2014 World Cup: Where to watch the game in LA

We picked 15 places in LA to get your fill of the World Cup—all you have to do is show up in the right jersey

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Summer is just on the horizon, and for most of the world that means one thing: the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Soccer fans who’ve waited four years for this are counting down the minutes to June 12, the day the month-long tournament kicks off in Brazil. Excitement is building in our city, too: With LA’s soccer culture on the rise, more Angelenos are embracing the real meaning of “football” and forgoing Dodgers games for a Galaxy match. So where should you watch the game? Any sports bar could turn on a TV in the corner, but there’s nothing quite like watching a game on a big screen surrounded by diehard fans. Here are 15 places in LA guaranteed to give you the true World Cup experience. (Also, take our quiz if you think you know music and soccer: World Cup player or summer music festival act?)

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Das boot at Red Lion Tavern

Das boot at Red Lion Tavern Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Red Lion Tavern

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Though it’s become increasingly popular among the dive-thirsty cool crowd, the Red Lion Tavern returns to its biergarten roots during the World Cup as a haven for German expats. With Germany pegged as a front runner for this year’s Cup, this Bavarian-style tavern is sure to see a lot of action on match days. While guzzling beers and gorging on brats, weisswurst and schnitzel, you can watch games at three of the tavern's bars, including one on the outdoor patio. Before you go, consider brushing up on your high school German: Packed with face-painted, flag-bearing fans shouting and singing in the mother tongue, you might feel like a foreigner, but give it a few pints of Bitburger and you’ll be joining them in no time.

  1. Silver Lake
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The Cat & Fiddle patio

The Cat & Fiddle patio Photograph: Courtesy The Cat & Fiddle

Cat & Fiddle

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A welcome diversion from the Sunset Strip, the Cat & Fiddle is a different kind of Hollywood bar. Yes, parking is still a nightmare and yes, the food, albeit pub food, is underwhelming for its price, but one thing this place has on any bottle service bro bar is authenticity. For better or worse, the Cat & Fiddle has the English pub vibe down to a T, from the outdated, mismatched upholstery to the lingering smell of gravy. Make no mistake—there could not be a more appropriate atmosphere for a genuine soccer-watching experience. On regular days, the TVs are limited to the two behind the bar, but come World Cup time, the Cat & Fiddle rolls out three massive projector screens—two inside the pub and one on the spacious outdoor patio.

  1. Hollywood
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Joxer Daly's

Joxer Daly's Photograph: Joshua Thaisen

Joxer Daly's

  • Price band: 1/4

Compared to your typical Irish pub in LA, Joxer Daly’s is unique in that the bar staff are actually Irish—or at least they muster up a pretty convincing accent. This place takes its World Cup seriously, with an electronic ticker on the wall counting down the days, minutes and seconds to first kickoff. It doesn’t matter that Ireland is not actually playing in the tournament—the folks at Joxer Daly’s seem happy to live vicariously through the hundreds of Spain, Brazil and England fans set to descend on them. With strategic seating and well-placed TV screens throughout the space, there’s no way you can miss a shot, especially if you’re watching the giant projector screen in the corner. The beer selection and grub here are good and reasonable, so you can stay into overtime without breaking the bank. Fun fact: owned by the Vice Mayor of Culver City, Joxer Daly’s is also a local cop bar, so if any hooligans get out of hand, you’ll know back-up isn’t far.

  1. Culver City
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Photograph: Courtesy Springbok Bar & Grill

Springbok Bar & Grill

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On any given day, you could easily mistake The Springbok for an American sports bar. Save for the springbok (an antelope, in case you were wondering) head and rugby shirts on the wall, nothing stands out as distinctly South African, and yet when it comes to the World Cup, this is where you’ll find them. A popular spot when South Africa hosted the last Cup in 2010, The Springbok is bracing itself for an influx of South African expats who seem to remain remarkably well hidden in LA the rest of the year. New Zealanders, sadly with no representation in this year’s tournament, are also likely to show up to piggyback on any team that isn’t Australia. There are TVs pretty much anywhere the eye can wander in this bar, but the back room—with dual big screens and room to accommodate at least a hundred screaming fans—will be the epicenter of the action on game days.

  1. Van Nuys
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Photograph: Courtesy Guelaguetza

Guelaguetza

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When contemplating where to watch Mexico games, Koreatown is probably not the first place that comes to mind. Yet Guelagatza, located right on the K-town outskirts, is the place to be when “El Tri” takes the field this summer. A huge draw for fans during the last World Cup, the spacious restaurant provides a homey feel you won’t get in a bar. It’s more like a party in a family dining room—guests crowded at tables in front of the big screen enjoying cervezas and chowing down on menudo, tacos and mole while the action unfolds. And the food here is no joke—widely revered as the most authentic Oaxacan cuisine outside of Oaxaca, it even drew the attention of Chef Ludo Lefebvre, who stopped in for the Mexico-France game in 2010. As Ludo learned himself that day, even if your team loses, there’s always tequila.

  1. Koreatown
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Derek S
Derek S

Tom Bergin's will also be showing every World Cup match in real time. 6 TVs and food and drink specials. Come support your team at LA's oldest Irish establishment.