sporting event on the planet.


Spectators at Woodwork.  


538 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-857-5777
Woodwork's already everyone's favorite Brooklyn soccer bar, and it will live up to its reputation by opening as early as 6 a.m. for matches, and by offering menu and drink specials that reflect the countries of the teams playing (empanadas and Corona for when Mexico plays, etc.). Reservations are strongly advised, but don’t bother trying to get one to the insanely popular USA vs. England opener match on Saturday: It’s been sold out for three weeks. (Reserve by e-mailing

131 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn Heights; 718-858-5810
For those who prefer the indie atmosphere to the hard-core hooligan one, Floyd is the perfect relaxed football joint. Turn-of-the-last-century portraits and worn upholstery trim the library-esque front corner, and the flat-screen TVs will show every match of the Cup. A menu features housemade beer cheese, but you’re also allowed to BYO food. Reservations for large parties are accepted, and an indoor bocce court serves as entertainment for the anti-football folks in your group.

133 W. 33rd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-629-6191
All 32 team flags hang above the 60-foot bar, to be removed via dramatic ceremony each time one loses. The basement dartboards and billiards table will remain open in case a game gets slow, and 200-plus beers, including the bar's namesake brew, are on hand. Stout boasts 36 HD screens — but staffers readily admit they’re rooting for Team USA only because Ireland didn’t make it, so try not to mention Thierry Henry.

The Black Horse Pub

568 Fifth Ave., Park Slope; 718-788-1975
The World Cup Opening Day party at the Black Horse will feature $4 pints, fish-and-chips specials, and the chance to win signed English football jerseys and two tickets to an upcoming Red Bull–LA Galaxy game. For the rest of the tournament, enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere than most; the Black Horse's noise level is relatively low, and plenty of sunlight gets in through the big front windows.

11th Street Bar
510 E. 11th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-982-3929
11th Street is English through-and-through, from their pub atmosphere to their clientele of die-hard Liverpool fans. While England supporters of all types are welcome, the majority of the bar will have their eyes on Liverpudlian heroes Johnson, Gerrard, and Carragher.

La Nacional

239 W. 14th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-243-9308
The self-proclaimed oldest Spanish restaurant in New York, La Nacional serves up slightly smoky chorizo and a well-above-average paella to hungry soccer fans. Owner and executive chef Jesus "Lolo" Manso is planning a special celebration whenever La Furia Roja claims a victory, but La Nacional wouldn't reveal what it will entail quite yet.


55 Grand St., nr. West Broadway; 212-274-8225
Supporters of Team Mexico will find $5 beers, $3 appetizers, and top-shelf tequilas for when the action gets heated. Chef Thierry Amezcua, a Mexico City native, also serves up breakfast specials — the restaurant will be opening early to fit in every Cup game.

Zum Schneider Biergarten

107 Ave. C, at 7th St.; 212-598-1098
This cheery indoor beer garden started the festivities early but airing highlights of World Cups gone by for the past week. The long tables and bench seating are especially suited to large groups; bowls of big pretzels are regularly refreshed; and, for the early-morning games, a special German and Bavarian breakfast will be added to the menu.

South Africa

195 Dekalb Ave., Fort Greene; 718-855-9190
Next to actually watching the games live in Cape Town, you can’t get a more authentic experience: the first South African restaurant in New York serves regional cuisine and a lengthy list of South African wines and, on June 29, PlayBeautiful will bring their traveling 200-seat indoor theater (modeled after the Johannesburg stadium!) to the café.

Favela Grill

33-18 28th Ave., Astoria; 718-545-8250
Brazilian fans have packed Favela Grill for years of World Cups. If you're quieter about your love for Brazil, try nearby Impanema Grill, from the same owners, for beer towers, Caipirinha drink specials, and Brazilian-jersey raffles.

340 West Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-431-0021
Behind Felix's French façade is the owner's Brazilian wife, who is responsible for the mass following of Brazilian soccer fans Felix has built up over the years. Expect the bar, tables, outdoor dining area, and sometimes even the street to be packed with fans of team Brazil morning, noon, and night while they nosh on low-brow French classics like moules-frites, steak tartare, and spicy merguez sausage.

Athens Cafe

32-07 30th Ave., Astoria; 718-626-2164
Those cheering in Greek should stop in at Athens Café for nine plasma screens and all that Greek spirit. Located in the heart of exceedingly Greek Astoria, if the quaint café doesn't suit your needs, just stroll down the block. Every TV will be tuned in on Greece.

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