Whether you’re a diehard soccer fan, or just curious about the quadrennial phenomenon, there are plenty of spots to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup around Connecticut. A few local bar and restaurant suggestions, some hosting specials, to get you started:
The Half Door, 270 Sisson Ave., Hartford, opens for each World Cup game at least 30 minutes before kickoff, with $4 Carlsberg beers and rotating food and Euro bottle specials. (Full schedule here.) 860-232-7827, thehalfdoor.com.
Ocho Cafe Tacos & Tequila, 330 N. Main St., West Hartford, offers $5 margaritas and happy hour pricing in its bar area during all World Cup games. 860-310-3063, ochocafe.com.
The Tavern Downtown, 201 Ann Uccello St., Hartford, will live-stream 12 matches from June 17 to July 15. (Schedule here.) Specials include $3 Bud Light drafts, $18 Bud Light buckets and World Cup samplers ($9.99 to $13.99) with snacks like nachos, Southwest egg rolls, loaded fries, chicken satay, pretzel bites, mozzarella sticks and fried pickles. 860-524-9990, thetaverndowntown.com.
Vaughan’s Public House, 59 Pratt St., Hartford, will show all the games and open early for some, including Egypt vs. Uruguay at 8 a.m. June 15. Additional early hours will depend on game, and draft specials will change game to game. 860-882-1560, irishpublichouse.com.
World of Beer, 73 Isham Road B-30, West Hartford, will open early for games at 10 a.m. and show all matches from that time forward. During games, all-you-can-eat wings and nachos will be $12.50 and Heineken, Back East Summer Ale and Counter Weight Headway drafts will be $2.50. 860-904-2124, worldofbeer.com.
Bobby V’s, 11 Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks, plans to show all the games and will open early at 10:30 a.m. from Thursday until June 24 and at 10 a.m. from June 25 to July 15. Buckets of Bud or Bud Light will be $20. Information here. 860-627-5808, bobbyvsrestaurant.com/windsor-locks.
Bobby V’s, 268 Atlantic St, Stamford, also plans to show all the games and will also be open early at 10:30 a.m. from Thursday until June 24 and at 10 a.m. from June 25 to July 15. During games, Bud Light pints will be $5, pitchers will be $18 and buckets will be $20. Information here. 203-883-4320, bobbyvsrestaurant.com/stamford.
Costa del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, will try to show all the World Cup games but will definitely show any Spanish matches, starting with Spain v. Portugal at 2 p.m. June 15. The restaurant and bar will stay open in the afternoons, when the restaurant usually closes, if there is a game, with drinks and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 860-296-1714, costadelsolhartford.com.
La Familia, a new Bolivian restaurant at 144 Albany Turnpike in Canton, will be airing World Cup games. The restaurant features an upstairs pool hall area with dartboards, foosball, TVs and a jukebox. 860-693-6933, facebook.com/LaFamiliaBolivianRestaurant.
Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will air the World Cup games, with food and drink specials and early game-time hours at select Connecticut locations. Information: buffalowildwings.com.
Chicago Sam’s, 51-14 Shunpike Road, Cromwell, will show all the games, with different food and drink specials every day. 860-635-1860, chicagosams.com/cromwell.
Sliders Grill & Bar in West Hartford (176 Newington Road) will be open at 9 a.m. on June 16 for the game. Specials include a fried bacon, egg and cheese on a grilled hard roll with a 16-ounce Sliders "Hail Mary" for $6.99, and $5 Carlsberg beer cans. 860-233-9000, slidersgrillbar.com.
Harry’s Pizza, 39 S. Main St., West Hartford, is opening early at 11 a.m. for World Cup games and will be offering happy hour pricing during games at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Specials include $5 drafts, $1 off wine and half-priced wings. 860-231-7166, harryspizzawesthartford.com.
Olive Bar, 9 School St., Unionville, offers $3 Bud Light drafts and $4 craft drafts during games. 860-675-8585, olivebarct.com.