The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts Thursday, June 14. All 32 teams, representing 32 countries, will square off across cities in Russia.
South Florida, along with its legion of soccer fans from neighboring Latin America and the Caribbean, will search for the perfect raucous (or quiet) place in Palm Beach County to watch the quadrennial football tournament, the most widely viewed sporting event in the world.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team − who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in the qualifying rounds − will be absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
But that won’t stop fans from reveling in excitement for their favorite international players and national teams battling it out on the pitch. Make your in-game predictions at these bars and restaurants—great places for the amped-up futbol enthusiasts:
LA FONDA RESTAURANT SPORTS BAR (June 14 - July 15)
Get a taste of delicious Colombian food and ice cold drinks at this spacious restaurant/bar/dance venue.
You can’t go wrong with the Picada Colombiana ($23.54; serves for 2-4) prepared with an assortment of beef, yuca, chicken, corn arepas, pork, fries, fried pork rind, plantain and grilled sausages. Or try the fan favorite Mountaineer dish for $10.99
Key Soccer Match: Colombia vs Japan (June 19th - 8am)
BIERGARTEN BOCA RATON (June 14 - July 15)
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, Germany stunned Argentina (Brazil smiled, of course) with a last-minute win. Expectations are running high again inside this German beer garden. Expect a special for each day of the event:
On opening day, Russia vs Saudi Arabia (June 14 - 11am), try their $6 Baltika #6 Porter; $5 Xingu Gold & Black for the Brazil vs Switzerland match (June 17 - 2pm).
For the highly anticipated Germany-Mexico match (June 17 - 11am):
Upslope Brewing (Imperial Pint) - $6
Negra Modelo (1 Liter) - $10
Germany Beer & Deer / Mexico Beer & Deer - $13
Experience all of the World Cup games and drool over this Mesoamerican Fusion at the Grandview Public Market, a massive food hall/gathering place. Locals may have tasted Zipitios at the popular Tacos & Hip Hop event on Clematis Street, so look out for their new Chilaquiles topped with eggs ($8) and Huevos Rancheros over a pupusa ($6). Down it with Agua Fresca ($3) and expect several changes to their menu throughout the tournament.
Also, a huge projector screen in Grandview’s cozy Living Room space will make you feel at home.
DORRIAN’S RED HAND (June 14 - July 15)
This traditional Irish-American sports bar and restaurant will offer drink deals and special menu items for the entire tournament––yep, they’re streaming every game. The space features five 10-foot projection screens and six large flat screen TVs. Start off the first match (June 14th at 11 a.m.) with some wings and ice cold specials.
$18 - buckets of domestic beer (5 per bucket)
$22 - import and craft beers (5 per bucket)
$15 - Yuengling and Stella Artois pitchers
$12 - Bud Light
MOJITO LATIN CUISINE AND BAR (June 14 - July 15)
This Pan-Latin spot will feature guest DJs and live musicians during the World Cup’s halftime. You can’t watch the games without a little rhythm in your system.
Try their delicious seafood paella $16 for tapas size and $24 for large. Veggie version $10.50 for tapas size and $18.00 for large. And of course, you can’t go wrong with ceviche, mojito sampler, and happy hour calamaris.
2018 WORLD CUP FULL SCHEDULE: