Where to watch the World Cup in NYC

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Best for: Anglophiles

Black Horse Pub
Windsor Terrace’s essential watering hole for English Premier League matches will cater to its football-loving crowd throughout the competition: All games will be shown on the bar’s four flatscreens, and during morning matches you can line your stomach with bacon rolls and other British snacks. Pints of Radeberger will go for four bucks during the games. 568 Fifth Ave at 16th St, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (718-788-1975, blackhorsebrooklyn.com)

Best for: USA matches and pints of Guinness

This convivial Irish pub has been slowly gaining a loyal following of East Village soccer fans, and it plans to make the World Cup its official coming-out party. Every game of the tourney will be shown live on eight HD screens, and the morning games (which begin at 7:30am) will be accompanied by full audio—no one needs U2 that early—and breakfast specials. The boozing comes cheap too: Cash in on $3 pints and $10 pitchers of Coors Light throughout the competition, as well as $3 shots to calm your nerves during the nail-biting moments. 61 Second Ave between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-388-0662; dempseysnyc.com)

Best for: Early-morning matches

Considering this bistro has French and Brazilian owners, this place could turn into a madhouse come World Cup time. Felix is charging $20 for entry during the finals, but that does get you a gratis drink. Three TVs and one projector should ensure you can see all the action, although it’s best to reserve a table in advance. If you’re getting up early for the 7:30am games, spin through the breakfast menu of croissants, eggs and that very French a.m. dish: steak ($19.50). 340 West Broadway at Grand St (212-431-0021, felixnyc.com)

Best for: Meat-and-beer--fueled revelry

You don’t have to be German to hang out here during the tournament—this restaurant and biergarten attracts a mixed soccer crowd that likes their schnitzels big and their beers bigger. Feast on staples like bratwurst with sauerkraut ($15) while watching a match—there are two TVs in the dining room and two in the bar—and order a dozen German drafts by the liter stein ($14--$16). The garden out back is perfect for taking a break to get some fresh air during those marathon sessions in front the tube. 7 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-253-7077, loreleynyc.com)

Best for: Serious drinks with casual fans

Louis 649
For the most part, scoring adecentmixed drink at a sports bars is about as likely as South Africa winning the World Cup. But those who prefer bespoke tipples to pitchers of Coors can find the best of both worlds at Alphabet City cocktail lounge Louis 649. Two big-screen TVs have been installed exclusively for the tournament (general manager Gianfranco Verga is adamant that they'll come down "immediately following the championship game"), and they'll be showing all the 10am and 2:30pm games, alongside top-notch cocktails and spirits. Food specials inspired by competing nations will complement a well-curated selection of specialties from local eateries, including Luke's Lobster shrimp rolls and Sigmund Pretzelshop Gruyre- and salt-flavored pretzels. For fans who aren't ready for the hard stuff in the morning, the bar will also be doling outcoffee from Ninth Street Espresso.649 E 9th St between Aves B and C (212-673-1190, louis649.com)

Best for: Feeling like you’re in South Africa

If you can’t get to South Africa, Madiba’s shebeen decor is a good substitute: Park in front of the projectors at the bar, or spread out at your own table in the dining room. Proprietor Mark Henegan will be hooking you up with authentic street food like boerewors (South African sausage) rolls ($5), and bunny chow, crusty white bread hollowed out and filled with a veggie ($6), chicken ($7) or lamb ($8) curry. Plus, for every game there will be drink specials featuring beverages from the the competing teams’ nations. 195 DeKalb Ave between Adelphi St and Carlton Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-855-9190, madibarestaurant.com)

Best for: Getting outside and bringing the whole family

Manhattan Bridge Archway
Brooklynites looking to catch the Saturday games without being cooped up inside all day can head to the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Free alfresco screenings will begin at 9:30am and 2pm each Saturday on a massive screen—grab a picnic and stake out a good spot. The family-friendly locale will also host a viewing of the championship match at 1:30pm on Sunday, July 11. Manhattan Bridge Archway,Pearl St at Water St,Dumbo, Brooklyn (dumbonyc.org)

Best for: Getting completely faced

Mason Dixon
A faux-Texan saloon on the LES might not seem like the most likely World Cup headquarters, but don’t forget that the U.S. team’s best player, Clint Dempsey, is from the Lone Star State. Something else to keep in mind: This massive urban barn, which boasts ten HDTVs showing every match, knows its way around a booze special. Hooligan-baiting deals include a $40 all-you-can-drink wristband during any game, as well as two-for-one drinks all match long when you wear the jersey of one of the competing squads. If you’re rolling deep, e-mail thehonkytonknyc@gmail.com to snag no-fee table reservations for parties of eight or more—and don’t forget to ride the mechanical bull at halftime. 133 Essex St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-260-4100, masondixonnyc.com)

Best for: Good beer and elbow room

Matt Torrey’s
Relax with a craft beer and just enjoy the game, settle into this new bar, and watch all of the 2:30pm games and most of the 10am games on the 96-inch projector or one of the two flatscreens. (When not showing the game, Matt Torrey's sister bar, Harefield Road four blocks away, will be.) Work your way through 18 New York--brewery beers on tap, like the Southern Tier Hop Sun ($6), a refreshing summer brew with hoppy and citrusy notes. Or chow down on the kitchen’s $7 pressed sandwiches, including the Number 18 combo, which comes with ham, cheddar, Granny Smith apples and honey mustard. 301 Ainslie St at Bushwick Ave, entrance on Bushwick Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-7646)

Best for: Rabid fans

Nevada Smiths
This pubby hub for die-hard footy fans is bracing itself for a soccer tsunami in June—staff are anticipating 100,000 fans during the World Cup and are removing all seating to make more room. If you can fight your way into the two-level space, you’ll be able to watch the matches on 14 plasma screens. (There’s also a 12-foot projection screen in the back.) Choose from 24 European and American taps, including U.K. favorites like Boddingtons and Newcastle. 74 Third Ave between 11th and 12th Sts (212-982-2591, nevadasmiths.net)

Best for: Dancing while you watch

If you’re looking for a respite from overwhelmingly American crowds, head to this Euro-heavy midtown lounge, which plans to air every match. The upscale digs draw a strong French and Argentine contingent, so expect the place to be seething during those showdowns. In addition to buckets of beer (six for $30) available at all times, the lounge will be whipping up themed drink specials for big games—like caipirinhas when Brazil kicks off, and Lillet martinis for France’s Les Bleus. Frequent entertainment, including dancers and DJs, will keep the spirit alive. Renaissance Hotel, 130 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves, second floor (212-688-3939, opiarestaurant.com)

Best for: A virtual-stadium experience

This pop-up space is looking to re-create a stadium atmosphere, with 70 flip seats facing two projector screens. It’s free, but you need to book your tickets in advance through its website. Don’t worry if your team loses: World Cup cakes from How Sweet It Is bakery will cheer you up, as will copping a T-shirt from the retro FIFA Collection ($25--$70). PlayBeautiful is the only shop in the city to stock these designs from yesteryear’s World Cups; a gentler time when World Cup Willie didn’t have an alternative meaning. Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-334-0288, playbeautifulnyc.com). June 19--July 11, daily 7am--7pm with extended hours for special programming. See website for more info.

Best for: Alfresco viewing

PUMA City temporary beer garden
Not only will the sports brand take over South Street Seaport, it will project matches on a four-by-seven-foot video wall in a temporary beer garden outside Red Tex-Mex restaurant. Screw the beer—you’re out in the sun!—so drink pitchers of sangria and frozen margaritas ($38 and $45 respectively) instead. At halftime, take a stroll to the two PUMA pop-up shops housed in transformed shipping containers and score apparel designed by artist Kehinde Wiley—frankly, we’re obsessed. 19 Fulton St at Front St (pumacity.com). June 11--July 11.

Best for: Fans of the samba boys

Sushi Samba
Make a beeline to either location of this Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian haunt for Brazil’s matches so you can cheer the samba boys on with live drummers. Pitchers of Leblon caipirinhas are only $25 if you need any more reason to go. 245 Park Ave South between 19th and 20th Sts (212-475-9377) * 87 Seventh Ave South at Barrow St (212-691-7885) * (sushisamba.com)

Best for: Footy-loving, beer-guzzling Brooklynites

This dedicated soccer bar is going all out, with giveaways from brands like Havaianas and a selection of international craft beers—during every game, it will feature two brews from each nation playing, and patrons can vote for their favorite brew.”. Since this will be one of the hottest spots to watch the face-offs ($3 beers and a five-cheese truffled macaroni and cheese have a draw of their own), big matches like USA vs. England will cost a $20 cover to watch—but that guarantees you two drinks. 583 Vanderbilt Ave at Dean St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-857-5777, woodworkbk.com)

Best for: Resting your head in your neighbor’s armpit...and loving it

Zum Schneider
Alphabet City’s Bavarian brauhaus will be even more raucous than usual as the nations of the world face off on a projection screen and two additional flatscreens. Nourish yourself with a limited breakfast menu during early games, and lubricate your vocal cords with steins of German beers ($10--$14), including a lineup of specialty summer brews. Caveat emptor: Unless you’re a diehard (or you love being sandwiched between guys named Hans), steer clear during Germany matches—the place will be an absolute shit show. 107--109 Ave C at 7th St (212-598-1098, zumschneider.com)

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2nd Annual Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival closing party
The five-night fest is already in full swing, but go online to reserve your free tickets for the final screening and closing party at the pop-up brand space Nike Stadium. The Game of Their Lives chronicles North Korea’s upset victory over Italy in 1966; you’ll also get an exclusive advance look at the will.i.am-produced Africa 10. And because Nike wants you to like its brand, there’s also free booze, which is fine, as long as it doesn’t expect us to put out. 276 Bowery between E Houston and Stanton Sts (kickingandscreening.com). Sat 5 at 7pm; free. R.S.V.P. required.

Big Apple Brits World Cup Kickoff Party
Marking the culmination of their weeklong BritFest NYC (britfestnyc.com) and the kickoff of the World Cup, the BABs are throwing a Britpop party (Slattery’s Midtown Pub, 8 E 36th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-683-6444, slatterysmidtownpub.com, bigapplebrits.com). June 10 at 7pm; free): Grab a free Bulldog gin and tonic with your first drink order, and sing along to English World Cup songs like “Three Lions” and “Vindaloo” (start learning the John Barnes rap from “World in Motion” now). You can also join the BABs for the USA game (June 12) at Jake’s Saloon (202 Ninth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts; 212-366-5110, jakessaloonnyc.com) and chow down on gratis British grub and boogie down with a dance party after the Algeria game (June 18) at Stone Creek (140 E 27th St between Lexington and Third Aves; 212-532-1037, stonecreeknyc.com).

New York Ramblers England vs. USA viewing party
The Ramblers are the first gay soccer team in the country, and they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary this summer. Hang out with the entire team at Rockbar, where they’ll be watching the USA’s opening game. In honor of the occasion, Rockbar is throwing a Beer Blast BBQ with $1 hot dogs and $2 shots every time someone scores. 185 Christopher St at West Side Hwy (212-675-1864, rockbarnyc.com). June 12 at 2:30pm; free. To find out where the league are watching the rest of the USA games, visit newyorkramblers.org.

Soccer Fever! film series at BAMcinmatek
You may find the game itself boring, but soccer scandals can be fascinating: BAM’s film series promises insight into its most famous personalities, including the coke-snorting, Mafia-fraternizing, divine-intervention-claiming Diego Maradona in Maradona, the Golden Kid (Fri 4 at 4:30, 9:30pm). For those with an interest in South Africa, catch Fahrenheit 2010 (Fri 4 at 2, 6:50pm), which contrasts the country’s gleaming stadiums and extreme poverty. It’s not all doom and gloom, though—that movie is followed by Between the Cup and the Election, the story of the first African nation (Zaire) to make it the World Cup in 1974. 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org) June 2--8; $7.50--$12.

World Cup Wine Nights
South Africa is one of the world’s great wine-producing regions, with a 350-year heritage (suck on that, Cali). So toast the continent’s swilling superiority at one of five Wines of South Africa events. The not-for-profit company representing South Africa’s wine exporters will hold its first affair at Tonic Bar, where it’ll be curating the wine selection. There won’t be any free samples, but you’ll find discounted plonk and a rep on hand to guide you through the options. There’ll also be a free raffle for a chance to win team jerseys and copies of the grilling cookbook Cape Wine Braai Masters. Tonic, 727 Seventh Ave between 48th and 49th Sts (212-382-1059, tonicbarnyc.com) June 16 at 2pm; free. Visit dunnrobbins.com/worldcup for the full schedule.

New Africa Live & Africology present Africa Haute: A Closing Celebration of the World Cup
You’ll have fallen in love with South African culture by the end of the month, so send off the festival of football in style, with screenings of two short films and a performance by South African dance troupe Izigi Dance Company. And why not join in? You know the Diski dance moves (based on football tricks) by now, right? Even if you don’t, quaff Starr African Rum drink specials and dance any way you please as South African DJs Themba and Zandi spin kwaito (a blend of house and rapping). Kenya’s VeeJay One and Ethiopia’s DJ Sirak will bust out the African pop, soukous (rumba from the Congo) and zouk (a rhythmic music popular in the former French and Portuguese colonies). Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery at Spring St (212-982-0740, crashmansion.com). July 3 10pm--4am; $15.

OkayAfrica World Cup Finals party with the Roots and Talib Kweli
Music website OkayPlayer is launching a new site dedicated to African music on the night of the World Cup final, the first time an African team will lift the trophy (we hope). In addition to headliners the Roots and Talib Kweli, African artists Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, from Sierra Leone, and Brooklyn resident Blitz the Ambassador, from Ghana will play sets, with Fela! star Sahr Ngaujah hosting. Keep an eye on bricartsmedia.org/celebrate for announcements about more activities on the day; you may be able to watch the 2:30pm match in Prospect Park. Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West at 9th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (bricartsmedia.org/celebrate). July 11 at 4pm; suggested donation $3.

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