World Cup Watching: World's 10 Best Bars for Die-Hard Fans (Slideshow)
June 12, 2014
Just any old bar won’t house the spirit of the match and what it means to die-hard supporters of the game
São Cristóvão — São Paulo, Brazil
Lined wall to wall with soccer memorabilia from old newspaper clippings and photos — many of famous Brazilian soccer players like Pele, Zico, and Garrincha — to team jerseys and flags, this tiny bar in São Paulo gets crowded quickly with spirited fans. The bar offers a large selection of cachaça, a type of white rum from Brazil, as well as cachaça cocktails like “caipirinha,” and on Saturdays, authentic “feijoada,” a Brazilian dish consisting of mainly beans, rice, and pork.
The Albion — London
Fanatics in London gather for games at The Albion, one of East London’s original soccer pubs named after the English soccer club West Bromwich Albion. Despite its namesake, the bar brings soccer supporters from all over for beer and non-traditional English pub food like “The Albion Cheese Toastie” (grilled cheese) and bacon fries.
Bar dello Sport — Berlin
All are welcome at Bar dello Sport in Berlin, where walls are adorned with Italian soccer photos and team flags. But this spot is mostly crowded with Italian fans cheering on Italy while drinking German beer.
Sports Bar Rambles — Barcelona
Fans don’t miss a moment of the game at Sports Bar Rambles, located in the heart of Barcelona. Decorated with jerseys and photos hanging on every wall, the bar has 16 high-definition widescreen TVs and one giant HD screen for play-by-play viewing wherever heads turn.
Brechó do Futebol — Porto Alegre, Brazil
Brechó do Futebol in Porto Alegre celebrates a storied history of soccer with colorful flags and photos of soccer stars from around the world. Its beer selection includes more than 50 international beers, including German Paulaner, Uruguayan Norteña, and Jamaican Red Stripe. Above the bar on the second floor, the Brechó do Futebol soccer store sells jerseys, T-shirts, and other soccer gear.
The Bricklayer's Arms — London
While it’s a bar dedicated to the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club, The Bricklayer’s Arms in London welcomes supporters of various clubs and teams. For non-traditional pub food, the bar serves Thai upstairs.
Offside — Milan, Italy
At Offside, a sports bar in Milan dressed in rare and vintage soccer tees and jerseys, owner Mao offers an international selection of beers and makes sure customers always have a drink in hand. While it’s a classier place, good-spirited rowdiness is welcome.
The Corner House — Corralejo, Spain
Though it’s a Spanish bar in Corralejo, Spain, The Corner House has the cheery feel of an English pub. With 4 widescreen TVs showing games, there’s a great view and ceaseless banter between rival fans.
Keg and Filly — Johannesburg, South Africa
Kelly and Filly in Johannesburg is anything but a quiet pub for watching soccer. The bar is soccer-centric with team jerseys pinned to the walls and several widescreen TVs, and fans get loud and rowdy.
Gunners Pub — London
For London’s Arsenal club fans, Gunners Pub is like home, documenting Arsenal's history and triumphs through memorabilia throughout the bar. This pub is where the “real gooners,” singing fight songs and sharing memories of past matches, gather during games.