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.
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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